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 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. 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.
• Fertilizing to Protect Water Quality, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at West Hernando Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville. Overfertilization can adversely impact local springs, estuaries, the aquifer and rivers. Learn when, what kind and how much fertilizer to use to keep your landscape healthy and to protect our water resources. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230 or email at [email protected]
• What to Do While Your Landscape Sleeps, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Winter is here and growth is slowing. Learn what to do and what to avoid doing in your landscape now to make the most of the spring landscape recovery. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230 or email [email protected]
• Growing Amaryllis, 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at Clayton Hall at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Learn to how to create landscape beds, extend bloom periods and renovate established beds. Advanced registration is appreciated. For information, call (727) 847-2411 and ask for Pasco County Extension.
•Holiday in the Gardens: The Spring Hill Garden Club hosts its seventh annual holiday event at 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Evergreen are available for decorating by clubs, organizations and businesses. The cost to reserve a tree is $25 and proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, all-volunteer club and offset the costs to maintain the gardens and nursery. Participants are encouraged to select a decorating theme that represents their organization and to use waterproof decorations without lights, as electricity is not available. To reserve a tree, visit the gardens between 9 a.m. and noon on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays to select one, or call (352) 688-4131 or (352) 683-9933.
•Poinsettia planting: The Spring Hill Garden Club hosts its 25th Annual Poinsettia Planting from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the Spring Hill Landmark waterfall entrance at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way in Spring Hill. Residents are invited to bring poinsettias, sign a memory book and watch garden club members place the plants around the waterfall. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.