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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...

Florida Forest Service giving away trees Jan. 18 – 19

YOUNGSTOWN, Fla. – On Florida’s Arbor Day, celebrated the third Friday in January, we are reminded of the impacts that trees and forest-related industries have on our community. Forest products always have played a crucial role in our area, from ribs and masts of sailing ships, turpentine stills and mills. We have lived among native trees that provided comfort, health and beauty. Through collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation and corporate sponsors, the Florida Forest Service is celebrating Arbor Day...

Composting lecture in DeFuniak Springs Feb. 6

If you maintain a garden or landscape beds, you probably know that soil health is an important part of keeping plants healthy, but you may not be aware of the amazing benefits composting can have on your soil’s health and how easy it is to do at home. With spring planting just around the corner, now is the perfect time to dive into the ins and outs of composting.  On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the Master Gardener Lecture Series event...

Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 16

Join the Friends of Eden Gardens State Park as they celebrate the annual Camellia Festival on Saturday, February 16th from 10 am – 2 pm. This wonderful event, centered around the blooming of the camellias, is a time to celebrate the natural beauty and history of the park. The event is free with paid park admission ($4 per car). Pack a picnic and enjoy the day. Beginning to bloom in late November, Camellias bring beautiful blooms to the park throughout...

Walton County Master Gardener’s plant and tree sale Jan. 19

The third Friday in January is Arbor Day in Florida and just in time for this prime planting season, the Walton County Master Gardeners are busy putting the finishing touches on their annual Plant & Tree Sale, which takes place the following day on Saturday, January 19.  There is no better source of affordable Florida-friendly, low-maintenance ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, vines, ferns, heirloom bulbs and more. The plants available for sale are chosen for their ability to...

Chautauqua Assembly returns to DeFuniak Springs Jan. 24 – 27, 2019

Florida Chautauqua’s Assembly 2019 takes place from Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, January 27th with most activities centered on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th.  The website www.floridachautauquaassembly.org details all of the program offerings which evolve around the theme and the four pillars of Chautauqua which include art, recreation, religion and education.  This year’s theme is a focus on Main Street America. Registration forms for the Assembly can be found online along with ticket information.  Tickets can be purchased...

Hurricane resistant tree lecture in Santa Rosa Beach Jan. 2

It is never too early to begin preparing for the next hurricane season and proper planning can help protect your home for these inevitable events.  The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “Preparing for the Next Hurricane,” the latest installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series on Wednesday, January 2nd from 10 am to 12 pm at the Coastal Branch Office, 70 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.   Join in as...

Step back in time at the Destin History and Fishing Museum

Most anyone who has been here for any length of time knows the best deep sea fishing in the Florida Panhandle is just offshore of Destin. You can learn how Destin got its name as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village as you explore history and more at the Destin History and Fishing Museum. The museum is chock full of noteworthy artifacts. Historical information dating back to the 1830s, along with environmental educational displays will entertain as well as educate visitors,...

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...