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How Florida’s Pioneers Used Herbs

How Florida’s Pioneers Used Herbs

Bradenton -- “How Florida’s Pioneers Used Herbs”  presented by Master Gardener John Dawson of the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is an encore presentation being held at the Manatee Village Historical Park located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida  34208 on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Learn landscaping tips at Florida-Friendly Walkabout

Learn landscaping tips at Florida-Friendly Walkabout

Bradenton, FL (via Michelle Atkinson, Manatee County FFL Coordinator) – Join in on a Florida-Friendly Landscaping Walkabout to stroll through Florida-Friendly landscapes and gather ideas to for your own yard. You can observe beautiful water conserving, environmentally friendly landscape designs.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and point out highlights.

This FREE tour will take place November 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Pick up your map at the Trinity United Methodist Church parking lot, 3200 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.  For more information please call Michelle at (941) 722-4524. 

Note: This is a self guided walking tour.  Please come prepared with appropriate footwear, hat and sunscreen.

Stock up on plants from Manatee's Master Gardeners

Stock up on plants from Manatee's Master Gardeners

Palmetto, Florida -- The Manatee County Extension Master Gardeners will be holding their annual Plant Fair on Saturday, October 1, at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. The fair hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until all plants are sold.). Come early to get the best selection and most unusual plants!

While you are there, enjoy a preview of the new educational gardens in their development stage. All proceeds will go towards the continued development of the educational gardens.

The County Fairgrounds are located at 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto (across the street from Palmetto High School). Ample free parking will be available.

Construction project may impact Bradenton water service

Construction project may impact Bradenton water service

BRADENTON, Florida-- The city of Bradenton is warning water customers to keep a close eye on what's coming out of the faucet.

A city spokesperson says water quality and pressure could be impacted due to a water main valve exercising program related to construction on State Road 64.

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays between Sept. 23 and Oct. 31.

The area impacted is along State Road 64, between 14-15th Street West and 3-6th Avenue West.

Manatee water customers eligible for $100 rebate under toilet replacement program

Manatee water customers eligible for  $100 rebate under toilet replacement program

The Southwest Florida Water Management District and Manatee County are again offering Manatee County residents a financial incentive to save water by replacing high-volume toilets with low volume models.

Manatee County water customers can apply for a rebate of up to $100 per replaced toilet for every high-volume toilet that is replaced with a low-volume model. There is a limit of two toilets per dwelling unit – residential, commercial or industrial.  

New low-volume toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush or less, while older models may use up to 5 gallons per flush. The program is estimated to conserve as much as 10,900 gallons of water per day. The total cost of the program is being shared between the SWFWMD and Manatee County.

County offers class on mastering freshwater and wetland habitats

County offers class on mastering freshwater and wetland habitats

Manatee County, Florida  – The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service invites residents to come and join the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in September and October to learn about the freshwater and wetland habitats. The goal of the 40-hour class is to increase one’s awareness, understanding, and respect for Florida’s natural environment and how humans impact specific habitats.

A fee of $225 includes 40 instructional hours per module, field trips to three freshwater habitats, a comprehensive reference workbook, a Certificate of Completion, an embroidered FMNP patch, and a lapel pin. 

Lisa Hickey is Manatee County’s certified instructor who will be teaching the FMNP at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service located at 1303 17th St. W. in Palmetto. The freshwater/wetland module starts on September 14, 2011.