Plants and markets
• Fresh Friday Night Farmer's Market, 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday through April 26 at Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey (on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street). Vendors sell produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meats, cheeses, bakery items, jellies and jams, honey, nuts, coffee and ethnic foods. Demonstrations, gardening tips and live entertainment. 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.
• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday 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.
• Suncoast Co-op offers fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register online at suncoastcoop.locallygrown.net to place your order; orders may be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. The Suncoast Cafe, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the ReStore, serves locally roasted organic coffee, homemade teas and baked goods.
• Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 and 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, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill.
• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery, 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," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. For information call (352) 683-9933 or visit www.naturecoastgardens.com.
• Delicious Tomatoes, 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. January is the best time to start tomato plants indoors for spring planting. This free seminar, taught by a local Master Gardener, will feature techniques on growing delicious tomatoes suited for Pasco gardens. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Avoiding Common Landscape Mistakes That Cost You Time and Money, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Spring Hill Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Has your landscape been failing over time? How can this be when you are spending all that money on irrigation, fertilization and chemical pesticides? This class by Hernando County Extension Services will show you the landscape plant problems commonly experienced in Florida. For information call (352) 754-4433.
• Winterize Your Florida Lawn and Landscape, 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Dr. Joan Bradshaw, Citrus County Extension Services director, will discuss covering plants for cold weather, fertilization, planting and maintenance of winter grass and other seasonal landscaping issues at this seminar, hosted by Hernando County Extension Services. For information contact Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). Methods for starting seeds and using transplants will be discussed at this free seminar taught by a local Master Gardener. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Rain Barrel Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 (preregistration required) at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Add a rain barrel to your landscape to provide water to plant beds and vegetable gardens. Diverting potential runoff also helps protect area waterways from potential pollution. Cost is $55 per person. For information contact Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• The Dade City Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Monday of January, March, September and November at the club, 13630 Fifth St. (352) 521-6886.
• The Elfers Centennial Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. the first Monday of the month from October to June at the Colonial Hills Civic Center, 3825 Prime Place, New Port Richey. No meeting in December. (727) 372-9954 or (727) 849-8034.
• Gaia's Garden Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. Email [email protected] or visit codegreencommunity.com.
• 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). For information, 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. The program features a guest speaker followed by refreshments. 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.
• The Orchid Society of West Pasco meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Buena Vista Manor Clubhouse, 5112 Rosada Ave., Holiday. Call club president Greg Sytch at (727) 841-9618.