Thursday, February 18, 2010

Learn About Gardening From Local Experts at Spring Obsession

Spring Obsession, a garden, art and music event on Saturday, March 13, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in Munn Park (Main Street, between Tennessee and Kentucky), Lakeland is featuring programs by local gardening experts all day!
This non-profit garden event features vendors, garden workshops and free gardening programs during the day-long event. This year promises to be filled with lots of helpful information for new and experienced Florida gardeners!
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Gardening Program Schedule:
9:00am- Bill Koen, Horticultural Specialist, City of Lakeland
“City of Lakeland Plant Introductions”
10:00am- Cindy Hill, Lakes Program Coordinator, City of Lakeland, Lakes & Stormwater Division
“Environmentally Responsible Gardening”
11:00am- Dr. David B. Shibles, Urban Horticulturist, Polk County Cooperative
Extension Service
“Vegetable Gardening”
12:00pm- Monica Brandies, Local Garden Book Author
“Adjusting to Florida Gardening”
1:00pm- Tom MacCubbin, Host Better Lawns & Gardens Radio
"Low Maintenance Landscapes"
2:00pm- Bill Koen, Horticultural Specialist, City of Lakeland
“City of Lakeland Plant Introductions”

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Events and Workshops

February
The Mobile Green Team
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and Water Conservation Tips for Your Yard!

Saturday, February 20, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Home Depot6335 South Florida Ave, Lakeland

The Mobile Green Team will present timely topics on the third Saturday of each month in a different location around Lakeland. The educational help desk will be staffed by professionals from the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, Master Gardeners, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, City of Lakeland Water Utilities and Lakes and Stormwater Divisions. Visit the Green Team each month to receive free information on landscaping, water conservation, turfgrass, lakes and ponds, fertilizer use and much more! Call (863) 519-8677 ext. 121 for more information.

Green Home Wamalama
Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
The Lakeland Center
701 West Lime Street, Lakeland
Visit the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods and City of Lakeland Water Utilities booths for information on water conservation and Florida-Friendly Landscaping. This environmentally-focused event will feature booths and demonstrations from a variety of local green businesses. This is a free event (parking is free as well).


March
Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Saturday, March 6, 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Polk County Extension Service
1702 Highway 17 South, Bartow
Learn how to grow vegetables in your own yard. Polk County Urban Horticulturist, Dr. Shibles, will teach you what to plant and when. To register for this FREE workshop call the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, (863) 519-8677 ext. 109.


Spring Obsession
Saturday, March 13, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Munn Park
Main Street (between Tennessee and Kentucky), Lakeland
This non-profit garden event features vendors, garden workshops and free information from the UF/IFAS Polk County Master Gardeners and Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Check back soon for a list of workshops!

The Mobile Green Team
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and Water Conservation Tips for Your Yard!

Saturday, March 20, 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
200 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland
The Mobile Green Team will present timely topics on the third Saturday of each month in a different location around Lakeland. The educational help desk will be staffed by professionals from the
UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, Master Gardeners, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, City of Lakeland Water Utilities and Lakes and Stormwater Divisions. Visit the Green Team each month to receive free information on landscaping, water conservation, turfgrass, lakes and ponds, fertilizer use and much more! Call (863) 519-8677 ext. 121 for more information.

Crape Myrtle Workshop
Tuesday, March 23, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Polk County Extension Service
1702 Highway 17 South, Bartow
Bill Reese, a crape myrtle expert from Green Briar Nursery will present this FREE workshop. The workshop will feature information on the different varieties of crape myrtles and how to care for them. Call the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service to register, (863) 519-8677.

Wondering What To Do With All That Brown Plant Material In Your Yard?

There is a great article in today's Brandon News that features UF experts on the topic of dealing with frost/freeze damaged plants.

Keep Pruning to a Minimum Experts Say

Monday, February 8, 2010

Florida-Friendly Landscapes...at Commercial Buildings

Florida-Friendly Landscaping (TM) principles can incorporated into both residential and commercial landscapes. Is is equally important to create a low-maintenance landscape at your business as it is at your home. Remember to combine the principles to create a functional, attractive and environmentally-friendly landscape. Florida-Friendly Landscaping (TM) can save time, energy and money on maintenance; something that is very important on commercial sites.
If you are installing a new landscape for your commercial building, ask your landscaper to install a Florida-Friendly Landscape. You may obtain a copy of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook from the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service if you or your landscape designer need to learn more. The landscape designer should follow design, installation and maintenance practices as recommended by the UF/IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. They should follow the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping (TM) and use by-product mulch, Florida-Friendly plants, micro-irrigation, pervious pavement for walkways and parking lots, and reduce high-water use areas. If you would like to re-vamp your existing landscape, think about removing high-maintenance plants and adding large mulched areas with Florida-Friendly plants. Your irrigation contractor will need to make changes to your irrigation systems so that you can save water. You may be able to save on mowing costs if you reduce or eliminate turf areas.
Finally, after your Florida-Friendly Landscape has been installed, look for a maintenance provider that has been certified in the Florida-Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries (GI-BMPs). These certified maintenance professionals will ensure that your landscape is maintained the Florida-Friendly way.