Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, located 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 of charge. However, donations are appreciated.
Reservations are required. Call (352) 683-9933.
The gardens are maintained by the Spring Hill Garden Club, a nonprofit organization. The club's plant nursery, located adjacent to the botanical gardens, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Saturdays. Plants that grow well in this area are available at reasonable prices.
For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
Plants and markets
• Longleaf Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in downtown Longleaf, off Starkey Boulevard and State Road 54, New Port Richey.
• 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. For information visit tampabaymarkets.com.
• The Market, featuring plants and other gardening goods, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 and every other Saturday at West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. For information call (727) 859-9038 or search for West Pasco Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Facebook.
• Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month, October through May. The historic Baker House is at 5744 Moog Road, behind Centennial Park Branch Library. Plants for sale by Elfers Centennial Garden Club. For information, call (727) 372-9954.
• Hernando County Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill.
• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery is open 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."
• Sweetwater Sunday Market is from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Hanley Road and Comanche Avenue, Tampa. Includes native plants, fresh organic produce and products from green vendors and artisans. Live music from 1 to 3 p.m.; open mic from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
• Propagation: Starting New Plants from Seeds and Division, 9-11 a.m. today at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). Plant propagation can be a fun and easy way to increase the plants in the landscape. Pasco Extension Master Gardeners will provide free tips on tried and true methods of seed starting and dividing plants. To register, visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu and find the event under "Events Calendar." For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Pest Resistant Plants, 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Dr., Brooksville. Enjoy your landscape and reduce your plant problems by learning which plants are naturally pest resistant. Proper plant selection will minimize your landscape problems and will save time, money and work in your yard. For information, call Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service at (352) 754-4433.
• Successful Vegetable Gardening in Florida, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. Loved your vegetable garden up North? Can't quite figure out how to do it in Florida? It is different, but it can be done successfully when you learn about proper timing and care for a Florida vegetable garden. For information, call Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service at (352) 754-4433.
• Florida's Fall Colors, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor. Learn which plants can thrive and provide colorful foliage for Fall Florida landscapes. For information, call Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service at (352) 754-4433.
• Tropical Plants for Shade, 6:30-7:40 p.m. Sept. 4 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. Super shady gardens need adaptable plants to thrive. This free seminar will cover many of the Florida-friendly plants that can add interest and color to shady gardens. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Hydroponics Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Main Library of Hernando County, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Learn how to build a hydroponic garden. Participants must preregister. For information, call Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service at (352) 754-4433.
• Preparing for Stormy Weather and GrowPails Seminar, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Learn how to prepare your garden for hurricanes and how to make a self-watering growing container from a five-gallon pail. See examples of vegetables still producing after two years in the same GrowPail. This free seminar includes presentations and demonstrations by Pasco Extension Master Gardeners. Some fully assembled GrowPails will be available for purchase. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.