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Garden tour, green expo, gardening classes

If it is still too hot to work in your garden and you need some inspiration, there are always gardening events happening in the area. Here are a few you might enjoy:

Strolling in a Perfect Paradise takes place at the gardens of the former Tampa Bay Hotel on the University of Tampa campus Monday through Dec. 31. It features historic images from brochures, newspapers, negative slides and photographs, along with original decorative pieces and historic garden markers.

Two projectors will display oversized images of the hotel grounds and the hotel guests enjoying the gardens in the 19th century.

Pick up A Self-Guided Tour of the Gardens and Grounds of the Tampa Bay Hotel. This guide leads visitors to many sites that were present in 1891.

Visit the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Museum Store Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The venue closes Mondays through November, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Nov. 16 and 17, the museum will close to prepare for the Victorian Christmas Stroll.

Admission costs through November are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 4-12. During December, there is special pricing for the Victorian Christmas Stroll.

The Horticultural Extravaganza takes place Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., in Tampa. Learn about favorite plants, and shop with vendors during the event. Seminars will be provided on orchids, organic community gardens, bromeliads, amaryllis and native plants by area experts. Admission is $10 and preregistration is required. Call Jill Anderson for details at (727) 798-1970.

Learn about organic gardening at Companion Planting and Natural Pest Control on Oct. 2 from 1-3 p.m. Certified permaculturalist Robert Segundo will provide a two-hour course on successful planting and natural pest control. Participants will receive expert guidance on companion plants that attract pollinators and help deter harmful bugs by utilizing natural methods to handle pests. The course costs $35 per person. Students pay $20 per course, and couples pay $60. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. For further information or a class schedule, call (727) 793-5766. The class takes place at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center), 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg.

Attend Composting in Florida on Oct. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Start a food forest, raised beds or basic garden with organic nutrients. Composting helps to create a strong foundation in which plants will flourish. Permaculturalist Robert Segundo dispels composting myths and presents a variety of composting options for the Florida landscape. Learn proper composting methods for quality and safety. Seminar topics include proper composting, composting manure and meat, creating a home compost, troubleshooting and the future of composting. Course fee is $35 per person, $20 for students and $60 per couple. For further information, call (727) 793-5766. Location: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center), 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg.

The Tampa Bay Living Green Expo is hosting a second event this year taking place at the Dunedin Community Center. Mark your calendars for Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn about living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle and reducing one's impact on the environment. There will be information sessions, eco-friendly products and services and sustainable arts and crafts projects for the kids. This is a free event. Dunedin Community Center is located at 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin.

Mary Collister can be reached at hillsnews@sptimes.com.

Garden tour, green expo, gardening classes 09/23/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:54pm]

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