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Master Gardener Volunteers on… the all-too-troublesome allamanda

Allamanda cathartica. [CREDIT: pixabay.com, Dezalb]

By Dianne Beaver Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member With large, bright-yellow flowers and vibrant-green leaves, Allamanda cathartica seems like the perfect plant to brighten up your patio or front garden area. It is a… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… lantana, the beauty that IS a beast

Lantana camara blossom in an indoor trough. {CREDIT: pxhere.com]

By Karen Clark Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Lantana checks off all the boxes that make a plant popular. Colorful? Check. Drought tolerance? Check. Handles sandy, salty “soil”? Check. Holds up to direct sunlight?… Read More

Growing Florida-friendly, with Sarasota County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Pentas, with tiger swallowtail. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Wilma Holley]

By Donna Alese Cooke Residential Horticulture Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Over the past 15 years, UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Sarasota County have worked tirelessly on an endeavor close to their hearts: their… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… wicked wedelia

Yellow, wedelia flowers bloom, en masse, in a lush field. [CREDIT: Pixabay.com]

By Rita Dadzis Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Oh, wedelia. Why do you? Wedelia is a beautiful plant, with a thick mat of green leaves and pretty, bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers that bloom year-round. It’s… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… pothos: mild-mannered or monster?

Pothos, also known as devil's ivy, grows rampant in a Florida oak tree. [CREDIT: Ann Madden]

By Ann Madden Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Oh, that tropical look. Many homeowners want it, and often turn to the eye-catching pothos to create it. In doing so, they may unwittingly unleash a… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… sansevieria: invasive, nuisance, or reliable addition to the garden?

A row of sansevieria adorn a 50-foot contemporary wall planter. [CREDIT: Karen Pariser]

By Karen Pariser Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Remember your grandma’s impossible-to-kill parlor plant, the “mother-in-law’s tongue”? You might know it as “snake plant” or “viper’s bowstring” or even “African spear plant.” However you… 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

Master Gardener Volunteers on… composting

Compost bin. [CREDIT: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS]

By Gail Hendrickson Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member I like to cook and I like to eat a lot of fresh, locally grown vegetables. Consequently, I became a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) farm subscriber… 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

Master Gardener Volunteers on… turf dormancy in winter

ground-level shot of mown turf grass in front of a Florida home

By Judith Kendall Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member When I recently moved into a new neighborhood, I remember my first time scouting out the newly acquired landscaping around the home. What kind of turf… Read More