GROVELAND — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County, in partnership with the Wildflowers of Trilogy Garden Club, is offering a nine-part Florida-friendly landscaping speaker series. The seminars will be hosted at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every month from May – December 2016 at Trilogy Orlando in the Magnolia House, 100 Falling Acorn Ave., Groveland.
The first class, “The Nine Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles,” will be presented by Master Gardener Sandra Paradise on Monday, May 16, and will offer participants an overview of the principles of growing a Florida-friendly yard.
“We are excited to offer this special speaker series, as it will provide an educational opportunity for interested gardeners in South Lake County,” said UF/IFAS Residential Horticulture Agent Brooke Moffis. “Additionally, classes will be offered during the evening hours, so residents who work normal business hours will be able to attend. We hope these classes will allow us to better spread our knowledge to an increasing number of Lake County residents.”
To guarantee a seat and materials for this class, online registration is required by 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. The fee is $5 by debit or credit card at shortcut: bit.ly/1VCwyyL. Pre-registration by cash or check is accepted at the Lake County Extension Office, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, during normal business hours.
Future classes in the series will go into greater depth about topics such as right plant, right place; backyard pests and plant disease; watering efficiently and mulch; fertilizing appropriately; managing stormwater runoff; protecting the waterfront; and backyard habitats. To find a full listing of the classes in the series, visit http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml.
For more information about the programs or for general information about gardening, contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County at 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.