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Resources from UF/IFAS for teachers, parents, and kids

UF IFAS Extension Office Sign

UF/IFAS Extension has science-based resources on a variety of topics for teachers, parents and kids.  From insects to robotics, plants to manatees, we have curriculum, videos, and coloring sheets you can use! This page will be updated as… Read More

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

spanish moth caterpillar

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 it be a… Read More

A Garden is a Place of Hope

relaxing purple flowers and statue in the garden

A recent ad from a gardening catalog stated that “Gardening is not Cancelled”. What an inspiring thought! These days are hard, with health and economic fears, and it can seem at times there is nowhere to hide, but… Read More

Gardening tasks during a time of social distancing

planting in the garden

It can be hard to think of things to do when social distancing, but remember, you can still be alone (or with your family) while outside! There are plenty of things you can do in your own yard… Read More

Happy Birthday to…Florida!

Coreopsis in bloom

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 has to offer! … Read More

Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Plant Illness

Hat, pruners and gloves in the garden

Have you ever wondered how Master Gardener Volunteers figure out what’s wrong with a plant? We ask ourselves (or you) a series of questions before we start looking for the answer. You can ask yourself these questions, too. … Read More

Spring Cleaning in the Florida-Friendly Landscape

plant florida friendly

Spring is a good time to clean up, plan and prep your landscape for planting.  Even though we don’t experience winter in the same way they do “up north”, plants may be damaged and there is still work… Read More

Your Florida-Friendly Landscaping Resolutions for 2020

plant florida friendly

News articles continue to identify the many challenges Florida faces in protecting our valuable and often fragile natural environment; challenges that range from the loss of natural habitats to growing stresses on the quality and quantity of our… Read More

Muhly grass is a showstopper this time of year

Muhly grass

Have you seen this blooming ornamental grass in landscapes around central Florida? This fall showstopper is Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), an easy-to-grow native grass. Muhly grass is clumping and is showy in the fall.  It looks attractive in… Read More

Should I be worried about the puss caterpillar?

Puss caterpillar

This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County.  The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most… Read More