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A calendar of classes and events for gardeners

Brooker Guided Hike: 9-11 a.m. today, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. For adults, and kids age 6 and older. (727) 453-6800.

Weedon Guided Hike: 9-11 a.m. today, Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Hike coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems. For adults and kids 6 and older. (727) 453-6500.

Painted Pots: 9:30 a.m.-noon Mon., Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S. Brighten patio or gardenscape with colorful painted clay flowerpots at Garden Club of St. Petersburg's Coffee & Garden Crafts workshop; bring scissors, pencils, paintbrushes; beverages provided. $3.50 materials fee. (727) 397-8719 to register.

Salvaging a Landscape: 10 a.m. Tue., Forest Oaks Government Plaza, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Extension Service class on "Why Landscapes Fail — Too Much, Too Little, Too Late." Free, on first-come, first-seated basis. (352) 754-4433.

Micro-Irrigation: 7 p.m. Tue., Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S. Horticulture for Weekend Gardeners meeting of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg with program by Angie Knowles on micro-irrigation. (727) 463-4203.

Worldly Bromeliads: 7 p.m. Tue., Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society meets; program by George Aldrich on what to expect at the world bromeliad conference; plants for sale by members. (727) 544-9187.

Landscape Makeover: Ground Covers to Grasses: 6-8:30 p.m. Wed., Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Learn to use ground covers, low-growing vines and grasses to change your landscape to a natural, easy-care area. Free, but registration required. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

Out of the Ordinary Orchids: 7 p.m. Wed., Buena Vista Manor Clubhouse, 5112 Rosada Ave., Holiday. Orchid Society of West Pasco meets with program: "Out of the Ordinary Orchids," plus tips on orchid care, orchids for sale. (727) 942-0812.

Low-Impact Landscapes: 7 p.m. Wed., Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets; program by landscape architect Tom Levin on creating a sustainable landscape with native plants. (727) 544-7341.

Compost Happens: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 CR 579, Seffner. Create rich soil compost from garden trimmings and kitchen scraps; limited seating, registration required. Free; $20 cost for compost bin for non-Hillsborough residents. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Bromeliad Bonanza: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9, USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. Colorful bromeliads, from the common to the unusual, for sale, talks on potting and dividing bromeliads (10 a.m.) and bromeliads for sun or shade (noon), tips on designing a landscape with bromeliads, plus care and maintenance. Free admission. (813) 974-2329.

Vegetable Garden Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 9, Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Learn how to lower food bills by growing vegetables at home; program shows how to plan for Florida's fall growing season by choosing a garden spot, preparing soil and deciding which vegetables to plant. Free, but registration required. (727) 582-2673.

Water-Wise Workshop: 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 CR 579, Seffner. Workshop on reducing water consumption in the landscape; learn to install a micro-irrigation system; limited seating, registration required. Free; $20 cost for kit for non-Hillsborough residents. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Rain Barrel Workshop: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Hillsborough County Extension , 5339 CR 579, Seffner. Make a water-saving rain barrel in workshop; limited seating, registration required. Free; $20 cost for rain barrel for non-Hillsborough residents. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Garden Glove Treasure: 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 11, Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S. "Garden Glove Treasure" is topic at Garden Club of St. Petersburg's Coffee & Garden Crafts workshop; bring scissors, pencils, paintbrushes; beverages provided. $3.50 materials fee. (727) 397-8719 to register.

Creating a Backyard Habitat: 10 a.m. Aug. 12, Forest Oaks Government Plaza, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Extension Service class on creating a lush garden habitat for wildlife and birds. Free, on first-come, first-seated basis. (352) 754-4433.

Ecological Gardening: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 S.R. 52, Hudson. Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets with program on "ecological gardening," transforming your yard into an oasis that provides food, home remedies and wildlife habitats. (727) 848-2177.

Vegetable Gardening in Florida: 10 a.m. Aug. 16, Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Learn the secrets to successful vegetable gardening in Florida from Extension Service class. Free, but registration required. (352) 754-4433 to register.

Farmers' markets

St. Pete Beach Fresh Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245.

Produce Market at the Mustang: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mustang Flea Market, 7901 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Free admission; $1 parking. (727) 544-3066.

4-Seasons Market at Ferg's: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, at 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free admission. (727) 360-9423.

Ybor City Saturday Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (summer hours through September) Saturdays, Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 18th Street, Ybor City. (813) 241-2442 orybormarket.com.

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A calendar of classes and events for gardeners 08/01/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2008 4:31am]

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