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October garden events in the bay area

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Growing Herbs and Vegetables: Land O'Lakes Garden Club meets at community center to carpool to Villa Verde Cafe, 12634 U.S. 41, Spring Hill. Learn about the benefits of growing your own herbs and vegetables, with tour of restaurant's butterfly and herb garden. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, community center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (813) 961-2697.

Make a Birdhouse: Attract feathered friends to your garden with a home of their own. Paint and brushes provided; bring extra decorative materials if desired. Orange Blossom Garden Club. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave. NW, Lutz. (813) 949-1301.

Pasco Master Gardeners Sale: Roses, herbs and orchids from local vendors, with rain barrel workshop (preregistration required). Free admission. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Pasco County Fairgrounds Greenhouse, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 518-0156. pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.

Oct. 6-Oct. 31

Garden Club of Tarpon Springs Tea: Refreshments served. 11 a.m. Oct. 7, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave. (727) 251-6424.

Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meeting. 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (727) 849-2335. pasconativeplants.org.

Spring Hill Garden Club's Fall Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 11; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12; Also: "Scarecrow in the Gardens" Oct. 12. Donations appreciated. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Fall Plant Festival: Plants for sale, scarecrow display, broom-making (while supplies last). Vegetable Gardening workshop 11 a.m. Oct. 12. $5, free for members and kids under 12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13, University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2329. gardens.usf.edu.

Palm Harbor Garden Club: Create a wreath, swag flowers or a dried arrangement. Bring wreath form or small container, other flowers provided. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 251-6424.

Tillandsias: Learn about the air plant at Bay Bouquet Garden Club meeting. 11 a.m. Oct. 16, at Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave. (727) 447-7805.

Native Plant Sale: Florida Native Plant Society, Nature Coast Chapter. Free admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19, Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. pasconativeplants.org.

Ferns of Brooker Creek: Learn the history of these ancient plants, then take a stroll to identify them. Free (registration required). 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 19, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800. brookercreekpreserve.org.

Wildflower Festival: Exhibits, wildflower scavenger hunt, honey beehive exhibit and colorful wildflowers for sale, butterfly tent at family festival. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800.

Orchid Expo: Tampa Orchid Club show and sale. Show winners on display; vendors with blooming starter plants and hybrids and supplies; care talks (1 p.m. Oct. 26, 27). $5 admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27, University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 244-7564. tampaorchidclub.shutterfly.com.

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