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Summer Flowers in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series

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Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of four, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan a beautiful summer garden of flowering plants. Topics include summer flowering annuals, perennials, wildflowers, and… Read More

Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27

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Calling all gardeners (and all who want to be gardeners)! Would you like to learn how to help our natural environment and add beauty to your yard?  Join in this year’s annual international celebration of… Read More

Fallen Oak Leaves Make a Great Mulch

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It is a great time of year to refresh your landscape beds with mulch. A good source for (free) mulch is fallen oak leaves, which are in abundance this time of year.  Oak leaves are… Read More

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

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

Saving up for the holidays

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Throughout the year, I collect pinecones, acorns, grasses, and seedpods in my yard and on hikes (where permitted).  However, in the fall I really step up my activity.  Mother nature is drying some of them… Read More

Plants Need Social Distancing Too

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Social distancing has become an all-too important description of our healthy relationships with one another during the pandemic.  Did you know plants can benefit from “distancing” too?  In fact, for central Florida gardeners, “distancing” in… Read More

Blue Calamintha Bee

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  Who hasn’t heard about the rediscovery of the rare blue calamintha bee in Florida, most likely thought to be extinct? It would surprise me if you hadn’t heard because this little blue ball of… 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

Build your own pollinator hotel

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What is a Pollinator Hotel? A pollinator hotel is a habitat for bees and wasps that is created from a variety of materials. Why Build a Pollinator Hotel? If you would like to support native… Read More