Backyard Bugs
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

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.

Fee: $3.00 (adults) $1.50 (school-age children); class size limited; call 386-8882 to register.

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Tree ID For Beginners
Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Tree ID For Beginners

Jody Walthall will go over the basics of tree characteristics, terminology and how to identify them in the field. Bring your lunch and eat indoors during the talk, then join Jody as he leads a walk around the nursery to help you practice what you’ve learned.

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required. Bring your lunch!

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FALL FAVORITES: Growing & Using Fall Herbs & Greens
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

FALL FAVORITES: Growing & Using Fall Herbs & Greens

Make maximum use of your herbs and greens this fall! Learn what to grow and how to use it in this inspiring, mouthwatering workshop. Join Lilly and Elizabeth as they share their favorite herbs and greens to grow in fall and teach you how to use them in all their tastiest salads and dressing recipes.

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required. 

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Invite Winter Migrants to Your Feeder
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

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; no registration required. 

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Raptors in the Sky
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

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.

Fee: $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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A Phone-y Way To View Wildlife: iNaturalist & FWC’s BACKYARD AND BEYOND Program with Peter Kleinhenz
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

A Phone-y Way To View Wildlife: iNaturalist & FWC’s BACKYARD AND BEYOND Program with Peter Kleinhenz

When you think of conservation, a smart phone may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, your phone with the addition of a free app called iNaturalist can contribute valuable data to scientists and help you keep track of the species you encounter. Join FWC interpretive writer, Peter Kleinhenz, for a workshop on how to use iNaturalist and how it can benefit wildlife, both out in the wild and in your very own backyard.

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required!

 

 

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Wonderful Fall Wildflowers
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Wonderful Fall Wildflowers

Join Eleanor Dietrich and Liz Sparks, of the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance and the Florida Wildflower Foundation, as they discuss the importance of creating habitat corridors for pollinators and other wildlife through modified management of roadsides.  They will also share how individuals can help conserve pollinators by using native plants in their own yards. Eleanor will 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; no registration required!

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Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening

With a focus on environmental and organic practices in the fall and winter garden, our vegetable gardening guru, Lilly AndersonMessec, 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 beginners or experienced gardeners who are new to Tallahassee. There are fewer weeds, mosquitos and other pests and less disease to battle in the fall and winter garden!

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

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Metamorphosis Magic with Donna Legare
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Metamorphosis Magic with Donna Legare

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 a FREE workshop; no registration required!

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Miraculous Monarchs
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Miraculous Monarchs

As the monarch population continues its alarming decline 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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Houseplant Lovers
Aug
9
12:00 PM12:00

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; no registration required!

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Fabulous Fall Tomatoes
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

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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Birds of Summer with Jody Walthall
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

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; no registration required!

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Butterflies Like it Hot!
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Butterflies Like it Hot!

It may be hot, but it's not too late to start a butterfly garden to bring color to your yard for summer and fall, as well as colorful butterflies and hummingbirds. Jody Walthall will share his recipe for creating a simple and attractive butterfly garden and teach you how to attract 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; no registration required!

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Houseplant Lovers Workshop
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

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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Captivating Carnivorous Plants!
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

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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Forage a Meal from your own Backyard
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Forage a Meal from your own Backyard

Medicinal and edible native plants are growing all around us! Join St. Marks’ Ranger, Scott Davis, as he shares his comprehensive knowledge of edible and medicinal native plants in a two-hour presentation,  which will be followed by a walking tour of the nursery grounds to scout and receive some hands-on guidance.

There is a $10.00 fee and registration is required; please call 386-8882 to register.

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Garden Tool Sharpening - FREE
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tool Sharpening - FREE

A sharp edge on your tools will make gardening easier! Bring up to two or three shovels, axes, mattocks or hoes to the nursery for a FREE sharpening while you wait (sorry, but we are not able to sharpen pruners or loppers).

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required.

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MAKE YOUR YARD FLORIDA FRIENDLY: Sustainable Solutions for Yards & Gardens
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

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; no registration required.

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SAVING MONARCHS WITH NATIVE MILKWEED!
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

SAVING MONARCHS WITH NATIVE MILKWEED!

Is the milkweed in your yard helping or hurting monarchs? Join Lilly Anderson-Messec of Native Nurseries, as she discusses the problems plaguing the monarch butterfly and why NATIVE milkweeds are so important. She will also go over many species native to our area, what varieties are available and how to grow them in your yard. 

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required.

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LOW MAINTENANCE LANDSCAPES FOR SHADE
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

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. After the indoor presentation, Jody will lead a tour of the different fern beds at Native Nurseries.

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required.

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Herbal Infusions
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Infusions

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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HUMMINGBIRD HOMECOMING
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

HUMMINGBIRD HOMECOMING

Ruby-throated hummingbirds return from Central America around mid-March. Jody Walthall of Native Nurseries will explore the fascinating natural history of hummingbirds and teach you how to attract them to your yard.

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required. 

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HERBS: From Garden to Table
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

HERBS: From Garden to Table

Join herb lovers, 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 too!

$5 fee - Class size limited - Registration required

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Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

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. 

This is a FREE workshop; no registration required. 

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BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS

Proceeds will benefit research at the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers

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 Class size limited–registration required (850) 386-8882

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TOTALLY TOMATOES: How to  Successfully Grow Tomatoes in Tallahassee
Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

TOTALLY TOMATOES: How to Successfully Grow Tomatoes in Tallahassee

Lilly Anderson-Messec will review everything you need to know to get started with tomatoes in your garden. It may seem early, but for best results this is the time to get going with tomatoes.

$3.00 – Call to register, Class sizes limited. Call 386-8882 to register. 
Same workshop reoccurs the following Saturday February, 10th at 10am.

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PARENT/CHILD BIRD HOUSE BUILD
Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

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.

$15.00 plus tax for the pre-cut cedar nest box kit; call to register – class size limited
Don’t forget to bring a hammer!

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CREATING A RAIN GARDEN
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

CREATING 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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