A LEAFY GOOD TIME: Pick up your favorite orchid, fall in love with something new or ask your cultivation questions during the Florida West Coast Orchid Society's Members Plant Sale and Open Greenhouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1235 Ridge Road S., Largo. The event is free. Call (727) 733-8167 for details.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EXTENSION:
Shade Gardening, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Temple Terrace Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace; (813) 989-7160.
Begonias, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Charles Fendig Library, 3909 W. Neptune St., Tampa; (813) 273-3652.
CURATIVES, WATER AND WORMS: Learn how to grow and use medicinal herbs in your Florida garden during a one-hour workshop at 3 p.m. today at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Town 'N Country (from West Hillsborough Avenue, north on Sawyer Road and west on Comanche.) Suggested donation is $10. At 2 p.m. Saturday, learn about water testing and irrigation options. The donation is $15 or volunteer at the farm from 9 a.m. to noon that day and admission is free. At 3 p.m., get The Tao of Worm - and put these guys to work for you. The donation is $15. To RSVP for any of these workshops, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEAD PALMS TELL NO TALES: New palm diseases and proper fertilizing and pruning are the topics from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 County Road 672, Wimauma. The free class qualifies for Continuing Education Units for industry professionals. Call (813) 744-5519, ext. 145 for details.
VEGETABLE MEDLEY: Start at the very beginning at the vegetable gardening workshop offered by Hillsborough County Extension from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. After the basics, the class moves on to organic gardening, growing veggies in containers, and dealing with pests. At 11 a.m., see demonstrations of various gardening techniques. The cost is $5; pre-registration is required by calling (813) 744-5519, ext. 137, and leaving the name, phone number and e-mail address of each person attending.
MIX IT UP: The Bromeliad Guild of Tampa Bay meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, for a program on dividing and potting terrestrial bromeliads. Members should bring plants for the raffle. For information, call (813) 961-1475.
PUT YOUR GAME FACE ON: The Sunset Park Garden Club shuffles up some fun at their party and luncheon, with a silent auction, bridge and bunko from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Club House, 4624 W. Browning Ave., Tampa. Call Jayne at (813) 837-4533 for ticket information.
LET THE SUN SHINE: Distinguished African violet grower Jim Boyer will explores lighting for healthy plants at the Tampa African Violet Society meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ragan Community Center, 1200 East Lake Ave., Tampa. For information, call (813) 681-1910.