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Garden Calendar

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 12, 2007


Plant an Artistic Garden: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Tribu Gallery & Coffee Bar, 3660 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Plants, including orchids, tropicals, herbs for sale, also garden art and artistic hydroponic gardening kits. Call (727) 323-5412.

Bonsai & Bromeliads: Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, presents:

• Beginning Bonsai workshop, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today; $55, includes bonsai, materials. Registration required.

• Bromeliads in the Florida Landscape program shows how to grow both terrestrial and epiphytic bromeliads, with plants for sale, 11:30 a.m. May 19; free with gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 for ages 55 and older, $4 kids under 11. Call (727) 551-3102.

Orchid and Rose Fantasy: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Botanical Gardens at University of South Florida, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa. Orchid plants and rose bushes for sale. Program by the gardens' orchid curator and American Orchid Society judge Jim Clarkson (11 a.m. today); talk by Gretchen Warren on growing roses (1 p.m. today). Free orchids Sun. for first 100 mothers. Free admission. Call (813) 974-2329.

Mother's Day Roses: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (or until roses are gone) today, University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Cut roses for mom for sale at Tampa Rose Society's Mother's Day Sale. Call (813) 748-7098 or (813) 634-1830.

Herb Gardening in Florida: 7 p.m. Mon., Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday (Pasco County). Elfers Centennial Garden Club, with master gardener program on herb gardening in Florida. Call (727) 376-2862.

Garden of Youth: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Preserve youthful appearance with herbs in Turning Back the Hands of Time program by master herbalist at Florida Herb Society meeting; herbal swap. Call (727) 447-6305 or (727) 393-3943.

40 Fab Plants, Perennials: Master gardeners from Hillsborough Cooperative Extension Service present free plant clinics on 40 Favorite & Fabulous Plants, 10 a.m. Tue., Charles Fendig Library, 3909 W Neptune St., Tampa; Perennials, 7 p.m. Tue., Temple Terrace Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, Tampa. Call (813) 744-5519, ext. 146.

What's Bugging Your Yard? 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tue., Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Learn how to rid your yard of weeds, bugs and other pests; bring samples of grass, weeds or bugs; free. Call (727) 582-2673 to register

Native Wildflowers: 7 p.m. Wed., Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Suncoast Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society meets; program on adding native wildflowers to the garden. Call (813) 960-8132.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping: 2 p.m. Wed. or 6:30 p.m. Thur., Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Master gardener program on creating an easy-maintenance environmentally friendly landscape. Free, but space is limited. Call (727) 582-2673 to register.

Spring Butterfly Count: 7-9 p.m. Wed. identification seminar, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19 butterfly count, Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, off Tarpon Avenue E (County Road 582), Tarpon Springs. Volunteers learn to identify butterflies, help in butterfly count; should be over 12 years old; free. Call (727) 453-6800.

Fancy Fruit: 10 a.m. May 19, Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Tour extension's tropical fruit garden; learn to grow exotic fruit at home; free. Call (727) 582-2673 to register.

Bamboo, Carnivores & Cactus: Botanical Gardens at University of South Florida, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, presents May 19 workshops:

• Bamboo Basics, 10 a.m.

• Carnivorous Plants, 11:30 a.m.

• Cactus & Succulents, with plants for sale, 1 p.m.

Cost: $10 each, or $7 for members, or $24 for all. Limited seating. Call (813) 974-2329 to reserve.

Orchid Lovers Club: 1 p.m. May 19, Enrichment Center behind Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Get orchid care tips at club's meeting; plants for sale, orchid raffle. Call (352) 597-1826 or (352) 686-2512.

Orchids Abound: Daybreak until 4 p.m. May 20, Florida Native Orchids, 6820 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Grower opens greenhouses with thousands of orchids and tropical plants, native and non-natives, plus hybrids, seedlings and supplies for sale; orchid experts offer advice. Closed through May 19 to prepare for sale. Call (727) 527-2821 or visit

Rare Fruit Tree Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 20, Manatee Civic Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. More than 3, 000 unusual and exotic fruit trees and plants for sale at Manatee Rare Fruit Council's annual event. Free admission. Call (941) 776-0222.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Epcot's annual festival through June 3 at Walt Disney World Resort, west of Orlando, features 30-million blooms; 70 larger-than-life Disney character topiaries; fragrance, outdoor living, rose, container, water and international gardens; butterfly walkthrough; ladybug releases; talks by horticulture experts, including Guerlain perfume specialist in the Fragrance Garden with story of plant scents and essences in creating perfumes, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. today-Sun.; Plants With Character weekend showcases unusual textures, colors, 12:30, 3:30 p.m. Fri.-May 20. Epcot admission required. Call (407) 934-7639 or go to

Address submissions to Garden Calendar, Newsfeatures, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is two weeks before publication.

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