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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May 2016

5/3/16 (Tuesday)
6:30 PM - 7:40 PM

Sand or Rich Soil?
WHAT TYPE OF SOIL DOES YOUR YARD HAVE? SAND OR RICH GARDEN SOIL? COME TO THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR AND LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO AND HOW YOU CAN HAVE A PRODUCTIVE GARDEN HERE IN FLORIDA.
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 - 5-3-16 - SAND OR RICH SOIL?
5/3/16 (Tuesday)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

General Tree Care
Come join us for this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and hear one of our Master Gardeners give an overview of general tree health and preparing for our upcoming spring and summer.
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 - 5-3-16 - GENERAL TREE CARE
5/7/16 (Saturday)
9:00am-11:00am

Gardening With Ferns
AHHH, THE WORLD OF FERNS. IF YOU HAVE A LIGHT TO SHADY SPOT IN YOUR LANDSCAPE, CONSIDER GARDENING WITH FERNS. INFORMATION ON HOW TO IDENTIFY, CARE FOR AND TIPS ON REPRODUCING THESE WOODLAND BEAUTIES IS AVAILABLE AT THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Pasco County Extension Office, Clayton Hall
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 5-7-16  GARDENING WITH FERNS
5/7/16 (Saturday)
9:00am-12:00pm

Caladium Sale
Potted caladiums in mixed colors or individual cultivars: Florida Fantasy, Florida Moonlight, Carolyn Wharton, Miss Muffett and Summer Pink. All at reasonable prices. Caladiums an be grown in sun or shade, for summer long color.
Bows available for a beautiful surprise caladium gift for Mothers Day!!!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Pasco County Fair Grounds
36722 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 5-7-16 - CALADIUM SALE
5/14/16 (Saturday)
9:00am-11:00am

Trials and Tribulations of Turf Grass
LAWNS CAN BE A SOURCE OF GREAT PRIDE OR A GREAT SOURCE OF PAIN IN FLORIDA'S CLIMATE. THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR COVERS INFORMATION ON HOW TO CURTAIL PEST AND WEEDS AS WELL AS PROPERLY FERTILIZING AND MOWING YOUR TURF GRASS.
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 - 5-14-16 - TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF TURF GRASS
5/14/16 (Saturday)
10:00am-11:00am

Easy Plant Propagation for Homeowners
Come and learn the secrets of easy plant propagation at this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco seminar. This presentation will cover stem cuttings, root division techniques, root cuttings, layering and grafting. All common and easy techniques.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 5-14-16  EASY PLANT PROPOGATION FOR HOMEOWNERS
5/17/16 (Tuesday)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Secrets of Great Gardeners
WHY IS IT THAT SOME GARDENERS CAN GROW ANYTHING FROM AGAVE TO ZINNIAS, WHILE OTHERS STRUGGLE TO GROW THE EASIEST PLANTS? IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE LATTER GROUP, AND WANT TO TAKE A SHORTCUT TO GARDENING SUCCESS, THEN COME TO THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR TO HEAR A LOCAL MASTER GARDENER SHARE TIPS ON GARDENING SUCCESS.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL
Eventbrite - 5-17-16 - SECRETS OF GREAT GARDENERS
5/17/16 (Tuesday)
10:30AM - 11:30AM

Growing Organic Vegetables
Come join Dr. Whitney Elmore at this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar. We will explore the concept of organic vegetable production for homeowners and explain the myths surrounding the term "organic".
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 - 5-17-16 - GROWING ORGANIC VEGETABLES
 

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June 2016

6/4/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-11:00AM

Pet Friendly Plants
IF YOU HAVE DOGS THAT TEND TO CHEW ON YOUR FLOWERS, GRASS OR TREES, COME TO THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR AND HEAR SOME IDEAS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO IN YOUR YARD AND WHAT YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL WITH, INCLUDING PLANTS, CRITTERS AND OTHER ITEMS.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office, Clayton Hall
36702 State Rd. 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 6-4-16 - PET FRIENDLY PLANTS
6/7/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM - 7:45PM

How to Recycle Effortlessly
All the good things that you have heard about recycling are true! Come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar to learn the secrets of making recycling simple, fun and easy.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Road (off Fivay Road)
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 6-7-16 - HOW TO RECYCLE EFFORTLESSLY
6/11/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Begonias to Beautify Your Landscape
LEARN HOW TO GROW BEAUTIFUL BEGONIAS AND ENHANCE YOUR LANDSCAPE WITH THEIR COLORFUL FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS, AT THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR. COME AND SPEND TIME WITH AN EXPERIENCED BEGONIA PROPAGATOR AND GROWER.
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 - 6-11-16  BEGONIAS TO BEAUTIFY YOUR LANDSCAPE
6/11/16 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Creating a Plant Garden Using Native Plants
Using native plants in your yard can be aesthetically pleasing and draw in desired wildlife. If you are having trouble selecting the right native plant for creating the look you want, or matching native plants to the light and moisture conditions in your yard, then attend 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 Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 6-11-16 - Creating a Plant Garden Using Native Plants
6/21/16 (Tuesday)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

You Can Grow Orchids
DO YOU WANT TO GROW ORCHIDS, BUT HAVE HAD MORE FAILURES THAN BLOOMS?! ACCORDING TO ONE MASTER GARDENER, ANYONE CAN GROW ORCHIDS!!!!! ATTEND THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR AND LET HIM SHOW YOU HOW!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL
Eventbrite - 6-21-16 - YOU CAN GROW ORCHIDS
6/21/16 (Tuesday)
10:30AM-11:30AM

How to Make and Maintain a Water Garden
COME AND LEARN THE EASIEST WAY TO CREATE A WATER GARDEN FROM ONE OF OUR EXPERIENCED MASTER GARDENERS. HE WILL EXPLAIN HOW TO AVOID THE TWO MAJOR SET BACKS OF WATER GARDENING: ALGE GROWTH AND LEAKS. THIS FREE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS PASCO EXTENSION SEMINAR WILL COVER HOW TO ACTUALLY BUILD YOUR POND WHAT MATERIALS ARE NEEDED.
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 - 6-21-16- HOW TO MAKE & MAINTAIN A WATER GARDEN
6/23/16 (Thursday)
6:30PM-8:00PM

Cogongrass Management and Eradication Symposium
The UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County Office is holding a cogongrass management program for all Agricultural interests on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 6:30-8:00. During this seminar, detailed management techniques and strategies will be discussed as well as an overview of the Florida Forest Service’s Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. The event will end with a discussion on growing desirable forage grasses to replace cogongrass. The agenda for the program includes: 6:30 – Dr. Stephen Enloe “Cogongrass Management and Eradication.” UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Weeds 7:15 – Ms. Mona Neville “Overview of the FFS Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program.” Pasco County Forester, Florida Forest Service 7:35 – Mr. Ed Jennings “Growing Desirable Forages to Displace Cogongrass.” UF/IFAS Pasco Livestock Specialist
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - Cogongrass Management and Eradication Symposium
6/25/16 (Saturday)
10:00am - 11:30am

Air Potato Management Workshop
An air potato and invasive management workshop will be held on Saturday June 25, 2016 at the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office in Dade City, Florida from 10:00-11:30 AM. This particular workshop has been designed for home and property owners seeking information on control of the invasive air potato plant. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences will provide air potato beetles as door prizes. Air potato beetles are an exceptionally effective method of control for the air potato plant without harm to other species. Note: We cannot guarantee everyone will receive air potato beetles. In the event more participants register than beetles are available, they will be given away as door prizes selected at random. Register and pay now on Eventbrite. The program costs $15.00/person. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for admission. Please bring your paid ticket for admission.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - Air Potato Management Workshop
 

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July 2016

7/5/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Worms Are Eating My Kitchen Scraps
Learn how to harness the power of red wiggler worms to turn garden waste and food scraps into nutrient rich, organic fertilizer.
This FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco County 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.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Road
Hudson, FL
Eventbrite - 7-5-16 - Worms Are Eating My Kitchen Scraps
7/9/16 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

All About Butterflies for Kids!
Kids, come learn the exciting life cycle of butterflies. How they get their wing color, what they eat, etc!
This FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco seminar will explain many facts that you probably didnt know about our beautiful friends!
Adults, you are welcome also!!!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 7-9-16 - ALL ABOUT BUTTERFLIES FOR KIDS!
7/9/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Growing Tropical Fruits in Your Backyard
Come join us at this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn from local tropical fruit nursery owners on how to select fruit trees and tropical fruits that grow well in this area.
They will also share what tropical edible plants grow best in the sun, shade and containers.
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 - 7-9-16 - Growing Tropical Fruits in Your Backyard
7/12/16 (Tuesday)
10:00AM-12:00PM

Vermicomposting and Flower Power for Kids
Kids are going to love this fun UF/IFAS Extension mini-camp on vermicomposting and flower power! The mini-camp will be held at Hudson Library on July 12, 2016 from 10:00-12:00 and is sponsored by the Pasco County Library Cooperative. Kids will learn about worm composting and how to plant flowers as well as the importance of flowers in pollination and food production. Kids will receive a worm compost kit (complete with worms) and a flower they'll pot themselves. Dr. Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Director and Urban Horticulture Agent and Jim Moll, UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator will lead the program. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. The cost is $15/child. Ages 5-12 are welcome. You must print and bring the paid registration ticket for admission. No refunds.

For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Road
Hudson, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 7-12-16 Vermicomposting and Flower Power for Kids Hudson Library
7/19/16 (Tuesday)
2:00PM-3:30PM

Growing Bromeliads in Central Florida
Come to this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension bromeliad seminar. Hear our speaker discuss the best choices and see samples of various bromeliad species that are best suited for us here in Central Florida. She will cover the pros and cons, and best of all, how to propogate these lovely, colorful gems of the plant world.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL
Eventbrite - 7-19-16 - Growing Bromeliads in Central Florida
7/30/16 (Saturday)
9:00am-3:30pm

Tampa Bay Cottage Industry Expo
The first annual Tampa Bay Cottage Industry Expo will highlight the finer aspects of marketing and regulations of value-added products associated with growing fruits and veggies conventionally and through hydroponic production. The expo will also detail the requirements for production and marketing of animal products for sale (eggs, milk, etc.). University of Florida and Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences experts as well as cottage industry entrepreneurs will share their experiences and offer knowledge for starting and growing a cottage industry. Speakers will focus on production, marketing, regulatory considerations and food safety. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Soo Anh will kick off the event at 9:00. Registration begins at 8:30. Food trucks will offer lunch and snacks throughout the day.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Wiregrass Ranch High School
2909 Mansfield Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Eventbrite - Tampa Bay Cottage Industry Expo
 

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August 2016

8/2/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Using Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses add texture, color, motion and sound to the garden. Since they also provide interest in the fall and winter landscape, they can be considered as plants for all seasons. Learn how to select, care for and combine ornamental grasses with other flowers and shrubs in the home landscape at this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension Seminar.
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 - 8-2-16 - Using Ornamental Grasses
8/6/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-11:00AM

Gardening with Native Plants
The advantages of using Florida native plants in the landscape will be discussed. How it can save time, money, energy and create a beautiful environment for family and friends, and at the same time attract birds and butterflies to your yard. Come to this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar and learn about our native plants.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Clayton Hall
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 8-6-16 - Gardening with Native Plants
8/13/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Caring for your Trees
Trees require proper care to enhance their beauty, extend their life and create maximum shade. This FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar will give you the skills you need to know to turn the trees in your yard into the pride of your landscape. Come and listen to this certified arborist explain the importance of trees.
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 - 8-13-16 - Caring for your Trees
8/13/16 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Design on a Dime- Where the Sun Don't Shine
Come to this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar to learn about all the different plants perfect for the shade.
Save money and put the right plant in the right place, and you'll have it made in the shade!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 8-13-16 - DESIGN ON A DIME WHERE THE SUN DONT SHINE
8/16/16 (Tuesday)
2:00PM-3:30PM

Propogation by Stem Cuttings
Learn the secrets of easy plant propogation at this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar with Master Gardeners. This class will cover stem cuttings, root division techniques, root cuttings, etc. Prepare to get down and dirty. This will be a "hands on" learning experience, so wear gardening attire! Everyone will leave with a potted cutting.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL
Eventbrite - 8-16-16 - Propagation by Stem Cuttings
 

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September 2016

9/6/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Planning & Planting a Fall Veggie Garden
Come to our FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn how to plan and plant a fall vegetable garden. We will discuss which plants grow best in your garden, caring for them and reeping the fruits of your efforts!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 9-6-16 - Planning & Planting a Fall Veggie Garden
9/10/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces
Do you want to grow vegetables, but dont think you have the space? This innovative FREE University of Florida/IFAS Passco Extension seminar will show you how to turn your tiny space into a medley of vegetables using regular containers,hanging containers, earth boxes, grow pails and other gardening methods.
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 - 9-10-16 - Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces
9/20/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Dispelling Common Tree Misconceptions
Join us, as we visit common misconceptions and demystify our coexistance with trees, from the deepest roots to the highest edges of the canopy. We will examine the various life cycles of trees and their contributions to our health, property values and psyche. Hear one of our Master Gardeners give an overview of general tree health and preparing for our upcoming summer, by attending this FREE University of Florida/IFAS 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 River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL
Eventbrite - 9-20-16 - Dispelling Common Tree Misconceptions
 

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October 2016

10/4/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Plants for Winter Color
Winter can have color! Come to our FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn how to select plants that will add sparkle and splash to your yard.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 10-4-16 - Plants for Winter Color