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Honey bee seminar in DeFuniak Springs April 7

The Walton County Master Gardeners will be hosting a bee seminar at the Walton County Extension Office and virtually via ZOOM conference on Wed., April 7, 2021 from 10 – 11 a.m. Join Master Gardener Lindsey Jackson of NoWal Farms and learn backyard beekeeping and how to bring honey bees to your garden for pollination and to increase your yields. To join the Zoom meeting go to https://ufl.zoom.us/j/98387430963?pwd=c0dRLzZnRGdEYXJxeEZHVXF4NXhxdz09 There will be very limited seating for those who want to attend...

Tractor parade and farmer’s market in DeFuniak Springs March 20

Main Street DeFuniak Springs will kick off its 2021 Farmer’s Market Season on Saturday, March 20, 2021, on Baldwin Avenue. In addition to the variety of vendors, the opening day will include a tractor parade with numerous rare and restored tractors. Patrons are invited to shop the market beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Hosted weekly the Main Street Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Vendors are setup on...

Community garden sprouts up in Santa Rosa Beach

Cultivate Community Gardens (CCG) has started construction on a community garden at Padgett Park on J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Tracy Miller, vice president of CCG, grew up on an organic farm in Iowa. After moving to Florida to an area with limited options for gardening, she realized how important gardening was to her well-being. With many HOA-restricted neighborhoods with limited garden options, CCG decided to offer plots to the community. Per an agreement with Walton County, CCG...

Spring flowering shrubs and trees virtual lecture March 3

Join the Walton County Master Gardeners for a free virtual lecture ‑ Spring Flowering Shrubs and Trees featuring new plants to consider for your landscape on March 3, 2021. The lecture will be via Zoom from 10 – 11:30 a.m. CST. Daniel Leonard, the Director of Calhoun County Extension and Horticulture Agent, will present the program.  He will be discussing plants specific for Walton County growing zones 8 and 9.  Everyone loves to add more color to their surroundings, especially...

Virtual bee college offered in March 2021

Interested in learning about honey bees? Join the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory for the 2021 Spring Virtual UF/IFAS Bee College! Imagine FOUR Saturday mornings in March 2021 of all things honey bees. Those new to beekeeping can follow the beginner track, while more experienced beekeepers can participate in sessions focused on honey bee stressors and other advanced topics related to beekeeping. Speakers include UF/IFAS faculty, staff, students, members from...

Home and Garden Show in DeFuniak Springs March 20

The DeFuniak Springs Home and Garden Show is a local marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, purchase unique decor and gifts from arts and crafts vendors to local hobby farms. View displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with home improvement and real estate professionals, and enjoy informative presentations from local home and garden experts. The event will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Walton...

Keep pets and backyard animals from becoming prey to coyotes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding Florida residents and visitors to protect pets and backyard animals from becoming prey to coyotes and other wildlife as reports of interactions with these animals generally increase this time of year. “Coyotes are found throughout Florida and they are part of the landscape,” said Greg Kaufmann, FWC Wildlife Assistance Program Administrator. “There is a strong possibility coyotes are in your community, even if you are living in an urban part...

Camellia sale and fundraiser at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 13 – 14

The Friends of Eden will be holding a camellia sale and fundraiser at Eden Gardens State Park on Saturday, Feb. 13 – 14, 2021 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. They will have air layered camellias available, as well as some nursery grown camellias. The volunteers have put in a lot of sweat and love into air-layering these camellias out of the grounds so that our supporters can have a piece of Eden to take home with them. More than 80...

Walton County Master Gardener program starts Feb. 25

The Walton County Extension Service is taking applications for the 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer Program.  The Master Gardener Programming in Florida is a joint endeavor of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension, individual counties and gardening volunteers in participating counties.  The program is designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the growing demands placed on County Extension personnel by home gardeners. The primary requirements for participation in the Master Gardener Volunteer program are: ‚a sincere interest in gardening and...

Merry Main Street festivities in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

Main Street DeFuniak Springs has announced its “Merry Main Street” schedule of events to begin on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020. Taking place every Saturday before Christmas in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, events include in-store specials, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with The Character Clubhouse, rides on the Choctaw Express Train and live holiday performances by local groups. For the support of its community and putting small businesses first, Main Street DeFuniak Springs has been designated...

Camellias bring vibrant color to winter landscapes

With their shiny green leaves, compact growth habit and unique blooms, camellias are the winter queen of flowering shrubs.  Worldwide, there are about 250 different species of camellias.  In the landscapes of Northwest Florida, the most commonly grown species are Camellia sasanqua, Camellia japonica and hybrids of these.  Collectors and botanical gardens may have Camellia reticulata, Camellia hiemalis, Camellia vernalis and hybrids of multiple species. The young leaves of another camellia species, Camellia sinensis, are processed for tea, one of...

Veterans Day ceremony in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 11

The City of DeFuniak Springs City Council invites the public to attend the 15th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the John V. Lawson Amphitheater in Chipley Park on Circle Drive. For safety precautions, Circle Drive will be closed at South 7th Street to the entrance of the former Gulf Power building between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend this ceremony...