Alachua County Gardening Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Program for Spring 2017

These programs are being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental and Community Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Montage of four photos showing Master Gardener volunteers

Introduction to the Master Gardener Volunteer Program – May 30, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Are you interested in becoming an UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Master Gardener volunteer? You will learn more about the program and what it takes to become a Master Gardener.

This class is free. Register on Eventbrite at

Beekeeping: Honey Extraction and Hive Management – June 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the UF Bee Unit, 2895 SW 23 Terrace, Gainesville , FL 32611
This class will cover honey extraction from bee hives and keeping a healthy hive.

Registration cost is $5.00. Register through Eventbrite with additional fee at No refunds.

See the promotional flier for "Beekeeping: Honey Extraction and Hive Management" (pdf).

Landscaping for Newcomers – June 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This class is geared to the new homeowner or newcomer to Alachua County. It focuses on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, as well as Alachua County ordinances and soil and weather conditions specific to Alachua County and Florida. Participants will receive a newcomer's packet filled with information and water-saving devices.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite for free at

Vegetable Gardening in the Summer – June 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Learn what vegetables you can grow in the heat. Other summer strategies such as soil solarization and cover cropping will be discussed.

Registration is $5.00 for class. No refunds. You can pre-register through Eventbrite at Limited to 50 participants.

Organic Blueberry Farm Tour – June 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Melrose Organic Cornucopia, LLC, 2911 CR 219A, Melrose, FL 32666
Learn about organic blueberry practices from Master Gardener and u-pick grower, Jeff Popowski. Practices such as mulches, fertilization, pruning, and growth will be covered. If time permits, other vegetables currently growing will also be covered. You will have an opportunity to pick blueberries after the tour.

Registration is $5.00 for class. No refunds. You can pre-register through Eventbrite at Limited to 30 participants.

There is no cost to attend these classes, unless indicated; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail) or through Eventbrite links.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension website for additional programs offered by the Extension Office. And be sure to visit their Facebook page.

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