There are several local libraries where Master Gardeners and Hillsborough County Extension Horticulture staff present timely and pertinent information on gardening topics.

The list below highlights topics in our area that will be discussed during the month of November:

13th – Florida Wildflowers, 7:00 PM, Bruton Library, 302 W. McLendon St., Plant City, (813) 757-9215.  Learn more about the most popular native wildflowers that thrive in Tampa Bay gardens, attracting pollinators and providing seasonal interest in your garden.

13th – Container Gardening, 6:30 PM, Riverview Library, 10509 Riverview Dr., (813) 273-3652. Topics covered include soil types, containers (including water gardens), correct planting techniques and plant maintenance.

13th – Bromeliads, 6:30 PM, Seffner-Mango Library, 410 N. Kingsway Rd., (813) 273-3652.

Talk includes a hands-on presentation of several types of Bromeliads and where they grow.

Photos of EPCOT’s Bromeliads and others provide ideas on landscaping with Bromeliads.

14th – Hydroponic Gardening, 7:00 PM, South Shore Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, (813) 273-3652.  Learn the basics of hydroponic gardening including containers, nutrients and plants.  Create more gardening space in small areas using hydroponics.

20th – Underutilized Florida-Friendly Plants, 6:30 PM, Temple Terrace Library, 202 Bullard Pkwy., (813) 506-6770.  Discover a few underutilized plants that can be added to brighten up your garden.  Each plant has qualities ideal for Florida-Friendly landscapes.

Virginia Overstreet, Master Gardener and Library Plant Clinic Coordinator, said:  “I enjoy this community outreach part of being a Master Gardener. It’s rewarding to see gardeners get excited about.”

For more information, go to  Contact the Hillsborough County Extension Service for assistance with gardening-related questions, 813-744-5519, and visit the University of Florida website:


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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.