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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Master Gardener Volunteers on… invasive plants

Invasive air potato vines crowd out native Florida plant species. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS]

By Jill Halman Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida. What a wonderful place to live. Beaches, sunshine, water. And an amazing array of beautiful, colorful plants that can thrive here, including orchids, bromeliads, flowering… Read More

Welcome to our new residential horticulture agent

Master Gardener Volunteer program members (blue shirts) help customers during the 2019 Annual UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Master Gardener Plant Sale and EdFest

Residential horticulture is a core component of our Sarasota County Extension programs, delivering landscaping education for residents, providing consultations to homeowners associations, and coordinating the Master Gardener Volunteer program. The person responsible for leading that… Read More

Sow some green habits (along with some vegetables) with the Family Green Living Kit

By Sophia Moundous and Mindy Hanak Sarasota County’s Family Green Living Kits can help foster sustainability lessons in many ways. The kits are filled with fun, interactive activities and books for all ages. Grab a… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… fetterbush and other native plants

Fetterbush in bloom, at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve in February. [CREDIT: Susan Hutson]

By Susan Hutson Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles help us achieve beautiful, health lawns and landscapes that help to protect our natural resources rather than drain or otherwise damage them. And… Read More

Edible Gardening Series: Question of the Week – Tools

fresh garden vegetables

By Carol Wyatt-Evens and Sarah Bostick Gardening in Florida can be incredibly rewarding and incredibly frustrating, at the same time. If you are new to the region, you soon learn that gardening in the Sunshine… Read More

Maximize your water use with micro-irrigation!

Drip tubing punctured with holes for microirrigation

This past December, our office hosted a webinar on micro-irrigation. We covered the main types of micro-irrigation, what makes it “micro” compared to a standard, in-ground irrigation system, and some basic installation tips for homeowners…. Read More

Let’s go on a TreeQuest!

Each year, on the third Friday in January, Sarasota County’s UF/IFAS Extension & Sustainability Dept. celebrates Florida’s State Arbor Day. Since 2018, the County’s urban forestry Extension program Treejuvenation Florida, has marked the occasion with… Read More