Thursday, April 26, 2018
Home and Garden

Pasco garden notebook for April 2


"Gardening with Natives" class: Master gardener Rita Grant teaches a class called Gardening with Natives at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the West Hernando Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Learn about plants that are native to Florida. For information, call (352) 754-4433 or visit online.

Caladium seminar: Learn when to plant and how to care for caladiums at a free Pasco Extension seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Clayton Auditorium, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. For information, call (352) 518-0156.

Plants and markets

Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main Street. 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;

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;

Suncoast Co-op hosts a farmers 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; 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;

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;

Garden Tours

Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, located at 1489 Parker Ave. in 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 Garden, Asian Garden, Memorial Garden and Butterfly Garden. Tours last approximately one hour and are free of charge. However, donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are required. Call (352) 683-9933.