Get Green Savvy: Pick up new plants at Yard & Garden Show next weekend

Collier County Extension Yard & Garden Show

Where: Collier County Extension Office, 14700 Immokalee Road, Naples

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1

Admission: $3 per person, free for ages young than 12

Directions: Immokalee Road, about 11 miles east of I-75

There are lots of fun things to do and see in and around the Naples area this time of year, and one of them is the Collier County University of Florida Extension Yard & Garden Show, scheduled this year for next weekend, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

More than 30 vendors will be on hand, offering great prices on a large selection of garden-related items including flowering shrubs, orchids, native plants, tropical plants, fruit trees, pottery and yard sculptures. The list goes on, but you’ll just have to come and see for yourself.

The vendors also generously donate a variety of plants, gift certificates and much more, to be given away as door prizes. Along with fun shopping experiences for visitors, seasonal and year-round residents, educational programs are an event staple, and this year is no exception. Topics include:

OCTOBER 31

* “Living with African Bees,” 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with Jamie Ellis, assistant professor at the University of Florida and creator of the African Bee Extension and Education Program, the UF Bee College and the UF Master Beekeeper Program

* “Stories of Tree Roots, Sidewalks and Ficus Whitefly,” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Doug Caldwell, Collier Extension commercial horticulture educator and entomologist

* “Vegetable Gardening,” 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m, with Bob Cook, local horticulturist and popular radio and TV personality

* “Native Plants,” 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., presented by Chad Washburn, natural lands manager at the Naples Botanical Gardens and current President of the Naples Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society

NOVEMBER 1

* “Birds in the Garden,” 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with Jim Vanas, a Florida master naturalist and an enthusiastic amateur nature photographer who uses his home as a showcase for those interested in gardening for wildlife.

* “Color Gardening,” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Ray Pelletier, owner of Ray’s Lawn and Garden

* “Orchid Repotting,” 1-2 p.m., with Kris Morton, a master gardener and active member of the Naples Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society.

The master gardeners will also be on hand at the Yard & Garden Show with an information booth for help with your gardening problems. There will be demonstration table to provide you with the “how-to’s”on an assortment of topics, including propagation by air-layering and using lady bugs to reduce harmful insect infestation.

Among the shopping adventures, educational programs and demonstrations, there’s something for everyone at the Yard & Garden Show, so come and share in the fun.

Cathy Feser is urban horticulture educator for the Collier County Extension Service. To reach her call 353-4244 or online at www.ifas,edu/collier

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