Pasco County Extension
Calendar of Events

NOTE:  Extension programs can provide reasonable accommodation with advance notice.  Pre-registration is not required of most of our programs, but contact Extension to be certain and to assist us with planning.
Phones: 
352-518-0156; 727-847-2411; 813-996-2411; 
1-800-368-2411 and ask for the Extension office.

Extension programs are open to all persons regardless of age, race, color, sex, disability, religion, or national origin.  Pasco Cooperative Extension is a joint effort between the USDA, the University of Florida, and the Board of County Commissioners.

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November 2015

11/3/15 (Tuesday)
6:30 - 7:40 pm

Preserving Our Waterways
By making small changes in how you care for and treat your home landscape, you can help protect Florida's lakes and streams. This FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar, presenting a Pasco Stormwater Managament Division Public Communication Specialist, will provide you with actions you can take to reduce the introduction of pollutants into nearby waterways.For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at: 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd (off Fivay Road)
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - Preserving Our Waterways
11/3/15 (Tuesday)
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Plant For Winter Color
If your winter landscape is colorless and boring, then come to this free University of Florida Pasco Extension Seminar to learn which plants add color and sparkle to your yard and thrive in cooler temperatures. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at: 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - 11-3-15 PLANTS FOR WINTER COLOR
11/14/15 (Saturday)
9:00 - 10:30am

Rain Barrel Workshop
Rain barrels save water and money, and provide nourishing rain to plants long after the showers have stopped. If you've been wanting to start using a rain barrel, join UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator, Jim Moll, to learn how to use and install a rainbarrel at your home. A rain barrel is included in the fee for this workshop. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for admission. You must print and show your paid ticket at the door. No payments will be accepted at the door. For more information, please call 352-518-0156.
Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - Rain Barrel Workshop
11/14/15 (Saturday)
10:00 - 11:00am

Growing and Using Herbs
Herbs punch up the flavor of foods without expanding your waistline. However, if you are growing your own herbs, they can cause problems in your garden if left unattended. Come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco County Extension seminar to learn how to use herbs in your favorite foods, and how to maintain them. For more information, please call 352-518-0156.
Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 11-14-15  GROWING AND USING HERBS

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December 2015

12/1/15 (Tuesday)
2:00 - 3:30PM

Plants for Winter Color
Winter does not have to be colorless and boring. Learn which plants like cooler temperatures. There are many plants just waiting to add sparkle and color to your yard with many different choices available. Please come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, please call 352-518-0156.
New River Library
34043 Florida 54
Wesley Chapel, FL
Eventbrite - 12-1-15  Plants for Winter Color
12/1/15 (Tuesday)
6:30-7:30PM

Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Do you want to draw birds and other watchable wildlife into your yard? Then come to this free University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar to learn how to create a wildlife friendly yard.
For more information, please call 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639

Eventbrite - 12-1-15 BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT
12/5/15 (Saturday)
9:00 - 11:00am

Grow Pails and Container Gardening
Do you like gardening with containers but hate having to water them constantly? Then attend this FREE Pasco County Extension seminar to learn how to turn an inexpensive five gallon bucket into a self-watering container garden. For more information, please call 352-518-0156.
Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Route 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 12-5-15 Grow Pails and Container Gardening
12/12/15 (Saturday)
10:00 - 11:00am

Holiday Flowers
Come join us and learn how to grow and maintain beautiful poinsettias and christmas cactus. At this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar, we will show you how to keep these festive plants that give us such beautiful colors healthy during the winter months. For more information, please call 352-518-0156.
Zephyrhils Library
5347 8th St.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 12-12-15  HOLIDAY FLOWERS

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January 2016

1/5/16 (Tuesday)
6:30-7:30pm

Plants and Pets
Did you know that some plants, even ones native to Florida, are toxic to dogs and cats? This FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar will help you identify which plants in the home garden are poisonous, how to protect your pets from them, and which you can still enjoy in your yard or home with the proper precautions.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639

Eventbrite - 1-5-16 PLANTS AND PETS
1/5/16 (Tuesday)
6:30-7:40pm

Spring Vegetable Gardening
Now is the time to decide what to plant, when to plant and how to maintain delicious spring vegetables. Plan to attend this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar to find out how to get ready for the spring season. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd.
Off Fivay Rd.
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 1-5-16 SPRING VEGETABE GARDENING
1/9/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30PM

Raised Garden Beds & Composting
If you are thinking about trying raised bed gardening, now it the time to start. Come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar to learn composting techniques and how to care for flowers and vegetables grown in raised beds, including large beds. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard
US Highway 41
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - 1-9-16 - RAISED GARDEN BEDS & SHEET COMPOSTING
1/19/16 (Tuesday)
2:00-3:30PM

All About Seeds
Take the mystery of out seed planting by learning the best times to start seeds, what is needed for germination and why some seeds fail to develop. Potting methods using ordinary materials found around the house will also be discussed at this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
New River Branch Library
34043 St Rd 54
Zephyrhills, FL 33543

Eventbrite - 1-19-16   ALL ABOUT SEEDS
1/19/16 (Tuesday)
10:30-11:30AM

Trees in Central Florida
Are you wondering what variety of trees thrive in your area, or how to identify whats already growing in your yard? Then attend this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar to discover how to identify different trees species, and growing tips for how to care for them.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New Port Richey Library
5939 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Eventbrite - 1-19-16  TREES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
1/23/16 (Saturday)
10:00 - 11:00AM

Attack Weeds Before They Attack Your Landscape
Are weeds invading your flower beds or lawn? Then come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension Seminar to hear how to keep them at bay before they gain a foothold in your landscape.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
The Home Depot
10017 US Hwy 19
Port Richey, FL 34668

Eventbrite - 1-23-16 ATTACK WEEDS BEFORE THEY ATTACK YOUR LANDSCAPE
1/28/16 (Thursday)
5:30-7:00pm

Creepy Crawlies: Dangerous Spiders, Snakes and Insects that you need to Know
Dr. Whitney Elmore, University of Florida Pasco County Extension Director and Urban Horticulture Agent will take you on a journey throught the creepy crawlies that lurk in your area. From venomous spiders and snakes to stinging insects. Come and learn how to spot these critters around your yard and home. Join us for a FREE seminar at the New River Branch library by registering on Eventbrite. Registration is required and seating is limited. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
New River Branch Library
34043 State Rd. 54
Zephyrhills, FL 33543
Eventbrite - 1-28-16   Creepy Crawlies:  Dangerous Spiders, Snakes and Insects that You Need to Know
 

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February 2016

2/2/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:40PM

Basic Orchid Care
Orchids can be simple to grow, once you grasp the basics of how to care for them. This FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar features demonstrations with live plants. Handouts will be available For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd.
Off Fivay Rd.
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 2-2-16 BASIC ORCHID CARE
2/2/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Worm Composting
Learn how to harness the power of red wiggler worms to turn garden waste and food scraps into nutrient-rich, organic fertilizer. The FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar covers choosing a container, types of food scraps and garden waste to compost, methods for harvesting worm compost, and other valuable tips.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - 2-2-16   WORM COMPOSTING
2/4/16 (Thursday)
8:00am-4:30pm

GI-BMP Training
This program is designed for landscape professionals who apply pesticides and fertilizers commercially. Pasco Government and Pasco School District employees (ONLY) can choose the government rate option, but employees must obtain the signature of their immediate supervisor on the paid ticket and present it at the door for admission at this price. All other attendees must present a photo ID along with paid ticket for admission. No exceptions and no refunds. Ticket price includes a sandwich, chips and drink for lunch. NOTE: Those registering as Pasco Government and Pasco School District employees will be cross-referenced with a list of approved/paid employees to attend at the government rate. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
Clayton Hall at Pasco County Fairgrounds
UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Rd. 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 2-4-16 - Green Industry Best Managment Practices program - GI-BMP
2/6/16 (Saturday)
9:00am-11:00am

Wake Up Your Landscape From Winter's Nap
Knowing when to prune cold damaged plants , what type of fertilizer to apply and how much water to add turns a sleeping landscape into a colorful, healthy Garden of Eden. Come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar for more details. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.
Clayton Hall at Pasco County Fairgrounds
UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Rd. 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 2-6-16 WAKE UP YOUR LANDSCAPE FROM WINTER'S NAP
2/13/16 (Saturday)
10:00am-11:00am

All About Seeds
Take the mystery out of seed planting by learning the best times to start seeds, what is needed for germination and why some seeds fail to develop. Potting methods using ordinary materials found around the house will also be discussed at this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th St.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 2-13-16 - ALL ABOUT SEEDS
2/13/16 (Saturday)
9:00am-10:30am

Blueberries & Blackberries
Are you considering growing blueberries or blackberries? Then come join us us and hear a professional grower tell us how to grow succulent berries successfully in Florida. The University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar is FREE. Plants will be available for purchase. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - 2-13-15  BLUEBERRIES & BLACKBERRIES
2/16/16 (Tuesday)
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Mushrooms, Mildew, Molds and Man
From world religions to plant and human disease to foods and culture, fungi have shaped our world. Come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar to explore how these poorly understood beings make it possible for humans to exist.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Branch Library
34043 State Rd 54
Zephyrhills, FL 33543
Eventbrite - 2-16-16  MUSHROOMS, MILDEW, MOLDS AND MAN
2/16/16 (Tuesday)
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Good Bug, Bad Bug
Before you spray,you should know which bugs are beneficial to plants and which are not. This FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar will help you identify good insects, and the ones that are troublesome.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New Port Richey Library
5939 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Eventbrite - 2-16-16  GOOD BUG, BAD BUG
2/27/16 (Saturday)
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Good Bug, Bad Bug
Before you spray,you should know which bugs are beneficial to plants and which are not. This FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar will help you identify good insects, and the ones that are troublesome.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

The Home Depot
10017 US Hwy 19
Port Richey, FL 34668
Eventbrite - 2-27-16 GOOD BUG, BAD BUG
 

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March 2016

3/1/16 (Tuesday)
6:30-7:40pm

Beautiful Bromeliads
Want to grow colorful, striking bromeliads? Then plan on attending this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension program that covers how to propogate them, manage pests, and select the right soil for brilliant blooms. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd.
Off Fivay Rd.
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 3-1-16 - BEAUTIFUL BROMELIADS
3/1/16 (Tuesday)
6:30-7:30pm

Creating a Butterfly and Hummingbird Haven
This seminar dicusses what elements are needed in the home garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. If you have been wanting to create habitat for these pollinators, then come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar to learn how!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639

Eventbrite - 3-1-16  CREATING A BUTTERFLY AND HUMMINGBIRD HAVEN
3/5/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-11:00AM

Organic Gardening: From Context to Practice
For the home gardener, organic gardening is simply growing produce in harmony with nature, often without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. In this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension program, Dr. Whitney Elmore, County Extension Director and Urban Horticulture Agent, will put organic gardening into perspective and provide simple practices and techniques to help home gardeners grow organically. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Clayton Hall at Pasco County Fairgrounds
UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 3-5-16 ORGANIC GARDENING: FROM CONTEXT TO PRACTICE
3/10/16 (Thursday)
9:00AM-11:00AM

Master Gardener Preview Meet and Greet Session
This meet and greet session is a preview for those wishing to apply for the UF/IFAS Pasco Master Gardener training class. Attendance at a meet and greet session is required for application consideration. Not all applicants may be accepted.
The 2016 Master Gardener Training Class is tentatively set for Thursdays, 8:00-4:00 beginning May 5-August 11, 2016. All classes will be held at the Land O' Lakes Library. More detailed training and volunteer information will be discussed at the preview session.
For more information call, 352-518-0156. Online registration is required to attend a meet and greet session.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - Master Gardener Preview Meet and Greet Session March 10
3/12/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Caladiums
With little work, you can add long lasting color to your yard. Caladiums love shade, but can also be grown in sunny parts of your landscape. This FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar features growing advise from a professional grower. Bulbs will be available for purchase! For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd.
US Highway 41
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - 3-12-16 CALADIUMS
3/12/16 (Saturday)
10:00am-11:00am

Growing Orchids Made Easy
Elegant and exotic orchids have fascinated people for thousands of years. Many gardeners are "orchid-shy". RELAX. This FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension office will start the novice off correctly by presenting simple steps to orchid success. From understanding the correct potting medium, to fertilizing regimes, to what kind of light each variety of orchid requires to bloom. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th St.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 3-13-16 - GROWING ORCHIDS MADE EASY
3/15/16 (Tuesday)
10:30AM-11:30AM

Common Tree Myths
Do you wonder if the grey, hair-like stuff (Spanish Moss) hanging on your oak tree is killing it? Do you want to remove the criss-cross pattern on your palm tree's trunk left behind by old leaf bases? Attend this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar and get the answers to your tree-related questions.For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New Port Richey Library
5939 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Eventbrite - 3-15-16  COMMON TREE MYTHS
3/17/16 (Thursday)
3:00PM-5:00PM

Master Gardener Preview Meet and Greet Session
This meet and greet session is a preview for those wishing to apply for the UF/IFAS Pasco Master Gardener training class. Attendance at a meet and greet session is required for application consideration. Not all applicants may be accepted.
The 2016 Master Gardener Training Class is tentatively set for Thursdays, 8:00-4:00 beginning May 5-August 11, 2016. All classes will be held at the Land O' Lakes Library. More detailed training and volunteer information will be discussed at the preview session.
For more information call, 352-518-0156. Online registration is required to attend a meet and greet session.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - Master Gardener Preview Meet and Greet Session March 17
3/26/16 (Saturday)
10:00 - 11:00AM

Soil Building for Plant Success
If your plants look humdrum, or your having problems getting seeds to sprout, the problem just might be the soil. Bring a friend and come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension garden workshop to see how to build a good soil base for plants to thrive in.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

The Home Depot
10017 US Hwy 19
Port Richey, FL 34668
Eventbrite - 3-26-16 SOIL BUILDING FOR PLANT SUCCESS
 

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April 2016

4/2/16 (Saturday)
9:00am-11:00am

Basic Requirements for Growing Three Types of Orchids
Do you want to grow orchids, but think its too difficult? This seminar demonstrates the basic care and requirements for growing three types of orchids successfully. Live plants will be used in this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar,along with handouts to take home. For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Clayton Hall at Pasco County Fairgrounds
UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Rd. 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 4-2-16 BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GROWING THREE TYPES OF ORCHIDS
4/23/16 (Saturday)
10:00am-11:00am

Bugs & Diseases - Your Lawns' Worst Enemies
April is the time summer bugs and disease begin to "wake up" and look for a lawn to call home. This FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar tells you how to protect your lawn from an onslaught of bugs and other invding thugs this summer.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

The Home Depot
10017 US Hwy 19
Port Richey, FL 34668
Eventbrite - 4-23-16 BUGS & DISEASES - YOUR LAWNS WORST ENEMIES
 

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June 2016

6/30/16 (Monday)
7:00PM-10:00PM

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Class- Pasco County
This registration is for anyone interested in the 2016 Master Gardener Volunteer Training program. Class dates are not yet set, but the next training is tentatively set for summer of 2016. Classes run 10-12 weeks from approximatly 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, one day per week. The next class is not set, but registration fees will be between $175 - $200. This cost includes: books and other training materials. If you are interested in having your name added to the next training candidate list, please register here. Applications will be emailed to you at a later date, once the class date is confirmed. Once you register here (Eventbrite), you will receive an email confirmation that resembles like a ticket. Please save that email with the confirmation number. We will use that reference number to reach out to you when we have the set date. Any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Pasco Extension office - 352-518-0156 or email Grace Reich at greich@pascocountyfl.net

UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Rd. 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 6-30-16 - MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING CLASS - PASCO COUNTY