Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Garden events and fresh markets

Plants and markets

Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month 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. For information, visit nprmainstreet.com.

Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the 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.

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 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 runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 232-4241 or visit hernando countyfarmersmarket.webs.com.

Seminars

Coping with Drought-Stressed Plants, 5:30 p.m. May 20 at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Learn what you can do to keep your lawn and landscape alive and healthy. For information, call Jim Moll at (352) 754-4433.

Plants to Add for Fall Color and Great AlterNATIVES, 10:30 a.m. May 22 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Add plants and trees to change your garden's color palette and learn more about Florida's native plants. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.

Gardening for the Birds, 10 a.m. May 25 at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Discover ways to encourage song birds and other feathered friends. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

Events

Farm festivities: Celebrate spring with a sunflower maze, hay rides, a veggie cannon, farm animals, mini potbelly pig races and a story teller. Visitors at Sweetfields Farm can bring their own picnic to enjoy under the oaks, or can purchase fresh squeezed lemonade and kettle corn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends in May, Memorial Day, and the first two weekends in June at the farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. Cash only. $8.50 for ages 11 and older; $4.50 for ages 3 to 11; free for kids younger than 2. (352) 279-0977 or sweetfieldsfarm.com.

Hummingbird Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. The event celebrating hummingbirds and butterflies features many attractor plant varieties for sale and experts to answer questions. Free with museum admission. $8 for adults; $6 for over 55, $4 for ages 6-18, and free for kids under 5. (352) 567-0262 or pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

Buy a plant, share a secret

• 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. 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 nature coastgardens.com.

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