Garden notebook for April 9

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All About Trees: A lunch and learn session called All About Trees will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs. City arborist Rich Hague will speak. Includes gourmet boxed lunch, soft drink and speech. Tickets are $15, or $12 for members and students. (727) 942-5605.

Pesticide license exam

The UF-IFAS Extension of Pasco County will host a free open exam session from 9 a.m. to noon April 17 in Clayton Hall at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. All categories of the exam will be offered except Pesticide Control Operator and Limited. For information about pesticide licensing, call Cami Esmel McAvoy at (352) 793-2728, ext. 234, or email cami13@ufl.edu. For questions about who qualifies to take the exam or to RSVP, call (352) 793-2728, ext. 234, by April 15.

Plants and markets

• Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main Street. Local organic growers sell seasonal produce and plant-based goods. The library also offers a seed exchange so that 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). This 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.

• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Features produce, Florida-grown plants and locally made jams, salsas, seasonings and sauces, plus the works of local artists. (813) 994-2242; tampabaymarkets.com.

• Suncoast Co-op hosts a farmers 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.

Garden tours

Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, at 1489 Parker Ave. in Spring Hill off Spring Hill Drive, 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, the Asian Garden, the Memorial Garden and the Butterfly Garden. Tours last about one hour and are free; however, donations are appreciated. Reservations are required. Call (352) 683-9933.

Garden notebook for April 9 04/08/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:53pm]

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