Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Pasco gardening events

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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. 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.

Hernando County Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill.

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). Local plants for sale. Gift certificates also available, minimum $10, and expire one year after purchase. Proceeds from nursery sales support the adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, which consists of 21 themed areas, such as the Fantasy Garden, Desert Scape Garden and Butterfly Garden. The gardens are maintained by volunteers and are open daily from sunup to sundown. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.

Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 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.

Seminars

Landscape Design for Right Plant, Right Place, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Pasco County Extension offices at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. A local Master Gardener will provide a free seminar about the use of hardscapes, water features, landscape lighting and plantings in the home landscape. Installation methods, choosing a designer and selecting a contractor will also be discussed. Call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

Seed Propagation Seminar, 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road (off Fivay Road). A local Master Gardener will teach this free seminar. For information call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

Springtime Vegetable Gardening, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Spring Hill Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Learn tips to grow juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh picked green beans, succulent summer squashes and other vegetables from your garden. This free seminar is offered by Hernando County Extension Services. Call Jim Moll at (352) 754-4433.

Florida Native Plants and What's Bugging You? 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Florida Master Gardener Rita Grant will present a program on Florida Native Plants to help homeowners add beauty and interest to their landscape. Hernando County Extension Services director Stacy Strickland will then present a homeowner's guide to integrated pest management. Find out when and how to control pests in the landscape and how to identify the "good bugs" from the "bad bugs." Call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.

The Secrets of Building a Successful Garden Pond, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 U.S. 41, Land O'Lakes. This free seminar will include information on how to build a garden pond, including the materials needed and installation tips. Call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

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