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Spend the day outside with your valentine

Alternatives to traditional valentine celebrations abound in Walton The area offers many ways to spend time with your Valentine. A romantic dinner, flowers, candy and love. With the holiday coming on a weekend, there is a variety of alternatives available in Santa Rosa Beach, Coldwater Creek or Big Cypress Ranch up in Ponce DeLeon. Here is a list to get you out and about (click on the titles below for more info): Village of Baytowne Wharf offers sweet fun for...

Walton County Master Gardener tree sale Jan. 16

The Walton County Master Gardeners will be hosting a tree sale at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Flowering, shade, citrus and fruit trees, suitable for planting now in our area, will be available at bargain prices.  Azaleas, camellias, blueberries, ornamental grasses and vines can be found as well.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with gardening questions and provide information on the plants. The 4-H Youth will host a pancake...

Dog talk: House training your dog

Have You “Reverse House Trained” your Dog? Does your dog refuse to go to the bathroom outside when you are present? Does your dog play outside and then come back inside and go to the bathroom in your absence? Does your dog look guilty if you see them going to the bathroom inside? If you answer “yes” to any of these then you may have housetrained your dog the wrong way round.  Housetraining is a huge issue for dogs.  Why?...

Water Gardening ‘101’ on Jan. 10

Pete Wilson of Pete’s Ponds will be conducting a free seminar on water gardening On Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Daisy’s Garden Shop 84 Veterans Road, Santa Rosa Beach Learn the difference between:  Water Gardens – Koi Ponds – Goldfish Ponds – Formal and Natural Ponds Pete will touch a little on each of the following subjects: • History of Water Features • Pond Ecology • Plants • Fish • Filtration • Liners • Pumps • Designing • Building...

Dog Talk: Socializing your puppy

Socializing an important part of raising your new pup Question We just got our first puppy and we are of course trying to learn everything possible about doing things properly with her so we get a good family dog. What advise can you give us? Patricia, Shalimar Answer Well Patricia you omitted to mention what breed of puppy you have although with this questions it is not actually relevant. I say that because right now the nature versus nurture question...

The South Walton Garden

What’s happening in your garden? Fall is a great time to plan for next year in your garden, also an excellent time to plant everything. It gives the plants a chance to establish a good root system, so that they are ready for their first hot, hot summer. 1) Take a close look at your garden/ landscape.   What do you expect from it?  Do you need curb appeal?  Do you want shade/ more sun?  Is their an area that’s giving...

North Walton garden tips for November

Fall garden tips from the DeFuniak Springs Garden Club • There is still time to plant wildflower seeds thru late December. Our Florida native ecotypes will perform the best. Seeds are available through Wildflowers Matter 850.859.0096 • Coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susans, Blanket Flower, Phlox, Coneflower and Standing Cypress • Plants and lawns, though not actively growing still need water every couple weeks if the weather is very dry. •  Tender plants will withstand a freeze better when well watered • Prepare...