May 2012 Gardening Classes, Continuing Ed in Nassau County, Florida

Master Gardener plant sale, free plant clinics, “Landscape Matters” class on perennials, and opportunity to learn and earn continuing education credits during 3-hour palm class in Nassau County, Florida, hosted by ISA-certified arborists.

LIKE PURPLE? Black Knight Butterfly Bush, Perennial, Growing on Amelia Island
LIKE PURPLE? Black Knight Butterfly Bush, Perennial, Growing on Amelia Island

Plant Clinics, Classes, Plant Sale in Nassau County, Florida During May 2012

May 7 and May 21, 2012

Becky Jordi, County Extension Director/Horticulture Extension Agent will conduct a Plant Clinic from 10 am until 2 pm at the Yulee Extension Office (A1A and Pages Dairy Road). All Nassau County residents are invited to bring plant samples showing problems in their landscapes. Problems will be identified and solutions offered for correction. There is no fee for this service. For information call 879-1019.  Master Gardeners on duty Fridays, at 904-491-7340.

Landscape Matters/Perennials

Master Gardener Shirley Lohman will conduct a Landscape Matters class on perennials.  The session will take place at the UF/IFAS Nassau County Demonstration Garden.  Shirley will discuss perennials for your landscape, including plant selections that provide blooming in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Demonstration Garden plants that are perennials will be pointed out.  Class is free and open to the public.  For more information, see the Nassau County Extension website, or call the Extension office at 904-879-1019. Master Gardeners on duty Fridays, at 904-491-7340.

May 11, 2012 — Palm Class to Offer Continuing Education Credits

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has accredited the Nassau County Extension Palm class for continuing education credit.  The three-hour class will be held May 11, 2012 at 9 am until noon. ISA-certified arborists Rebecca Jordi (Nassau) and Larry Figart (Duval) will serve as instructors.  Both are also Extension agents: Jordi is County Extension Director and Horticulture Agent; Figart is the Urban Forestry Agent. Eligible participants can receive 3 CEU credits.

Rebecca Jordi

“This is the first time we are holding an ISA-certified class for Palm maintenance in Nassau County.  It is a comprehensive class with appropriate time to cover all aspects concerning the maintenance of palm trees – whether the palm collection is just a few trees or a commercial landscape that includes dozens of palms.  This is an excellent opportunity for area landscape maintenance professionals to receive continuing education.  However, the class is open to the public for the same fee,” said Jordi.

Larry Figart

Curricula topics are: general biology of palms, cold hardy varieties, planting and fertilization; common palm diseases and nutrient deficiencies; outdoor demonstration of proper pruning and fruit stalk removal; and staking.

The registration fee is $25, which will cover the cost of handouts and a palm disease flash card set. The palm disease flash card set is available in Spanish upon request. The session will be held at the James S. Page Governmental Complex. Refreshments will be provided.

Pre-registration is required by May 4, 2012. To register, or for more information, call Winifred Favors 904-879-1019.

Master Gardener Plant Sale

May 19, 2012 – Nassau County Master Gardeners will conduct their bi-annual plant sale. Plants that have been propagated by Master Gardeners will be on sale and include bedding plants and unique finds!  9 am – 2 pm.  New location: Demonstration Garden, Yulee Government Complex 96135 Nassau Place Yulee.  For more information, call 904-897-1019.  Master Gardeners on duty Fridays, at 904-491-7340,