So Many Gardening Events in October!

Yellow mums for saleHave you been to our website lately to check out the event calendar? There’s so much going on in October, throughout the state: plant sales, classes, gardening expos, and more. Here’s just a few:

  • Seminole County Gardening Expo — Saturday, October 6, Sanford
  • Backyard Garden Festival — Saturday, October 6, Bartow
  • Manatee County Master Gardener Plant Fair — Saturday, October 6, Palmetto
  • St. Johns County Home & Garden Show, with Datil Pepper Festival — Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, St. Augustine

And that’s just this weekend. There’s plenty more to do — see for yourself!

Florida MGs in DC for the Folklife Festival

Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology participates in the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The University of Florida is one of twenty universities to be featured at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act and the USDA. The Morrill Act laid the groundwork for Extension programs like Master Gardeners.

The Festival will take place on the National Mall in Washington DC from June 27-July 8 and includes the program “Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150”.

“Campus and Community” will focus on four themes that reflect the current work of public and land-grant universities and the USDA: reinventing agriculture, sustainable solutions, transforming communities, and building on tradition.

Each theme area of the program will allow visitors to interact with university and USDA staff, professors, students, and community members highlighting exciting research and engagement projects. From Master Gardeners to Hawaiian traditional healing, from managing invasive species to helping communities recover from natural disasters, the program will cover an array of ways universities and the USDA put research to action every day.

The area for the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (of which the Florida Master Gardener program is part) focuses on efficient irrigation and landscaping techniques.

The Center will be represented by multiple faculty and staff with various specialties including Dr. Michael Dukes (irrigation), Dr. Gail Hansen (landscape design), Erin Alvarez (landscape maintenance), our own Tom Wichman (Florida Master Gardener Program), Brian Niemann (Florida-Friendly Landscaping program), and Emily Eubanks (CLCE).

They will be on hand as plant and irrigation specialists during the Festival, from June 27–July 1 and again from July 4–8.

For more information on the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, please visit the website at

EDIT: We have photos up from our time at the festival – see the post!