Okaloosa County Gardening Programs

orange and yellow daisy like flower

Walk-in Plant Clinic

Friday, September 9, 9am-Noon
UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County Annex
127 Hollywood Blvd
Fort Walton Beach, FL

The public is invited to bring samples, or pictures of their plants or weeds on Friday, Sept 8 from 9 am to Noon. Okaloosa County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, identify plants, diagnose plant diseases including your grass problems; identify and advise how to control and treat weeds. If you would like to bring a soil sample for testing, please call 689-5850 for further instructions.

This event is free and open to the public. Residents living closer to the Master Gardener office located in Niceville are welcome to come by 200 Campbell Drive in Niceville on Mondays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Mondays. Master Gardeners will be on hand each Monday in Niceville to help residents with lawn and gardening questions. For further information, you may call 689-5850.


Carnivorous Plants of Florida's Pitcher Plant Savannas

Wednesday, September 20, 10am
UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County Annex
127 Hollywood Blvd
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Okaloosa County Master Gardener Dave Gordon will present "Carnivorous Plants of Florida's Pitcher Plant Savannas" on Wednesday, September 20 at the County annex building across the street from the Volkswagen auto dealership, in Fort Walton Beach.

pitcher plant with many flower-like tubes for attracting insects

Florida is blessed with an abundance of carnivorous plants, having over two-thirds of North America's 45 species. The wet savannas and boggy areas in the Florida panhandle are a carnivorous plant heaven. Approximately 36 different species of carnivorous plants are found in the Florida panhandle. Worldwide there are 630 species of carnivorous plants. Many plant species entrap insects and other small animals with specialized sticky plants parts.

The Florida panhandle is a hot spot for various species of pitcher plants. This presentation will focus on the dos and don'ts of having pitcher plants in your landscape. Also, a variety of bog gardens will be on display as part of the presentation. Handouts will be available. Our programs are free and open to the public. Please call 850 689-5850 to reserve your seat.

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