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Become a calendar county!

Become a calendar county!

Do you have spectacular pictures of your county's natural landscapes that you feel are calendar worthy? If so, you may want to submit them to the Florida Association of Counties for their 2014 calendar! 

According to the FAC, all interested parties are encouraged to send in scenic shots of their county's "Beautiful Roads & Trails" for consideration:

Landscape assistance at library

Landscape assistance at library

North Port, Florida -- Want to learn more about native plants, butterfly gardens or citrus trees?

Just visit the library!

Not just for books, but every Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the North Port Library hosts the Master Gardeners and one on one assistance is available.

For more information call (941) 861-1307. 

Brown bag gardening

Brown bag gardening

North Port, Florida --The City of North Port and the Sarasota County Extension Service Master Gardener Program have partnered together to offer free gardening classes. 

Bring your brown bag lunch and learn about Florida gardening from a Urban Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator, or Master Gardeners. 

The class will be located at the Garden of the Five Senses, 4299 Pan American Boulevard on Thursday, May 23  from Noon - 1:00 p.m.

The class will focus on Container Gardening.

Landscape assistance at library

Landscape assistance at library

North Port, Florida -- Want to learn more about native plants? Need a plant or insect identified?

Every Tuesday afternoon, the North Port Library hosts the Master Gardeners for a Landscape Assistance program. Get one-on-one assistance with these sessions which are made possible through a partnership with Sarasota County Cooperative Extension Service.

The sessions will be located in the Conference Room of the North Port Library library from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. The library is located at 13800 Tamiami Trail.

For more information, call (941) 861-1307.

Sarasota County homeowners told forget lawn maintenance and go to the beach

Sarasota County homeowners told forget lawn maintenance and go to the beach

Sarasota, Florida-Sarasota County officials ask residents to skip lawn mainetnance this summer by not using fertilizer products containing nitrogen and phospherous. Stormwater washes excess fertilizer into storm drains and out into the bay. Environmentalists say the excess nitrogent and phosphorous can fuel the growth of algae and stop the growth of vegetation altering some plant communities.

Beginning June 1-September 30 no fertilizer using phosphorous or nitrogen can be used on lawns or plants in Sarasota County.

FWC, Sarasota officials hold seminar on coyotes

FWC, Sarasota officials hold seminar on coyotes

Sarasota, Florida -- Coyotes in your backyard? It's possible that's why biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Sarasota County officials will host "Coyotes in Florida". The free seminar will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25 at the Sarasota County Operations Center located at 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd.

Environmental protection open house

Environmental protection open house

North Port, Florida-- The Department of Environmental Protection is holding a South District Open House March 7.

The event will include information tables and activities for all ages. 

It will be held at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 West Price Blvd. The first 200 guests that sign up for North Port Utilities ebilling, reoccurring payments, or automatic bank draft will receive a free Florida State Park Pass!