Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Celebrate Earth Day with events at Crews Lake Wilderness Park

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. April 21 and every other Saturday at West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 859-9038 or visit West Pasco Habitat for Humanity on Facebook.

• Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month, October to 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.

• 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.

Seminars

• Rose Seminar, 9 to 11 a.m. today at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). Discover tips and tricks to successful rose gardening — even in Pasco gardens. Learn about plant selection, diseases, pests and other care techniques at this free seminar. Sponsored by Pasco Cooperative Extension Services. Call (352) 518-0156 or visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.

• Irrigation system tune-up, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr. Sponsored by Hernando County Extension Office. For information call John Korycki at (352) 540-6230.

• Lawn Care Tips, 10 to 11 a.m. April 21 at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Sponsored by Pasco Extension Services. Call (352) 518-0156 or visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.

• Butterfly gardening, 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 23 at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. For information call Sue Walsh or John Korycki at (352) 540-6230.

• Compost Happens Workshop, 11:30 a.m. April 28 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Pre-registration deadline is April 20 for this workshop, in which participants will receive a take-home compost bin. Cost is $20. Hosted by Pasco Cooperative Extension Services. Visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu and click on "Events Calendar" to register. For information call (352) 518-0156.

• Amazing Azaleas, 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 30 at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. For information call (352) 754-4433.

Garden clubs

• The Elfers Centennial Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. the first Monday of the month from September to June at the Colonial Hills Civic Center, 3825 Prime Place, New Port Richey. No meeting in December. (727) 372-9954.

• The Hibiscus Circle meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month from September through May at the Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St. (352) 521-6886.

• The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). Call (727) 849-2335 or visit pasconativeplants.org.

• The New Port Richey Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month from September to May at the Jasmine Lakes Community Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. Call (727) 863-8881.

• The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month from September through June at the Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave. NW. Refreshments followed by a presentation. (813) 949-1940.

Dig in and celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills, where events include educational workshops and displays, Croc Encounters, a lady bug release, children's crafts and a meet-and-greet with Stephanie Armenia, author of "When Will We be Recycled Momma?" Preregistration required for the workshops: Rain Water Harvesting Workshop at 10 a.m., and Worm Composting Workshop at 11:30 a.m. There is a $10 fee for the rain water workshop, in which participants will receive a 55-gallon rain barrel. There is no cost for the worm composting workshop, and participants will receive a free starter kit, but seats are limited. Register at http://pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. There will also be a recycling program on site where people can receive a $5 gift card for bringing in any item containing mercury. Residents may also recycle electronics (two TVs per household at no cost, $7 per monitor after that), expired medications, all kinds of metal items and car and truck batteries. The Earth Day event is sponsored by Pasco Parks & Recreation, Covanta Pasco and Pasco Cooperative Extension. For information on the event call Lottie at (727) 856-2917 ext. 201.

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