Media Release

June Environmental & Community Horticulture Programs

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:15 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental & Community Horticulture Programs for June 2017. These programs are being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39th Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Landscaping for Newcomers – June 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This class is geared to the new homeowner or newcomer to Alachua County. It focuses on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, as well as Alachua County ordinances and soil and weather conditions specific to Alachua County and Florida. Participants will receive a newcomer’s packet filled with information and water-saving devices.

This program is free, but registration is required. Participants must register online.

Vegetable Gardening in the Summer – June 15, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Participants learn what vegetables can grow in the heat. Other summer strategies such as soil solarization and cover cropping will be discussed.

The registration fee is $5.00. Participants must register online. There are no refunds for registration costs. This program is limited to 50 participants.

Organic Blueberry Farm Tour – June 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Melrose Organic Cornucopia, LLC (2911 CR 219A, Melrose)

Participants learn about organic blueberry practices from Master Gardener and u-pick grower Jeff Popowski. Practices such as mulches, fertilization, pruning, and growth will be covered. If time permits, other vegetables currently growing will also be covered. Participants have an opportunity to pick blueberries after the tour.

The registration fee is $5.00. Participants must register online. There are no refunds for registration costs. This program is limited to 30 participants.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).