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Tomato plants available at Extension Office Apr. 3

Get your garden going with disease resistant tomatoes! The Walton County Master Gardeners will be selling tomato plants on Friday, April 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Walton County Extension Office. Available plants include the disease resistant varieties Crista, Roma, Red Defender, Fletcher, and Sugar Plum Grape. The plants are 50 cents each, or five for $2. The office will be continuing to sell the plants during office hours until they are all sold. Mike Goodchild, UF...

Local school children share their gardening wisdom

Walton County school kids busy with spring gardens Spring has arrived, and local children are busy with their school garden projects. Everything from planting zinnias to decorating outdoor furniture, to harvesting collards, the children are engaging in the excitement of watching things grow, and seeing the fruits of their labor. I took a look around at a few of the Walton County schools to see what they were up to, and there is much more than mulch getting spread around!...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Take a hike along the Florida Trail Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 8:30 am.  Join the Florida Trail Association for a 7.6 mile hike on Eglin from Hwy 85 to Jr Walton Pond.  (You need an Eglin pass) Details: (850) 683-0803 or http://choctaw.floridatrail.org . Dunes at Topsail Hill State Preserve. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors Learn about the plants and animals that live in a dune ecosystem at Topsail Hill Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am Park at the...

A solution to a chore no dog owner likes

Local company offers green alternative for pet waste management It is undeniable, the family dog brings loads of joy and pleasure to your life.  But they also leave a lot of mess in your yard, and cleaning up after your pets is an unpleasant task no one looks forward to. Now there is a local company offering an option to dealing with the nasty hassle of cleaning up after your best friend.  America’s Pet Waste Specialist, fondly known as your...

Alaqua Animal Refuge friend of the week

SBM iso soulmate I enjoy long walks, cuddling, and fine food.  I am young, vibrant and ready to share my life with that special someone. Please call 850-880-6399 ask for Mickey. If you would like to adopt Mickey or any of the other available soulmates, contact Alaqua Animal Refuge at 850-880-6399 or go online at www.AlaquaAnimalRefuge.com...

Can your dog fetch you a drink from the refrigerator?

Dog Talk: Training dogs to perform complicated behaviors Teaching dogs to ‘sit’, ‘down’ or ‘stay’ is straightforward if we understand the basics of how dogs learn. But teaching dogs complicated behaviors that do not come naturally to them, or as a behavior analyst would say ‘they are not in the learner’s current repertoire’, is not a simple procedure. When a behavior cannot be captured, or is too complicated to lure or does not occur naturally which tool do professional dog...

Celebrity to host outdoor projection art festival

Style Icon India Hicks coming to 2009 Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach The resort town of Alys Beach, Florida and “Studio b.” announced that India Hicks will host the second annual “Digital Graffiti” festival on Saturday, June 6th. Digital Graffiti is the world’s first outdoor projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project original works onto the town’s iconic white walls. A well-known author, TV host and fashion model for Ralph Lauren, Gap, and J. Crew, among...

A day at the Rockin S Auction

Paxton comes alive the first Saturday of the month As times get leaner, many are looking into finding creative ways to find a bargain. One way to find the real deal, is to take drive to the Rockin S Auction the first Saturday of the month. Held at the old livestock building on U.S. Hwy 331 in Paxton, the auction comes to life around 8:30 a.m. as a stream of trucks and trailers pour into the site loaded with everything...

Alaqua Animal Refuge friend of the week

I just need a little help Quill is a special needs puppy.  This beautiful, playful Sharpei girl was born with an eye condition that will need to be corrected with surgery.  If you would like to adopt Quill or donate to help fund her surgery, contact Alaqua Animal Refuge at 850-880-6399 or go online at www.AlaquaAnimalRefuge.com...

Garden Club launches landscape competition

Competition showcases residential and commercial gardens The Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach is sponsoring “The American Pride Landscape Competition” for residential and commercial gardens, starting March 27 through April 27. Gardens of many types have been featured – wildflower gardens, native plant gardens, shade gardens, water gardens, gardens for sitting, gardens for walking, gardens for relaxing –  even gardens for gardening. The competition promotes gardening excellence in South Walton County and recognizes community residents and local businesses...

Green Thumb Garden Club to meet at library

Daylily expert to speak on April 15 The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet on Wed. April 15, at the Coastal Branch Library at 9:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Mollie Klemas, president of the Pensacola Daylily Club. Mollie Klemas will be talking about the culture and types of daylilies and incorporating them into an already existing landscape or creating a new one.  Using pictures from her gardens, Klemas will show pictures of almost 200 varieties of lilies that...