Alachua County Gardening Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental & Community Horticulture Programs for September 2017. These programs are being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

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Growing Cool Season Vegetables in the Garden – September 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Newberry Library Branch (110 S Seaboard Drive, Newberry, FL 32669), by Doug Collins, Master Gardener

Fall and winter are a great time to garden in Alachua County. This class will go over which plants to grow and how to grow them. Cabbage, kale, broccoli and different greens will be covered. There is no cost to attend this class. Please register to attend this class through Eventbrite at Limited to 30 participants.

Perennials in the Florida-Friendly Landscape – September 13, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (4700 SW 58th Drive Gainesville, FL 32608), by Maria Huff Edwards, Master Gardener

Perennial plants can add low maintenance, color, and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Learn how to create a perennial garden that is beautiful and Florida-Friendly. Participants will be given a tour of the gardens. The class is included in the admission into the park and the ticket simply allows you to reserve a seat in the class. Pay the $8.00 entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens at the greeting desk (free if you have a membership). Please register through Eventbrite at Limited to 30 participants.

Master Gardener Palm School – September 15, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Freedom Center (Veterans Memorial Park, 7430 SW 41 PL, Gainesville, 32608)

This class is for Master Gardeners only. The Palm School is hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County and presented by Dr. Monica Elliott and Dr. Tim Broschat.  The class topics include: palm anatomy and morphology/diagnosing palm problems, palm physiological disorders, palm nutrition disorders, palm fertilization and pruning and the top 3 palm diseases. The registration fee is $20.00 (includes lunch and snacks) through Eventbrite at The deadline for registration is September 1st. Limited to 75 participants. No refunds.

Landscaping for Newcomers – September 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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.
The class registration fee is $5.00. Please register through Eventbrite at  or call 352-955-2402. Limited to 40 participants. No refunds.

Self-Watering Container Gardening – September 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This workshop teaches you how to build self-watering containers with supplies that can easily be found locally.  Additional information on how to use the containers and what grows in them will be presented.  A self-watering container is provided as well as a cool-season transplant with everything you need to grow healthy produce. The cost is $20.00 for class and container. Please register through Eventbrite at or call 352-955-2402. Limited to 25 participants. No refunds.

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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