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Horticulture is another word for gardening, in fact, horticulture can mean home gardening, urban forestry, Florida Friendly Landscaping, the Master Gardener program, safe pesticide use, and commercial horticultural topics. Gardening is America's number one hobby and Florida Friendly Landscapes are a part of almost everyone's lifestyle in Southwest Florida.

Educating our growing population to make smart and safe decisions concerning plant selection, planting and aftercare adds beauty and value to everybody's property and the community. Informed consumers, hand-in-hand with quality landscape professionals, can also help support the large Florida "green industry" economy. We are here to help you to become successful gardeners, educated consumers and professional landscape managers with the research-based, unbiased information generated from the University of Florida Institute of Agricultural and Food Sciences Extension.

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Ralph Mitchell Horticulture Agent Extension Director (941) 764-4344

Physical Address 1120 Centennial Boulevard Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Mailing Address 1120 Centennial Boulevard Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Hours Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Fax  (941) 764-4343

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