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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....

Veterans Day ceremonies in DeFuniak Springs and Freeport Nov. 11

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS 11 a.m.– The 2012-2013 Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief John E. Hamilton will provide the keynote address at the City of DeFuniak Springs annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the DeFuniak Springs Amphitheater, 1183 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.  The event is free and open to the public. FREEPORT 2 p.m. – There will be a Veterans Day program at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in...

South Walton Fire District hosting Caring and Sharing Angel Tree through Dec. 4

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 selection beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 North County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach. The deadline for gift drop off is scheduled for December 4, 2019....

Community clean up day in Choctaw Beach Nov. 12 – 16

Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dispose of tires (4), appliances, electronics, metal, furniture, old lumber, junk, and other miscellaneous debris. The District 4 Road Crew will collect yard waste in the community during the week. This event is for the convenience of the residents of the community to dispose of small quantities of junk and debris.  This is not for businesses of any kind.  Large loads should be taken to the Landfill for disposal. The event will...

Best daffodils for north Florida lecture in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 9

On Sat., Nov. 9, 2018 from 9 -10 a.m., Master Gardener Dara Dobson of 7 Pines Native Plant Nursery will host a free lecture on daffodils. The program will cover best cultivars for our warm climate, how to plant and how to maintain for years of enjoyment. There will be nine types of bulbs available for purchase. 7 Pines Native Plant Nursery is located at 2365 County Hwy 192, DeFuniak Springs. Call 850-830-8996 or e-mail wildflowersmatter@7pinesranch.com...

Public meeting on planned Walton area prescribed burns at Eden Gardens State Park Nov. 14

Local agencies from Walton are inviting the public’s participation in a “town hall” meeting to discuss the annual prescribed burning program on public lands. Cooperating agencies include the Florida Forest Service, Florida Park Service, South Walton Fire District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Atlanta Botanical Garden Organization and Walton County Emergency Management. Discussions will involve prescribed fire benefits, preparations and evaluations on local state forests and state parks. The meeting will be held Nov. 14 from 5:30 – 7...