Plants and markets
• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. 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, meat, cheese, baked goods, jelly and jam, honey, nuts, coffee and ethnic food. Visit nprmainstreet.com.
• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. Visit tampabaymarkets.com.
• Suncoast Co-op offers fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register 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.
• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery is open for plant sales 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, which is open daily from sunup to sundown. Call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
• The Shady Side of Your Landscape, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Learn about the many different plants that survive in shade. Call (352) 540-6230.
• Colorful Container Gardens, 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. Aug. 6 at Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road. Get ideas and see a demonstration about how to create a cheerful container garden with your favorite plants that will last through winter. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. Call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Getting started Gardening for Youth, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Children can start gardening at this hands-on event for ages 6 and up. Propagation of flower and vegetable plants, from seeds and cuttings, will be practiced at the seminar. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. Call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Rain Barrel Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12 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. Pre-registration is required. Call (352) 540-6230.
• Florida's Fall Color, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Florida may not be well-known for its fall foliage, but there are many plants that can spice up a landscape with color during the fall and winter. Learn what plants to choose to liven up your yard. Call (352) 540-6230.