Plants and markets
• Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday 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, where 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 includes 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 featuring local in-season produce, candles and locally-made products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. The co-op also accepts orders for fresh, locally-grown, chemical-free produce. Register at suncoastco-op.com to place your order; orders may be picked up during the market, between noon and 2 p.m. (727) 271-2754.
• Hernando County Farmers Market runs 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 is open for 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). Local plants for sale; people may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, the "best kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.
• Plant sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Spring Hill Garden Club's plant nursery, 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill Drive. Plants that grow well in this area will be offered at reasonable prices. Knowledgeable individuals will be on hand to assist customers in choosing the right plant for the right location. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.
• Plant sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 behind the Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Find native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, grasses, ground covers and more to spruce up your fall garden at the Florida Native Plant Society, Nature Coast Chapter sale, with books for sale, advice from Master Gardeners on how to choose the right garden spot for your plant, plant profiles with each sold plant, carts for transportation and free literature. pasconativeplants.org.
• 10 Important Landscape Design Rules, 10:30 a.m. today at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants will be introduced to components of landscaping in a Florida-friendly way. It will cover soil type, topography, existing vegetation and more. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230 or email [email protected]
• Getting Plants Ready for Winter, 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Learn simple steps you can take now that can help prevent and lessen damage from the coming cold snaps. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230 or email [email protected]
• Drip Irrigation, 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at Home Depot, 10017 US Highway 19, Port Richey. Discover how to select, install and maintain a drip irrigation system. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Best Management Practices to Become Green Industry Instructor, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Pasco County Extension, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Attend this one-day seminar learn how to train your crew, organize and deliver state-mandated GI-BMP classes and to proctor tests. Pre-registration required. For information, call (850) 245-8086 or email [email protected]
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrows, which will be on display throughout the gardens ($1 per vote). Country singer George Marshall will entertain. Children's activities include pumpkin painting ($1 per pumpkin), games, face painting and scavenger hunt, pictures taken with a live scarecrow. Display and voting continues through Nov. 15. This is a fundraiser for the landmark Spring Hill waterfall. Held in conjunction with the Spring Hill Garden Club's fall plant sale at the adjacent plant nursery. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.