Plant Clinic this Friday in Fort Walton Beach

A plant clinic will be held Friday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fort Walton Beach at the Okaloosa County Extension building, 127 W. Hollywood Boulevard. The plant clinic is designed to provide a place and time for people to bring in samples of plants for diagnosis, including weeds for identification. Bring …

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Inter-planting for Seasonal Color Seminar

Annual Color in the Landscape. Photo Credit: UF/IFAS

Take the guesswork out of providing seasonal color in your landscape and join Okaloosa County Master Gardener Marie Harrison as she presents this seminar on Inter-planting for Seasonal Color. Marie is a local author of a number of books including Gardening in the Coastal South, Southern Gardening, an Environmentally Sensitive Approach, Groundcovers for the South, and …

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Lawn Weed ID at Upcoming Plant Clinic (Friday, April 10th)

Cool Season/Winter Weeds in Lawn during spring, Credit: Larry Williams

Correct identification of a weed is the first step in control of that weed. Most weeds that are dominant in our lawns, landscapes and gardens now are winter annuals. They stand out in late winter and early spring. Most are blooming now with white, yellow and purple flowers. It may appear that these weeds suddenly …

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Controlling Tomato Pests in the Home Garden Seminar

Damage to tomato fruit caused by hornworm,
Credit: James Castner, University of Florida

Despite the fact that the State of Florida is one of the top two tomato producing states in the United States, many times the Florida home gardener finds it difficult to grow tomatoes. Florida farmers are first in the production of fresh market tomatoes with California farmers being first in the production of processed tomatoes …

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NWF Gulf Coast Beekeepers Association Workshop

Honeybee visiting flower. Credit: UF/IFAS

The Northwest Florida Gulf Coast Beekeepers Association is hosting its first annual workshop on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Florosa Elementary School, 1700 Highway 98, Mary Esther. Open to the public, the eight hour event will feature hands-on demonstrations of how to raise bees, collect honey, and build beehives. Guest speakers will include Doug Corbin, …

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Upcoming Lawn & Garden Seminars

Home grown tomatoes. Credit: Larry Williams

With spring on its way, your local University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County is providing lawn and garden seminars for the public.  Plan Before You Plant Seminar: Take the guesswork out of vegetable gardening and join Okaloosa County Master Gardener Lee Vanderpool as he presents this seminar on planning your vegetable garden. Topics …

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Learn about camellias in Fort Walton Beach on Valentine’s Day

Camellia in bloom
Photo Credit: Larry Williams

As a community service, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, which is over 50 years old, will conduct a free Camellia Workshop to introduce the camellia to area residents. The workshop will be held at the Okaloosa County Extension Annex, 127 NW Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach from 9 a.m. until noon on …

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100 years of Extension, improved lives and shaped a nation

In one way or another, I would argue that we all have benefited from legislation signed 100 years ago referred to as the Smith-Lever Act. The Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service, a unique educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the nation’s land-grant universities and counties that extends research-based knowledge through a …

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Best Management Practices

The next opportunity for the class needed in order to apply for a fertilizer license will be in Crestview on February 3, 2015.  For more information click on the date: 2315

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2014 Turfgrass Expo & Field Day Includes Landscape Info


There is something for the professional, Master Gardener and homeowner at the 20th Annual Turfgrass Expo & Field Day. You’ll see and learn the newest in the areas of lawn grass varieties, weed control and many other topics related to selecting, establishing and maintaining a Florida lawn. Plus, the expo includes landscape info.  This University …

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