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On Saturday, May 11, Master Gardener volunteers of the UF-IFAS Leon County Extension Office hosted the center’s annual spring Open House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 615 Paul Russell Road. The event was free and open to the public.
Local gardeners learned how to make their landscapes more Florida-friendly, how to select the right plant for the right place and how to bring birds and butterflies into their gardens. Residents also dropped in for a guided tour of the demonstration garden.
Other lessons – for both green thumbs and beginners alike – included: how to water more efficiently; what is the best mulch and how to apply it; how to manage pests responsibly; how to recycle yard debris onsite and reduce stormwater runoff; how to determine if fertilizer is needed and what kind of fertilizers should be used.
Also available were booklets provided by the Master Gardeners that contain color photos of the featured plants for only $5.
Leon County Recycling was also selling compost bins and rain barrels for $40 each.
The Leon County Extension Office is a member of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, which is headquartered in Gainesville within the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and funded by a partnership between federal, state and county government agencies.

Photos by: Mathieu Cavell, Public Information Specialist
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