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 each 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.
• Hernando County Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill. Call (352) 232-4241 or visit hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com for information.
• 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; 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 naturecoastgardens.com.
• Water's Journey — The Hidden Rivers of Florida Video, 10:30 a.m. June 26 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Watch as a team of divers takes a journey into the Floridan aquifer and its narrow caves. The film shows how actions affect the quality of drinking water below ground. First come, first seated. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• Florida Fall Color? Absolutely!, 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. July 2 at Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road. Learn how to achieve spectacular fall color in your landscape utilizing a variety of trees and plants. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. For information, call the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Small Flowering Trees Seminar, 9 to 10:30 a.m. July 13 at Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Check out some flowering trees that will thrive in Pasco landscapes. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. For information, call the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Rain Barrel Workshop, 5:30 p.m. July 22 at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Save water by installing a rain barrel to water plants and vegetables. Costs $55 per person. Participants take home a 60-gallon rain barrel. Hernando County Utilities customers receive a $25 credit on their water bill. Preregistration is required. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• Fertilizing Appropriately, 10:30 a.m. July 24 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Sometimes Florida yards need fertilizer to help keep them healthy, but applying too much fertilizer too often or at the wrong time can cause water pollution. Learn how to have a beautiful lawn while protecting water quality. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.