BLOOMING YOUTH: See the fruits of Hillsborough students' labors during the Youth Plant Show and Sale at the Florida Strawberry Festival today at the fairgrounds across from Tomlin Middle School, 501 N Woodrow Wilson St., Plant City. There will be a silent auction at noon and a live auction at 2 p.m. Call (813) 744-5519 or visit www.prohort.net for information.
ORCHIDS, GOING ONCE: University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will auction off orchids from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 at the gardens, Pine and Alumni drives on the Tampa campus, off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. A workshop on growing orchids kicks things off at 9:30 a.m.; cost is $8 for members, $10 for the public. For more information call (813) 974-2329 or visit www.cas.usf.edu/garden.
EARTHLY PARADISE: And how does your neighbor's garden grow? Find out at Rose Circle's garden tour and musical tea party, Earthly Paradise XVII, noon to 5 p.m. March 29. Stop by Fred Ball Park, 2851 Rubideaux St., Tampa, for the tea party, and visit the six homes from Davis Islands to Bayshore Boulevard. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door, and available by calling (813) 287-2767 or from any Rose Circle member.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EXTENSION:
Landscape Pitfalls, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Austin Davis Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa; (813) 264-3901.
A-Z Herbs, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Southshore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin; (813) 273-3652.
Bulbs, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico; (813) 273-3652.
Container Gardening, 7 p.m. March 9, Lutz Library, 101 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz; (813) 264-3827.
FNGLA Favorite Plants, 7 p.m. March 9, Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., Plant City; (813) 757-9215.
GREEN AND HEALTHY: The final class in the Florida Style Gardening series is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The class is $15 and will address maintaining landscaping through pruning and proper use of fertilizers and pesticides. Go to www.pinellascountyextension.org and register by selecting "Online Class Registration" or by calling (727) 582-2100.
HEAP IT ON: Learn environmentally friendly ways to turn your trash into garden nourishment during the Composting Workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. The workshop is free; register by calling (727) 453-6500.
DON'T LET IT BUG YOU: Rick Martinez of Sweetwater Organic Community Farm will talk about ways to banish weeds and pests from your garden from 2 to 3 p.m. March 21 at the farm, 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa. The cost is $15 or volunteering on the grounds from 9 a.m. to noon that morning. RSVP to email@example.com or call (813) 887-4066.
WATER KNOWLEDGE: Learn how to retrofit and streamline your irrigation system from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at West Tampa Branch Library, 2321 W. Union St., Tampa; or from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Town 'N Country Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa. A retrofit kit will be available for free to Hillsborough residents (one per household) or $20 for non-residents. To register call (813) 744-5519, ext. 144 or e-mail
MOONLIGHT GARDEN CIRCLE: Learn to re-create Monet's Garden - Florida style - during the next meeting of the circle for evening and weekend gardeners. It's at 7 p.m. at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. For information, call (813) 251-5059.
FLOWER TALK: The Town 'N Country Garden Circle will have fun with orchids when it meets at noon Wednesday at the Town 'N Country Recreation Center, 6039 Hanley Road, Tampa. A tour of Phelps Farms Orchids is planned March 18. Call (813) 884-3462 for information.
ODD AND SPICY: "Herbs, Spices and Other Oddities" are the program for the 10 a.m. Wednesday meeting of the Davis Islands Garden Club at the clubhouse, 81 Columbia Drive, Tampa. Stay for lunch afterward. Questions? Call (813) 251-3123.
WALK IN THE PARK: Members and guests of the Village Garden Circle will take a trip to Eureka Springs Park Botanical Garden at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a picnic and presentation on orchids. Those who wish to attend should meet at the northwest corner of Dale Mabry Highway and South Village Drive to carpool. Call (813) 265-8068 for details.