Sat Mar 02 2024 at 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

UF IFAS Extension Orange County | Orlando

UF\/IFAS Extension Orange County
Publisher/HostUF/IFAS Extension Orange County
Join us for an educational day of workshops and key note speakers at our Garden Festival & Plant Sale!
About this Event

Educational Workshops:

  • March 2, 2024, 10:00am – 10:30am

Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard- Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer and Master Naturalist, Heather Randle, to learn about Florida-Friendly landscapes that promote biodiversity. Incorporating native plants, water features, and habitat elements attracts and supports native wildlife. You will leave this session with useful tips for creating a sustainable and vibrant ecosystem in your backyard. Heather is passionate about native wildlife and Florida-Friendly gardening. With a background in zoology, she integrates her knowledge into easy gardening approaches. Heather's interest in creating wildlife-friendly landscapes in Florida comes from a desire to conserve native species and promote a connection between humans and nature.

  • March 2, 2024, 10:45am – 11:15am

Introduction to Container Gardening with Ornamentals- Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer, Tim DePalma, to learn about decorative container gardening with ornamentals. This workshop includes selecting plants and containers, soil and fertilizer questions, supplies and techniques, and maintenance concerns.

  • March 2, 2024, 11:30am – 12:00pm

Pollinator Gardening- Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer, Diane McNeill, in exploring pollinator gardening. The workshop will address the importance of pollinators, how to design a pollinator garden and which plants are needed to attract a variety of pollinators.

  • March 2, 2024, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Shade Gardening-Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers, Bonnie Temby and Arjuna Dusherla, for a workshop on shade gardening! Have a shady spot in your yard or on your patio and looking for suggestions of what will thrive? This is the workshop for you! This dynamic duo will discuss the different types of shade, designing a shade garden and shade plants for Florida Friendly landscaping in Zone 9b-10a.

  • March 2, 2024, 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Raising Butterflies- Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers, Doree Giles and Fran Boettcher, to learn how to raise butterflies! These critters are incredibly important to our ecosystem. Taking an active role in conservation is fun and rewarding! Bring your family to this demonstration and learn about the life cycle of butterflies and how to safely care for them.

  • March 2, 2024, 1:45pm – 2:15pm

Plant Propagation- Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer, Dena Wild, in learning how to propagate plants by cuttings! Propagation is the process of making new plants, it is cheap, easy, and fun! Learn how to landscape your yard quickly and very inexpensively. Warning: This sure proof method is so easy and rewarding that you can get hooked.

Educational Sessions:

  • March 2, 2024, 10-10:45 am

How to be a Turfgrass Detective: Identifying Small Signs of Big Issues in Your Lawn-Turfgrass can be tricky! But knowing the signs to look for in your lawn can help tend to any pests or problems early. Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County’s Urban Residential Horticulture Agent, Calvin Gardner, in identifying small signs of big issues in your lawn.

  • March 2, 2024, 11-11:45 am

Honeybees: Tips, Tricks, and Truths I Find Interesting- Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange & Seminole County’s Livestock and Natural Resources Extension Agent, JK Yarborough, to learn tips, tricks, and truths of beekeeping. JK grew up on his family’s cattle ranch but has also been a beekeeper for 4 years. JK uses the bees to teach classes through Extension and will regale you with some of the things he has learned firsthand, secondhand, and things in between.

  • March 2, 2024, 12:15-1:00 pm

How to Become a Master Gardener Volunteer - Whether you have a natural green thumb or can’t keep a plant alive to save your life, the Master Gardener Volunteer Program has a place for you. To become certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer, participants attend 75+ hours of classroom experience and volunteer at least 75 hours in the first year after their training. If this description hasn’t scared you away yet, you may be the perfect fit for the MGV program! Join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County’s Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator, Clarissa Chairez, to learn what it means to become a Master Gardener Volunteer and how to get involved.

  • March 2, 2024, 2:15-3:00 pm

Water Conservation opportunities – there everywhere! - Water is our most precious resource. Join Orlando Utilities Commission’s (OUC)’s Water Conservation Coordinator, Joseph Montemurno, in learning how to conserve water. Joseph’s role at Orlando Utilities Commission (aka OUC The Reliable One) is to lead and support water conservation efforts and programs that help its customers save and use water more efficiently. While OUC has the ability to make more electricity, it cannot make any more water. The water we have – we all must do our part to respect and use wisely.

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UF IFAS Extension Orange County, 6021 South Conway Road, Orlando, United States


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