Nassau County, Florida Extension’s May 2013 Gardening Clinics

Nassau County, Florida residents are invited to free plant clinics (bring plant samples showing problems in landscapes for solutions). Want advice on plant selections so your garden blooms in the Spring, Summer and Fall? Free gardening clinic on perennials. Also, a fun workshop to build a rain barrel for your yard. The bi-annual plant sale will be held on May 18, 2013.

Amelia Island Treasure Hunters: In Search of The San Miguel. Buried Treasure Worth $2 Billion

A Spanish ship that sunk in 1715, the San Miguel, is actually one of the richest treasure ships yet to be found. Its cargo is estimated to be worth a cool $2 billion. It may be sunk off the southend of Amelia Island. Amelia Research & Recovery has ambitious plans to search for this buried treasure this summer off the southernmost shores of Amelia Island, Florida.

Amelia Island Affluence: Average Household Income $80,000, Net Worth $700,000

It’s pretty obvious that Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach is an affluent place. Million-dollar houses are commonplace. Topnotch resorts attract tourists from the world over. And celebrities are buying properties here. But how does Amelia Island stack up against its neighbors in northeast Florida? Pretty decently, as evidenced by a report published in the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Amelia Island’s Colorful Visitors: Indigo and Painted Buntings

Did you know Amelia Island is the gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail? On Earth Day, what better time to share some of Amelia Island’s natural splendor? Throughout the day Painted Buntings and Indigo Buntings frequented a backyard feeder in Fernandina Beach. A beautiful sight, the vivid colors of these buntings will surprise the novice seeing them for the first time.

50th Anniversary Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Fernandina is celebrating half a century of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival May 3-5, 2013 on Amelia Island in northeast Florida. It’s “The Year of the Golden Shrimp” as 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary. Note this year the change in schedule of the Shrimp Festival Parade. It’s been moved to take place the week before the Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11 am. Pablo Cruise is the headliner band this year playing Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm on the river.

WHAT’S NEW? Amelia Island Travel News Springtime 2013

Springtime on northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has brought with it new dining experiences, new activities and upgraded accommodations, including the reopening of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Spring is an ideal time to enjoy what is new and noteworthy on Amelia Island.

GARDEN TALK: Black Ladybugs, White Clover, Heart-Wing Sorrel

Learn about ladybugs (“ladybird beetles”), and more gardening topics. Expert gardening and landscaping advice offered by the Nassau County, Florida Extension. Also see listing of April 2013 FREE gardening clinics for local residents.