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Shiitake mushroom production workshop in DeFuniak Springs Feb. 27

Learn the basics of shiitake mushroom production with Walton County Extension. Participants will take home two hardwood logs inoculated with mushroom spawn. This will be a hands-on workshop using drills, inoculation tools, and hot wax to seal freshly seeded logs. There will also be a short presentation on growing oyster mushrooms with a widely-used household product. The workshop will be held at the Walton County Extension Office located at 732 N. 9th St., DeFuniak Springs, FL on Thursday, February 27th,...

Growing flowers in Northwest Florida lecture in DeFuniak Springs March 4

Serena Robison and Jonathon Douglas, owners and growers at Peach Creek Blooms will share their expertise on growing flowers for fun and profit.  They operate a one-acre flower farm located in the Point Washington community of Walton County, Florida that produces fresh cut blooms to sell at the Seaside Farmers Market and to supply local florists.  You can learn how they choose which plants to cultivate for vase life and how they keep a constant flow of posies for cutting and fragrance....

Antique tractor collection could become Walton County’s newest attraction

Is it possible that the world’s largest fully restored antique tractor collection resides in Walton County? Walton County Commissioner Tony Anderson says, “Some say that Dr. James Sheppard’s vast collection is just that. It is an exciting opportunity for the County to work with state and federal agencies along with private sector entities to secure funding opportunities to keep this jewel in Walton County without utilizing and local taxes or funding.” Sheppard grew up with his family as a Tenant...

Resurrection fern make their appearance after rain

By Danielle Sprague, UF/ IFAS Extension This week, I received a call about identifying a plant growing on a pecan tree in someone’s yard. With the recent rain we’ve experienced after a rather dry period, I had a pretty good feeling it was a resurrection fern. A quick picture sent in to me by the homeowner confirmed this. Resurrection fern, (Pleopeltis polypodioides) is a native fern found in many hardwood trees throughout the southeast. In our area, it is found...

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...