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Florida's environment and climate present unique challenges for creating and maintaining landscapes, so we offer research-based assistance, information, and advice. Whether you are developing a vegetable garden, choosing landscape plants, seeking information about lawn care, or looking for the latest professional training, our resources can help you.

Learn more about how Extension helps Sarasota County residents and industry professionals alike achieve bountiful gardens and beautiful landscapes that meld seamlessly with natural Florida, through the following programs:


Builds food communities in neighborhoods and schools, improving access to healthy produce while raising agricultural awareness. Learn more

Horticulture, Commercial

Promotes environmentally sound use of irrigation, fertilizers, and pesticides by industry professionals, and offers training and continuing education units to maintain or renew licenses. Learn more

Horticulture, Residential

Connects residents and professionals with the plants and animals of urban settings, and provides training to create and maintain appealing, eco-friendly landscapes. Learn more

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