Garden Calendar

A calendar of garden and outdoors activities

Brooker Guided Hike: 9-11 a.m. today, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Hike the preserve's trails; for adults and kids age 6 and older. Preregistration required. Free. (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. Preregistration required. (727) 453-6500.

Home Composting for Beginners: 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. Pasco County Extension Service program on how to turn yard and kitchen waste into garden compost. Free. Registration preferred. (352) 521-4288 or (727) 847-8177.

Accessorizing with Nature: 9:30 a.m.-noon Mon., Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center , 500 Sunset Drive S. Coffee & Garden Crafts workshop on creating jewelry from natural materials; bring scissors, pencils, paintbrushes; beverages provided. $3.50 materials fee. (727) 397-8719 to register.

Preventing Bad Lawns: 10 a.m. Tue., Forest Oaks Government Plaza, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Hernando County Extension Service class on preventing diseases and pests from destroying the lawn. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. (352) 754-4433.

Herb Gardening: 2 and 6:30 p.m. Wed., Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. (west of Alt. U.S. 19 and 2 blocks south of Alderman Road), Palm Harbor. Learn how to grow common and unusual herbs for cooking, medicinal, beauty and household uses in master gardener class. Free. Registration required. (727) 582- 2673.

Fruit & Vegetable Production:5:30 p.m. Wed. and July 16, Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Series on managing fruit and vegetable production for the small farmer. Class topics include: Vegetable Production, Wed., and Fertilization of Fruit & Vegetable Crops, July 16. Free. Registration required. (352) 754-4433.

Encyclia Orchids: 7 p.m. Thur., Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Florida West Coast Orchid Society meets with educational program, meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. with program by Marv Regen on encyclia orchid care; orchid sale, raffle follow. (727) 460-4606.

Compost Happens: 8:30 a.m. July 12, Hillsborough County Extension , 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Create rich soil from garden trimmings and kitchen scraps; limited seating. Preregistration required. Free, $20 cost for compost bin for non-Hillsborough County residents. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Water-Wise Workshop: 9:30 a.m. July 12, Hillsborough County Extension , 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Workshop on how to reduce water consumption in the landscape and how to install a micro-irrigation system; limited seating. Preregistration required. Free, $20 cost for micro-irrigation kit for non-Hillsborough residents. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Tropical Plant Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13, USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. Hundreds of blooming tropical and exotic plants, plumeria, gingers, orchids, bananas and more; workshops every half-hour July 13; bring decorated pepper to Pepper Beauty Contest for free admission on July 13. There will be pepper sauces, salsas, plants and products. $4; under 12 free. (813) 974-2329.

Benefit Plant Sale: 8 a.m-2 p.m. July 12-13, gulf beaches location. Low-cost plants include fragrant frangipani, crotons, bananas, figs and ferns. Benefits efforts for passage of Equal Rights Amendment. Call (727) 393-0932 for plant sale address.

Pressed Flowers: 9:30 a.m.-noon July 14, Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S. Coffee & Garden Crafts two-week workshop on making pressed flowers; bring scissors, pencils, paintbrushes; beverages provided. $3.50 materials fee. (727) 397-8719 to register.

"Opening A Can of Worms": 10 a.m. July 15, Forest Oaks Government Plaza, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Learn the basics and benefits of vermicomposting, using worms to turn organic material into high-quality compost, in Hernando County Extension Service class. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. (352) 754-4433.

"Great Women Exploring Nature": 4-7 p.m. July 15, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Book signing with Linda Taylor, author of Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Unusual Gesneriads: 10 a.m. July 19, 402 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. Learn about chrysothemis, whose bright blooms flower in shaded areas, at the meeting of the Tampa Bay Gesneriad Society. (727) 447-2898.

Farmers' markets

St. Pete Beach Fresh Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. (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, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free admission. (727) 360-9423.

Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace/Clearwater Farmer's Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, downtown, between Cleveland and Pierce streets on Osceola Avenue, Clearwater. (727) 461-7674 or clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

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

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A calendar of garden and outdoors activities 07/04/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 12, 2008 7:25pm]

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