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Upcoming garden events

Daylily Show and Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, 1900 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. Bay Area Daylily Society's 15th annual show and sale. Plant sales start at 9 a.m.; "Daylilies 101" seminar, 11 a.m., display open noon-4 p.m. after judging. Free. (727) 595-5991.

Carousel of Roses: noon-9 p.m. today; noon-6 p.m. Sun., Westfield Brandon mall, 459 Brandon Town Center. Near south entrance to mall. Tampa Rose Society's 37th annual show; hundreds of blooms including hybrid teas, miniatures, climbing, Old Garden roses; arrangements and fresh-cut roses for purchase; rosarians offer advice. (813) 626-3874.

Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW. Celebrate Ruskin's tomato bounty with specialty foods, country and bluegrass music, antique car and tractor shows, plant show and sale, crafts, kids' activities. Free tomato plants while supply lasts. $5; 12 and younger free. (813) 645-3808.

Plant & Garden Treasures Sale: 8:30 a.m. today, Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St. Club's annual sale of homegrown plants, garden treasures, whimsy and accessories, baked goods. Proceeds benefit local student scholarships. Free. (727) 443-7032.

Mother's Day Orchids: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Louis Del Favero Orchids, 6601 Gant Road, Tampa. Find cattleyas, dendrobiums, other blooming orchids in pre-Mother's Day sale; vendors include Fajen's Orchids, Joy Orchids, Eureka Natives; experts with advice on keeping orchids thriving. (813) 961-8277.

Family Day in the Garden: 9-11:30 a.m. today, demonstration garden in front of Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Exhibits on rain barrels, saving water, growing a herb garden; refreshments; free plant for kids; melaleuca mulch $2.50 per bag. Free, but registration requested. (352) 521-4288 or (813) 996-7341, ext. 4288.

Garden Tips 'n' Tricks: 9-11 a.m. today, Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Master gardener program shares expert tips on cultivating a thriving garden; get answers to gardening questions or problems. Free, but registration requested. (352) 521-4288 or (813) 996-7341, ext. 4288.

Brooker Creek Hike: 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Guided hike along Environmental Education Center trails; for adults and youth ages 7 and older. Free. (727) 453-6800.

Weedon Guided Hike: 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems. For adults and youth ages 6 and older. Free. (727) 453-6500.

Spring Garden Stroll: noon-4 p.m. Sun., Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood, St. Petersburg. Visit private gardens with creative patio designs and garden accents, water features, exotic and native plants, all in historic neighborhood. Ticket locations online at $10 advance, $15 on tour day; includes same-day admission to Sunken Gardens. (727) 825-0479.

Flower & Garden Festival: Through June 1, Walt Disney World, Interstate 4, exit 64, Lake Buena Vista. "Great American Gardeners" talks include "Whole Garden Foods"; Florida garden writer Tom MacCubbin shows how to grow an edible landscape, today-Sun.; Plants & Perfume, Fri.-May 11; larger-than-life topiaries; rose, fragrance, butterfly, outdoor-living gardens; 30-million blooms. Included in EPCOT admission: $71 plus tax adults, $60 plus tax ages 3-9. Discounts for Florida residents. (407) 934-7639.

Garden Explorer Backpack Tour: Monday through May 9, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Self-guided "backpack" two-hour tours anytime between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to explore plants, flowers, wildlife. Free. (727) 582-2581.

Hummingbird Havens: 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. Learn how create a backyard hummingbird haven with nectar plants, nesting habitats and cover for the birds. Free. (352) 521-4288 or (727) 847-8177.

Butterfly Walk: 9-11 a.m. Tue., Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsay Road (County Road 476), Brooksville. Bring binoculars to spot Florida butterflies. Free, but registration required. (352) 754-6722.

Watering Efficiently: 10 a.m. Tue., Forest Oaks Government Plaza, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Make the most of water-saving techniques at Hernando County Extension Service class. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. (352) 754-4433.

Bromeliad Auction: 7 p.m. Tue., Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society's annual auction of array of bromeliad varieties for outdoors and indoors. (727) 544-9187 or (727) 439-7782.

All About Hibiscus: 7 p.m. Tue., Garden Club of St. Petersburg Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S. Speaker: Fred Roush of the American Hibiscus Society. (727) 391-2526.

Sunset Park Garden Club: 10 a.m. Wed., Sunset Park Garden Center, 4624 Browning Ave., Tampa. Awards announced in recent 54th annual flower show, plus fountain dedication, election of new club officers. (813) 839-1610.

Home Composting: 10 a.m.-noon Wed., Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Learn composting basics in workshop; includes compost bin. $10, registration required. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

Landscape Makeover: 6-8:30 p.m. Wed., Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Design a low-maintenance landscape using Florida-Friendly techniques in workshop. Free, but registration required. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

Orchids of South America: 7 p.m. Wed., Buena Vista Manor Clubhouse, 5112 Rosada Ave., Holiday. Orchid Society of West Pasco meets; program on the orchids of South America. (727) 942-0812.

Quick 'N' Easy Propagation: 7 p.m. Wed., Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets with tips for quick and easy plant propagation techniques. (727) 544-7341.

Butterflies in the Garden: 7 p.m. Wed., Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Master gardener plant clinic shows how to attract butterflies to the garden. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Make a Rain Barrel: 10 a.m.-noon Thur., Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Workshop shows how to capture rainwater for garden use in a rain barrel; rain barrel kit included. $40, registration required. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

Wonderful Wildflowers: 10 a.m. Thur., New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa. Master gardener clinic on wildflowers that bloom in Florida. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Jack's Garden: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thur., Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Wee-Time at Weedon program for preschoolers explores Jack's Garden book, which traces path from seed to bloom, role of weather, soil, insects. Free, but registration required. (727) 453-6500.

Orchid Judging: 7 p.m. Thur., Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Learn how orchids are judged at educational class, followed by talk by Mark Jones, at Florida West Coast Orchid Society meeting; orchid sale follows. (727) 733-8167.

Horticulture Classes: University of Florida/IFAS College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Plant City campus, 1200 N Park Road, Plant City. Fri. registration deadline; summer classes begin May 12 and include Insect Classification, Topics in Environmental Horticulture, Floral Shop Management, Public Gardens Management, Greenhouse & Nursery Crop Culture. $113 per credit hour, most courses three hours; ages 60 and older can audit classes free. (813) 757-2280.

Bay Bouquet Flowers: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 10, Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Bay Bouquet Garden Club's standard judged flower show themed "Up, Up & Away." (727) 734-2058.

Elfers Plant & Orchid Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10, Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Elfers Centennial Garden Club's annual Mother's Day plant and orchid sale; flower arranging demonstrations at 10 a.m., noon. (727) 376-2862.

Orchid & Rose Fantasy: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11, USF Botanical Gardens, Tampa, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, one block north of Fowler Avenue, Tampa. Orchid plants and rose bushes; Tampa Orchid Society members offer growing and care tips, orchid (10 a.m. May 10), rose (11 a.m. May 10) workshops. Mother's Day, May 11: Free orchids to first 100 mothers; Jazz in the Garden starts at 11 a.m.; box lunch available (preorder required). Free admission, worshops, $5. (813) 974-2329.

Landscape Irrigation: 6-9 p.m. May 13, Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Advanced class covers details of zone layout for well-designed systems, micro-irrigation, more. Free, but registration required. (941) 722-4524 or (941) 742-5986.

Landscape With Bulbs: 2 and 6:30 p.m. May 14, Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. (west of Alt. U.S. 19 and two blocks south of Alderman Road), Palm Harbor. Use bulbs to add year-round color and texture to landscapes in master gardener class. Free, but registration required. (727) 582-2673.

Native Plant Conference & Sale: May 15-17, Manatee Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Workshops on native plants and orchids, landscape design, rare plants; field trips, garden tours, sale of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers; details available online. $55 daylong workshops, $40 field trips, other event prices vary. (321) 388-4781.

Farmers' markets

St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, along Central Avenue between First and Second streets. (727) 455-4921.

Produce Market at the Mustang: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mustang Flea Market, 7901 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Free admission; $1 parking. (727) 544-3066.

Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. once a month on Wednesday, May 28, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, downtown, between Cleveland and Pierce streets on Osceola Avenue, Clearwater. (727) 461-7674

Ybor City Saturday Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (summer hours, May 10 through Sept.) Saturdays, Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 18th Street, Ybor City. (813) 241-2442 or

Sweetwater Sunday Organic Market: noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066 or

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Upcoming garden events 05/02/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:28pm]
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