Building Better Neighborhoods Through Home Gardening and Florida Friendly Landscaping

Gardening can be both a hobby and a healthy, rewarding way of life. In this four-week virtual conference series, you’ll learn secrets from local professionals for growing your own vegetables, fruit, and flowers, and for making your grass and landscaping thrive sustainably.

The series will take place on the first Tuesday of every week in February 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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February 2: Here we grow

Whether you grow food or flowers, science can help. Learn how to prepare the soil, water environmentally, use appropriate fertilizer and compost.

February 9: What nobody ever told you about the birds and the bees

In this session, we will hear from local native plant and ecosystem experts on how you can attract and support pollinators.


February 16: Where does your garden grow?

Whether you live in a private home or an apartment, there’s a gardening option to fit everyone, including patio gardens, community gardens, food forests, school gardens, rain gardens.

February 23: An introduction to Florida-friendly landscaping

The session will discuss how to select the right plants so that you can protect our precious resources, save money and have an attractive, low maintenance yard. Lead by Doris Heitzman, Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Program Manager at UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension.


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“Building Better Neighborhoods” is a free, public education series sponsored by the City of Clearwater, the Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition, and the Suncoast Sierra Club.

Contributing organizations include:, the Florida Native Plant Society, Wilcox Nursery, Wise Hands, Living Roots Eco Design, Clearwater Garden Club, UF IFAS Pinellas extension, Life Farms, Beacon Food Forest


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