Media Release

April Environmental Horticulture Programs

Friday, March 21, 2014 11:15 AM
Blue BerriesALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Programs for April, 2014. These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Tomatoes! Grow Your Own – April 2, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This class will cover growing tomatoes in the garden and containers. Basics of how to grow tomatoes in Florida’s challenging environment will be covered. Tomato pest control options, including non-chemical choices of combating the scores of tomato insect and disease problems will also be covered.

Growing and Healthy Cooking with Herbs (with Dr. Brenda Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent) – April 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to grow easy culinary herbs in containers and in the garden. Then we will have demonstrations of techniques on using herbs to enhance foods. Taste samples will be provided. Directions for making flavored vinegars that are ideal for gift-giving will also be demonstrated.

Cost is $3.00 and is payable at the door.

Blueberries – April 23, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and repeated again on April 24, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Alachua County is one of the top blueberry producing counties in the state. Learn to grow rabbit eye blueberries in landscapes. This class covers planting, fertilizing and pruning.

There is no cost to attend these classes (unless otherwise indicated), space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County.

An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).