February Environmental and Community Horticulture Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental and Community Horticulture Programs for February 2019. These programs are being offered by the Dr. Taylor Clem, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent, and the Alachua County Master Gardener volunteers.

Camellias in Your Garden – February 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Newberry Branch Library (110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry). Conducted by Irma Velez, Master Gardener

This class teaches how to select camellias for staggered flowering times, so that they give color through fall and winter. Other topics include planting and care.

There is no registration fee to attend this class, but participants should register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail). The class is limited to 40 guests.

View the Camellias in Your Garden flyer.

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening – February 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at UF/IFAS Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39th Avenue, Gainesville). Conducted by Doug Collins, Master Gardener

This class teaches how to start a vegetable garden using the square foot gardening technique. Bed construction, soil preparation, vegetable selection, and pest control will be covered. Raised garden beds (also called garden boxes) are useful for growing small plots of vegetables and flowers. They keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage, and serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails.

Participants must register online. The registration fee is $10 and includes course material and supplies. The class is limited to 45 participants. There are no refunds for registration fees.

View the Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening flyer.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Crash Course – February 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Park’s Freedom Community Center (7400 S.W. 41 Place, Gainesville).

Join the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County’s Environmental and Community Horticulture Agent to learn tips for reducing water, minimizing fertilizer inputs, encouraging pollinators, and protecting water resources in the landscape by following principles of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program.

There is no registration fee to attend this class, but participants should register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail). The class is limited to 100 guests.

View the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Crash Course flyer.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office website 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.

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