Saturday, March 31, 2012

Upcoming Garden Workshops

Here's a list of future workshops I got
from the local extension center newsletter
for those in the Central Florida area.
Mark those calendars!

April is Water Conservation Month.
Make plans to attend a
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ workshop!

Rain Barrel Workshop

Thursday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.

Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve, 900 Mackay Blvd., Lake Alfred

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program will present a free workshop on how to conserve water using a rain barrel. Collecting rain water can be fun and easy, and can save you money on your monthly water bill. No rain barrels will be for sale at this workshop (coupons for barrel purchase at the Extension Service will be provided to participants). Registration is not required.

Water Wise Irrigation Workshop

Tuesday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. - noon, lunch to follow

Winter Haven Water Utilities

401 6th Street SW, Winter Haven

Are you a homeowner in need of irrigation guidance? Are you an irrigation contractor that needs more information on new irrigation technology?

Learn about irrigation scheduling, smart controllers, and how to get the most out of your irrigation system. This is a free workshop and lunch is included. Workshop topics are presented by UF/IFAS Extension, the Southwest Florida Water Management District and FAWN. 

Earth Friendly Landscaping Workshop

Tuesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland

Celebrate Earth Day by attending this free workshop. Learn how to incorporate Florida-Friendly practices into your landscape to protect the environment and maintain an attractive landscape.

This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service.

Platform Art Party #19: Art in AgriCulture

Saturday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church parking lot, Lakeland

This art festival will result in environmental landscape improvements, as well as the design, production and installation of a signature public art piece that will be installed at the Orange Street Bridge, serving as the gateway from the Lakeland Center and Hyatt Hotel into downtown Lakeland.

Come and celebrate Polk County's agricultural roots with the Polk County Master Gardeners and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program. See (and purchase) rain barrels painted by local art students, learn about Polk County agriculture and the programs at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service. For more information go to Platform Art.

Water Conservation in the Home Landscape
Lunch and Learn Workshop

Wednesday, May 23, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Lakeland Electric Building, 501 E. Lemon St., Lakeland

Conference room 1A/1B, you must bring a photo I.D. with you to enter the building

Join us for a lunch and learn talk--lunch is on us!

Learn about the many ways you can conserve water in your home landscape. Learn how to set up micro-irrigation and save time and money using water outdoors. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service.

Florida-Friendly Plants Workshop and Plant Sale

Saturday, June 9, 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland

Learn about the many Florida-Friendly plants that grow well in Polk County yards at this FREE workshop! Shop for plants after the workshop. Plant vendors will carry hard-to-find native plants and easy-to-grow Florida-Friendly plants. This workshop is presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service.

Anne Yasalonis
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Coordinator

UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service
1702 U.S. Highway 17 South, Bartow, FL 33830
P: 863.519.8677 ext. 121




  1. I wish I was closer, these look very great to go to!

  2. Clint Baker-I'll bet the extension center in your area has something similar!


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