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Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar Feb. 20

Post Date:01/27/2016 12:57 PM

WHAT: Get gardening tips from the experts at the Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar. This free event will feature a presentation by Sally Scalera, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Horticulture Agent.

Every attendee will go home with a goodie bag filled with gardening supplies, such as hose nozzles and mud gloves, and an understanding of how to intertwine gardening practices with our unique environment. Coffee and breakfast will be provided.

Admission is FREE.

Advanced registration is recommended:

WHERE: Heritage High School Performing Arts Center, 2351 Malabar Rd. NW, Palm Bay 32907

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

AGENDA
8:15 a.m.    Check-in, Display Viewing and Plant Sale

8:50 a.m.    Introduction and Welcome
                  Jennifer Thompson, Environmental Programs Coordinator, City of Melbourne

9:00 a.m.    Bats, A Gardener’s Friend
                  Shari Blissett Clark, Florida Bat Conservancy

9:30 a.m.    Shoreline Restoration
                  Nick Sanzone – Habitat Restoration Specialist, Marine Resources Council                 

10:00 a.m.   Display Viewing and Plant Sale

10:15 a.m.   Florida Gardening 101
                  Christine Kelly-Begazo, Extension Director, UF/IFAS – Indian River County Extension Office

10:45 a.m.   It’s Your Lagoon
                  Maria Lombardo, Education Coordinator, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

11:15 a.m.   Display Viewing and Plant Sale

11:30 a.m.   Healthy Soil Creates Healthy Plants and Waterways
                  Featured Speaker Sally Scalera, Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS - Brevard County Extension Office

12:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Door Prize Drawing
                  Jennifer Thompson, Environmental Programs Coordinator, City of Melbourne

1:00 pm.     Exhibits and Plant Sale Close

WHY: The goal of this annual event is to show homeowners how they can help address the environmental problems that plague our natural areas. Participants will learn best practices in landscaping that help reduce runoff and pollution of the Indian River Lagoon, save water, cultivate Florida-friendly practices and eliminate invasive plants and pests. The event is a collaboration of the cities of Melbourne and Palm Bay, Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department, Brevard County Utility Services Department, University of Florida Extension Office-Brevard County and Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program.

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