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Garden calendar

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 10, 2000

All events listed are open to the public.

This week

BUTTERFLY COUNT: Meet at 7 a.m. today, at south entrance gate to Weeki Wachee Preserve, C.R. 595 (Ossowaw Boulevard), Hernando County. Part of national survey of North American butterflies. Call Clay (352) 592-4949.

EASY WATER GARDENING: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Dolins Garden Center, 801 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Dolins hosts program for novice water gardeners with presentations on installing a pre-formed pond (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.); getting it established with pond and bog plants and maintaining it (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.); also container water gardening (noon and 3 p.m.). Related plants and supplies for purchase. Call (727) 525-3434.

FAMILY BUTTERFLY AND HERB FAIR: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Botanical Gardens at University of South Florida, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (southwest corner of USF campus at Pine and Alumni drives), Tampa. 1,000 free-flying butterflies in walk-through butterfly house; also butterfly garden; herbs and butterfly plants for purchase. Children's activities area with "caterpillar petting zoo"; kids make butterfly finger puppets and decorate clay pots. Admission $2, free for garden members and ages 12 and under. Butterfly house admission $1 additional. (813) 974-2329.

BONSAI GRAFTING: 11:30 a.m. today, Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Bonsai enthusiast Pat Bradley demonstrates techniques for grafting a weak but desirable plant onto stronger root stock for bonsai planting. Included in gardens admission: $4 adult, $3 seniors, $1 children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. (727) 551-3100.

BAMBOO AT FAIRCHILD: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun., Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Many species of bamboo, from dwarf to giant, offered at show and sale of Caribbean Chapter of American Bamboo Society. Also, tour garden's bamboo collection. Free admission to show and 83-acre botanical gardens if you arrive 9:30 a.m.-noon (you may stay all day). After noon, show included in gardens admission: $8, free for ages 12 and under. (305) 667-1651.

HIBISCUS SHOW AND SALE: 1-5 p.m. Sun., West Shore Plaza, West Shore and Kennedy boulevards, Tampa. Sunset Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society and West Shore Plaza co-host this show and sale with hundreds of exotic hibiscus blooms on display. Plants for sale; tips on successful growing. Call Curt Sinclair, (727) 541-7944, or Tom Miller, (727) 530-9118.

OF SCREECH OWLS, BATS AND KESTRELS: 2 p.m. Sun. and Wed., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation expert Penny Boehme introduces visitors to St. Petersburg's urban wildlife, including an opossum, evening bat, red-shouldered hawk, barn and screech owls, kestrel and crow. Included in gardens admission: $4 adult, $3 seniors, $1 children. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. (727) 551-3100.

"BUTTERFLIES" AUTHOR: 7 p.m. Tue., River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Pam Traas, author of Gardening for Florida's Butterflies, presents program at this month's meeting of the Nature Coast Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society. Also, raffle of butterfly plants; books for purchase. Call (727) 842-8330.

IMPROVING IRRIGATION: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed. (registration 8-9 a.m.), Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service Office, 12175 125th St. N, Largo (next to Heritage Village). Experts at Pinellas Extension Service offer educational program on utilizing microflow irrigation to improve performance of your irrigation system. $30. RSVP: (727) 582-2456.

LAWNS/LAWN SERVICES: 10 a.m. Wed., Westgate Branch Library, 7606 Paula Drive in Town 'N Country (Tampa area); Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension Service master gardeners continue series of plant clinics with program by Harry O. Dalvine on maintaining a beautiful lawn in Florida; also, what to look for and ask for from a lawn service. Bring questions and ailing plant samples for help. Call (813) 554-5031.

AFRICAN VIOLETS: 10 a.m. Fri., Seminole Heights Garden Center, 5800 Central Ave., Tampa. Award-winning African violet grower Glenn Shelton talks about growing violets for everyday enjoyment at this meeting of Tampa African Violet Society. Call (813) 251-1581 or (813) 681-1910.

ORCHID LOVERS PICNIC: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 17, Cruz Lake Park (Pavilion 1), left off Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill. Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill hosts annual picnic. Call (352) 686-2512 or (352) 686-0202.

MOSQUITO AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23 (registration 7:30-8 a.m.), Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service Office, 12175 125th St. N, Largo (next to Heritage Village). Experts at Pinellas Extension Service offer educational program on mosquito-borne encephalitis, ticks and Lyme disease as well as issues related to surveillance programs, mosquitocides and more. $30. RSVP: (727) 582-2456.


EPCOT FLOWER FESTIVAL: Through Sun., Epcot Center at Walt Disney World Resort, west of Orlando. 7th annual International Flower and Garden Festival. Special events this week: "Great American Gardeners" series today with Tom Turpin, professor of entomology at Purdue University, who speaks on beneficial and fun aspects of insects. Also, Southern Living magazine and University of Florida expert tips, today-Sun.: "Gardening with Children." Regular attraction admission. (407) 824-4321.

"GARDENS' FILM SERIES: Film showings at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in June, Polk Museum of Art, 800 E Palmetto St. (off Lake Morton), Lakeland: free. Audrey Hepburn narrates series Gardens of the World. This week: Flower Gardens, visits Claude Monet's garden at Giverny, the Tintinhull House garden in England and native flora of the American Southeast. June 17-18: Country Gardens, travels to Rome, England and the United Kingdom; with guests John Brookes and Ryan Gainey, garden designers and authors. Films are 27 minutes long. (863) 688-7743.

SPONSOR A TREE: The Bay Bouquet Garden Club sponsors tree plantings in honor of loved ones. To sponsor a tree for Father's Day, $10 donation to City of Dunedin's Tree Bank enables your tree to be planted at the Oasis Trailside Park at Alt. U.S. 19 and Curlew Road. Kiosk lists donor and honoree's names, and letter of recognition will be sent to father or family. Call Pat Wollman, (727) 726-5066.

On the air

AT GARDEN'S GATE, hosted by Cypress Gardens' chief horticulturist, Joe Freeman, 3 p.m. Saturdays, WEDU-Ch. 3.

EXTENSION CORDS, Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service horticulturists air programs on home economics, marine science and urban wildlife. Schedule varies; for program guide, send self-addressed, stamped envelope to Extension Cords TV Schedule, 12175 125th St., Largo, FL 33774-3695.

FLORIDA GARDENING WITH GIL WHITTON, live call-in radio show, 7-11 a.m. Sundays, WFLA-AM 970.

THE GARDEN REBEL, 7 a.m. Sundays and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays on the Sunshine Network.

HOME AND LAWN PEST CONTROL SHOW, with Mona Giordano from Pest Control General Store, airs live on Time Warner Ch. 6: 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Pasco County; 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in north Pinellas County.

MR. GREEN THUMB, live call-in radio show with Stan DeFreitas, author of Stan DeFreitas' Complete G uide to Florida Gardening, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays, WTAN-AM 1340.

THE VICTORY GARDEN, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, WEDU-Ch. 3.

-- Address submissions to: Garden Calendar, Home&Garden, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is Monday before the Saturday of publication.

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