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A calendar of gardening events

Gesneriads at Selby: 1-4 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. African violets are among the many types of gesneriads for sale by both Suncoast and Tampa Bay Gesneriad Societies; find achimenes, gloxinias and episcias, educational information and experts to help with problem plants. Two for one admission ($17 for first guest, second free), with garden members free, reciprocal garden memberships (such as Sunken Gardens, USF Botanical Gardens) honored. (813) 963-7424. selby.org.

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Gesneriads at Selby: 1-4 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. African violets are among the many types of gesneriads for sale by both Suncoast and Tampa Bay Gesneriad Societies; find achimenes, gloxinias and episcias, educational information and experts to help with problem plants. Two for one admission ($17 for first guest, second free), with garden members free, reciprocal garden memberships (such as Sunken Gardens, USF Botanical Gardens) honored. (813) 963-7424. selby.org.

Landscape Tour, South Pinellas: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today, Twigs & Leaves, A Florida Garden Center, 1013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg. Register at this location for self-driven Native Plant Landscape Tour of south Pinellas gardens that use variety of native plants to create a carefree, low-maintenance landscape that attracts wildlife, birds and butterflies. Tour book with garden descriptions and map provided upon registration. $5 per person per tour. (727) 733-2928. fnps.org.

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

Walk Among the Pines: 9-10:30 a.m. today, John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. Take a guided walk through pine flatlands and wetlands to discover the many plant varieties in the park. Free, but preregistration required. (727) 669-1951.

Nature Walk: 10-11 a.m. today or Sun., Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. Walk, suitable for families, explores different areas of the park, from beach area to mangroves. Free, but registration required. (727) 582-2267.

Guided Nature Walk: 10:30 a.m. today, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Ranger-led walk teaches about Florida's habitats and animals of the preserve. Included with admission. (727) 893-7326.

Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today and Sept. 27, 3212 W Paxton Ave., Tampa. Now is the time to prepare and plant a fall and winter vegetable garden for abundant harvesting later; find out how to cheaply start and maintain a garden of organic produce to edible flowers. $25, $5 discount per student for groups of four or more. (813) 839-0881.

Beginning Bonsai: 11:30 a.m. today, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn the basics of bonsai, the ancient Asian art of cultivating miniature trees, at horticulture program. $65, $55 members; registration required. (727) 551-3102.

Backyard Wildlife Buffet : 1-2 p.m. today, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Attract wildlife to your back yard by providing food sources and using native plants to create a "backyard buffet." Free, but preregistration required. (727) 453-6800.

Landscape Tour, North Pinellas: noon-4 p.m. Sun., Wilcox Nursery, 12501 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Register at this location for self-driven Native Plant Landscape Tour of north Pinellas gardens that use variety of native plants to create a carefree, low-maintenance landscape that attracts wildlife, birds and butterflies. Tour book with garden descriptions and map provided upon registration. $5 per person per tour. (727) 733-2928. fnps.org.

Florida-Friendly Gardening: 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Class teaches the basics of Florida-friendly landscape and design principles, including using native plants and water-wise techniques. This week: proper pruning, fertilizing and mulching; garden tour follows. $15. (727) 582-2673 to register.

Bucket Gardening: 9-11:30 a.m. Wed., Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Container and micro-gardening workshop, bring two 5-gallon buckets. Register by today. Free, but preregistration required. (941) 742-5986.

Why Landscapes Fail: 2 p.m. Wed., Spring Hill Public Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. "Why Landscapes Fail: Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" Extension Service program shows how to prevent landscape disasters. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. (352) 754-4433.

Water-wise Workshop: 10:30 a.m.-noon Thur., Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Reduce water usage while maintaining a beautiful landscape with tips on efficient watering techniques and micro-irrigation. Free starter micro-irrigation kit for Hillsborough residents ($20 for non-Hillsborough residents). Limited seating, preregistration required. Free workshop. (813) 744-5519, ext. 144.

Guided Nature Walk: 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Learn park history and explore nature in one of Pinellas' oldest parks; wear closed shoes, hat, sunscreen, repellent. Free; registration required. (727) 669-1947.

Proper Hibiscus Pruning: 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Find out the correct way to prune tropical hibiscus to promote growth and blooms at meeting of the Sunset chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. (727) 530-9118.

Easy Composting: 10-11 a.m. Sept. 27, Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. (west of Alt. U.S. 19 and two blocks south of Alderman Road), Palm Harbor. Learn simple composting methods in class from master gardener that will enhance garden soil. Free, but registration required. (727) 582-2673.

Fall Native Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27, West Pasco Historical Museum, 6431 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Native plants, wildflowers, ground covers and more at annual fall sale by the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Free admission. (727) 848-2177.

Orchid Reflections: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27, noon-5 p.m. Sept. 28, Lake Mirror Center, 121 S Lake Ave., Lakeland. Ridge Orchid Society's "Orchid Reflections" show, with displays by orchid societies and growers, vendors with orchids, orchid supplies and orchid-themed gifts for sale, repotting table, talks on orchid culture. Free admission. (863) 425-5203. ridgeorchidsociety.org.

Wildflower Walk: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Discover the preserve's many varieties of wildflowers in stroll through the trails. Free with admission. (727) 893-7326.

Wicked Weed Workshop: 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 27, Weedon Island Preserve , 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Discover how to rid your yard of invasive, exotic plants and weeds. Don't know if it's a weed or not? Bring in plants for identification. Workshop best for adults. Free, but registration is required. (727) 453-6500.

Florida Water Gardening: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Bill Waterman of Watermark Ponds shows how to create a water landscape feature in horticulture program. Free with admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, kids under 12 and members free. (727) 551-3102.

Exploring Epiphytes: 1-2 p.m. Sept. 27, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Hands-on exploration of the world of air plants that grow in trees. For adults and those over age 12. Free, but registration is required. (727) 453-6800.

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.

Tuesday Morning Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, along 2900 block of Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Year-round, free admission, pet-friendly. (727) 459-1963.

Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace/Clearwater Farmer's Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. once a month on Wednesdays, Wed. and Oct. 29, downtown, between Cleveland and Pierce streets on Osceola Avenue, Clearwater. (727) 461-7674. clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

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

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A calendar of gardening events 09/19/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:28pm]

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