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Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 15

Join the Friends of Eden as they celebrate the annual Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach on Sat. Feb. 15, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The festival includes presentations on camellias, from how they are air layered to floral arrangements. There will also be heritage presenters throughout the park, demonstrating skills such as blacksmithing, chair caning and candle making, and more. The band Earth Vibes will provide musical entertainment on the bayou stage....

Lecture on hiring landscape professionals in Santa Rosa Beach Feb. 5

The February offering of the Walton County Master Gardeners ongoing lecture series will be on the subject of hiring qualified landscape professionals. The presentation will be focused on commercial landscape contracting and will be directed toward homeowners associations, professional property management firms and others with large property responsibilities. The presentation will be in a panel discussion format.  The panel will consist of: Sheila Dunning, Okaloosa County Commercial Horticulture Agent speaking on the training opportunities, continuing education requirements and testing requirements...

Free living history exhibits in DeFuniak Springs, Jan. 24-26

Forest Service tree giveaway Jan. 25 Cannon blasts, turpentine demonstrations, native American storytelling, an indoor nature trail, a vintage camper show, a Civil War and Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp, Black History presentations, a tree give-away, and many other living history exhibits, demonstrations and presentations will be in full swing Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 25 at Chipley Park, 3 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  These events and parking are free and compliment the activities of the annual, historic...

Landscape design workshop in Niceville Jan. 21 – Feb. 25

Okaloosa County Master Gardener volunteers offer classes on gardening as non-credit continuing education courses. A six-week Landscape Design Workshop with Instructor Karen Kirk-Williams and a team of Master Gardener Volunteers will be offered at Northwest Florida State College beginning January 21 through February 25. The Tuesday classes are from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will provide a step-by-step, interactive approach to learning how to design, install, and maintain an environmentally friendly landscape using Florida-friendly plants. The course includes an...

Florida Forest Service celebrates Arbor Day with free trees

 Southport, FL – Arbor Day continues to be a nationally recognized celebration highlighting the importance of trees to our everyday life. Florida currently recognizes the State’s Arbor Day on the third Friday in January. Trees provide us with air, clean water, natural products, employment and many other benefits. “We are excited to support Arbor Day events to this area” said Cooperative Forestry Coordinator Joe Vanderwerff “Trees will also help our community with disaster recovery”. In celebration of Arbor Day, the...

Walton Master Gardeners annual plant sale in DeFuniak Springs Jan. 18

The third Friday in January is Arbor Day in Florida because it is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs in this area. The following day on Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Walton Master Gardeners annual tree and plant sale will be held at the Fairgrounds located at 790 N 9th Street (Hwy 83) in DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. The sale is from 9:00 a.m. – noon; arrive early for the best selection. Cash and checks...

Wesley House at Eden lights up for the holidays, candle light tour Dec. 14

A wonderful holiday tradition in South Walton continues as Eden Gardens State Park Wesley House lights up for the holidays. Tours of the Wesley House are Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., every hour on the hour. The Christmas decorations will be up through Dec. 31. The rest of the park is open 7 days a week. Enjoy the walk through the luminaries and a candlelight tour from 5 – 8 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2019. Take a free tour...

Order now for annual Walton County Master Gardener plant sale

There is no better source of affordable Florida-Friendly, low-maintenance ornamental & fruit trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, vines, ferns, heirloom bulbs and more than from the annual Walton County Master Gardener plant sale. As in years past, the sale is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Walton County Fair Grounds. However, if you want to beat the crowd the day of the sale, they are offering an opportunity to pre-order plants and pick up...

Learn about camellias in Santa Rosa Beach Dec. 4

Lee Vanderpool, an Okaloosa Master Gardener, will present his program on camellias, a favorite, colorful plant this time of year. Lee has a keen interest in many kinds of horticulture studies, including orchids and bonsai. His PowerPoint briefing will cover propagation and care of camellias showing photos from the 2018 Pensacola Camellia Club Show. Please join us on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach.  The cost for the program is $5,...

Christmas tour of homes in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 7

St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church is hosting the 2019 Christmas Tour of Homes in DeFuniak Springs on Dec. 7. The tour will be held the entire day with a $5 continental breakfast at St. Agatha’s at 150 Circle Drive from 8 – 10 a.m. The home tour will be from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will feature 10 homes, 3 restored businesses, 2 homes under historic restoration (drive-by only), the church’s three historic buildings and 3-5 antique or classic cars...

Santa sightings, holiday events in north and south Walton

‘Tis the season for Santa Claus spotting and photo opportunities with the big guy. Also some outdoor markets and family oriented outdoor events. Here are a few ideas: Nov. 29 Alys in Winter Wonderland 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Join Santa for cookie decorating and holiday cheer. Cookies to decorate will be available for purchase in Central Park, two cookies for $5. Unwrapped children’s toys will be accepted for donation to a local Angel Tree Program and nonperishable, non-glass food items...

Hometown Christmas shopping fair in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 30

The annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 8 am – 4 pm at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Highway 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. The annual shopping event brings thousands of holiday shoppers to historic DeFuniak Springs and features activities for children, food, entertainment, and hundreds of unique one-of-a-kind gifts for every taste.  Free admission. For more information, call (850) 830-1661....