Plants and markets
• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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, 5 to 9 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.
• 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 are open daily from sunup to sundown. Call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com for information.
• 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.
• Preparing for Cold Weather, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday 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. Tuesday 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 the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Protecting Your Plants from the Cold, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Learn how to protect your plants so they don't become a casualty of the chilly nights this winter. For information, call Hernando County Extension Services at (352) 754-4433.