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Tampa gardening events calendar

Fern Garden Club: Rick Crites, secretary of the Beekeepers Association of Tampa, will talk about Florida Backyard Beekeeping. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Also, choose from hundreds of plants for sale at the annual event. Proceeds benefit a scholarship and area charities. Keystone Park, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Get up close to the environment in this guided nature hike. See how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water and a hat. Best for ages 6 and up. Free but registration required. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800. brookercreekpreserve.org.

Bee Series Workshops: Learn about hive construction, honey extraction and more from beekeeper Gary VanCleef. $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members. 10 a.m. Saturday. University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 910-3274. cas.usf.edu/garden.

Growing Food, Harvesting Joy: Learn the basics of successful gardening, how to grow and raise your own food, and to live frugally in John Starnes' class. $20 per class. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Garden Classroom, 3212 W Paxton Ave., Tampa. (813) 839-0881.

Nursery Grower's Plant Auction: Get everything from low-cost plants to hanging baskets, flowering annuals, perennials, herbs and gardening supplies at this plant auction during the Hillsborough County Fair. Proceeds benefit youth ornamental horticulture activities and scholarships. $7 fairgrounds admission, plus nominal auction admission charge. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Highway 60 near Brandon. (813) 368-9891.

Urban Farms: A workshop taught by John Starnes about how to turn a high-maintenance lawn into high-yield garden using low-cost methods. Cost includes seed packets. $20. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Garden Classroom, 3212 W Paxton Ave., Tampa. (813) 839-0881.

Master Gardener Plant Clinics: Advice on variety of gardening topics each week. (813) 744-5519. hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.

Tampa Rose Society: The group will meet and discuss the topic "Compost Happens." Learn how to create rich compost for vibrant roses. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 13312 Cain Road, Tampa. (813) 662-6830. tamparosesociety.org.

Orchid Society: Get expert plant advice from American Orchid Society judges. Free admission. 6 p.m. Thursday, Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 876-8495. tampagardenclub.com.

Tampa gardening events calendar 10/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 4:30am]
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