Master Gardener Plant Sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Bee Ridge Park, 4430 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Florida-friendly plants, herbs, fruit trees plus planting advice. Free admission. (941) 364-5838 or (941) 861-9807.
Fourth Annual National Herb Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, 901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Lectures, free herb- and food-tasting, herb plants for sale. Free. (727) 551-0857.
Fall Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-noon today, Hernando County Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Ground covers, perennials and other Florida-suited plants at Hernando County Master Gardener Sale. Free admission. (352) 754-4433.
Plant & "Doodads" Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S, St. Petersburg. Plants grown by club members include hibiscus, crotons, orchids, kalanchoes, lilies, ferns, herbs, vines, plus yard sale treasures. (727) 526-6117 or (727) 398-6871.
Master Gardener Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 SR 52, Dade City. Annuals, perennials, ornamentals, vegetables, fruit trees, butterfly plants, water garden plants, tips for low-maintenance yards, melaleuca mulch. Kid's activity area. (352) 521-4288.
Florida-Friendly Garden Tour: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today, parking lot north of North Shore tennis courts, corner North Shore Drive and 12th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. Visit six gardens without turfgrass that require little to no water, fertilizer or pesticides in Suncoast Sierra Club's garden tour. Free, but registration required. (727) 896-3130.
Free Garden Advice: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct., Lowe's , 4780 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Master Gardeners provide answers to gardening, landscaping, insect questions. Or call 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. for advice. Free. (352) 754-4433.
Fall Plant Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. Spruce up a fall garden with crotons, bromeliads, begonias, succulents, bougainvillea, palms, camellias. Horticulture expert Tom MacCubbin speaks at noon Sunday, plus live jazz 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. $4, members and kids under 12 free. (813) 974-2329.
Secret Garden Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Floral City Community Building, 8370 E Orange Ave. (CR 48), Floral City. Get tickets at this location for annual tour of six home gardens. Self-driven, maps provided upon registration. $10. (352) 341-0043 or (352) 341-1366.
Orchids #101: 10 a.m.-noon today, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Learn the basics of lighting, watering and fertilizing, plus tour orchids in the greenhouse. $45, $35 members. (941) 366-5731, ext. 239. selby.org.
African Violet Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Cypress Meadows Community Church, 2180 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Find starter plants and flowering violets, expert help. (727) 398-7450.
Frugal Vegetable Garden: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct., 3212 W Paxton Ave., Tampa. John Starnes shows how to frugally plant and tend a fall and winter organic vegetable garden. Free seeds to get started. Outdoor class, bring water, wear light clothing. $25, $5 discount per student for groups of four or more. (813) 839-0881.
Dazzling Dendrobium Orchids: 11:30 a.m. today, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Michael Polen of Art Stone Orchids shows how to care for dendrobium orchids, plants for sale. Free with Gardens admission, $8 adults, $6 seniors, kids under 12 free. (727) 551-3102.
How to Grow Violets: 1 p.m. today, Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Fantasy African Violet Club meets, with violet and related species tips. (352) 398-1679.
Bamboo Basics: 9:30 a.m. Sun., Bamboo Gardens, 1200 Virginia Ave., Palm Harbor. Add Asian element to your landscape, or create a privacy border in Bamboo workshop. Free, but registration required. (727) 784-0517.
Tightwad Gardening: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays through Oct., 3212 W Paxton Ave., Tampa. John Starnes on how to start an organic food garden without breaking the bank, plus free seeds to get started. Outdoor class, bring water, wear light clothing. $25, $5 discount per student for groups of four or more. (813) 839-0881.
Florida Friendly Landscapes: 11 a.m. Mon., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. Palm Harbor Garden Club meets with program by Master Gardener Wilma Holley. (727) 942-3028.
High Color/Low Maintenance: 7 p.m. Mon., Lutz Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road, Lutz. Find out which plants add lots of color with little care at Master Gardener clinic. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 145.
Putting Worms to Work: 7 p.m. Mon., Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., Plant City. Learn the basics and benefits of "vermicomposting", using worms to turn kitchen waste into nutrient-rich soil in Master Gardener clinic. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 145.
Colorful Fall Annuals & Perennials: 2 p.m. Wed., Spring Hill Public Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Brighten a garden with colorful plants at Hernando County Extension Service program. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. (352) 754-4433.
Lunch N' Learn in the Garden: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thur., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn about the unique requirements of gardening in a semi-tropical climate while lingering over lunch and a glass of wine. Box lunch served, cash bar available. $20, $15 members, registration required. (727) 551-3102.
Grandma's Plants & Treasures: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri. and Oct. 18, 10271 Casey Drive, New Port Richey. New Port Richey Garden Club's sale includes frangipani (plumeria), butterfly plants, Long Leaf pine, petunias, vegetables, crape myrtle. (727) 848-2292.
Violet "Babies": 10 a.m. Oct. 17, Ragan Community Center, 1200 East Lake Ave., Tampa. Tampa African Violet Society meets, with plant raffle. (813) 681-1910 or (813) 689-8700.
Plants for the Garden: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa. Fern Garden Club's annual sale of diverse plants at budget prices. Free admission. (813) 961-0175.
Orchid Friends Sale: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 18, parking lot at, 343 39th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Orchids and tropicals at bargain prices, plus care advice. (727) 536-7717.
Florida-Friendly Yards Tour: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18, Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Register at this location for self-driven tour of certified Florida-friendly yards and gardens in mid Pinellas County; maps provided upon registration. $5 per group traveling together. (727 582-2673.
Butterflies at Bok: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 18, Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. Girl Scout Day Open House event with butterfly house, self-guided tours, other activities. $7 per Girl Scout, two free chaperones per 15 students. (863) 676-1408. boksanctuary.org.
Benefit Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 305173 Ave., North Redington Beach. Find low-cost and easy-to-grow plants including frangipani at sale to benefit Equal Rights Amendment passage efforts. (727) 393-0932.
Hardy Edibles: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 18, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Add low-maintenance, edible plants to your garden. Starter plants for sale. $45, $35 members. (941) 366-5731, ext. 239, or selby.org.
Great Trees For Hernando County: 10 a.m. Oct. 18, Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Free on first-come, first seated-basis. (352) 754-4433.
Well-Stocked Garden Ponds: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Keep fish thriving in a garden pond. Free with garden admission, $8 adults, $6 seniors, kids under 12 free. (727) 551-3102.
Herbs & Spices: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21, Charles Fendig Public Library, 3903 W Neptune St., Tampa. Explore scents and flavors in Master Gardener class. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 145.
St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 455-4921 or www.saturdaymorningmarket.com
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.
Tuesday Morning Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. along 2900 block of Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Year-round, free admission, pet-friendly. (727) 459-1963.
Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29, downtown, between Cleveland and Pierce Streets on Osceola Avenue, Clearwater. (727) 461-7674 or clearwaterfarmersmarket.com
Dunedin Green Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Pioneer Park, corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 733-4215.
Westchase Saturday Morning Market: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, year-round, at 9622 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. (813) 412-1881.
Ybor City Saturday Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Centennial Park, Eighth Ave. and 18th Street, Ybor City. (813) 241-2442 or ybormarket.com
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