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High Magnification, Low Cost: Macro Garden Photography

High Magnification, Low Cost: Macro Garden Photography

Jul 14, 6:30pm - Jul 14, 7:30pm

https://ufl.zoom.us/s/93705259151 Map Join us to learn ...

Join us to learn from professional photographer and insect advocate Danae Wolfe. Totally free class, no registration required but space is limited! Be sure to log on early! ufl.zoom.us/s/93705259151

236 interested  ·  44 going
Seductive Invaders (But It's Pretty!) Zoom Class

Seductive Invaders (But It's Pretty!) Zoom Class

Jul 15, 10:00am - Jul 15, 11:00am

Zoom Class

Some of the most beautiful plants may be harmful to our ecosystem. Invasive exotic plants may be attractive, but the damage they cause to the environment is substantial. Participants will learn which blooming beauties to avoid, and how to make plant choices that will be beneficial to their landscape and the environment.


ZOOM LINK:
ufl.zoom.us/j/93631020869

This class is free. Do not click on any links requesting money.

2087 interested  ·  191 going
Virtual Plant Clinic on Zoom

Virtual Plant Clinic on Zoom

Jul 16, 10:00am - Jul 16, 11:00am

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/526893602 Map Join Dr. Bill Lester...

Join Dr. Bill Lester every Thursday at 10:00am with all of your lawn and garden questions on our new Zoom Virtual Plant Clinic. Get weekly updates on what to do in your garden, show your plant problems live on your phone and learn from others using Zoom technology. If you have pictures of your issues send them in advance to wlester@ufl.edu. Log in at ufl.zoom.us/j/526893602

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2020 Recreational Scalloping: Pasco County

2020 Recreational Scalloping: Pasco County

Jul 16, 6:00pm - Jul 16, 7:30pm

virtual

We have changed this event to occur online! The seminar is free, but does require registration.

To register, please visit: bit.ly/30l0HL9

Join us to learn more about recreational scalloping in Florida! Don't miss out!

During this event, research biologists from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute will give updates about the status of scallop populations in the area and their ongoing monitoring projects. UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Brittany Scharf, will share some scallop-friendly techniques for harvesting and give updates on current citizen science opportunities for this season. Additional boating safety reminders will be shared by our local law enforcement officers to help everyone have a safe trip out of the water this season!

We have also added guest presenters from local marine industries who will be sharing how to stay safe from COVID while recreational scalloping.

The 2020 recreational scalloping season is set to take place July 17 - July 26th in Pasco Counties.


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Photo Credit: Brittany Scharf

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Pruning Trees For Hurricane Preparation

Pruning Trees For Hurricane Preparation

Jul 17, 10:00am - Jul 17, 11:00am

https://ufl.zoom.us/s/95613713136 Map When it comes to ...

When it comes to hurricanes and trees, it’s better to be safe than sorry. In this class, we’ll learn what trees pose the most danger and how to mitigate potential threats. We will discuss hiring a good tree company, as well as how to properly and safely prune if we choose to do it ourselves. Join Dr. William Lester with Hernando County Extension and Jamie Daugherty with Lake County Extension for this free webinar on Zoom at: ufl.zoom.us/s/95613713136

35 interested  ·  7 going
Wild Hogs

Wild Hogs

Jul 17, 1:00pm - Jul 17, 2:00pm

University of Florida/IFAS Extension at Hernando County16110 Aviation LoopBrooksville, FL34604 Map July 17 at 1:00 pm ...

July 17 at 1:00 pm – “Wild Hogs” – Learn all about one of Florida’s most invasive and prolific animals! Presented by Maxine Hunter, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Residential Horticulture Agent. Link: ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489

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Growing Herbs in a Bag!

Growing Herbs in a Bag!

Jul 21, 10:00am - Jul 21, 11:00am

Facebook Live

Learn how to start your own herb garden in a cloth wine bag! Free demonstration class right here on Facebook Live.

353 interested  ·  38 going
Ticks and the disease they carry

Ticks and the disease they carry

Jul 21, 1:00pm - Jul 21, 2:00pm

University of Florida/IFAS Extension at Hernando County16110 Aviation LoopBrooksville, FL34604 Map Tuesday, July 21 at ...

Tuesday, July 21 at 1:00 pm – “Ticks and the Diseases They Carry” – Find out what ticks are in Florida, how to keep them off of you and the diseases that they can transmit. Jim E. Davis, UF/IFAS Multi-County Extension Director for Sumter and Hernando Counties Link: ufl.zoom.us/j/99624130447

36 interested  ·  4 going
Virtual Plant Clinic on Zoom

Virtual Plant Clinic on Zoom

Jul 23, 10:00am - Jul 23, 11:00am

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/526893602 Map Join Dr. Bill Lester...

Join Dr. Bill Lester every Thursday at 10:00am with all of your lawn and garden questions on our new Zoom Virtual Plant Clinic. Get weekly updates on what to do in your garden, show your plant problems live on your phone and learn from others using Zoom technology. If you have pictures of your issues send them in advance to wlester@ufl.edu. Log in at ufl.zoom.us/j/526893602

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Christmas in July!  Holiday Plant Care in the Summer

Christmas in July! Holiday Plant Care in the Summer

Jul 24, 9:00am - Jul 24, 10:00am

Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program - Lilly Browning

This event will be pre-recorded and made available for unlimited viewing on Facebook as of July 24th at 9:00am. NO LINK NECESSARY.

In Central Florida, we can incorporate many holiday plants into our landscape. Learn what you should be doing with Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis , Rosemary, and even living Christmas Trees, at this time of year. We will also discuss starting herb gardens and succulent gardens that can be used as gifts this coming holiday season.

Hosts - Dr. Bill Lester and Lilly Browning

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Home Hydroponics- The Four Gallon Lettuce Bucket!

Home Hydroponics- The Four Gallon Lettuce Bucket!

Jul 24, 10:00am - Jul 24, 11:00am

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/96218059300 Map Free class on Zoom ...

Free class on Zoom with Master Gardener Jason Murray. Learn exactly how to build your own "4 Gallon Lettuce Bucket" and grow your own fresh lettuce year round! This is a free class on Zoom, we will not ask you to register or ask for any credit card information. Just go to: ufl.zoom.us/j/96218059300

438 interested  ·  85 going
Florida's Five Sea Turtles

Florida's Five Sea Turtles

Jul 24, 1:00pm - Jul 24, 2:00pm

University of Florida/IFAS Extension at Hernando County16110 Aviation LoopBrooksville, FL34604 Map Friday, July 24 at ...

Friday, July 24 at 1:00 pm – “Florida’s Five Sea Turtles” – Brittany Scharf, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Marine Science Agent, will go over the common species of sea turtles found in Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic Ocean . Link: ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489

75 interested  ·  8 going
The Insects of Central Florida - Pests and Pals - Zoom Class

The Insects of Central Florida - Pests and Pals - Zoom Class

Jul 29, 10:00am - Jul 29, 11:00am

Zoom

Florida has a lot of bugs. In this Zoom class, we will cover some of the most common pest insects as well as many of our pals! Learning to tell friend from foe will help us maintain our Florida-Friendly landscapes.

128 interested  ·  23 going
Virtual Plant Clinic on Zoom

Virtual Plant Clinic on Zoom

Jul 30, 10:00am - Jul 30, 11:00am

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/526893602 Map Join Dr. Bill Lester...

Join Dr. Bill Lester every Thursday at 10:00am with all of your lawn and garden questions on our new Zoom Virtual Plant Clinic. Get weekly updates on what to do in your garden, show your plant problems live on your phone and learn from others using Zoom technology. If you have pictures of your issues send them in advance to wlester@ufl.edu. Log in at ufl.zoom.us/j/526893602

1 interested
Florida Lizards

Florida Lizards

Jul 31, 1:00pm - Jul 31, 2:00pm

University of Florida/IFAS Extension at Hernando County16110 Aviation LoopBrooksville, FL34604 Map Friday, July 31 at ...

Friday, July 31 at 1:00 pm – Florida’s Lizards” - Dr. Steve Johnson, UF/IFAS Associate Professor from the Department of Wildlife and Ecology, will be covering some of the many native and invasive lizards found in Florida. Link:https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489

Photo credit: Theresa Weglarz

106 interested  ·  8 going
Nature-Friendly & Neighbor-Friendly Yards Zoom Class

Nature-Friendly & Neighbor-Friendly Yards Zoom Class

Aug 5, 10:00am - Aug 5, 11:00am

Zoom

Nature-Friendly and Neighbor-Friendly - Growing Wild in a Civilized Community.
Learn how to abide by the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping while abiding by the rules of your Homeowner's Association. You can have a beautiful yard that will be a haven for wildlife, conserve water resources and keep you on the good side of your neighbors and your HOA.

This class is free. Do not click on any links requesting money.

1114 interested  ·  74 going
OM Grown Garden: The Importance of Proper Timing in the Garden

OM Grown Garden: The Importance of Proper Timing in the Garden

Aug 8, 9:00am - Aug 8, 10:00am

WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center4242 Lake in the Woods DriveSpring Hill, FL34607 Map Join us in the OM ...

Join us in the OM Grown Community Garden on Saturday, August 8th at 9:00 am for a free garden education workshop with Dr. Lester from the Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension to learn about :

The Importance of Proper Timing in the Garden: You can grow almost everything here in Florida, but only if you plant at the correct time! We will cover the basics of what you can start in your garden now and be successful.

Feel free to bring a notebook, a hat, water, and Questions.

About our Garden:
Our purpose is to provide sustainable gardening education & to bring nutritious, high quality, naturally grown food to our community. The garden is a living, breathing entity that uses dedicated hearts & helping hands to grow and flourish. The Garden offers raised garden bed membership opportunities.

Learn more about membership opportunities: www.wellcomeomcenter.com

Visit us: WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center
4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Phone: 352-600-4242
Email: info@wellcomeomcenter.com

About our Educator:
Dr. William Lester holds a graduate degree in Plant Medicine from the University of Florida and currently serves as the Urban & Commercial Horticulture Agent II for UF/IFAS Extension in Hernando County, FL. Combining a mix of horticultural knowledge and management skills, his current responsibilities include teaching the public and working closely with county and professional clients. As a frequent guest presenter to community groups and writing for local newspapers, his goal is to put complex scientific findings into language that can be understood by school-age children and the adult public alike. He has been involved in the creation of multimedia educational materials to support the Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance, the local Noxious Weed Ordinance and most recently a program of virtual teaching. Protecting Hernando County’s fragile Nature Coast ecosystem and reducing the amounts of harmful toxins being placed in the environment are the central goals of his frequent teaching programs. As the coordinator for almost 100 Extension volunteers, Bill believes that education and providing an opportunity to serve residents are the keys to attracting and maintaining a highly motivated group of individuals to work to achieve those goals.

19 interested  ·  4 going
OM Grown Garden: Warm Season vs. Cool Season Crops

OM Grown Garden: Warm Season vs. Cool Season Crops

Aug 12, 9:00am - Aug 12, 10:00am

WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center4242 Lake in the Woods DriveSpring Hill, FL34607 Map Join us in the OM ...

Join us in the OM Grown Community Garden on Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00 am for a free garden education workshop with Dr. Lester from the Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension to learn about :

Warm Season vs. Cool Season Crops: An overview of Central Florida’s gardening seasons and what to grow when.

Feel free to bring a notebook, a hat, water, and Questions.

About our Garden:
Our purpose is to provide sustainable gardening education & to bring nutritious, high quality, naturally grown food to our community. The garden is a living, breathing entity that uses dedicated hearts & helping hands to grow and flourish. The Garden offers raised garden bed membership opportunities.

Learn more about membership opportunities: www.wellcomeomcenter.com

Visit us: WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center
4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Phone: 352-600-4242
Email: info@wellcomeomcenter.com

About our Educator:
Dr. William Lester holds a graduate degree in Plant Medicine from the University of Florida and currently serves as the Urban & Commercial Horticulture Agent II for UF/IFAS Extension in Hernando County, FL. Combining a mix of horticultural knowledge and management skills, his current responsibilities include teaching the public and working closely with county and professional clients. As a frequent guest presenter to community groups and writing for local newspapers, his goal is to put complex scientific findings into language that can be understood by school-age children and the adult public alike. He has been involved in the creation of multimedia educational materials to support the Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance, the local Noxious Weed Ordinance and most recently a program of virtual teaching. Protecting Hernando County’s fragile Nature Coast ecosystem and reducing the amounts of harmful toxins being placed in the environment are the central goals of his frequent teaching programs. As the coordinator for almost 100 Extension volunteers, Bill believes that education and providing an opportunity to serve residents are the keys to attracting and maintaining a highly motivated group of individuals to work to achieve those goals.

25 interested  ·  5 going
When Lawns Just Don't Cut It - Zoom Class

When Lawns Just Don't Cut It - Zoom Class

Aug 12, 10:00am - Aug 12, 11:00am

Facebook Live

Do you have an area in your yard where turf just refuses to grow? Are you tied of the expense of maintaining a large lawn? In this class we'll discuss alternatives to turf, and how to reduce the turf areas in your yard and replace it with plants that are beautiful and sustainable.

This class is free. Do not click on any links requesting money.

2340 interested  ·  209 going
Orientation for New Master Gardener Training

Orientation for New Master Gardener Training

Aug 18, 6:00pm - Aug 18, 7:00pm

Online Through Zoom

We are forming a new class of Master Gardener Volunteers! This free orientation will cover what the Master Gardener organization is all about, how the training will be given and how to join up. This orientation will be given online through Zoom, registration is required, but there is no charge for this event. Register today at: ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvf-qspzwjHNNiEFpN6IFkSDma5eWP1c3I

274 interested  ·  18 going
20 Things Newcomers Need to Know About Their Florida Yard Part 1

20 Things Newcomers Need to Know About Their Florida Yard Part 1

Aug 19, 10:00am - Aug 19, 11:00am

Zoom Class

Whether you are brand new to Central Florida, or have been here quite a while, there is something for everyone to learn in this informative class. Spoiler Alert - Number One is: Forget Everything You Every Knew About Gardening Elsewhere! Enjoy Part One of this two part series.

Free Class. Do not click any links asking for credit card or other information.

684 interested  ·  41 going
Saving Water and Money in Your Landscape - Zoom Class

Saving Water and Money in Your Landscape - Zoom Class

Aug 21, 10:00am - Aug 21, 11:00am

Zoom

Don't irrigate your money away! In this class, we'll discuss how much water your landscape actually needs, the problems with over-watering, and how to make some simple changes in your yard that will help you save water and money.

36 interested  ·  2 going
OM Grown Garden: The Basics of Soils and Plant Nutrients

OM Grown Garden: The Basics of Soils and Plant Nutrients

Aug 22, 9:00am - Aug 22, 10:00am

WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center4242 Lake in the Woods DriveSpring Hill, FL34607 Map Join us in the OM ...

Join us in the OM Grown Community Garden on Saturday, August 22nd at 9:00 am for a free garden education workshop with Dr. Lester from the Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension to learn about:

The Basics of Soils and Plant Nutrients: Learn all about Florida’s sandy soils, soil organic matter, what nutrients plants need to grow, and how to use all this to your advantage!
Feel free to bring a notebook, a hat, water, and Questions.


About our Garden:
Our purpose is to provide sustainable gardening education & to bring nutritious, high quality, naturally grown food to our community. The garden is a living, breathing entity that uses dedicated hearts & helping hands to grow and flourish. The Garden offers raised garden bed membership opportunities.

Learn more about membership opportunities: www.wellcomeomcenter.com

Visit us: WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center
4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Phone: 352-600-4242
Email: info@wellcomeomcenter.com

About our Educator:
Dr. William Lester holds a graduate degree in Plant Medicine from the University of Florida and currently serves as the Urban & Commercial Horticulture Agent II for UF/IFAS Extension in Hernando County, FL. Combining a mix of horticultural knowledge and management skills, his current responsibilities include teaching the public and working closely with county and professional clients. As a frequent guest presenter to community groups and writing for local newspapers, his goal is to put complex scientific findings into language that can be understood by school-age children and the adult public alike. He has been involved in the creation of multimedia educational materials to support the Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance, the local Noxious Weed Ordinance and most recently a program of virtual teaching. Protecting Hernando County’s fragile Nature Coast ecosystem and reducing the amounts of harmful toxins being placed in the environment are the central goals of his frequent teaching programs. As the coordinator for almost 100 Extension volunteers, Bill believes that education and providing an opportunity to serve residents are the keys to attracting and maintaining a highly motivated group of individuals to work to achieve those goals.

32 interested  ·  4 going
OM Grown Garden: Seeds or Transplants?

OM Grown Garden: Seeds or Transplants?

Aug 26, 9:00am - Aug 26, 10:00am

WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center4242 Lake in the Woods DriveSpring Hill, FL34607 Map Join us in the OM ...

Join us in the OM Grown Community Garden on Wednesday, August 26th ay 9:00 am for a free garden education workshop with Dr. Lester from the Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension to learn about :

Seeds or Transplants? Some plants are best started indoors and transplanted into the garden; others must be started in the garden where they will grow. Learn what method works best for everything you may want to grow.

Feel free to bring a notebook, a hat, water, and Questions.

About our Garden:
Our purpose is to provide sustainable gardening education & to bring nutritious, high quality, naturally grown food to our community. The garden is a living, breathing entity that uses dedicated hearts & helping hands to grow and flourish. The Garden offers raised garden bed membership opportunities.

Learn more about membership opportunities: www.wellcomeomcenter.com

Visit us: WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center
4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Phone: 352-600-4242
Email: info@wellcomeomcenter.com

About our Educator:
Dr. William Lester holds a graduate degree in Plant Medicine from the University of Florida and currently serves as the Urban & Commercial Horticulture Agent II for UF/IFAS Extension in Hernando County, FL. Combining a mix of horticultural knowledge and management skills, his current responsibilities include teaching the public and working closely with county and professional clients. As a frequent guest presenter to community groups and writing for local newspapers, his goal is to put complex scientific findings into language that can be understood by school-age children and the adult public alike. He has been involved in the creation of multimedia educational materials to support the Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance, the local Noxious Weed Ordinance and most recently a program of virtual teaching. Protecting Hernando County’s fragile Nature Coast ecosystem and reducing the amounts of harmful toxins being placed in the environment are the central goals of his frequent teaching programs. As the coordinator for almost 100 Extension volunteers, Bill believes that education and providing an opportunity to serve residents are the keys to attracting and maintaining a highly motivated group of individuals to work to achieve those goals.

16 interested  ·  5 going
20 Things Newcomers Need to Know About Their Florida Yard Part 2

20 Things Newcomers Need to Know About Their Florida Yard Part 2

Aug 26, 10:00am - Aug 26, 11:00am

Zoom

Zoom Class - Part Two of a series - This class is for newcomer's to Central Florida as well as those who have been here a while. Learn Tips and techniques to having a sustainable, beautiful, Florida yard. We will dispel myths and learn how to have a Florida-Friendly oasis.

Free Class. Do not click any links that ask for credit card or other information.

931 interested  ·  46 going