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; 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. 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 farmer's 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. Highway 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.
Micro irrigation seminar: Learn to select, install and maintain a drip irrigation system to satisfy your plant's water needs while conserving water and saving money in this Pasco Extension seminar from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. (352) 518-0156.
'Conservation in Pasco County – A Progress Report': The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard, Land O' Lakes. The meeting on Feb. 11 features the presentation "Conservation in Pasco County – A Progress Report," presented by Keith Wiley, Program Manager of Pasco County's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP). Call (727) 376-7663 or visit pasconativeplants.org online.
Nature Coast Botanical Gardens: Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill, off of 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, Asian, Memorial and Butterfly gardens. Tours last about one hour and are free of charge, however donations are appreciated. Reservations are required. Call (352) 683-9933.