Residential Horticulture at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County helps residents and professionals build and maintain beautiful landscapes that foster, rather than endanger, the wonderful ecosystem that is Florida. We help home growers, community gardeners, students and teachers, and a host of others who want to develop bountiful crops in their backyards, in patio containers, or anywhere else that produce will take root. We provide training, in partnership with myriad researchers at the University of Florida, to help find the answers you need, when you need them. In these ways, and many more, we connect you with the land and what it offers.

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Help your plants survive (or recover from) a cold blast

It's not exactly the icy wonderland shown in the image with this post, but we're experiencing some seriously cold weather for Florida. For homeowners (or renters), the cold blast can wreak havoc on landscapes and gardens. Let us, with the knowledge base from the University of Florida, help you get through or recover from this wintry spell. We've gathered some useful links (as web pages and PDF documents) for you at

Take a film trek to Machu Picchu with the ‘Wild Orchid Man’

Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners will host a special screening of "Wild Orchid Man: Journey to Machu Picchu" on Jan. 3, at the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County office at Twin Lakes Park. Join former Selby Gardens botanist and orchid expert Stig Dalström and filmmaker Darryl Saffer for a film screening and a discussion of their adventures exploring for orchids in the mountainous terrain that is home to the fabled ruins of Machu


Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Protect the waterfront

Living on the coast or along a lake in Florida can make for a fantastic lifestyle, often replete with stunning scenery and vibrant ecosystems. But, that lifestyle carries with it additional responsibility, in the form of preserving our waters and the habitats associated with them. Actually, however, each of us shares in that responsibility, given our proximity to the wetlands, ponds, ditches, salt marshes and myriad other water resources