TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is offering two educational horticulture classes in January. “Pruning Dooryard Fruit” will be hosted at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 and “Caring for Crape Myrtle” has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, both at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
Participants can learn the pruning techniques used for peaches, nectarines and grape vines, commonly grown in the home landscape. Multi-County Commercial Fruit Crops Extension Agent Gary England will discuss pruning peaches and nectarines while Commercial Horticulture Agent Juanita Popenoe will demonstrate pruning grape vines. This class is free, but space is limited. Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/1Jee2m9.
The “Caring for Crape Myrtle” class, part of the "Saturday in the Garden” speaker series, will be presented by Brooke Moffis, UF/IFAS Residential Horticulture Agent. Moffis will discuss proper pruning, fertilization, and care of crape myrtles, as well as the newest cultivars as crape myrtles come in a variety of sizes and color. The Crape Myrtle, with its beautiful red, white, pink, and purple blooms and intriguing bark, is one of the most popular landscape plants grown in the Southeast.
To guarantee a seat and materials for this class, registration is required by 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. The fee is $5 by debit or credit card at http://bit.ly/1UEICf9. Pre-registration by cash or check is accepted at the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours.
Participants of the classes are also invited to explore the Discovery Gardens, a 3.5-acre habitat next to the Extension Center, which is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Class participation is not required for entry into the gardens. For more information about this program or for questions on gardening, contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County 352-343-4101.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation - An Equal Opportunity Institute.