Okaloosa County Gardening Programs

Help the Okaloosa community "win" the Panhandle challenge by donating peanut butter to benefit local food banks. Jars may be dropped off at the Crestview Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road, 32539 (M-F 8:00 - 5:00) or the Okaloosa County Extension Annex, 127 NW Hollywood Blvd, 32548. (Fridays 9:30 - 12:30) Thank you for your giving spirit!

Creating a New Low Maintenance LandscapeA nice home with a Florida-Friendly yard of mulch and trees and shrubs but no turfgrass

With Master Gardener Marie Harrison

The Okaloosa County Master Gardener Association will offer a free lecture on low maintenance landscaping on Wednesday, October 16 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road, Crestview, 32539.

An author of four coastal gardening books, Marie Harrison will share techniques and photos of her new landscape. Learn about the site characteristics that influenced plant choices, including natives for their value to wildlife.

Careful planning, design and appropriate plant choices can lessen upkeep!

Seating is limited for this seminar and reservations are required. Please call the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office at 850-689-5850 or email achisholm@myokaloosa.com to reserve your seat.

Monthly Plant Clinics

Master Gardener volunteers are available at the Fort Walton Beach Annex to answer your questions every Friday morning (except holiday weekends). You may bring a sample leaf or stem of your plant, grass, or weed problems to be identified, as well as solutions and suggestions on best gardening practices.

The clinic provides a place to bring samples of lawn, landscape and garden plants for diagnosis, including weeds and insects for identification. To participate, bring a fresh sample of the weed, plant, insect, etc., to the clinic. This may include a plant stem with several leaves, a 4-inch square of grass with roots attached, etc.

You also may bring a sample of soil for pH testing. Use a clean shovel, trowel or soil probe to collect a representative sample by taking thin slices or cores of soil to a depth of six to eight inches from ten different spots throughout the plant bed, lawn or garden. Thoroughly mix all the small soil slices/cores together in a clean bucket. Place one to two cups of this mixture in a closable plastic bag or small throwaway plastic container and bring to the clinic for testing. Attach a slip of paper with your name, phone number and where the sample was taken (e.g. lawn, vegetable garden, flowerbed, etc.)

For residents living closer to our Niceville office, we have Master Gardener volunteers available to identify your plants or plant diseases, conduct soil sample testing, or give you advise for your lawn care or vegetable growing on Mondays (except for holidays) from 11 am to 1 pm at the Niceville Youth Center, 200 Campbell Drive.

Our Crestview office is located at 3098 Airport Road, and often has Master Gardener volunteers are available at that location during business hours, but be sure to call 689-5850 to be sure someone is available before going. Soil testing is offered at the Crestview office on Monday mornings. For further information, or to schedule a home visit by a team of Master Gardener volunteers, call 689-5850.

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