Magnolia container nursery

Commercial Horticulture/Ornamental Production

Nurseries in Manatee County grow woody ornamentals, foliage, floral crops, and sod with a value of 60 million dollars per year.

Areas of Expertise and Service to Manatee County

  • Commercial Horticulture Production
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Production
  • Plant Disease and Insect Pest ID
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Irrigation and Water Conservation
  • Salinity and pH
  • Pesticide Training & Licensing
  • Federal & State Regulations 
  • Industrial Hemp Questions
  • 4H/FFA FNGLA Plant Project (Manatee County Fair Plant Show & Sale)

Pesticide Training & Exams

Extension Agent II, Commercial Horticulture


Wael Elwakil

Commercial Horticulture

Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1814

1303 17th Street West

Palmetto, FL 34221

Ornamental Horticulture Blogs

Conservation cost-share programs for farmers and ranchers

Farmers and ranchers love their land. Anyone who has ever made their living from the land knows that the health of your land affects the productivity of your land. And at the end of the day, productivity is what makes or breaks a...

2020 Peanut Butter Challenge Begins October 1

Since the coronavirus disrupted normal routines with school and workplace closures in March, area food pantry efforts across the Big Bend have seen increased traffic. In Wakulla, addressing food insecurity and hunger is a community effort. With...

At stake in Sally’s wake: $400 million in Florida Panhandle agricultural products

As slow-moving Hurricane Sally approached the Gulf Coast – eventually making landfall as a category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning – its bands enveloped most of the Florida Panhandle. But like the rest of the...