Escambia County
Garden Talks: Attracting Butterflies and Wildlife to the Landscape. Escambia County Master Gardeners will share information on plants and techniques that help homeowners create their own wildlife habitat at home. Programs held on Friday April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at the Escambia County Demonstration Garden, 3740 Stefani Road. Participants must preregister by calling 850-475-5230 or emailing Pick one of the days.
Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale. Join Escambia Extension and the Master Gardeners for a morning of gardening demonstrations and a plant sale on Satuday, May 5 from 8:00 – Noon at 3740 Stefani Road.

Santa Rosa County
March 17: Love Your Lawn. Discover how to use Florida-friendly environmental practices to create a manageable lawn.  This 2-hour workshop will offer ideas on watering, fertilization, pest control, and other practices to help you manage and enjoy your lawn.  The workshop is scheduled from 9 A.M to 11 A.M at the SRC Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton, FL.  It will be presented by Theresa Friday, Extension Faculty–Environmental Horticulture, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension, and is sponsored by the Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners. The cost is $10 and advance registration is suggested.  Go to or call 850.623.3868; costs will be collected at the door.

April 14: Guided Tours of the Milton Gardens. On Saturday, during the 15th annual Emerald Coast Flower & Garden Festival, (April 13, 14, & 15, 2012.), Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners, Ann Jeffcoat and Sally Menk will provide guided tours in the Milton gardens. The festival vendors sell a huge selection of annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees, houseplants, wind chimes, flower pots, fertilizers, lawn and garden supplies as well as food and beverages vendors.  ‘Gardening Grannies’ drive golf carts up to the vendors’ booths to pick you up and take you and your purchases to your vehicle.  If you have gardening questions, ask  one of the S.R. Co. Master Gardeners  or  the various vendors for answers to your questions all 3 days of the festival.  Look for our Master Gardener Tour Guides in the Gardens on Saturday, April 14th, 2012.
May 14: Variegation: Natures Great Mistakes. Horticulturist, Tina Tuttle will present surprising and educational information on plant variegation with some of her slipped in humor here  and there at the UF Milton Gardens beginning at 10am.  Ms. Tuttle has written a series of programs for the Garden Clubs of Florida that includes both the instructors and students guidelines.  She has taught and judged horticulture across America.