Friday, January 15, 2016

Today is Arbor Day in Florida

Did you know that today is Arbor Day in Florida?  It falls on the third Friday in January every year and has been celebrated throughout the state since 1886.  Many communities, cities, and organizations take part in tree planting events so look for one near you. The Florida Forestry Service has provided a list of Arbor Day Events around the state and will be planting over 2 million trees in our state forests in celebration.  

If you are interested in planting a tree (or trees) on this Arbor Day, consider one of our many great native trees, or even the state tree, the Cabbage Palm.  

The City of Winter Haven and UF/IFAS Extension Polk County will be hosting a tree giveaway tonight from 5-7 pm in Central Park in downtown Winter Haven.  Other cities will also be hosting events.  The City of Lakeland will be doing multiple plantings around town.  

Here are some UF/IFAS Extension publications that will help you choose the right tree for your yard, plant it properly and maintain it for optimum health.  

Happy Arbor Day!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Programs at Extension This Saturday

Dirt Days #2: Water Matters!  Water and Water Birds
Saturday, January 9, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Polk's Nature Discovery Center, Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland
Polk County Master Gardeners will present four fun, activity-filled workshops for kids in K - 5th grade.
The workshops will highlight Central Florida's native plants and the conservation of Central Florida prestine habitats.
Register for this free program here.
SPONSORS: Florida's Natural Growers Foundation, Friends of the Parks, Polk County Environmental Lands Program, Polk Master Gardners, UF/IFAS

Garden Tour
Second Saturday of each month, January 9, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, 1702 US Hwy 17/98 South, Bartow
Enjoy a tour of the gardens at the Extension Service led by a Master Gardener.  Ask questions, get gardening tips & ideas, learn how to garden in Central Florida.  Meet at the Paul Anderson Gazebo at 9:00 a.m. Sign up for the garden tour here. 

Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Saturday, January 9, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, Stuart Center, 1702 US HWY 17 South, Bartow
Join the Polk County Master Gardeners to learn how to grow vegetables in Central Florida.  You will learn how to prepare your garden for planting, what to plant and the best way to maintain a healthy vegetable garden.  The second half of the program will feature perennial vegetables for Florida.  These unique and easy-to-grow perennials will be a great additional to your edible landscape.  To register for the workshop go to: