Garden activities in Pasco

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.

The Market, featuring plants and other gardening goods, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

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). Through the end of the year, the club will sell plants at a 50 percent discount. A variety of plants that grow well in this area are available, and qualified personnel will assist the public in selecting the right plant for the right place. People may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, the "best kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit www.naturecoastgardens.com.

Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 and the first Saturday of each month at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. It features produce, Florida-grown plants and locally made jams, salsas, seasonings and sauces, plus the works of local artists. For information, visit tampabaymarkets.com.

Fresh Friday Night Farmer's Market, 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey (on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street). Vendors will sell produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meats, cheeses, bakery items, jellies and jams, honey, nuts, coffee and ethnic foods. There will be demonstrations, gardening tips and live entertainment. This seasonal market will continue every Friday from Jan. 4 to April 26. For information, visit www.nprmainstreet.com.

Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of every month, October through May. The historic Baker House is at 5744 Moog Road, behind Centennial Park Branch Library. Plants are 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.

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 mike from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

Dunedin Green Market is open every Friday and Saturday for its ninth season, featuring a wide variety of vendors offering organic produce, cheeses, artisan bread, plants and herbs, local honey, all natural pet treats, pickles, Alaskan Salmon, Florida seafood, olive salad, pastries and orchids. The market, located at Pioneer Park at Main Street and Douglas Avenue in downtown Dunedin, is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through the end of April; Saturday hours will move to 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from May through July.

Seminars

Preparing for Cold Weather, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at Pasco County Fairgrounds, Clayton Hall, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Discover steps you can take now to minimize damage in your garden this winter at this free program taught by a local Master Gardener. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

Bats: Creatures of the Night Garden, 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Learn how to welcome insect-eating bats into your garden by providing food, water, and shelter. This free Pasco Extension seminar will be taught by a local Master Gardener. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

'Tis the season

• Holiday in the Gardens: Numerous clubs, businesses and organizations have signed up to decorate a Christmas tree during the Spring Hill Garden Club's "Holiday in the Gardens" to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave. in Spring Hill. Trees are still available and may be reserved by visiting the gardens between 9 a.m. and noon on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday to select a tree and paying a donation fee of $25. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit www.naturecoastgardens.com.

Giving green

Looking for earth-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays? The Southwest Florida Water Management District has decorating tips and gift ideas that can protect water resources while planting the seeds for new traditions.

Decorating ideas

• Use items found around your yard and home to make centerpieces and other decorations. Palm fronds, magnolia leaves, pinecones and citrus fruit make great ingredients for eye-catching displays.

• Rosemary is easy to grow and makes a nice choice for holiday greenery and fills the home with a sweet fragrance.

• Decorate with red salvia splendens instead of poinsettias. The plant requires less maintenance once placed in your garden after the holidays.

Green thumb wish list

• Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and an inexpensive gift when you pick one up at a local extension office. Plus they can be decorated in countless ways to add charm to any garden.

• Compost bins provide nutrients for a garden and keep food scraps out of the garbage disposal. A garbage disposal uses up to 4 gallons of water per minute.

• Raised garden beds make great gifts for gardeners, and they control water use and reduce the need for pesticides, which means less runoff into water resources.

• Gift certificates are available at most local extension offices for free or inexpensive classes to make rain barrels, compost bins and other items. Pasco Cooperative Extension is located at the Pasco County Fairgrounds at 36702 State Road 52 in Dade City. Call 352-518-0156 or visit http://pasco.ifas.ufl.edu for information.

• Give plants that are water efficient and require little maintenance in Florida landscapes. Give an entire plant or just a seedling planted in a biodegradable eggshell or toilet paper roll.

Source: Southwest Florida Water Management District



Looking for earth-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays? The Southwest Florida Water Management District has decorating tips and gift ideas that can protect water resources and plant seeds for new traditions.

Decorating ideas

• Use items found around your yard and home to make centerpieces and other decorations. Palm fronds, magnolia leaves, pinecones and citrus fruit make great ingredients for eye-catching displays.

• Rosemary is easy to grow, makes a nice choice for holiday greenery and fills the home with a sweet fragrance.

• Decorate with red salvia splendens instead of poinsettias. The plant requires less maintenance once placed in your garden after the holidays.

Gardeners' wish list

• Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and an inexpensive gift when you pick one up at a local extension office. Plus, they can be decorated in countless ways to add charm to any garden.

• Compost bins provide nutrients for a garden and keep food scraps out of the garbage disposal. A garbage disposal uses up to 4 gallons of water per minute.

• Raised garden beds make great gifts for gardeners, and they control water use and reduce the need for pesticides, which means less runoff into water resources.

• Gift certificates are available at most local extension offices for free or inexpensive classes to make rain barrels, compost bins and other items. Pasco Cooperative Extension is located at the Pasco County Fairgrounds at 36702 State Road 52 in Dade City. Call 352-518-0156 or visit http://pasco.ifas.ufl.edu for information.

• Give plants that are water efficient and require little maintenance in Florida landscapes. Give an entire plant or just a seedling planted in a biodegradable eggshell or toilet paper roll.

Source: Southwest Florida Water Management District

Garden activities in Pasco 11/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 8:19pm]

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