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Garden notebook: Jan. 29

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;

Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month from February through October 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;

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; 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; hernando

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;


'Caring for Your Florida Roses' seminar: Learn to grow, breed and care for roses, including roses grown on Fortuniana rose stock, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Clayton Hall, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. The seminar is free and presented by the Pasco Extension. (352) 518-0156.

'Your Spring Vegetable Garden' seminar: Learn what to plant and when to plant it for a bountiful spring garden at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road. The seminar is free and presented by the Pasco Extension. (352) 518-0156.

Micro irrigation seminar: Learn to select, install and maintain a drip irrigation system to satisfy your plants' water needs while conserving water and saving money in this Pasco Extension seminar from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (352) 518-0156.


Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society: The chapter meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Meetings are free; interested parties are invited to attend, bring questions about their yard, enjoy light refreshments and participate in a native plant drawing. (727) 376-7663;

Garden tours

Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, located at 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill, are available for groups of five or more people between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The grounds include 23 theme gardens, including the Rose Garden, Asian Garden, Memorial Garden and Butterfly Garden. Tours last about one hour and are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are required. (352) 683-9933.