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How to Start a School Garden – – The Good Men Project

School gardens are blossoming across the country. Over the past decade, school gardens have grown from a rarity to a well-known concept that continues to gain traction in schools small and large, public and private, rural and urban.

Their proliferation makes perfect sense as soon as you start to investigate the benefits of gardening with students. First and foremost, school gardens teach students how to grow and harvest their own food – which is perhaps one of the most vital skills a person can possess. Additionally, research shows working in school gardens can:

• Increase students’ science achievement scores

• Improve social skills by cultivating empathy and teamwork

• Increase students’ knowledge of nutrition and their willingness to consume fresh produce

• Improve emotional literacy

• Develop a sense of community and responsibility

• Instill a lifelong appreciation for the natural world.

In providing hands-on learning opportunities, school gardens also cater to students with diverse learning styles. As a result, they’ve been shown to engage and focus students who may otherwise exhibit disciplinary issues in the classroom. Gardens can also beautify a school’s campus and instill a sense of school pride in students, teachers, and administrators.

These benefits should encourage anyone – teacher, administrator, parent, or student – to advocate for designing a school garden at their own school. Not sure where to start? Here’s a basic guide to grow your school garden dream into a reality.

Tips for Starting a School Garden

Ready to embrace gardening at your school? Follow these steps for a healthy harvest.

Make the case

Before designing a school garden, you’ll likely need approval from critical parties (namely school administrators and possibly funders). Unless the administration is already on board, prepare a justification for why the school should invest in a garden.

Schedule a time to meet with the relevant parties and prepare a presentation in advance that outlines the benefits of school gardens to the students, school, and community, and details goals for the program. Prior to meeting, consider recruiting parents, staff, teachers, and/or community members who are willing to donate their time and expertise, which demonstrates that the community is willing to help out. This can make gardens seem much more manageable to skeptical administrators. If administrators are worried about funding, consider applying for grants, soliciting supply donations, or pursuing other creative ways to fund school garden projects.

Select a site

Once you have approval, it’s time to get serious about garden design. Start by choosing where the garden(s) will be located. Consider a number of factors, including whether the site is accessible to both students and teachers, has a nearby water source, gets enough exposure to sunlight (aim for a minimum of six hours of sun exposure each day), is large enough to allow for future growth, and has soil that is of good quality for growing flowers and vegetables.

Design the garden

Before planting anything, it’s important to think about what kind of garden you want to create, what size it will be, and how you will utilize that space.

Start by deciding on a garden type: Will you plant directly in the soil, build raised beds, or plant in straw bales or containers? The site you select will help determine your options. Speaking with students, teachers, and administrators should give you a good sense of which type of garden best suits everyone’s needs. If you feel a bit lost, it may be worthwhile to consult a professional.

Once you’ve settled on a garden type, it’s advisable to draw up some garden designs. Ideally, you’ll want to solicit feedback from as many relevant groups as possible (think students, teachers, and administrators) in order to make sure that the design suits various needs. The sketch should include the dimensions as well as where the site is relative to water, equipment, compost, and so on. You’ll find yourself referring to this repeatedly as you decide what and where to plant.

While you’re at it, start thinking about how you will tackle soil preparation, garden maintenance (such as weeding and watering), waste reduction (such as composting), and so on. Prepare a maintenance schedule and a list of reliable volunteers before putting the first plant in the ground.

Decide what to plant

In order to know what to plant, you need to understand of your region’s growing zone. Start by consulting the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map to learn which plants are suitable for your local climate. Also take into account the size, space requirements, and maintenance required to grow each plant. And don’t forget to consider the season in which you start the garden; certain plants grow best at certain times of the year.

Once you create a list of location-appropriate plants, enlist students’ feedback to learn what they’re most excited to grow. You may also consider choosing plants based on a theme that connects to lessons taught in the classroom.

Above all else, remember to start small when planning the first planting: You don’t want to overwhelm students or volunteers with a huge harvest or challenging maintenance needs.

Plan for each season in advance

No matter which plants you decide to grow, it’s wise to plan for each season well in advance of planting time. For example, it’s advisable to start planning your spring garden in January. After putting together a plan for the season’s plantings, decide whether to grow plants from seed or purchase starter plants. If growing from seed, remember that some plants need to be started indoors several weeks (and maybe even months) before they’re ready to be transplanted into an outdoor garden.

If you’re operating on a small budget, it’s also helpful to think about potential budget-friendly resources. Can you send a letter home with students asking their parents to donate extra gardening tools and gloves? Could local farmers or local garden clubs donate seed packets or volunteer their expertise? Could local college students volunteer their time? There are all kinds of resources out there – the sooner you investigate these options, the better chance you can stay on budget.

Prep the soil

If you’re planting directly in existing soil, you need to prepare it for planting. This is assuming you already tested the soil and deemed it fit for gardening. If the soil hasn’t been planted in a long time – or ever – it’s probably best to till it; you can do so manually or with rented or borrowed equipment. Just be careful not to over-till, which can compact the soil. (A good rule of thumb is to only till each row one time.) Be sure to till close to the day you plant so the soil is still broken up by the time you add plants. If you built new raised beds or container gardens, then add fresh soil before planting.

Learn from each season

After all the planning is done, there’s nothing left to do but get down in the dirt and plant, weed, and tend to your garden. You may make mistakes along the way, and that’s okay – use them as valuable learning opportunities for students. Try to involve students in every stage, from designing the garden and preparing the soil to planting the first seeds (or starter plants) and harvesting the fruits of their labor. Involvement helps instill a sense of pride, responsibility, confidence, and investment. The more students, teachers, and volunteers work in the garden, the more everybody can learn how to tend it so it stays healthy and produces food for years to come.

While planning and caring for a school garden takes a lot of work, it’s also a lot of fun – and getting students engaged makes it all the more enjoyable. By approaching school gardening with an open mind and a spirit of natural wonder, you’ll model a great attitude for students and ensure gardening remains rewarding no matter what you harvest. Happy planting!


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Betty Montgomery: Adding decorations to your garden

Creating a garden that is lovely four seasons of the year is achieved by having wonderful evergreen plants, a good garden design and pleasing ornaments. Those wonderful evergreen plants give you structure and will be the backbone of the garden and will give you a lovely look in an unavoidable off-season. Then arranging these plants in an artful way to give you a good garden design will make the foundation for the winter garden. Adding an ornament that suits your garden style will put the icing on the cake.

Adding garden ornaments to your outdoor space can give the garden a new look and bring the garden to life. A garden can be like a lovely dress that looks terrific. Then enhancing the dress with accessories: the right shoes, earrings and purse will take the outfit to a different level. You add your personal taste to the outfit and make it fit your style. Adding an ornament to your garden can make the garden fit your taste.

Your local garden centers and specialty shops are full of status, planters, birdbaths and other items that can add beauty to a garden. However, when you are considering purchasing a garden ornament, be sure to ask yourself some questions first: Where will it go? Does it fit the style of my garden? Is it the right size for the space? Will it add to or detract from the space you presently have? Is it made of good material to hold up outside? Sometimes a piece is chosen that looks good in the store but when you get it home, it is quite small or just not right for the place.

It is easier to make a garden pretty in the spring, summer and fall. It is more of a challenge to have one look pretty in the winter. Adding enough evergreen shrubs and trees is a big step in the right direction. Make sure some of the greenery you choose has shiny leaves to make your garden glisten in the winter. This is another trick that helps make your garden stand out. Hollies, camellias and magnolias are three plants that add greatly to the winter garden. There are all sizes of hollies and magnolias that will fit that smaller space. These will make a wonderful backdrop for an ornament that you might want to place in the garden.

Use an ornament as a focal point or an accent to draw your eye to a certain spot. If you have paths through your garden, you can use them to help make you focus on an object or to make you take a turn. I have also seen ornamentation that will make you slow down or stop. They give a garden a finished look if you choose your ornament wisely.

One rule of thumb is to not have more than a piece or two visible at a time. You can make an exception to this by having a group of things together but make sure you do not have so much that objects over power your garden. If you are not careful you can make your garden look junky. Ornaments add another dimension to a landscape and give it yearround appeal but over doing it can lead to a style you might not like over time.

What you chose to do with art in the garden will be determined by the garden style you have chosen. Do you have a rustic garden or a more formal garden? How large is your garden? Can it handle more than one focal point or do you have an intimate space that has only one focal point?

You might have a more formal garden similar to a French garden. Symmetry and order are at the heart of a French design and a more formal ornament will be in keeping. A lovely urn or a cherub stature would fit nicely in a more formal garden. This style garden requires detail maintenance to keep it looking its best.

On the other hand, one might have a more English garden that is considered lush and one that appears more naturalistic. These gardens have strong “bones” or hardscapes and lots of trees, shrubs and hedges. They appear as very natural but have more structure than one might realize. A lovely bench placed under an arbor that is covered with evergreen clematis or jasmine might be just the thing.

A rustic garden uses more natural material like wood and wrought iron. It is casual and simple in design.

One garden I find attractive is a simple garden that is located in the rear of an office building in our downtown area. When designing the garden, one target was to hide a large cell tower in the distance. A group of tall evergreen trees were planted to shield the visitor from this distraction. As a focal point in front of the trees and shrubs, is a lovely small statue that is also a fountain. This draws one outside to visit the garden. The statue is lovely and the sound of splashing water is musical as well as soothing and restful. It helps distract you from the noise of the city.

Spend some time looking at magazines and garden books to see what is available and to help you get a feel for what you like. You can also get an idea of how others have placed ornaments in their garden. Visit gardens open to the public and you too can discover how to take your garden to another step. This is certainly a great way to give you some ideas of how to go about placing the perfect ornament in your garden.

—Betty Montgomery, a master gardener and author of a “Four Season Southern Garden,” can be reached at

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Get inspired at Home Show

A new year means homeowners are likely contemplating projects they hope to tackle in 2017.

Maybe that last spin through Pinterest got you longing for a fire pit or a living room outfitted with the latest in Scandinavian comforts.

Whether you are planning an addition, an upgrade to a deck or porch, a renovation in the kitchen or bathroom or some other home improvement goal, a home show is a good place to gather ideas and inspiration.

It is great to wander around a home show to gather ideas on everything from backyard ground covers to tile splashes, hardscaping to luxury bathroom amenities, paint colors to fire pits.

The third annual South Jersey Spring Home Show Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at  Virtua Total Turf, 614 Lambs Road, Pitman.

The Home Show will feature product displays, expert advice and savings on 100s of products and services, organizers say.

Home experts “will showcase everything for inside and outside the home including, the latest in flooring, sunrooms, additions, basement finishing, waterproofing roofing, landscaping, home security systems, custom kitchens, energy efficient windows and the newest ideas pertaining to solar energy, plus giveaways.”

The event is free.

.Call (856) 401-9111 or visit for more information.

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Ruth Correll: Basic gardening classes upcoming

Someone is quoted as saying, “anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.”

Many gardeners are looking forward to working in their gardens. They are pouring over their plant catalogs, planning their strategy for their vegetable gardens, having visions of changes to their ornamental beds and thinking about new and exciting landscaping ideas. We have time to plan for renovating perennial borders, enlarging the vegetable garden, installing new annual beds, and experimenting with new plants. There are probably as many ideas as there are gardeners.

Plant catalogs help gardeners dream and plan. Catalogs are filled with photos, descriptions and many recommendations for success.  They have actually evolved into good reference items. Pages can be marked to make it easy to return to those items chosen for further study.  It is a great wintertime activity, 

Garden journals and photographs of last year’s landscape also help gardeners reflect on past seasons and give us a place to begin for the upcoming season. It is always good to jot down thoughts, map out container ideas, and make lists of new plants to try. Armchair gardening would not be complete without garden reference books and a computer.

For those folks who would like to learn more about gardening and home horticulture, UT Extension, Wilson County will offer a series of basic gardening classes. Classes will include information on soils and fertility, planning and planting vegetable gardens, the planting, care and pruning of trees as well as selecting, planting and growing flowers. There will be demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. 

Classes will be taught by experienced Wilson County Master Gardeners and held in Fiddlers Grove Historical Village at the James E. Ward Ag. Center. Classes are scheduled for Saturdays from March 4 through April 1 from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is $50 for the entire series. Pre-registration is required. The class will be limited to 20 individuals, so early registration is important. For additional information and registration forms, visit the UT Extension Wilson County website or call 615-444-9584.

Agricultural Market Summary

Cattle Market Trends

Feeder steers, under 600 lbs. $1 to $3 higher; over 600 lbs. unevenly steady, $105-$162; Feeder heifers, $3 to $5 higher, $90-$147.50; Slaughter cows $1 to $2 higher, $37.50-$62.50; Slaughter bulls $2 to $5 higher, $67-$84.

Cattle Market Comments by Andrew Griffith

Based on Tennessee weekly auction market data, calf prices found some support this week with $1-$3 gains on steers and $3 to $5 gains on heifers. It is a little early for the grass fever price support, but warm temperatures across the Southeast may have some producers looking to source calves for spring grazing programs.  

A market that receives limited discussion is the slaughter cow market, but now is a good time to provide some thoughts. The slaughter cow market was $1-$2 higher this week compared to a week ago based on Tennessee weekly auction market average prices. This appears to be the beginning of a long methodical period in which slaughter cow prices will increase. Slaughter cow prices generally peak in May or early June due to supply and demand fundamentals. Producers should consider putting wheels under old, open and poor-producing cows. 

The market price could easily increase 5-10 percent the next several months, which could add several dollars of value to the animal. It would be prudent for producers to weigh the cow’s cost of production against the potential value of her offspring to help make the sell or retain decision.

Grain Market Trends

Corn: March futures closed at $3.69 a bushel, up 11 cents. Soybeans: March futures closed at $10.67 a bushel, up 21 cents. Wheat: March futures closed at $4.28 a bushel, up 2 cents.

For more information, contact the UT-TSU Extension Office in Wilson County at 615-444-9584. You can also find us on Facebook or visit

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. Ruth Correll, UT Extension-TSU Cooperative Extension agent in Wilson County, may be reached at 615-444-9584 or


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Super-Sod Receives Awards from Houzz and Atlanta Home Improvement

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Super-Sod receives customer service awards at the beginning of 2017.

Building relationships and serving our customers are some of the satisfying business experiences we desire.

At the beginning of 2017, Super-Sod received awards thanks to 2016’s satisfied customers. The southeastern turfgrass company won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz, a premiere online platform for home design and remodeling. Additionally, Atlanta-area Super-Sod stores were recognized as “Best Landscape Supply Company” by Atlanta Home Improvement magazine.

“Building relationships and serving our customers are some of the satisfying business experiences we desire,” said Hillary Thompson, Super-Sod marketing director. “Receiving appreciation from them with these awards, from one of my favorite websites and local magazines, you can’t top that.”

Best of Houzz winners are recognized in three categories annually. The customer service category honors are determined by the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016, along with other factors. A testament to Super-Sod’s dedication to customer service, a “Best of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on Super-Sod’s Houzz profile alongside their 2016 service badge. This badge will also help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home and garden professionals in their metro area on the Houzz website.

Atlanta Home Improvement’s “Best of 2016” winners are nominated by readers and voted on via online ballot. Super-Sod received the “Best Landscape Supply Company” honor for the second consecutive year under the “Outdoor Living” section of the competition.

With four Atlanta area stores and a fifth opening this year, Super-Sod is positioned to quickly and conveniently provide sod to Metro Atlanta customers. Super-Sod attributes this award to employees in the Cartersville, Forest Park, Lawrenceville and Marietta stores. The Alpharetta store will welcome customers in spring 2017.

Super-Sod, a subsidiary of Patten Seed Company, is a family-run business that employs experts in turf and horticulture. Super-Sod continuously develops new garden products; fosters gardening and landscaping; and seeks improvement in farming practices, technology, environmental stewardship and employee knowledge. Along with turfgrass sod and seed, the company offers BigYellowBags of Soil3 organic compost for improving all soils from vegetable gardens to lawns. Visit to learn more.

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. Follow Super-Sod on Houzz.

Atlanta Home Improvement magazine is Atlanta’s comprehensive and trusted monthly resource for remodeling, landscaping, design and home maintenance. Published since 2001, AHI distributes complimentary magazines at locations throughout Atlanta. AHI is a publication of Atlanta Best Media. For the digital issues and a complete list of “Best of 2016” winners, visit

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Learn about garden design – Herald

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is hosting a free presentation titled “Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the main meeting room of Hospice of the Panhandle’s main office building at 330 Hospice Lane in Kearneysville.

The speaker will be James Dillon, a certified horticulturalist who owns and operates Native Havens LLC, a landscaping and gardening firm in Kearneysville.

His presentation will emphasize the importance of considering plant functions, as well as aesthetics, in designing gardens to ensure the results are not only beautiful, but resilient and beneficial to local birds and pollinating insects.

Dillon has a Bachelor of Science in biology from East Carolina University and has been working in the field for more than 13 years, most notably at the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

His landscape and garden designs emphasize native plant selections, environmental benefits and low maintenance.

He has designed several rain gardens in the region and volunteers for The Monarch Alliance, designing butterfly way stations for them.

For more information, go to or call Krista Hawley at 703-303-1026.

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Garden Expo offered in Madison

As winter settles over Wisconsin, the 24th-annual Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo brings a bit of spring-like warmth to the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Feb. 10-12. Event hours are: 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) hosts the community educational event and fundraiser in partnership with UW-Extension Horticulture. All proceeds support WPT’s quality programming, educational initiatives and events that serve to enrich the Wisconsin community. Advance tickets are available now online at

This year’s event features the newest innovations in gardening and landscaping — with information and advice spread among lush green plants, colorful flowers, vibrant designs of spring, and the delicious bounties from home gardens and fresh delicacies from Wisconsin farms.

Visitors are invited to explore the third-annual Garden Expo Farmers’ Market in the Exhibition Hall Atrium 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The Farmers’ Market will feature farmers, food artisans and local food retailers.

Single-day tickets for Garden Expo cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Two-day passes are available for $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Three-day passes are available in advance for $16 and $18 at the door.

Advance ticket vendor outlets are located conveniently around the state at various supporting businesses. A complete list is available at Visitors also can purchase advance tickets on the website. There is an additional charge for parking at the Alliant Energy Center.

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Learning opportunities on tap for local gardeners – Daytona Beach News

Gardening without soil to be discussed

The Ormond Beach Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, to learn about gardening without soil.

Guests are welcome. Refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting starts at 10. The speaker with be John Castell, master gardener. For information, call 386-673-2940 or email

Garden clubs plan joint meeting

The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club and the Men’s Garden Club of New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater gather Wednesday, Feb. 1, for a joint monthly meeting at the New Smyrna Beach Garden Club clubhouse at 2000 Turnbull Bay Road, New Smyrna Beach. A social time begins at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 10:30 a.m. Eric Schmidt of Leu Gardens-Orlando will present a program on ornamental trees for Central Florida. For information, call 386-402-4187.

DeLand garden club seeks new members

“Healthy Heart” will be the program for a general meeting of The Garden Club of DeLand on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 865 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand. A social period begins at 9 a.m. followed by the meeting from 9:30-11 a.m. The meeting is open to guests wanting to join or learn about the club. Members do not have to live in DeLand or have gardening experience.

For information, call 386-624-6960, go to or visit the club’s Facebook page at

Fairgreen Garden Club prepares for spring

The Fairgreen Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the New Smyrna Beach Yacht Club, 2015 Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach. This month’s meeting  features Lindley’s Nursery and Garden Center of New Smyrna Beach. A nursery representative will guide members in what to plant and where to plant it as members get ready for springtime. Lunch will be served after the presentation. The cost is $18. To make a reservation, call 386-426-5100.

The club, which meets on the first Thursday of the month, October through May, is welcoming new members.

Master gardeners plan plant clinics

Volusia County’s master gardeners will share winter gardening tips and answer questions during eight plant clinics in February. Residents can bring their plants for a free check-up. The month’s schedule is:

 • 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave. Gardeners will share information about bromeliads.

• 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 6, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.

• 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.

• 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Diane Cortes will discuss hurricane restoration pruning.

• 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Howard Jeffries will discuss wildflowers and native plants from 11 a.m. to noon.

• 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Sugar Mill Gardens, 950 Sugar Mill Road, Port Orange.

• 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.

• 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

The programs are free, open to the public and do not require a reservation.

Master gardeners are volunteers who answer gardening questions at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, present horticultural classes to community groups, and staff information booths at fairs and garden shows. For information about the county’s Master Gardener Program, call the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension at 386-822-5778.

Gardener to discuss antique roses

Do you remember the lovely roses of yesteryear? They were easier to grow, resistant to pests, and had a wonderful scent.

Master Gardener Pat LeClaire is still growing those roses, now called antique roses. In fact, it’s her passion to save and reinstate old garden roses into the landscape.

LeClaire will describe the roses she has been propagating and growing for more than 30 years at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. She will bring cuttings to show and will demonstrate how to propagate a beautiful rose garden.

The program is free, open to the public and does not require a reservation. It’s co-sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library. For more information, email Lorri Davis at or call 386-257-6036, ext. 16154.

Bromeliad society to learn about mosquitoes

The Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society is holding its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Colony in the Woods Clubhouse, 4000 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange. This month’s topic will be “Zika Virus is Not Transmitted by Bromeliad Dwelling Mosquitoes in Florida” with Dr. Howard Frank, professor emeritus at the University of Florida. All meetings are free to attend and are open to the general public. For additional information, email Bill Hazard at or visit the club’s website at

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Bayou Liberty Garden Club gets tips on vegetable gardening

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO—The January meeting of the Bayou Liberty Garden Club had a Mardi Gras theme, in colors of purple, green and gold, with beads and clowns decorating the tables. The hostesses were, from left, Barbara Metge, Gaynel Joachim, Brenda Veitch, Marcia Williams, Judy Miltenberger and Lee Mangano.

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