October Environmental and Community Horticulture Programs


The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental and Community Horticulture Programs for October 2017. These programs are being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Growing Cool Season Vegetables in the Garden – October 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Newberry Library Branch (110 S. Seaboard Dr., Newberry) by Doug Collins, Master Gardener

This class will go over which plants to grow in Fall and Winter, and how to grow them. Cabbage, kale, broccoli and different greens will be covered. There is no cost for the class.

There is no registration fee but pre-registration is required. Participants can register online. It is limited to 30 participants.

Butterfly Gardening – October 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.,  at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (4700 S.W. 58th Dr., Gainesville) by Linda Burleson, Master Gardener

Florida is home to over 170 species of butterflies. Learn which plants will attract the butterflies to an environmentally friendly garden. Participants will take a tour of Butterfly Hill. The class is included in the admission into the park and the ticket simply allows you to reserve a seat in the class. Pay the $8 entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens at the greeting desk (free if you have a membership).

Pre-registration is required. Participants can register online. It is limited to 30 participants.

Crash Course for North Florida Gardening – October 13 and 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn about trees, plants, and gardening in Florida during a two-day seminar for newcomers and those wanting to learn more. Notebooks, refreshments and garden material will be given away to participants. Classes will contain information on Florida Friendly plants, annuals, perennials, attracting wildlife, trees, shrubs, vegetables, turfgrass, palms and fruit trees. Appropriate watering and fertilization methods will be discussed as well as proper pruning and plant selection.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $50.00 (notebooks, refreshments and garden material are included). Participants must register online. It is limited to 25 participants. There are no refunds for registration costs.

View/download the class flyer.

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.​

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