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Garden calendar

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 26, 2007


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Exploring Fort De Soto: 10-11 a.m. today or Sun., Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde. Take guided nature walk through Fort De Soto's trails to explore mangroves, birds, animals and habitats of the park; free. Call (727) 582-2267 to register.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Epcot's annual festival through June 3 at Walt Disney World Resort, west of Orlando, with 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 Magical Landscapes from Gary Allen, landscape designer, 12:30, 3:30 p.m. today-Sun. Epcot admission required; call (407) 934-7639 or go to www.disneyworld.com/flower.

Propagating Begonias: 10:30 a.m. today, Famous Tate Distribution Center, 6401 N 54th St., Tampa. Begonia Society of Tampa Bay meets; program on propagating, plus plant raffle. Call (813) 685-6501.

Pepperfest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2-3, Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. Hot pepper plant varieties and products for sale, mini-seminars on growing peppers, take-home plants for kids, sampling of spicy pepper-infused Thai, Mexican, Cuban, Japanese cuisine, salsa competition, cooking demonstrations; milder foods available for purchase at Pepperfest 2007; free admission. Call (727) 588-4852 or go to pinellascounty.org/events.

Colorful Containers: 10 a.m. June 2, Savannas Nursery, 2601 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Learn how to add color and interest to small space in free demonstration on creating a container garden; bring container, array of plants and containers including Earth Box available for purchase. Call (727) 864-6344.

Flower Note Cards: 7 p.m. June 5, Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. Moonlight Garden Circle's last meeting of season; program on making note cards with dried flowers; $2 materials charge; bring dried flowers, note card stock available. Registration recommended; call (813) 251-5753 or (813) 251-5059.

Butterfly & Herb Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 10, Botanical Gardens at University of South Florida, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa. Purchase butterfly and native plants, herbs; butterfly garden talk 11 a.m., 1 p.m. June 9; backyard habitat talk 10 a.m. June 9; native plant talk noon June 9; herb experts offer Florida growing tips and recipes; herb talk noon June 10; butterfly house with 1, 000 free-flying butterflies; kids activities; "caterpillar petting zoo." Admission $4; members and ages 12 and under free; $1 extra for butterfly house walk-through. Call (813) 974-2329.

[Last modified May 25, 2007, 13:07:14]


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