UF/IFAS Extension
Charlotte County

Charlotte County Extension Service is a partnership between the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Charlotte County government, to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

1120 Centennial Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL 33953


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Hang-on, vines are on the way!
By Ralph E. Mitchell During one of my recent photo safaris to the Nature Park in Punta Gorda, the coral honeysuckle vine display took center stage attention with a wall of flowers


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Outdoor Adventures Virtual 4-H Camp
Charlotte, Glades & Hendry Counties Ages 8-18 October 13th – November 17th Each Tuesday at 4:00 PM via Zoom Topics will include: Fishing, Archery, Track & Scat ID, Outdoor Cooking, Survival, First Aid & Plant ID Please register by October 1st at: For more information please contact: kpopa@ufl


Beneficial Garden Bugs: The Good Flies
Not all bugs are alike.  Some bugs in Florida are garden pests, because they can do a lot of damage to plants, especially during the growing season


Cool name, heat tolerant – the ice plant
By Ralph E. Mitchell The ice plant is an unusual succulent groundcover that can be grown in our area


By Kristie Popa We have been hearing about mindfulness more within the past couple of years, but what does it really mean and how does it apply to 4-H? Mindfulness by definition is a mental state of full awareness and full acceptance of the present moment.  When being mindful, someone should pay attention to their thoughts, emotions and experiences in a particular way or on purpose


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    Who ate the crinum lilies?
    By Ralph E. Mitchell As I drove into the entrance of the Murdock Administration Building, I glanced at the landscape and noticed that something was amiss


    Introducing, or reintroducing, the lion’s ear
    By Ralph E. Mitchell Bringing you back to the Nature Park in Punta Gorda, I wanted to introduce (or reintroduce) an underutilized perennial that fits into Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, has bright orange flowers from summer on through early winter and was even a 2004 Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association Plant of the Year!  The lion’s ear, aka lion’s tail, may be the plant for you