Hydroponic gardening: Learn the basics at a free Pasco Extension seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road. Learn to use hydroponics to grow herbs, vegetables and ornamentals. Call (352) 518-0156.
Grow drought- and salt-tolerant plants: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. George Kish, who recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, gives a presentation called "Native Florida Plants for Drought- and Salt-Tolerant Landscaping." For information, call Sandy at (727) 376-7663 or visit pasconativeplants.org.
Fall vegetable gardening: Learn to grow vegetables successfully in the fall in Florida at a free Pasco Extension seminar from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For information, call (352) 518-0156.
Identify the snakes in your garden: Learn which snakes are helpful for gardens and which are harmful for humans in a Pasco Extension seminar at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Free. For information, call (352) 518-0156.
Plants and markets
• The Market Place at Hibiscus Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, starting Sept. 6, at Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue, in front of the Dade City Garden Club. The market is sponsored by the Dade City Youth Council and may include locally grown produce, plants, garden accessories, home decor, furniture, arts, crafts and jewelry. Interested vendors can call Lucy Avila at (352) 521-5858.
• 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 seeds from the library's catalog to start an organic garden. (727) 853-1265.
• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5, 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. Sept. 6 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 farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. Features local in-season produce, candles and locally made products. Co-op also accepts orders for fresh, local, 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; hernando countyfarmersmarket.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, which is open daily from sunrise to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.
Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, at 1489 Parker Ave. in Spring Hill off 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, however donations are appreciated. Reservations required. Call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.