HOLIDAY MARKET: Find custom wreaths, yard art, lawn furniture, plants, holiday decorations and gifts at the Tampa Garden Club's annual Open House and Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the club headquarters, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. Admission is free.
FLOWER POWER: Create a professional-looking floral arrangement at the Fun With Flowers workshop at 9:45 a.m. Friday with the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. The cost is $15; reserve your spot by Friday. To register, call (727) 443-7032.
PLANT SALE: Shop the Falkenburg Road Jail plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the main entrance of the jail, 520 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa. Proceeds help buy gardening supplies for the horticulture vocational program, which teaches inmates skills for future jobs. For information, call (813) 744-5676.
Creating and Maintaining a Florida Yard: 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Jimmy B Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa; (813) 273-3652, ext. 2.
Holiday Floral Arrangements: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18, Charles Fendig Library, 3909 W. Neptune St., Tampa; (813) 273-3652.
Groundcovers as an Alternative to Grass: 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Temple Terrace Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace; (813) 989-7160.
MADE IN THE SHADE: Learn which plants grow best with minimal light during Gardening in the Shade at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach. The class is free, sponsored by the Pinellas Extension, but you need to register by calling (727) 582-2673.
PALM HEALTH: Learn about the new disease threatening cabbage palms and what you can do to help your landscape at the Palm Disease and Nutrition Update from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Register at www.prohort.net, or contact Carol at (813) 744-5519, ext. 104, or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
HOLIDAY HEAD START: Get tips for Thanksgiving and Christmas arrangements when the Palm Harbor Garden Club meets at 11 a.m. Monday at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. A light lunch will be served; guests are welcome. Questions? Call (813) 942-3028.
DIRTY WORK: Contemplate your soil at The Florida Native Plant Society meeting about soil biology, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Marks Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. Call June at (727) 848-2177 for details.
BROMELIADS: The Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society welcomes Michael O'Leary lecturing on Maximizing the Beauty of Bromeliads without a Greenhouse at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. For information and answers to burning bromeliad questions, call (727) 544-9187.
GROWING ORCHIDS: Join Cindy Gandolfi from G Gardens and Things as she speaks to the New Port Richey Garden Club about raising orchids with ease 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Finnish American Club, 6016 Delaware Ave., New Port Richey. For information call (727) 848-2292.
PLANT EXCHANGE: Bring a plant, get a plant at the Temple Terrace Garden Club's annual plant exchange meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Woodmont Clubhouse, 415 Woodmont Ave., Temple Terrace. Come by 9:30 for coffee. Questions? Call (813) 985-7769, option 3.
ALL ABOARD: Cymbidiums - those beautiful and hardy "boat orchids" - take center stage at the Florida West Coast Orchid Society's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension (Botanical Gardens), 12175 125th St. N., Largo. Come at 7 p.m. for an informative class. The meeting also includes an orchid sale, prizes and refreshments; the public is welcome. For details, call (727) 733-8167.
LEARN FROM A WINNER: JoAnne Martinez, who took best in show at September's big gesneriad show and sale in Sarasota, gives a presentation on genus Gesneria at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Tampa Bay Gesneriad Society meets at 402 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Tampa ( a doctor's office.) Call (813) 963-7424 for information.
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