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Learn About Roses

Landscape Matters presents: Roses, Wednesday February 1 at 10AM, at the James S. Page Government Center, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 

Nassau County Master Gardener Carol Ann Atwood will conduct a hands-on Landscape Matters Rose class beginning in the conference room of the James S. Page Government Center. The class will include a pruning demonstration, and discussion of diseases, remedies, irrigation, varieties, colors, fertilizers, arrangements, when to cut for arrangements, conditions for success, different grades, knock outs vs hybrid teas, how to plant, and soil amendments.

The class is free and open to the public. For more information, access our website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Fruit Trees for NE Florida

Landscape Matters
Wednesday January 25, 2017, at 10:00AM
Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road

UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener Elaine Roblez will teach a class on growing and maintaining fruit trees in your landscape. The class will take place at the Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road where the UF/IFAS Nassau Fruit Demonstration Garden is located. Growing there are a wide variety of fruit trees and shrubs, including: apple, pear, olive, nectarine trees, blueberry shrubs and grape vines. The class is open to the public.
For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Master Gardeners are on phone duty on Fridays, at 530-6350, press ‘1’ for the Yulee office.

Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Landscape

Master gardener volunteer, Bea Walker, will conduct a presentation on how to create a wildlife habitat in your landscape.

-Learn how to attract butterflies and birds and other desirable wildlife to your gardens.
-Learn the four key requirements to create a wildlife-friendly environment; recommended plantings will be discussed and photos of two local gardens will be featured.
-Learn about the resources and programs available to support your efforts.

Class is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas. ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6351.

Landscape Matters
Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m.
Yulee Extension Office, 86026 Pages Diary Road

Learn About Vegetable Gardening

On August 3 at 10 AM, Master Gardener Joseph Smith will conduct a Landscape Matters class on vegetable gardening. The session will be held at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road.

The class will review seasonal gardening for vegetables, including seeds and ‘starter’ plants, container gardening of vegetables, as well as what vegetables to grow during different seasons.

The session is free and open to the public.

For more information, access our website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Several Plant Species are Available at the Farmers Market

Several Plant Species are Available at the Farmers MarketIf you are hoping to spruce up your yard before the end of summer, you don’t want to miss the farmers market on July 30, 2016, where you will find amazing baskets, blooming plants, patio specialties, landscaping shrubs and palm trees in downtown Fernandina Beach.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market has expanded its selection of plants with the addition of Brian and his company, Lone Wolf Growers. His selection of large palms, trees, bushes, and shrubs compliment the tremendous variety of plants already available at the Market Place from weekly vendors Seven Blooms Nursery, Jaxma Orchids and Everblooming Gardens.

Lone Wolf Growers’ expertise is in palm tree placement and installation. Brian brings Sylvester date palms, washingtonia, silver Bismarck, robellini, queen palms and more. He also carries a few viburnum shrubs and podocarpus trees. To request a specific species, please call Brian at (407) 760-2591.

Ina and “The Dutchman” of Seven Trees Nursery bring a variety of herbs and hanging baskets, and porch and patio plants including mini variegated schefflera, ferns, cactus, portulaca plants, and ornamental pepper plants such as the Caribbean Black Pearl.

Robert, of Everblooming Gardens, is a walking encyclopedia of horticulture information and puts on display an amazing array of blooming and non-blooming landscaping plants and shrubs including unusual hibiscus and hearty rose bushes. His knowledge of plants and their salt and shade tolerances is priceless when it comes to selecting something special to plant outdoors. He also carries tropicals, philodendrons, and other house plants that thrive here in Northeast Florida.

Shawn, with Jaxma Orchids can answer all of your questions regarding orchids. Varieties on hand may include lady Slippers, hanging vandas, dendrobium, as well as some oncidium.

In addition to these wonderful exhibitors, you will still find your favorite food booths as well as some you haven’t seen in a few weeks such as Rose and her Un-believable Egg Rolls, Peirogi Hut, and Amelia Pasta.

Music will be provided by the talented Jen Burns, and market sponsor All American Gutter will be on hand to answer your roof drainage questions.

The farmers market is located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, please find us on facebook.

Small Farm Crop and Vegetable Irrigation Class

The Nassau County Extension office is offering a short course about irrigation selection for small farms vegetable and crop production. The class will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension office in Callahan, Florida (543350 US Highway 1), on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Topics being covered will be selection of proper watering systems, irrigation design and layout, irrigation system components, proper watering scheduling for crops, with hands-on demonstrations as well!

There will be a $5.00 pre-registration fee, or $15.00 at the door.

If you would like to attend, please contact Luke Harlow at (904) 530-6356 or by email at harlow1231@ufl.edu

Attached is the flyer with full information. Thank you and have a great week!

Troubleshooting Lawn Problems

On June 20 at 10:00 am, Master Gardener Nelson Peterson will conduct a Landscape Matters class on troubleshooting problems that are obstacles to a healthy lawn. The session will take place at the UF/IFAS Nassau County Yulee Extension office, on Pages Dairy Road.

Nelson will discuss varieties of turf and considerations in selecting the best grass for your landscape and lawn maintenance practices. Also discussed will be the weeds that appear in our turf and proper response and treatment. Class is free and open to the public.

For more information, see the Extension website at: http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6350. Master Gardeners are on office duty Fridays, from 10 am until 2 pm at 530-6350. Press ‘1’ for the Yulee office.

Learn About Palms on May 25th

Rebecca Jordi will conduct a Landscape Matters class on Palms at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The class will be conducted at the Palm Demonstration Garden, James S. Page Governmental Complex, on Nassau Place in Yulee. The class is free and open to the public.

Topics include the 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.

For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Spring 2016 Master Gardener Plant Sale

Spring 2016 Master Gardener Plant SaleIt is time for the 2016 Master Gardener Plant Sale by the Nassau County Extension Service. On Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, this annual sale will include unusual perennials, natives, trees, shrubs, and other plant goodies for your garden.

Demonstrations on plant propagation, there will be a Plant Clinic with Horticulture Agent Rebecca Jordi, and other discussions on proper plant care, disease management and insect control will be held throughout the day.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Nassau County Master Gardener program and the volunteer community projects they perform in Nassau County.

The sale will be held at the Demonstration Garden in the Yulee Government Complex at 96135 Nassau Place, in Yulee.

For more information, please call (904) 530-6353.

Landscape Matters 2016

Landscape Matters 2016The Nassau County Cooperative Extension monthly series, Landscape Matters, are held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am and given by Nassau County Extension Agents and/or Master Gardeners.

These presentations will be held at the Yulee Satellite Office, 86026 Pages Dairy Road, Yulee. Rose Class and Pruning Class will be held at the Demonstration Garden, Yulee Government Complex, 96135 Nassau Place.

We have listed the presentations on our SearchAmelia.com event calendar; here are the presentations for the remainder of the year.

April 6th -Hummingbirds
Fee $10 for recycled feeder.
To register email rljordi@ufl.edu
Rebecca Jordi

April 20 – Snakes
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Karl Shaffer

May 4 – Hydrangeas
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Joanne Templeton

May 25 – Palm Trees
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Demonstration Garden Location
Yulee Governmental Complex
Rebecca Jordi

June 1 – Garden Pests
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

June 20 – Lawn Problems
Fertilizing
Watering
Diseases
St. Augustine grass
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Nelson Peterson

July 6 – Drought Tolerant Plants
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

July 20 – Native Plants
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

August 3 – Vegetables
Joseph Smith

August 17 – Invasives and Alternatives
Rebecca Jordi

September 7 – Landscaping for Wildlife
Bea Walker

September 21 – Butterflies
Ginny Grupe

October 5 – Tree Planting and Selection
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

October 19 – Bulb Propagation and Division
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

November 2 – Herbs
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Claudie Speed

November 16 – Are Bats Beneficial?
10AM – 11:30AM
Pre-register by Nov 9. Fee $15.
Cindy Steighner and Karl Shaffer

Nov 30 – Holiday Mailbox Decorating
Carol Ann Atwood & Sylvie Baxter

These programs are free to the public, so please call (904) 530-6350 or e-mail rljordi@ufl.edu if you plan to attend.

If response is too small, the program will be canceled.

National Flower Competitions to Bloom in Amelia Island

National Flower Competitions to Bloom in Amelia IslandAlmost 400 of the nation’s top retail and wholesale florists, floral designers and flower growers will be in Amelia Island in September for the 131st Annual Convention of the Society of American Florists. SAF invites the public to two of the convention’s most exciting events.

Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition
See 5,000 beautiful flowers in one room and experience the magnicent sight and fragrance of nearly 5,000 beautiful fowers.

Dozens of flower growers from across the country and around the world are exhibiting more than 200 types of their best roses, gerberas, lilies, alstroemeria, carnations, chrysanthemums, anthuriums, hydrangeas, bulb owers, potted owering plants and decorative foliage.

Expert judges crown one Best in Show, rank 13 Best in Class, and present Blue and Red Ribbons to dozens more. Vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice honor.

Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition
Watch top floral designers in action. Imagine this: 120 minutes, top floral designers, a A mystery assignment… and only one will win the grand prize.

Marking its 48th anniversary, the Sylvia Cup is the floral industry’s longest running, live national design competition.

Watch as top floral designers are given two hours, the same flowers and supplies, and a surprise task. Among the contestants: winners of state and regional oral industry design contests, designers of the year and members of the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers.

WHERE
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, Florida 32034

WHEN
The public is invited during the following times:
Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition
Thursday, Sept. 10
Friday, Sept. 11
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Talbot Ballroom A-C

Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition
Saturday, Sept. 12
9 – 11 a.m.
Talbot Ballroom F-H

MORE INFORMATION
Admission is free to the Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition and the Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition.

The Society of American Florists presents both competitions during its 131st annual convention. SAF is the national trade association representing the U.S. oral industry and the leading provider of trends, research and education. Visit AboutFlowers.com/competitions for more.

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It’s Squash Season at the Farmers Market

JD-Beef-Fernandina-farmers-market-053015-cropThe available produce at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is changing with the season as the weather warms up and we transition from spring to summer-like weather patterns.

On May 30th you can expect Cabbage Creek Farm to bring plenty of bright sunflower cuttings and a wide, and unique variety of summer squash.

Boatright Farms have plenty of squash and the blueberries will be in season through June. Al and Anna’s field peas and beans are doing incredibly well, and their corn on the cob is fabulous!

Kings Kountry Produce’s strawberry season is calming down, while the melons and squash are coming in fast… we may need to call June, “Squash Season” as every farmer I spoke with said the squash crops are in abundance this season. I’m sure Jane will have Mason jars full of pickled squash soon.

JD Beef is bringing their Angus beef to the market and Steve is expecting a fresh supply of beef that is free of hormones, antibiotics, steroids, and vaccinations. Their farm owns their own bulls and they operate a closed herd; they do not share their borders with any other cattle operation. The herd grazes on Bermuda and rye grass, and there is plenty of hay, minerals, and fresh water available to keep them on a healthy diet. According to the USDA, beef from cattle that is less than 30 months is ideal and JD’s beef comes from cattle less than two years of age. Once their beef is processed, they let it age for two weeks to ensure beef that is tender and tasty. Remember, they follow the “Happy Cow” program and their animals are treated with the utmost respect. They are never handled poorly or mistreated.

Music this week is toe tapping and friendly; Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band do a number of sing along songs that are fun for kids of all ages.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets in historic Fernandina. The market is open form 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, every Saturday, rain or shine.

For more information please find them on facebook, or visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace for more information.

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Fernandina Beach High School Participates in Jacksonville’s One Spark

Fernandina Beach High School Participates in Jacksonville's One SparkFernandina Beach High School is participating in OneSpark in Jacksonville, Florida!

Chef Michael Gass, teacher of the school’s culinary arts program, is creating Project Pirate CAFÉ, which is an acronym for teaching Culinary Arts through Farming Education. This outdoor classroom will consist of 12 raised beds where students can grow their own produce, prepare dishes from the foods they’ve grown and sell them in the café.

What is One Spark?
One Spark is the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, designed to connect Creators with the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. From April 7 – 12, 2015, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators in Art, Education, Health & Science, Music, Social Good, and Technology will display Projects in a 20-square-block, multi-venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

One Spark is the community behind great ideas. It’s your chance to submit and decide on the next big thing. It’s the opportunity to get involved, be inspired, connect and collaborate.

The project for Fernandina Beach High School will be pitched to the judges (think Shark Tank) on Friday evening at 8:20 pm at the corner of Forsyth and Main Streets.

Chef Gass teaches his students from real world experience; this project opens the conversation, and his curriculum, to topics like healthy meal options, obesity, special diets, nutrition and more.

You can help by downloading the One Spark app for iPhone or Android devices and contributing to the projects that inspire you, like the Pirate Cafe.

For more information, visit OneSpark.com.

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Goat Cheese, and Veggies, and Pies, Oh My!

Goat Cheese, and Veggies, and Pies, Oh My!March 7, 2015 brings some exciting new flavors to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina.

Blue Moon goat cheese vendor has added a new Buffalo Bleu flavor. Add that to the peach habanero for a delightful dipping cheese or let the popular garlic basil flavor stand on its own.

Jay’s Marketplace returns this week with their Italian Olive Salad and brand new recipe ideas. Try this delicious chopped olive topping on a baked potato, mix it with cream cheese for a dip, or add a heaping tablespoon (or two) to your favorite potato salad recipe.

Kings Kountry Produce is now harvesting green onions and their fresh-from-the-farm strawberries have been fabulous all winter!

Me, Myself and Pies is one of our newest vendors and they have sold out almost every single Saturday, and this weekend they are adding savory meat pies and quiche to their line-up of comfort foods.

They use organic and/or locally produced fruits, vegetables, milk, butter, meats, flour and more so you can feel good about eating their pies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Warm up with a beef or chicken pot pie, in either a 6 or 9 inch size. This creamy and savory pie is loaded with meats and veggies in their homemade flaky crust. Have you tried quiche lately? Check out the mouth-watering flavors and enjoy a wonderful combination of eggs, milk, and cream with savory flavors baked in that popular pie crust.

Watch out for Pirates! Members of the Fernandina Pirates Club will be hosting the Blood Bus and roaming the crowds looking for victims, I mean donors!

Join us on Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 to 1:00 PM. We are located on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, on Amelia Island.

This is a family friendly market and we have nearly 40 food vendors who welcome your well-behaved, leashed pets.

For more information, please like us on facebook, or visit our website at www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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