October 20, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
This will be a virtual course meeting online every Wednesday at 6:00pm-7:30pm ET from October 6th to November 17th. The class fee is $120. You can register for the course here: https://bit.ly/3jI45rD. The course will also have a local session component for residents in counties from Brevard south to Monroe, which will meet online every Thursday at 6:00pm-7:30pm from October 7th to November 18th. During the local session you’ll hear from local guest speakers working on sustainability principles and measures and there will be virtual field trips. We will also have a challenge every week that we’ll ask you to complete as you think about incorporating sustainability in your home and community.
October 22, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Virtual
One of the most important steps you can take to protect any water body is maintaining a waterside 10-foot “low-maintenance zone.” Do not mow, fertilize, or use pesticides in this zone. Protect native aquatic plants such as giant bullrush and maidencane and remove invasive exotic species like water hyacinth and purple loosestrife. A stormwater pond or canal can become an aesthetically pleasing and lively place, edged with plants and home to wildlife.
- The low-maintenance zone means less mowing
- You may see increased wildlife activity with the addition of shoreline plants
- Flood-tolerant plants along the water’s edge are known to help reduce contaminants in water
- The diversity of flowering and other plants enhances the beauty of the waterfront
INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Leonard-Mularz, UF/IFAS Extension Monroe County Environmental Horticulture Agent
October 23, 2021, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Bernstein Park
October 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM @ Island Home Garden
UF/IFAS, Monroe County Extension Service offers free plant clinics. Master Gardener Volunteers will be onsite at regional plant clinics to help assist with plant identification, disease diagnosis, insect identifications/problems, and other services related to diagnosing gardening and/or landscape problems.
Masks are required at all in-person plant clinics. We will have extra masks, gloves and hand sanitizer available.
October 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Marathon Government Center - BOCC
October 27, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM