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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

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

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

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