Garden Calendar

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 15, 2007

Illuminated Gardens: 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Florida Botanical Gardens in Pinewood Cultural Park is illuminated with more than 425,000 holiday lights. "Friday Nights and Garden Lights" includes music, kids' crafts, photos with Santa $5, 6-9 p.m. Fri. Free. (727) 582-2100.

Fantastic Ferns: 10 a.m.-noon today, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Learn which ferns thrive locally; staghorn mounting techniques and care. $40. (941) 366-5731, ext. 239.

Cattleyas and Live Arrangements: 11:30 a.m. today, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. How to care for cattleya orchids, plants for sale; how to create floral arrangements using live plants. Free with gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 for ages 55 and older, $4 kids under 11. (727) 551-3148.

Lights in Bloom: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Gardens are illuminated by light displays and light "sculptures" of butterflies, orchids, birds; live entertainment by various groups. Trees in the historical mansion include highlights of the cultures of Japan, Sweden and France; cookie decorating, storytelling, train display, family activities. $12, $10 members; 12 and younger free with adult. (941) 366-5731.

Weedon Island History Hike: 2-3 p.m. Sun., Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Explore the preserve's colorful history; adults and kids over age 6. Free, but registration is required. (727) 453-6500.

Freestyle Ikebana: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wed., Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Make freestyle ikebana arrangements in class. $35 ($25 for members), plus $10 materials fee. (941) 366-5731, ext. 239, or selby.org.

Farmers' markets

Sweetwater Sunday Organic Market: noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066 or www.sweetwater-organic.org.

Saturday Morning Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, along Central Avenue, from First to Second streets, downtown St. Petersburg. (727) 455-4921 or www.saturdaymorningmarket.com.

Largo Harvest Marketplace: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5017.

Pinellas County Market in the Park: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2528.

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