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Festival of Flowers: Today through March 22, Cypress Gardens, 6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven. Botanical garden tours at noon and 2 p.m. daily. Demonstrations on creating the gardens' topiaries, butterfly gardening and container gardening (Mon.-Fri.); and Home Depot how-to demonstrations and Garden Crafts for Kids (weekends). (863) 324-2111.

Florida Yard Fandango: Today-Sun., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Workshop registration at 7:30 a.m., events from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. Monica Brandies' "Ease of Florida Gardening" keynote talk, 8:45 a.m. today. Classes include: Color in Florida Friendly Landscape, Edible Landscapes, Herb and Vegetable Gardening, Tough Turf, Enjoying Koi. Plant and craft fair, herb walk through MOSI wetlands with herbalist Rose Kalajian (Sun. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Free admission; $10 for four classes. (813) 987-6100.

Guided Hike: 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Along Environmental Education Center trails; for adults and youth ages 7 and older. Free. (727) 453-6800.

Guided Hike: 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems. For adults and youth ages 6 and older. (727) 453-6500.

Rainforest Orchid Fantasy: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Bayanihan Arts Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa. Tampa Bay Orchid Society show and sale, one of largest indoor displays in area: blooming orchids, hybrids, supplies, books and orchid-related items for sale; repotting, orchid diagnosis, workshops. $4. (813) 310-7676.

Orchid Auction: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, USF Botanical Gardens, on USF campus, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, one block north of Fowler Avenue, Tampa. Tampa Orchid Club's annual auction includes a workshop ($7) at 9 a.m., orchid preview at 10, auction led by Bill Thoms at 10:30 until all plants sold, orchid supplies, books for sale; benefits Orchid Society and Botanical Gardens. Free auction admission. (813) 654-2049 or (813) 963-7454 or (813) 974-2329 to reserve for workshop.

Wildlife Weekend: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Wildlife exhibits, wildland walks, tram tours, native plants and other nature-related items for sale, kids' crafts. Free. (727) 893-7326.

Selby Garden Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sun., Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Plant & Garden Festival with exotic plants, bonsai, fruit trees, herbs, water lilies, orchids and more for sale, garden art, tools and accessories, garden tours and demonstrations, music, food for sale. $6 adults, $3 kids 6-11, members free. (941) 366-5731.

African Violet Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; noon-3 p.m. Sun., Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Violets and growing supplies for sale at Fantasy African Violet Club's "Reigning Violets" show; repotting, plant diagnosis booths. Free admission. (352) 398-1679.

Fort De Soto Nature Walk: 10-11 a.m. today, Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. Nature walk for entire family. Free; preregistration required. (727) 582-2267.

Sensible Sprinkling: 11:30 a.m. today, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Horticulture program shows how to irrigate landscapes with least water use. Free with gardens admission, $8 adults, $6 seniors, kids under 12 free. (727) 551-3102.

Discovery Tour: 1-2:30 p.m. Sun. and March 16, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Tour the formal, natural and sculpture gardens. Free. (727) 582-2581 to register.

Small Space, Big Color: 7 p.m. Mon., Coquina Key Clubhouse, 3850 Pompano Drive SE, St. Petersburg. Add color to a patio, doorway or small space with container gardens; learn how to make your own at meeting of Coquina Key Garden Club. Bring container for planting. (727) 895-5116.

Proper Propagation: 7 p.m. Mon., Lutz Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Master gardener Eileen Hart shows various methods of propagation. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Great Groundcovers: 7 p.m. Mon., Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., Plant City. Master gardener plant clinic on using groundcovers to replace turfgrass. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Garden Club Open House: 1 p.m. Tue., Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S, St. Petersburg. Open house, followed by Growing Amaryllis program by Bill Warren, with display of flowering bulbs. (727) 391-2526.

Incredible Edibles: 6-8 p.m. Tue., Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (County Road 476), Brooksville. Make a meal of wild, edible plants and game in demonstration; bring place setting to sample. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Landscape Makeover: 6-8:30 p.m. Tue., Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Learn to use versatile shrubs as garden accents or hedges in landscape design. Free; registration required by Monday. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

High Color, Low Maintenance: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Riverview Library, 10509 Riverview Drive. Plant easy-care plants that pack a colorful punch in master gardener plant clinic. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Container Gardens: 7 p.m. Tue., Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Tarpon Springs Garden Club meeting; make an herb or flower garden in a pot. (727) 943-4922 to register.

Florida Ferns: 7 p.m. Tue., Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library Gallery, 2902 W Bearss Ave., Tampa. Hillsborough County plant clinic on the best ferns and staghorns for Florida gardens. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105

Good, Bad & Ugly Bugs: 7:30 p.m. Tue., St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. Which bugs are beneficial, harmful or necessary to the ecosystem? Meeting of Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Plant raffle. (727) 848-2177.

Florida as Eden: 7:30 p.m. Tue., Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Explore Florida's centuries-old perception as a Garden of Eden in Natural History Speaker Series program: "Perceptions of Paradise: Visual Mythology of Florida as Eden." Free. (727) 893-7326.

Rain Barrel Benefits: 1 p.m. Wed., Finnish-American Club, 6016 Delaware Ave., New Port Richey. Garden club meeting; demonstration on how rain barrels can collect rainwater for garden use. (727) 848-2292.

Micro-Irrigation: 2 and 6:30 p.m. Wed., Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. (west of Alt. U.S. 19, two blocks south of Alderman Road), Palm Harbor. Master gardener class on saving water by installing a micro-irrigation system that uses current water source or rain barrels. Free. (727) 582-2673 to register.

Landscape Planning Clinic: 4-8 p.m. Wed., Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Not sure what to plant where? Bring your landscape plan and plant list to Brooker Creek's Cypress Swamp Cafe for review by landscape design experts, get tips on planting and maintaining a Florida-friendly landscape. Free; preregistration required. (727) 453-6800.

Butterfly Garden Basics: 10 a.m. Thur., New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa. Start a backyard butterfly garden with tips from master gardeners at plant clinic. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

"Are You A Butterfly?": 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thur., Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Weetime at Weedon program for preschoolers explores the life stages of butterflies with hands-on activities and crafts, tour of butterfly garden. Free; registration required. (727) 453-6500.

Master Gardener Training: 2 p.m. Thur., Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Those desiring to enroll in master gardener training course beginning May 8 must first attend this pre-course meeting, also available at Hernando County Extension Service at 10 a.m. March 20 or 2 p.m. April 3. Meeting mandatory for master gardener training. Precourse meeting free, master gardener training $110. (352) 754-4433 to register.

Featherstone Orchids: 7 p.m. Thur., Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Florida West Coast Orchid Society meets with program on orchid care by Ed Bugbee of Featherstone Orchids; orchid sale, raffle follow meeting. (727) 733-8167.

Sixty Years of Flowers: 12:30 p.m. opening ceremonies Fri., 1-5 p.m. flower show Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15, Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St. Dade City Garden Club's 60th anniversary celebration and judged flower show includes seven classes of floral design, including native plant arrangements, plus horticulture exhibits, talks on propagation (11 a.m. March 15), African violets (1 p.m. March 15), tours of 2 1/2-acre garden club grounds, plant sale. Free admission. (352) 567-3232 or (813) 715-7133.

Spring Gardening College & Waterwise Expo: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 15, Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. "Gardening College" topics include: Orchid Care, Irrigation Tips for Drought Areas, Colorful Groundcovers, Butterfly Gardening, or "make & take" natural design centerpiece (extra $15 fee), plus get water-saving tips at WaterWise Expo. $5 preregistration required for workshops, WaterWise Expo free. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

Bloom N' Garden Festival: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15, Main Street, downtown Safety Harbor. Plants, flowers, lawn ornaments, garden tools and more, with horticulture exhibits from local garden clubs, tree giveaway, kids' activities and crafts. (727) 724-1572.

Air Potato Roundup: 9 a.m.-noon March 15, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Volunteers are needed to remove air potato and grape vines and rosary pea, which threaten native plant species; lunch provided. (727) 893-7326.

Japanese Flower Design: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16, Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. "Japanese Flower Arranging and Cranes" is the theme of the St. Petersburg chapter of Ikebana International's exhibition; more than 90 arrangements, free demonstrations (2 p.m. March 15, 1 p.m. March 16), beginner classes with take-home arrangement, registration required (11:30 a.m. March 15, 2:30 p.m. March 16), 1,000 handmade origami cranes, each available by donation. Free admission and demonstrations, $25 class fee. (727) 442-0537.

The Essence of Herbs: 10 a.m. March 15, USF Botanical Gardens, on USF campus, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, one block north of Fowler Avenue, Tampa. Workshop on growing and using herbs for cooking or household uses, herb plants for sale. $10; registration required. (813) 974-2329.

Out of the Ordinary Gesneriads: 10 a.m. March 15, 402 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. Tampa Bay Gesneriad Society meets with program on phinaea, niphaea and gesneria. (727) 447-2898 or (813) 963-7424.

Flowers Are Forever: 10-11 a.m. March 15, Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Discover flowers in the gardens, make a "tussie mussie" and take a stroll through Market in the Park. Free. (727) 582-2673 to register.

Leaf Art: 11:30 a.m. March 15, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Use tropical leaves and paint to create natural design in art workshop, materials provided, registration required. $35, $25 members. (727) 551-3102.

Young Naturalist Walk: 10:30 a.m.-noon March 16, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Children's nature walk for budding naturalists, closed shoes, water, hats recommended. Free; preregistration required. (727) 453-6800.

Life in the Swamp: 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 16, Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Naturalist program on ecosystems and habitats of swamps, mangroves and salterns. Free; preregistration required. (727) 453-6500.

Landscape Irrigation: 6-8:30 p.m. March 18, Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. The "Why, How and Whens" of irrigation, including low-volume techniques. Free; preregistration required. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

Send submissions to Garden Calendar, Newsfeatures, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, e-mail to, or fax (727) 892-2327. Deadline is two weeks before publication.

Flower & Garden Festival: Through June 1 at Walt Disney World, Interstate 4, Exit 64, Lake Buena Vista. Surfin' Goofy, Mickey and Minnie at the beach among 70 larger-than-life topiaries, Peter Pan's Neverland Garden, rose, fragrance, butterfly, Outdoor Living gardens among 30-million blooms; Growing Future Gardeners kids area; "Great American Gardeners" talks include Roger Swain March 19-20. Included in Epcot admission: $71 plus tax for adults, $60 plus tax for ages 3-9. Discounts for Florida residents. (407) 934-7639.

Farmer's markets

St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, along Central Avenue between First and Second streets S. (727) 455-4921.

Produce Market at the Mustang: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mustang Flea Market, 7901 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Free admission; $1 parking. (727) 544-3066.

Clearwater Farmer's Market: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, downtown, between Cleveland and Pierce streets on Osceola Avenue, Clearwater. (727) 461-7674.

Largo Harvest Marketplace: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5017.

Longleaf Farmer's Market: 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, Longleaf, Town Avenue and Starkey Boulevard, New Port Richey. (727) 375-8986.

Treasure Island Open Air Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. (727) 360-4121.

Sweetwater Sunday Organic Market: noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066.

Gardeners, mark your calendars 03/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:28am]
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