Event Details

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2019: Florida Friendly Landscaping, An Introduction for Homeowners

Learn the University of Florida's powerful principles for keeping your lawn and landscape healthy and beautiful. This workshop covers the proper ways to let go of your lawn and planting desirable native and Florida-Friendly plants.

After adopting the nine principles for creating and maintaining Florida-Friendly landscaping your yard becomes eligible to be recognized as a Florida-Friendly Landscape in Charlotte County.

Discussion topics include: choosing the right plants for the right places, using organic and recycled mulch materials, installing efficient and smart irrigation, reducing stormwater erosion, capturing rainwater, using the right maintenance fertilizers and pest control products, attracting wildlife and protecting the waterfront.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018: Adding a rain barrel or rain garden to your yard

Explore ways to harvest rainwater by constructing a rain barrel. Divert overflow water into a shallow depression called a rain garden. Florida-Friendly native plants that tolerate wet and dry condition are installed after the rain garden is dug.

Homeowners may purchase a rain barrel (55 gallons) after the workshop. Rain barrels are made by the Charlotte County Master Gardeners.

Thursday, March 17, 2018: Parks that Teach guided walk

Take a walk on the wild side with Florida Yards and Neighborhoods. Well, maybe not too wild. We will take a leisurely educational and historic stroll along the old Charlotte Harbor town waterfront. The seven Acre, linear waterfront park has a historic past and unique ecosystem of mangrove, live oak hammock and garden beds. We will enjoy beautiful views from an Amphitheater shelter and pier into the lower Peace River.

Enjoy the shade while we walk under a heritage live oak canopy and look at the suitable native and non-natives trees and shrubs to plant in your yard.

Featured natives and non-native plants include all the mangrove species and others like railroad vine, beach creeper, sand cordgrass, cabbage palms, seagrape and many others. Enjoy seeing shoreline and wading birds, turtles, fish and crabs. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen. The 90-minute stroll begins and ends at the Amphitheater Shelter.

Location for guided walk:

Bayshore Live Oak Community Park

(Park at the intersection of Bayshore Rd.

and Main Street)

23157 Bayshore Rd., Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980

  • When: Thursday, Feb. 1 - 2:30 am
    Thursday, Mar. 29 3:30 pm

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