Plants and markets
• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday during the Cotee River Seafood and Blues Festival at a special location on Banks Street in downtown New Port Richey. Vendors sell produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meats, cheeses, bakery items, jellies and jams, honey, nuts, coffee and ethnic foods. For more information, visit nprmainstreet.com.
• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Items include produce, Florida-grown plants and locally made jams, salsas, seasonings and sauces, plus the works of local artists. See tampabaymarkets.com for details.
• Suncoast Co-op offers fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register at suncoastcoop.locallygrown.net to place your order; orders may be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. The Suncoast Cafe, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the ReStore, serves locally roasted organic coffee, homemade teas and baked goods.
• Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month, October through May. The historic Baker House is at 5744 Moog Road, behind the Centennial Park Branch Library. Plants are for sale by Elfers Centennial Garden Club. For more information, call (727) 372-9954.
• Hernando County Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill. For more information, call (352) 232-4241 or visit hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com.
• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery is open 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). Local plants for sale; people may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, which are open daily from sunup to sundown. For more information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
• Common Garden Insects, 10:30 a.m. today at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Learn to identify and control insects. For more information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• Bats: Creatures of the Night Garden, 10 a.m. Saturday at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Learn how to welcome insect-eating bats into your garden by providing food, water and shelter. For more information, call the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Plant Propagation Made Easy, 5:30 p.m. April 29 at the Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Learn the secrets of growing plants from cuttings, seeds and division. For more information, call Jim Moll at (352) 754-4433.
• Rain Gardens, 9 a.m. May 4 at the Pasco County Extension, Clayton Hall, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Learn design ideas and which plants work best and where to plant your new rain garden. For more information, call the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Portable Gardens, 6:30 p.m. May 7 at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. Discover how to create a self-watering grow container using a five-gallon pail and simple tools. For details, call the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• 10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Irrigation System, 10:30 a.m. May 8 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Learn how to improve your irrigation system's performance and ensure your landscape survives rising temperatures. For details, call Jim Moll at (352) 754-4433.
• Arbor Day: Master gardener, urban forester and ecologist Erin Givens will present "Right Tree, Right Place" at 10 a.m. Friday at San Antonio City Hall, 32819 Pennsylvania Ave. The Arbor Day presentation, sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio, Mayor Tim Newlon and the city commissioners, will include a discussion of tree selection for Central Florida, as well as planting and caring for new trees. For more information, call San Antonio City Hall at (352) 588-2127.
• Tea at the Gardens: Local artisans will display their paintings and pottery from 10 a.m. to noon May 11 at 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Guests can wear decorated hats to the Fancy Hat Show and enjoy hot or cold tea and refreshments. Sponsored by the Hernando Computer Club and Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. Call (352) 684-7171 or go to hcc.org.
• Hummingbird Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at Florida Pioneer Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Call (352) 567-0262 or go to pioneerfloridamuseum.org.