The Friends of Washington Oaks will hold their Second Saturday plant sale on September 11th from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. Visitors will find Florida Natives including coral bean, crinum lily, duranta, fire bush and prickly pear. Additional plants include cactus, cleradendrum, desert rose, flap jacks, ferns, ficus, hoyas, knock-out roses, orchids, oriental garden dishes, pagodas, philodendrons, pitcher plants, pony tail palms, scented geraniums, schefflera, stag horns, and succulents. A portion of the plants were propagated and grown in the park by volunteers. All proceeds benefit the park for enhancement of current and new facilities. Regular park entrance fees apply during the plant sale. For more information contact Melissa Kafel at 386-446-6783, or email Melissa.Kafel@dep.state.fl.us.
The Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will hold its general meeting on Thursday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville. There will be a general business meeting followed by special guest speaker, Chuck Hubbuch. Hubbuch is the Assistant Director of Physical Facilities and Curator of the Sawmill Slough Preserve at the University of North Florida. He will talk about “Management of the 386 Acre Sawmill Slough Preserve at UNF and the Native Plants.” With the help of a volunteer and a few Biology students, Chuck has documented at least seven new plant records for Duval County in the Preserve. He has also instituted an active program of exotic pest plant removal and controlled burns. Go to fnps.org for more information.
Many more reminders will be posted, but here's a little bit about the upcoming 22nd Annual Fall Home & Patio Show from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The event will include special guest Andrew Downward of HGTV's "Devine Design," as well as over 500 industry experts, products and services. Go to jacksonvillehomeshows.com for more information.
On Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Master Gardeners Howard North and Bertie and Marshall Tanner Nassau will conduct a class on vegetable gardening and will review seasonal gardening for vegetables, including seeds and ‘starter’ plants, container gardening of vegetables, as well as what vegetables to grow during different seasons. The session is held at the UF/IFAS Nassau County Demonstration Garden in Yulee, 96135 Nassau Place and is open to the public. For more information, call Horticulture Extension Agent Rebecca Jordi at 548-1116.
The Garden Club of St. Augustine will host "Fun with Flowers for Kids" at all St. Johns County Public System library branches. These workshops will teach kids about gardening, growing and making their own flower arrangements, which they will be able to take home. Space and materials are limited, so pre-registration is required. Contact your local library branch today for more information or to register. On Saturday, August 14, both the Main Library and the Anastasia Island Branch Library will host "Fun with Flowers for Kids." Find more information at sjcpls.org.