Metamorphosis Magic
Sep
2
10:00am10:00am

Metamorphosis Magic

Experience the magic of metamorphosis! Learn about the natural history of butterflies and moths and how to successfully raise caterpillars into butterflies. After the slide show, tour the Native Nurseries butterfly garden. We should have caterpillars for folks to take home and raise. This is a perfect workshop for teachers and families (school-age children).

This is  FREE workshop!

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Your Yard is Habitat
Sep
2
2:00pm 2:00pm

Your Yard is Habitat

Small choices we make in our yards have a large effect on wildlife (bees, birds, frogs, etc) and the functioning ecosystems that we all depend upon. Join Lilly Anderson-Messec as she discusses the vital connection between native plants and insects, which then provide quality protein necessary for birds and other wildlife.

This is a FREE workshop!

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All About Honeybees
Sep
9
10:00am10:00am

All About Honeybees

Local beekeepers, Charles Futch and Susan Drake, will discuss the fascinating lives of honeybees, bee biology and what it takes to get started in beekeeping. Class size is limited, and registration is required.

There is a $3.00 fee.

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Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening
Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening

With a focus on environmental and organic practices in the fall and winter garden, our vegetable gardening guru Lilly Anderson-Messec will cover soil preparation, watering, fertilization, pest control and when and what to plant. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration in our vegetable garden next door to the nursery. Fall is the ideal season to start for beginner vegetable gardeners or experienced gardeners new to Tallahassee because there are fewer pest, disease, heat and mosquito problems to battle!

There is a $3.00 fee and class size is limited; please call 386-8882 to register!

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Wild About Wildflowers
Oct
7
10:00am10:00am

Wild About Wildflowers

Join Eleanor Dietrich, of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, as she discusses the importance of biodiversity and biological corridors, including how individuals can contribute by using native plants in their own yards. She will also discuss the native plants that can be used in different seasons and habitats, particularly focusing on fall wildflowers. Eleanor is an excellent photographer and will be sharing some of her stunning shots of roadside wildflowers.

This is a FREE workshop!

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RAPTORS IN THE SKY
Oct
14
10:00am10:00am

RAPTORS IN THE SKY

St. Francis Wildlife education director, Sandy Beck, will dive into the characteristics that define raptors. Meet several native species of owls and hawks, learn how each is perfectly adapted to its particular habitat and what you can do to help them. This program is great for adults and school-age kids.

$3.00 (adults)   $1.50 (school-age children)
All Funds benefit St. Francis Wildlife
Class size limited; call 386-8882 to register.

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Backyard Bugs
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Backyard Bugs

E. O. Wilson described invertebrates as “the little things that run the world”. Believe it or not, we have approximately 12,500 insects and 750 spider species in Florida! Join Invertebrate Zoologist, Dave Almquist, and his assistant Lukas, to explore why insects and other “bugs” are so important to our ecosystems. A short power point presentation inside will be followed by close-up examination of some live specimens and a “bug” hunt expedition on nursery grounds. While this is mainly geared towards school-age children–families, adults, naturalists and photographers are also welcome and will enjoy this experience.

$3.00 (adults)   $1.50 (school-age children)
Class size limited – call 386-8882 to register

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Invite Winter Migrants to Your Feeder
Oct
28
10:00am10:00am

Invite Winter Migrants to Your Feeder

Many species of birds migrate in the fall from as far north as Canada to warm wintering grounds as far south as Central and South America. We are in a prime spot to experience these travelers as they funnel through the Florida Panhandle. A few species even overwinter right here in Tallahassee. Join Jody Walthall to learn which species are commonly or occasionally seen at feeders, when they arrive and how to attract them to your backyard. 

This is a FREE workshop!

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Houseplant Lovers
Aug
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Houseplant Lovers

The simple addition of houseplants to a room can instantly improve the aesthetics, while also improving air quality. Growing and caring for houseplants can be easy if you choose the right plant and know how to care for it. Join Liz as she shares her favorite, easiest-to-grow houseplants, how to care for them and how to avoid common mistakes. Let us help you make your house a home with beautiful, healthy houseplants!

This is a FREE workshop!

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Miraculous Monarchs
Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

Miraculous Monarchs

As the monarch population continues its alarming decline, we are in a great location here in the panhandle to positively impact its survival and to observe and enjoy this magical species. St. Marks Ranger, Scott Davis, will discuss the unique biology, life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly and the native North Florida milkweeds it relies upon. He will also discuss the best native wildflowers you can plant in your yard to support monarchs and how you can get involved to help save this remarkable species.

There is a $3.00 fee and class size is limited; please call 386-8882 to register.

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Fabulous Fall Tomatoes
Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

Fabulous Fall Tomatoes

We have a short window in August for planting if you’d like to enjoy homegrown tomatoes before the first frost. Lilly Anderson-Messec will discuss tomato varieties and planting methods. Planting a fall tomato crop is always a gamble, but the payoffs are delicious!

There is a $5.00 fee and class size is limited; please call 386-8882 to register.

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Forage a Meal from your own Backyard
Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

Forage a Meal from your own Backyard

Medicinal and edible native plants are all around us! Join St. Marks’ Ranger, Scott Davis, as he shares his knowledge in a one-hour presentation followed by a walking tour of the nursery grounds to scout common edible and medicinal plants.

There is a $3.00 fee and class size is limited; please call 386-8882 to register.

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Birds of Summer with Jody Walthall
Jul
15
10:00am10:00am

Birds of Summer with Jody Walthall

Jody will cover a variety of topics related to the feeding and nesting habits of birds that frequent our yards in summer. He will discuss hummingbirds, how to outfox squirrels, nesting birds, birdbaths, planting for birds and the seasonal rhythms of bird appearances in our yards.

This is a FREE workshop!

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Butterflies Like it Hot! With Donna Legare
Jul
1
10:00am10:00am

Butterflies Like it Hot! With Donna Legare

It may be hot, but it is not too late to get going on a butterfly garden that will provide color for the rest of the summer and fall, as well as colorful butterflies and hummingbirds. Donna will also teach you how to entice mother butterflies to lay their eggs in your garden so you can watch the caterpillars transform into butterflies. This workshop will include a tour of the Native Nurseries butterfly garden.

This is a FREE workshop!

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Captivating Carnivorous Plants!
Jun
24
10:00am10:00am

Captivating Carnivorous Plants!

Did you know that the Florida panhandle is a world- renowned hot spot for carnivorous plant species? Jimmy Whitehead, owner of North Florida Carnivorous Plants Nursery, will introduce you to these unique and fascinating native plants and share how easy they are to grow. We sell a variety of his plants, including pitcher plants, sundews and Venus flytraps. Sign up for our weekly email.

This is a FREE workshop!

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Houseplant Lovers Workshop
Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

Houseplant Lovers Workshop

The simple addition of houseplants to a room can instantly improve the aesthetics, while also improving air quality. Growing and caring for houseplants can be easy if you choose the right plant and know how to care for it. Join Lilly and Elizabeth as they share their favorite, easiest-to-grow houseplants, how to care for them and how to avoid common mistakes. Let us help you make your house a home with beautiful, healthy houseplants!

This is a FREE workshop!

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Garden Tool Sharpening - FREE
Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

Garden Tool Sharpening - FREE

A sharp edge on your tools will make gardening easier! Is it difficult for you to sharpen your garden tools or perhaps you don’t know how or why you should even bother? Bring up to two or three shovels, axes, mattocks or hoes to the nursery for a FREE sharpening while you wait. Sorry, but we won’t be able to sharpen pruners or loppers.

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MAKE YOUR YARD FLORIDA FRIENDLY: Sustainable Solutions for Yards & Gardens
May
20
10:00am10:00am

MAKE YOUR YARD FLORIDA FRIENDLY: Sustainable Solutions for Yards & Gardens

Your yard matters! Manage it to help protect Florida’s environment by using the Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Mark Tancig, our new Horticulture Agent for the UF/IFAS-Leon County Extension, will share his goals for the program and then guide you through the steps you can take to create a more sustainable yard using the FloridaFriendly principles. 

This is a FREE workshop.

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SAVING MONARCHS WITH NATIVE MILKWEED!
May
13
10:00am10:00am

SAVING MONARCHS WITH NATIVE MILKWEED!

Is the milkweed in your yard helping or hurting monarchs? Join St. Marks Ranger, Scott Davis, and Lilly Anderson-Messec of Native Nurseries, as they discuss the problems plaguing the monarch butterfly and why NATIVE milkweeds are so important. They will also go over many species native to our area, what varieties are available and how to grow them in your yard. Everyone attending will receive a native milkweed seedling grown at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. 

$5 Fee Includes a Native Milkweed Seedling; Class size limited - Registration required.

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LOW MAINTENANCE LANDSCAPES FOR SHADE
May
6
10:00am10:00am

LOW MAINTENANCE LANDSCAPES FOR SHADE

Is your landscape declining due to shade? Why not redesign your shady spots and transform them into lush fern beds and cool garden nooks? We have many native wildflowers, trees and shrubs that perform well and even bloom in the shade. One of Native Nurseries landscape designers, Jody Walthall, will go over these plants as well as designing, planting and maintaining a shady garden.

This is a FREE workshop! No registration required.

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Innovative Herbal Creations
Apr
27
10:00am10:00am

Innovative Herbal Creations

Harness the flavor of garden fresh herbs with Native Nurseries’ own kitchen wizard, Elizabeth Georges. Learn how to infuse aromatic herbs into culinary pastes, salts, butters, vinegars, honey and more. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about the health benefits of common herbs and how to use them. There will be demonstrations, recipes and sampling. Participants will also make and take home a jar of herbal infused salts.

$15 fee for supplies and sampling; Class size limited - Registration required

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HERBS: From Garden to Table
Mar
18
10:00am10:00am

HERBS: From Garden to Table

Join herbal mavens, Lilly Anderson-Messec and Elizabeth Georges, to learn how to grow and enjoy herbs. They will discuss how to use some of their favorite herbs in cooking and how to incorporate them into your landscape. We’ll have lots of fun and a couple herbal treats to sample!

$5 fee - Class size limited - Registration required

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Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening
Mar
9
10:00am10:00am

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, new to Tallahassee or just want a refresher course, then this is the class for you! Lilly Anderson-Messec, vegetable gardening guru at Native Nurseries, will go over the basics of organic vegetable gardening - preparing a bed, soil building and amendments, as well as what to plant and when to plant it. After the one hour presentation, this workshop will conclude with a demonstration outside in our vegetable garden. 

$3 fee - Class size limited - Registration required

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Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening
Mar
4
10:00am10:00am

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, new to Tallahassee or just want a refresher course, then this is the class for you! Lilly Anderson-Messec, vegetable gardening guru at Native Nurseries, will go over the basics of organic vegetable gardening - preparing a bed, soil building and amendments, as well as what to plant and when to plant it. After the one hour presentation, this workshop will conclude with a demonstration outside in our vegetable garden. 

$3 fee - Class size limited - Registration required

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CREATE A RAIN GARDEN
Feb
25
10:00am10:00am

CREATE A RAIN GARDEN

Courtney Schoen, from TAPP (Think About Personal Pollution) will discuss how rain gardens filter and break down many pollutants, improving the quality of lakes, rivers, streams and springs nearby. The City of Tallahassee provides a limited number of $175 rain garden grants to city residents interested in creating a rain garden. Courtney will go over the basics of building a rain garden and information about the grant process. Lilly will discuss the most adaptable plants for different rain gardens. This is a free workshop!

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BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS
Feb
18
10:00am10:00am

BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS

Learn how to identify the birds you are seeing in your yard and in the field as well. Jim Cox, Director of the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers, is a biologist studying Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, Bachman’s Sparrow and other songbirds. He is a wonderful teacher! 

$3.00 fee; proceeds will benefit research at the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers. Class size limited; registration required.

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PARENT/CHILD BIRD HOUSE BUILD
Feb
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

PARENT/CHILD BIRD HOUSE BUILD

 

We will start inside with a short slide presentation about birds that depend on natural cavities in trees and nest boxes. Then we will teach the children, with your help, how to build a chickadee or bluebird house. Siblings may work together. Don’t forget to bring a hammer!

$15.00 plus tax for the pre-cut cedar nest box kit; please call to register – class size limited.

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ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING & INVASIVE REMOVAL IN McCORD PARK
Jan
28
9:00am 9:00am

ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING & INVASIVE REMOVAL IN McCORD PARK

It’s hard to imagine Tallahassee without all our beautiful trees. In addition to providing beauty and shade, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and support wildlife. Arbor Day is January 20th, but if you’d like to take part in a community tree planting and invasive removal, join Donna and Jody and the Betton Hills Neighborhood Association at McCord Park at 9am. They’re meeting at the Armistead entrance to the park. If you’re thinking about planting some trees in your own yard, we’ve got bare root seedlings for $2.99 to 3.99 each.

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WELCOMING WINTER HUMMINGBIRDS
Jan
21
10:00am10:00am

WELCOMING WINTER HUMMINGBIRDS

Tallahassee’s own Fred Dietrich, a master bird bander, has been banding winter hummingbirds for many years. He will show slides and discuss winter hummingbirds as well as our springtime visitor - the ruby-throated hummingbird. Call the nursery if you have a winter hummingbird so Fred can arrange to band it.

$3 fee-Class size limited Registration required; proceeds will benefit hummingbird research.

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WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS w/ ST. FRANCIS WILDLIFE & TALLAHASSEE MUSEUM
Jan
14
to Jan 15

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS w/ ST. FRANCIS WILDLIFE & TALLAHASSEE MUSEUM

Bring the children and visit anytime between 2 and 4pm for a close-up encounter with hawks, owls and other wildlife. Native Nurseries’ resident rat snake, Checkers, will also make an appearance. Hot cider will be served.

Annual Birdseed Benefit for the Tallahassee Museum. Purchase bird seed during the week of January 13th-19th and a portion of the sale goes towards supporting the Tallahassee Museum.

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