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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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
8/24/16 (Wednesday)
3:00PM-5:00PM

Veggie Gardening in Pasco County
Just in time for the fall planting season! Come to this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar about growing veggies in Pasco County. Learn when to plant, what to plant and how to care for your veggies with Dr. Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco Extension Director and Urban Horticulture Agent. To reserve your seat, please pre-register. The event will be at Centennial Park Branch Library (5740 Moog Road, Holiday, FL) on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 3:00-5:00. For more information call, 352-518-0156. UF/IFAS is An Equal Opportunity Institution.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Centennial Park Branch
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690
Eventbrite - Veggie Gardening in Pasco County
8/27/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-11:00AM

Growing Fall Veggies Successfully
Fall is an ideal time to plant vegetables in Florida. Come to this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar to learn which veggies can be grown successfully in the fall.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Clayton Hall- UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 8-27-16 - Growing Fall Veggies Successfully
 

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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 Pasco 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
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
9/24/16 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Pruning My Trees
Gain an understanding of pruning techniques that lead to healthier and stronger trees. Industry pruning standards and local regulations will be explained at this FREE University of Florida/ IFAS Extension seminar!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

The Home Depot
10017 US 19
Port Richey, FL 34668
Eventbrite - 9-24-16 - Pruning My Trees
 

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October 2016

10/1/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-11:30AM

Growing & Cooking With Your Own Herbs!
Come to this FREE University of Florida/Pasco County Extension seminar and learn all about cooking with herbs and spices and also learn about growing these herbs in your own garden! From garden to table, what a joy to grow your own herbs, bring them into your kitchen and prepare wonderful dishes.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Clayton Hall- Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, Florida 33525
Eventbrite - 10-1-16  Growing & Cooking With Your Own Herbs!
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
10/4/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Using Natives in Your Garden for Beauty and Nature
Native plants are beautiful and useful!. They provide our butterflies, native bees, insects and wildlife with the plants they need to thrive. You will see a diverse cross-section of native plants that provide interest and color for your yard.
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
Eventbrite - 10-4-16   Using Natives in Your Garden for Beauty and Nature
10/8/16 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Basic Veggie Gardening
Get started with veggies! Come learn the what, where and when of vegetable gardening for Pasco County at this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension seminar. Get your questions answered.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 10-8-16  Basic Veggie Gardening
10/18/16 (Tuesday)
2:00PM-3:30PM

What's Bugging Your Trees
Something is not right. Is it serious, will my tree survive? If you think your tree(s) have a problem, come join us at this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and get your tree related questions answered
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Branch Library
34043 St Rd 54
Zephyrhills, Florida 33543
Eventbrite - 10-18-16  What's Bugging Your Trees
10/18/16 (Tuesday)
10:30AM-11:30AM

Native Plants for Pasco Gardens
The speaker will be talking about a variety of plants and how they fit into our gardens. There will be samples of the different native plants to view 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 Port Richey Public Library
5939 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Eventbrite - 10-18-16  Native Plants for Pasco Gardens
10/22/16 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Bromeliads 101
Want to grow colorful, striking bromeliads? Then plan on attending this FREE University of Florida Pasco Extension program that covers how to propogate, care, 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.

The Home Depot
10017 US Hwy 19
Port Richey, FL 34668
Eventbrite - 10-22-16  Bromeliads 101
 

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November 2016

11/1/16 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Growing and Using Herbs
Growing and using herbs in your garden?..Keep it simple and enhance your garden with the fragrance of herbs and also give your culinary skills pizzazz!
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 - 1-1-16  Growing and Using Herbs
11/5/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:00AM

The Beautiful World of Florida Wildflowers
Some of these beauties are subtle and others have a showy display. If you want the bees and butterflies to visit your landscape, think of planting wildflowers. Which flowers to plant? Attend this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and get your answers!
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 - 11-5-16  The Beautiful World of Florida Wildflowers
11/12/16 (Saturday)
9:00AM-12:00PM

UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Family Garden Day
The UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Florida- Friendly Landscaping Program is offering a rain water harvesting and bee abode workshop at the Land ‘O Lakes Community Center on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9:00-12:00 AM. Come for one or both workshops all in one place for the whole family! Jim Moll, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator, will lead a rain harvesting workshop (children are welcome at this workshop but they must be supervised by parent/guardian). Each paying household will receive one rain barrel. Dr. Whitney Elmore, County Extension Director and Urban Horticulture Agent, will lead a bee abode workshop for families where children and adults will learn about the importance of bees and make their own bee abode to take home. Each paying household will receive one bee abode. Additional bee abodes are available for an additional $7.00/abode fee (up to two extra abodes/household). Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for both sessions. No refunds.
  • Rain harvesting workshop $25/registration. Limit one rain barrel/household (workshop starts at 9:00)
  • Bee workshop with bee abode $15/registration. Includes one bee abode/household (workshop starts at 10:30)
  • Up to two extra bee abodes with paid workshop registration - $7.00/abode.
  • Saver Combo - Both Workshops for $35/registration (not including extra bee abodes).

  • 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
    Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
    Eventbrite - UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Family Garden Day
    11/15/16 (Tuesday)
    2:00PM-3:30PM

    Winter Vegetables
    Learn how to plan and plant a fall vegetable garden. We will discuss which plants grow best in your garden, caring for them, and reaping the fruits of your efforts. Come to this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and be prepared to start your fall veggie garden!
    For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

    NEW RIVER LIBRARY
    34043 State Road 54
    Wesley Chapel, Florida
    Eventbrite - 11-14-16  Winter Vegetables
    11/15/16 (Tuesday)
    10:30AM-11:30AM

    Urban Coyotes
    UF/IFAS Pinellas Natural Resources Extension Agent, Laura Milligan, will introduce urban coyotes. Laura will discuss the biology and ecology behind these animals and how to protect pets and property. Come to this FREE University of Florida/ IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and have your questions about the coyote issues answered.
    For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

    New Port Richey Public Library
    5939 Main Street
    New Port Richey, FL 34652
    Eventbrite - 11-15-16  Urban Coyotes
    11/19/16 (Saturday)
    10:00AM-11:00AM

    Growing Beautiful Begonias
    Beautiful presentation on numerous varieties of exotic begonias. Learn how to grow and maintain healthy plants at this FREE University of Florida Pasco extension seminar . Begonias will be available for purchase
    For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

    Zephyrhills Library
    5347 8th Street
    Zephyrhills, FL 33542
    Eventbrite - 11-19-16 -Growing Beautiful Begonias
     

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    December 2016

    12/3/16 (Saturday)
    9:00AM-11:00AM

    Ridding Your Lawn & Landscape of Pesky Weeds
    Do you have unsightly weeds that laugh at your attempt to control them? Learn what you can do to rid your yard from a variety of these. Come to our FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco County Extension seminar for guidance.
    For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

    Pasco County Extension Office - Clayton Hall
    36702 Florida State Route 52
    Dade City, FL 33525
    Eventbrite - 12-3-16  Ridding Your Lawn & Landscape of Pesky Weeds

    12/6/16 (Tuesday)
    6:30PM-7:30PM

    Good Bug, Bad Bug
    What insects are eating my vegetables? Find out how to identify the good bugs from the bad and how to control them in your vegetable and flower gardens.
    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 - 12-6-16   Good Bug, Bad Bug

    12/15/16 (Thursday)
    8:30AM-5:00PM

    Green Industry Best Managment Practices Training - GI-BMP
    The GI-BMPs are science- based educational programs for Green Industry workers (lawn care and landscape maintenance professionals), brought to you by UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping (TM) program. The GI-BMPs teach environmentally safe landscaping practices that help conserve and protect Florida's ground and surface waters.

  • Only Pasco Government & Pasco School District employees are eligible for a rate of $20.00. The employees must obtain the signature of their immediate supervisor on the pre-paid ticket and present it at the door for admission at this price.
  • All other attendees will have a charge of $30.00. You must present a photo ID along with the pre-paid ticket for admission. No exceptions.
  • All ticket prices include a lunch (sandwich, chips & drink).
  • 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 this government rate.
  • Pre-Registration and pre-payment are required through Eventbrite. UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension does not offer refunds once tickets are purchased.
    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 - 12-15-16 - Green Industry Best Managment Practices Training       GI-BMP

    12/20/16 (Tuesday)
    10:30AM-11:30AM

    Grow Winter Vegetables in Pasco County
    Florida winters provide perfect weather for growing fresh, nutritious vegetables. Come to this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar to gain tips on how to plant and harvest your next crop.
    For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

    New Port Richey Public Library
    5939 Main Street
    New Port Richey, FL 34652
    Eventbrite - 12-20-16   Grow Winter Vegetables in Pasco County