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Florida Friendly Demonstration Garden at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

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Have you visited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Demonstration Gardens at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County in Bartow? These gardens feature the nine principles of FFL and received a state award in 2019. The gardens are open… Read More

Spring Plant Sale

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The Spring Plant Sale will be in Lakeland on April 23 and 24 from 7:30 am-noon for reservation only. Reserve your tickets here. Tickets are for a 30 minute shopping time blocks. If you are… Read More

Monarchs get all the love: How to increase butterfly diversity in your yard

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When it comes to butterfly gardening, monarch butterflies seem to get all the love.  Monarchs are the butterfly “homecoming queens”! They are drama queens, too, as they lead fascinating lives of intrigue, participating each year… Read More

Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!)

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Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators! Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms,… Read More

A New Caterpillar in the Garden? First Step, Identification!

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Recently, I was thrilled to see a new caterpillar in my garden. I have many host plants for butterfly larva and was excited to find out what it was. It was a pretty caterpillar. Would… Read More

Happy Birthday to…Florida!

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Did you know that today, March 3, 2020, is Florida’s 175th birthday?  We know Florida is pretty special and a great way to celebrate, is to get outside and explore and appreciate all that Florida… Read More

Create your own native plant garden—in containers!

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Did you know you can create a small habitat of Florida’s native plants – even if you live in a patio home, apartment or condo? By planting native plants in containers, you too can enjoy… Read More

A few tips on including flowers with wildlife value in your yard

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Creating a maintaining a landscape that attracts desirable wildlife, such as bees, butterflies, and birds, is easy to do.  Follow these simple tips to get started! 1. Start small – and have a bit of… Read More

Must Have Flowers – One gardener’s updated approach to gardening

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“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet Like most gardeners, I can relate to this quote. I love flowers, and as a lifetime gardener, one goal has always been, if possible, to… Read More