TAVARES — The Lake County Extension is promoting “Expanding your Plant Palette” program on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harry P. Leu Gardens, located at 1920 N. Forest Ave. in Orlando.
The program includes nine seminars on plant materials, garden walking tours to see plant utilization, grower displays of plant materials and lunch. Topics and speakers for the program include:
• Drought-tolerant plants by Dr. Geoff Denny, an assistant professor in commercial landscape management at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
• Right Plant Right Place, site & soil assessment by Dr. Amy Shober, an assistant professor at the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
• Native and non-native alternatives to ornamental invasives by Dr. Sandy Wilson, an associate professor of environmental horticulture at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center
• New and interesting choices for trees by Scott Shultz, Urban Forester at Walt Disney World
• Palms by Eric Schmidt, Botanic Records Specialist at Harry P. Leu Gardens
• Magnolias by Dr. Gary Knox, professor of environmental horticulture at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center
• Camellias by Jerry Conrad, owner of Erinon Nursery in Apopka
• Heritage roses by Tracy Anderson, owner of Seminole Springs Antique Rose and Herb Farm in Eustis
• Trends in landscape by Robert Bowden, Director of Harry P. Leu Gardens
The cost of the program is $35 and includes lunch, materials and Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association and International Society of Arboriculture continuing education credits (CEUs). The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 9. To reserve a seat for the “Expanding your Plant Palette” program, call the Lake County Extension at (352) 343-4101.