Walton County Gardening Events

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Celebrating Walton Wildflowers

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 10 a.m.
UF/IFAS Extension Walton County
Coastal Branch,70 Logan Lane
Grayton Beach, FL

The Walton County Master Gardener Volunteers continue their lecture series with a program featuring our native wildflowers. Marissa Benton and Barbara Young, both Master Gardener Volunteers and Florida Master Naturalists, will give a PowerPoint presentation and talk about incorporating wildflowers in the landscape, how to start a wildflower meadow, which plants or seeds to use, and what time of year to do this. Each guest will receive a small packet of wildflower seeds.

Special guest Bob Farley is a retired landscape architect, former landscape supervisor at Watercolor and WaterSound Beach, and is presently a contractor for the Florida Wildflower Foundation and Florida Forest Service. Mr. Farley will talk about how he established a pollinator demonstration garden at the Depot Park in Blountstown, Florida.

Representatives with the Florida Wildflower Federation will attend with publications.

This event will be on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the UF/IFAS Extension Walton County coastal branch, located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Seating is limited and reservations are required by contacting waltonctymg@gmail.com and indicating whether you will be attending in person or via ZOOM.

Light refreshments will be offered and Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to help with gardening questions and soil samples. They are at this location every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Walton's Wonderful Wetland Plants

Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Crosspoint Church's Chandler Center
Room 800 on the 2nd floor
519 Helms St, Niceville

Jeff Talbert, project coordinator with the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Department of Conservation and Research will be talking about some of the more unique plants that contribute to our area's most biologically diverse ecosystems, particularly our local wetlands around the coastal dune lakes.

This program will be in Room 800 on the 2nd floor of the Chandler Center (NW door of the 519 Helms St.) at the Crosspoint Church in Niceville.

Socializing with refreshments begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:00.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Please reach out to the Choctawhatchee Audobon Society by email if you have any questions.

Tree & Plant Sale

The Walton County Master Gardener Volunteers invite you to participate in our annual tree and plant sale. As we did last year, orders will be taken by email only. Orders will be accepted beginning Friday, November 4, and through Friday, December 4, 2022.

Plant pickup will be Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, 2023, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, at the Walton County fairgrounds at 790 North 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs.

You can download this order form (Word) and a three-page list of plants (PDF) we are offering for sale. The list includes each plant's name, the size of the container it is in, and the sale price. Some plants may be listed more than once if multiple pot sizes are offered. The first page lists fruit-bearing plants which are not subject to sales tax. Plants listed on pages two and three are subject to 7% sales tax that will be calculated at the time you pick up your plants. Detailed plant information may be found at Ask IFAS. We will call you a few days before the pickup date to confirm your final order and price. Payment is due at pickup and can be made by cash with exact change or by check, payable to the University of Florida.

On the order form, fill in your name, telephone number, and your email address. Please print legibly to ensure that we can contact you if there are any questions about your order. Print the name of your selected plants, the size of grow container you want, and the price listed for each. Do not calculate sales tax on this form; this will be done when you pick up your plants. When you have completed the order form, email it back to us at waltonmg@ifas.ufl.edu. We will call or email you to confirm that your order has been received. Some plants are in limited supply, and orders will be filled as they are received, so it's important to submit your order early.

The Walton County Master Gardener Volunteers offer plants for sale that come from approved vendors, and the plants are cold hardy for Northwest Florida. Master Gardener Volunteers will be at the fairgrounds to answer questions, direct you where to pick up plants, and assist with loading. We appreciate you supporting the local Master Gardener Volunteer program.

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