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Gardens, Lawns, Plants, & More

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Florida gardening presents unique challenges, so UF/IFAS Extension offers research-based assistance, information, and advice.  Our homeowner horticulture program provides residential gardening and landscaping resources.  Whether you are developing a vegetable garden, choosing landscape plants, pruning a tree, or seeking information about lawn care, we can help you have a healthy, beautiful and sustainable landscape.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING

You can grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruits in North Florida. Late Winter, Spring, and Fall offer the best yields.  If you love blueberries, blackberries, satsuma citrus, figs, loquats, and muscadine grapes, you are in luck.  There are other fruits that can also be grown with some hard work and effort.

MASTER GARDENERS

Master Gardener volunteers are individuals committed to sharing research-based information and gardening techniques with the community.  Training and returned volunteer hours are required. 

FLORIDA-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING

Easy-to-follow gardening practices to beautify your yard while protecting Florida's natural resources.  Learn which plants grow where, how to take care of your lawn and composting/mulching techniques.  Use this interactive site to help with plant selection for your area.

Check out the nine principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping.

DIAGNOSTIC FORMS

Here you will find various diagnostic forms for soil and plant testing.

NATIVE PLANTS

Do you want to help pollinators, songbirds, and other wildlife? If yes, be sure and plant native plants.  We have over 300 native bee species that have evolved with native plants and rely on them for food and habitat.  Keep in mind, you still must put the right native plant in the right place to be successful.  Many native plants are drought-tolerant and are ideal for your yard.  The red buckeye, firebush, and red salvia will draw in the hummingbirds and butterflies.  Check out some of our publications on native florida plants.  You can also find what native plants are found in your county at the Florida Native Plant Society's website

HERITAGE PARK & GARDENS

Take a stroll in our beautiful park located in the heart of Live Oak.  The former estate offers azalea and camelia displays as well as a wildlife garden, herb garden, pet memorial garden, and event garden.  Enjoy the fish pond, marvel at the arbor's contruction or take a break for lunch in the picnic area.  UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee County Master Gardener volunteers help develop and oversee landscaping projects Please be sure to like the Facebook page