Thursday, May 26, 2016

Garden Dedication at the Extension Service

The Polk County Master Gardeners dedicated a garden at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County office to past Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator, Dr. David Shibles.  Dr. Shibles was present for the dedication and helped the Master Gardeners unveil the color garden that is part of the Florida-Friendly Demonstration Garden in Bartow.  The garden is open to the public and is one of five Florida-Friendly demonstration gardens in Polk County.  Dr. Shibles served UF/IFAS Extension for fifteen years.  Thanks to all who attended the dedication!


Dr. Shibles and Florida Master Gardener Patti Hayford, Demonstration Garden Chair, 
enjoy a chat in the colorful garden.

Dr. Shibles is interviews by the Polk County Democrat. Please enjoy the article.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

UF Bug week is May 21-27

Bug Week is coming soon! Check back for more fun bug facts and follow us on social media @PolkGardening and we will be posting everything from Bug Week 2016!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pine Trees in Florida


Pine trees make a great addition to the landscape.  If you enjoy adding native plants to your landscape, there are seven types of native pines in Florida.  If you enjoy attracting wildlife to your yard, pines can help provide habitat.  If you enjoy mulching your yard with pine needles, dropped needles can be used in landscape beds.  

There are many benefits to pines.  Enjoy this fact sheet on Common Pines in Florida.  


Unfortunately, just like many plants in Florida, there are insects that can damage your pines.  Learn more about these insects here.  

When choosing and installing trees in your landscape, make sure you follow the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and remember,  the Master Gardeners in the Plant Clinic are always here to help!

Backyard GardenFest and Plant Sale

 Thank you to everyone that came out to the 10th Annual Backyard GardenFest and Plant Sale!