Plants and markets
• Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. Local organic growers sell seasonal produce and plant-based goods. The library also offers a seed exchange so gardeners can check out heirloom, genetically pure seeds from the library's seed catalog to start an organic garden. (727) 853-1265.
• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey (on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street). The eclectic market features vendors selling produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meat, cheese, baked goods, jelly and jam, honey, nuts, coffee, ethnic food, light refreshments and arts and crafts. (727) 842-8066; nprmainstreet.com.
• Suncoast Co-op hosts a farmer's market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. Features local in-season produce, candles and locally made products. The co-op also accepts orders for fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register at suncoastco-op.com; orders may be picked up during the market, between noon and 2 p.m. (727) 271-2754.
• Hernando County Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill. (352) 232-4241; hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com.
• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery hosts plant sales from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays at 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill Drive (four-tenths of a mile from U.S. 19). Browse or buy local plants and visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, called the "best-kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.
'Delicious Florida Tomatoes' seminar: January is the time to start tomato plants indoors for spring crops. Learn which varieties are best and how to grow them at 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at this Pasco Extension seminar at Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. (352) 518-0156.
Flower arranging demonstration: Tom Macki of Beacon Woods Florist demonstrates flower arranging during the Women's Connection meeting and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The cost is $15 for the program and lunch. Reservations are required. Call (727) 856-4042.
'Growing Tomatoes in Florida' seminar: January is the time to start tomato plants indoors for spring planting. Learn about the varieties that grow best in Pasco gardens from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Pasco Extension seminar at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (352) 518-0156.
'Why It's so Easy to Hate Invasive Plants': The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. The meeting Jan. 14 features a presentation called "Why It's so Easy to Hate Invasive Plants" by Brian Nelson, vegetation management manager at Southwest Florida Water Management District. Learn the specific impacts of invasive species on native plant communities, waterways, fish and wildlife habitats, threatened species and ecosystem processes, as well as pocketbooks. Call (727) 376-7663 or visit pasconativeplants.org online.
Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave. in Spring Hill, are available for groups of five or more people between 9 a.m. and noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The grounds include 23 themed gardens, including the Rose Garden, Asian Garden, Memorial Garden and Butterfly Garden. Tours last approximately one hour and are free of charge, however donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are required. Call (352) 683-9933.