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Pecan tree workshop in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 5

Winter is upon us and it’s a great time to plant a tree. If you’re looking live off your land and add lovely fall color to your yard, then a pecan tree is the perfect choice. The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “Dooryard Pecan Production,” the latest installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series on Wednesday, December 5th from 10 am to 12 pm at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732...

Walton County Master Gardeners accepting annual plant sale pre-orders

Just in time for prime planting season, the Walton County Master Gardeners are busy planning their annual Plant and Tree Sale.  There is no better source of affordable Florida-Friendly, low-maintenance ornamental & fruit trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, vines, ferns, heirloom bulbs and more!  As in years past, the sale is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019, 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, we...

Cut your own tree at Strickland’s Christmas Tree Farm in DeFuniak Springs

Leyland cypress, Southern Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice Cypress, Florida Pines available Bring back an old holiday tradition, or start a new one as you select and cut down your Christmas tree at Strickland’s Christmas Tree Farm. Located in DeFuniak Springs, the farm is owned by Cody and Linda Strickland. The 60-acre farm is one of the largest in Florida, and offers the following varieties: Leyland Cypress, Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice Cypress, and Florida Pine. A few of the...

Christmas Candlelight Tour and open house at Eden Gardens State Park Dec. 15

A wonderful holiday tradition in South Walton continues at Eden Gardens State Park Wesley House as it lights up for the holidays. Enjoy the walk through the luminaries and a candlelight tour from 5 – 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. Take a free tour of the house and admire the beautifully decorated rooms, each decorated in different themes by local businesses and organizations. After the tour is complete, guests can vote on their favorite room and enjoy refreshments in the pavilion provided by...

Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop in Niceville Nov. 16

Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute is presenting a Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop on Friday, November 16, 2018, 11 AM to 12 PM in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350), Room 127 on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College. Only 10 barrels are available to make.  They are $25 each, and rain barrels are reserved for those FIRST registered, first served. RSVP now for a barrel. In addition, however, observers are welcome for FREE!...

Upcoming holiday markets in north and south Walton

Enjoy holiday shopping from local vendors in north and south Walton. Click on our calendar for more holiday events. Holiday market in Rosemary Beach Nov. 17 The annual winter market in Rosemary Beach will be held on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It is a day-long event that will have 80 artists from across the region in a variety of media including fine and folk art, pottery, holiday decor and gifts, handcrafted jewelry, handmade furniture, yard art,...

Make a child’s Christmas brighter with Santa Patrol and Angel Tree programs

Make Christmas a little brighter for a child in need. South Walton Fire District and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are both hosting toy drives. South Walton Fire District Angel Tree: South Walton Fire District is once again sponsoring the Caring and Sharing Angel Tree. Each holiday season the “Angel Tree” is filled with names of children throughout Walton County that otherwise may not receive Christmas gifts without your assistance. “Angels” will be available for from 9 a.m- 4 p.m....

Saltbush provides a nice native landscaping alternative

Saltbush, also called groundsel tree or sea myrtle, looks like a cloud of white flowers where you least expect it, hovering about 8 feet off the ground. For most of the year, saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia) goes unnoticed, but it just so happens to burst into bloom when few other plants do.The not-so-lowly saltbush flowers profusely along roadsides and ditches in the fall. This native woody shrub isn’t used very often in home landscapes, but it is perfectly suited to Florida...

Hazmat recycling and waste tire amnesty day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Nov. 17

Time: 8 am – 12 pm Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park as it hosts a hazmat recycling and waste tire amnesty collection on November 17, 2018 from 8:00 am to Noon.  Representatives from the Walton County Solid Waste and Recycling office will be on hand to help unload the following items from your car: Pesticides, Used Oil, Stale Gasoline, Solvents, Fertilizers, Paint, Paint Thinners, Paint Strippers, Batteries, Furniture Polish, Brake Fluid, Engine Degreasers, Anti-Freeze, Pool Chemicals, Insecticides and  Spot...

Ornamental grass seminar in Grayton Beach Nov. 7

Daniel Leonard, UF/IFAS Walton County Horticulture agent will discuss ornamental grasses on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Extension Coastal Branch at 10 a.m. Learn how to choose plants that will do well in your landscape and will look their best with minimum care.  The discussion will include some new varieties and how to place them. The cost is $5 (cash or check only, please) – payable at the door and includes light refreshments.  Seating is limited, and reservations are required.  Call 850-892-8172...