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It’s blueberry picking time in Northwest Florida

Where to find local sweet blueberries to pick or purchase  June and July is the time of year to head out and find tasty Florida blueberries. In addition to a great topping for cereal or salads, blueberry pancakes, muffins and coffee cakes are also a popular homemade treat for blueberry lovers. Many locals take advantage of the local pick-your-own farms and stock up by purchasing berries by the gallon from local growers. Since the fruit freezes well, many buy in...

Memorial Day services in North and South Walton May 27

Gum Creek Cemetery, Glendale 8 a.m. The 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service will be held at the Gum Creek Cemetery located north of DeFuniak Springs off State Road 83 near Glendale. The service will be held on May 27, 2019 and will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Gum Creek Cemetery is one of the oldest in Walton County and is thought to be over 160 years old. The cemetery marks the final resting place of veterans from American’s wars all...

Grow native milkweed to support monarch butterflies

By Molly Jameson, UF/IFAS With spring upon us, the mighty monarch butterflies have begun their long trek to the north from Mexico, looking to time their migration with growth of the milkweed plants in the southeastern United States. Mated monarch females lay hundreds of eggs along their journey, but only two percent of these eggs will survive to become mature caterpillars to carry on the next generation. Monarch larvae rely exclusively on milkweed for nutrients, so it is of upmost...

Peach Creek Blooms a delight to the senses

Serena Robinson and her husband Jonathan Douglas are busy folks with a very unique profession. Tucked away on a ¼-acre in Point Washington, the couple operates an intensive micro farm of beautiful blooming flowers. At any given time of year, their farm field is brimming with colorful blooms destined to become tabletop posies. Serena, a Florida master gardener and owner/grower at Peach Creek Blooms, starts each flowering plant from seed, and nurtures it through the various stages of growth. Serena...

Blueberry preserve workshop in DeFuniak Springs April 25

Join the Walton Count Extension for a hands on blueberry preserves workshop on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn how to make homemade preserves through safe water-bath canning methods with their Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Jill Breslawski. Cost is $15 per person. To register, call 850-892-8172 or register online https://waltonblueberry2019.eventbrite.com. Limit 25 participants. Pre-registration is required by April 18th. Walk away with your very own jar of fresh, blueberry preserves just in time for your summer...

Low impact pesticide lecture in Santa Rosa Beach May 1

The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “Low Toxicity Pest Control to Minimze Impact on People and the Planet,” lecture on Wednesday, May 1st from 10:00 am – Noon at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. The workshop will feature Okaloosa County Commercial Horticulture Agent Sheila Dunning presenting on selecting effective, low toxicity pesticide options for your home landscape. Please call (850)-892-8172 to register and reserve...

Beekeeping in the Panhandle workshop, field day and trade show in Chipley March 29, 30

The University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Beekeeping in the Panhandle Working Group has once again teamed up to offer the 7th Annual Beekeeper’s Workshop & Tradeshow on March 29th and 30th at the Washington County Agriculture Center, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428. The activities will take place from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Central each day and will include lunch. This year’s event features: Hands-on open hive experiences, presentations on the latest in research-based beekeeping management practices,...

Garden lecture on annuals in DeFuniak Springs April 3

The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “Annuals to Beat the Heat,” the latest installment of their Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 3rd from 10:00 am – Noon at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. This workshop will feature Walton County Master Gardener Andrea Schnapp presenting about newly introduced annual varieties you should consider to add color in your yard throughout the summer and the rest of...

DeFuniak Springs Home and Garden Show March 23

The DeFuniak Springs Home & Garden Show will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 Hwy 83, DeFuniak Springs. The show runs from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dozens of vendors will be there with artwork, hand crafted jewelry, home décor, skincare products, honey and beeswax products, jarred and canned food items, garden décor, plants, fresh produce, clothing, crafts items and food vendors. There will also be a tour of the Walton County Extension...

Landscaping workshop in Santa Rosa Beach March 6

The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “New Introductions:  Try These Plants to Modernize Your Landscape,” the latest installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 6th from 10 am – Noon at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.  This workshop will feature Walton County Horticulture Agent Daniel Leonard presenting about new ornamental species, varieties and cultivars recently released into retail nurseries that...

Landscape seminar on shrubs in Panama City Feb. 21

Many landscapes have been stripped of vegetation due directly to Hurricane Michael damage or clearing efforts making yards devoid of color and privacy. Part II in the Landscape Recovery Series hosted by the Bay County Extension Office will focus on selecting shrubs that perform well in northwest Florida. This workshop will focus on selection and installation of shrubs suited to the Florida Panhandle including native plants, shrubs with edible fruit, and good screening options. The seminar will be held on...