Q: My husband and I attended the Florida-Friendly Landscaping event last year at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. Will you be holding another event in 2014 like the one last year?
Answer: Great timing on your question! I hope you can attend again this year. We are presenting “Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) 101: Water-Wise and Dollar-Smart” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. Online registration is at http://waterwiseanddollar smart.eventbrite.com.
FFL 101 is an annual educational event that deals with many of the principles of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program.
The event will be presented by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Hillsborough County agents and staff and is sponsored by the Tampa Water Department. There will be nine timely topics to choose from, with three presentations given simultaneously. If there are two or three presentations you wish you could attend at the same time, you are still in luck. All presentations will be available on our website (hillsborough.ifas.ufl.edu) after the event, so you can view them at your leisure.
The presentation topics include: “Water-Wise Plants: Our Top Picks,” “Succulents and Cacti: Sunny Sandy Spotlight,” “9 Steps to Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Classic,” “Water-Wise Workshop: So Simple, So Wise,” “Cisterns for Homeowners: Pennies from Heaven,” “Embrace Your Irrigation Control Box: No Fear Here,” “Money-Saving Strategies: Small Cost Big Reward,” “Recycle Your Yard: It’s All Good” and “The Fertilizer Ordinance: Can Your Landscape Live With It?”
The event is free, as is the parking. By attending the general session and three classes, you can earn your FFL 101 diploma. You will be able to browse displays featuring materials and information for your landscape, speak with UF/IFAS Extension professionals about your Florida-Friendly Landscape, and share your favorite water-saving tips for outdoors and indoors. Bring your latest water bill and learn your personal water number.
You will receive several handouts, and there will be many prize drawings at the wrap-up session.
We hope you will be able to join us and learn more about plant selection and placement, microirrigation and rainwater harvesting, how to work your irrigation control box and more.
For assistance with horticultural questions, call (813) 744-5519 or visit us at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Remember to reuse, reduce and recycle.
Lynn Barber is the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods agent at Hillsborough Extension.. Reach her at BarberL@hillsboroughcounty .org.