Plants and markets
• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday and 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. this Saturday and 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.
• Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon May 18. 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. Highway 19, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 232-4241 or visit hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com.
• 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 www.naturecoastgardens.com.
• Portable Gardens, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. Discover how to create a self-watering grow container using a five-gallon pail and simple tools. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• 10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Irrigation System, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Learn to improve your irrigation system's performance and ensure your landscape survives rising temperatures. For information, call Jim Moll at (352) 754-4433.
• Shade Gardening and Bromeliads, 9 a.m. May 11 at Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Check out Florida-friendly plants that add interest and color to your garden. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Centuries of Gardening That Led to Florida-Friendly Landscaping, 5:30 p.m. May 13 at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Experience a snapshot of the evolution of gardening trends and learn how Florida-friendly landscaping is right for Florida today. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• 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.
• Tea at the Gardens: 10 a.m. to noon May 11 at 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Local artisans display their paintings and pottery at this event coordinated by the Hernando Computer Club and Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. Guests can wear decorated hats to the Fancy Hat Show, and enjoy hot or iced tea and refreshments. (352) 684-7171 or hcc.org.
• Hummingbird Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Find plants that attract the jewels of nature to your garden in a festival that celebrates hummingbirds and butterflies, with many attractor plants for sale and experts to answer questions. Free with museum admission; $6 for adults, $5 for over 55, $2 for ages six to 18, and free for children under 5. (352) 567-0262 or pioneerfloridamuseum.org.