Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sign-Up Now for Summer Gardening Classes!

For a full list of classes and events go to: http://polkfyn.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml

Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, May 29, 9:00 am-10:30 am
Polk County Extension Service
1702 Highway 17 South, Bartow
Rain barrels are a great way to collect and use rainwater in the home landscape. In this workshop you will learn how to assemble a rain barrel and use it in the yard. If you would like to purchase a rain barrel, the cost is $30 per barrel and you must pre-register for the barrel. Payment will be collected at the workshop in the form of check or cash. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Please click here to register.

Florida-Friendly Landscape Design and Maintenance Workshop
Saturday, June 19, 10:00 am-12:00 noon
Winter Haven Public Library
325 Avenue A NW, Winter Haven
At this workshop you will learn the important steps to creating a Florida-Friendly landscape. This workshop will take you from the design process all the way to maintenance of your Florida-Friendly landscape. This free workshop will teach you how to design, install and maintain your yard using the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Please click here to register.

Landscaping with Native Plants Workshop
Monday, July 19, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Winter Haven Public Library
325 Avenue A NW, Winter Haven
Learn how to incorporate Florida native plants into your landscape. This free workshop will teach you what native plants grow well in Polk County yards, and how they can be a great way to conserve water and other natural resources. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Please click here to register.

Composting Workshop
Saturday, August 7, 9:30 am-11:00 am
Polk's Nature Discovery Center
Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland
This workshop emphasizes the importance of reusing and recycling waste. You will learn the many methods of composting, and what will work best for you. This class is free of charge, but you may purchase an Earth Machine compost bin ($40) or kitchen scrap bucket ($5). You MUST pre-register for this workshop if you would like a compost bin. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, the City of Lakeland Lakes and Stormwater Division, and the City of Lakeland Water Utilities Department. Please click here to register.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fringetree in Bloom!


The Pygmy Fringetree (Chionanthus pygmaeus) is just beginning to bloom in the gardens at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service. This small tree is a Florida native that only grows to about ten feet tall. The Pygmy Fringetree is different than the American Fringetree in that it is an endangered species of the Florida scrub. A Fringetree is a lovely addition to any landscape and because of its small size it fits well in a small yard. If you cannot find the endangered Pygmy Fringetree, consider planting the American Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus). American Fringetee is still considered a small tree as it only grows to about twenty feet tall. All Fringetrees are deciduous and flower in the spring with the white, fragrant, flower clusters. Fringetrees can tolerate a variety of light (from full sun to partial sun) and soils (moist to dry). The Fringetrees at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service thrive without any irrigation, making them a Florida-Friendly choice. Visit the demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service now to see the Fringetree in bloom!