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2014 Sales Tax Holiday for New Energy Star and WaterSense Products
September 19 through September 21

Free Edible Gardens Workshop

Growing and preparing your own vegetables and fruits can help stretch your food dollar and be a rewarding and healthy experience. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help reduce the risk of diseases, and gardening gives you an opportunity to exercise outdoors.

Learn all about growing and preparing heart-healthy vegetables and fruits at a free workshop offered by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension.  The workshop will include presentations on gardening vegetables and their nutritional value as well as a demonstration on how to prepare them.  Participants will also be able to taste the prepared dishes. Presenters will be Ada Medina-Solórzano, Extension Agent Nutrition and Food Safety and Dr. Christian F. Miller, PhD Plant Pathologist, a vegetable and fruit crop expert.

Participants must call 561-233-1742 to register.

Who:     Cooperative Extension PBC/University of Florida
What:    Edible Gardens Workshop
Where: Clayton E. Hutcheson  Exhibit Hall A, 559 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time:     9am to 1:00pm
Fee:      Free


The Cattle Identification Rule (Chapter 5C-31, Florida Administrative Code) has been published with an effective date of September 4, 2014. This rule is intended to improve our ability to respond to serious disease outbreaks and to help the industry maintain out-of-state markets.
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Made in the Shade

Shade in your yard can provide welcome relief from the summer heat. Though these dimly lit   landscape areas can pose a problem for sun loving plant materials which overtime, deteriorate.  You must choose the right plants for shady areas under mature trees, beside fences, under roof overhangs, areas in the shadow of the house.  Colorful shade loving annual and perennials include:


Begonia spp.


Aechmea, Bilbergia, and Neoregelia spp.

Blood lily

Haemanthus multiflorus

Blue ginger

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

Blue sage

Eranthemum pulchellum

Butterfly gingers

Hedychium spp.


Caladium x hortulanum

Charmed wine

Oxalis ‘Charmed Wine’


Solenostemon scuttellarioides


Crossandra infundibuliformis


Odontonema strictum

Dancing girl ginger

Globba bulbifera

Ground orchid

Spathoglottis spp.


Justicia carnea

Jewels of Opar

Talinum paniculatum ‘Variegata’

Kaffir lily

Clivia miniata

Nun’s orchid

Phaius tankervilliae

Ornamental sweet potato

Ipomoea batatas

Peacock gingers

Kaempferia spp.


Mark your calendar now for Mounts Botanical Garden ‘Everything Orchids’ A Shady Affair Plant Sale coming up on Saturday, September 13,  9am-4pm and Sunday, September 14,  9am-3pm. The Mounts Botanical Garden is located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. This plant sale offers you the opportunity to buy the best orchid and shade loving plants. Fun and informative lectures will be offered on topics such as Basic Orchid Care, Shade Loving Plants and Fragrance Plants. Our area’s foremost plant vendors will be selling begonias, bromeliads, orchids, ferns, aroids and more. Magnificent tabletop arrangements will be offered in a silent auction to benefit the Garden.

For information on plants that can grow well in the shade call the Palm Beach County Master Gardener Volunteer hotline M-F 9-4 at 233-1750.

Figure 1 Master Gardener volunteers Paula Donelan and Tom Hewitt readies the ‘Guild’ plant sale booth in the Mounts Botanical Garden

Millipede Invasion
Click on the above link for a fact sheet on millipedes.

Chikungunya Virus in Palm Beach County
Click on the above link for a fact sheet on Chikungunya virus and mosquitoes.


Palm Beach County Ordinance 2013-021 prohibits application of animal manure on any property within unincorporated Palm Beach County without a Nutrient Management Plan.  The following links provides the individual requirements to secure a Management Plan.


Best Management Practices for Livestock Waste Received from Offsite Sources

For more information, please call 561.233.1792 or email:

Centennial Celebration

Every day, real people are achieving their goals through practical, community-based education. Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension offers learning opportunities based on community needs, what local people say they want to learn ~ about families, kids, agriculture, nutrition, business, gardening, community development and more.

In 2014, Cooperative Extension will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of Cooperative Extension. On September 18, 2014 in celebration of this centennial anniversary, Palm Beach Cooperative Extension will create and entomb a time capsule to commemorate the event.

The time capsule will be located at the flagpole outside the Cooperative Extension Service Clayton Hutcheson Exhibit Halls at 559 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach. This time capsule is to be opened 50 years from now and will contain a letter from our department director, Audrey Norman to the new generation of Cooperative Extension agents and citizens that will open the time capsule. Inserted into the time capsule will be a 2014 Extension staff photograph,  organizational flowchart, statistical data, educational materials and letters, and items from community and other stakeholders. The contents of the time capsule are now being collected by our staff and stakeholders of Cooperative Extension. The 2064 unveiling of the time capsule is going to be a great event for our future faculty, staff and friends of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service.  For more information on the educational programs of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service call the Master Gardener Volunteer hotline M-F, 9-4 at 561-233-1750.


Figure 1 Cooperative Extension Service-Mounts Building display 100 Year Anniversary of Extension Banner July 2014



America Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension!

logoThe Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership of local county government, the state land grant university that is the University of Florida, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, authorized by the Smith Lever Act of 1914. The primary purpose of the Cooperative Extension Service is to disseminate and encourage the application of research-generated knowledge and leadership skills to individuals, families, and communities. The Cooperative Extension System:

  1. is an integrated partnership with federal/state/county levels of government, research, and the private sector.
  2. is educational in program content and methodology, not regulatory or financial.
  3. provides informal, noncredit education conducted primarily beyond the formal classroom for all ages.
  4. is practical, problem-centered and situation-based. Cooperative Extension education begins with helping people to identify and understand their needs and problems and to use new technology or information in solving them.
  5. features the objective presentation and analysis of factual information for decision-making by the people themselves. Cooperative Extension is research-based with a free flow of communication among research, Extension and resident-teaching functions of the state university system, and also with the resources of the United States Department of Agriculture and other departments or agencies, public and private.
  6. functions as a nationwide educational network and resource through local offices that are accessible to and by local citizens.
  7. Involves/requires cooperative sharing of financial support among federal, state, and county or local levels..
  8. involves administrative relationships that permit educational programs directed at broad national purposes, yet serving specific local needs with priorities determined locally.
  9. is a professional function staffed by college-trained personnel specifically qualified for their positions.

Watch our 100th Anniversary video Windows Media video format

Watch our video with pictures from then and now

On April 17, 2014 we’ll celebrate 100 years of Cooperative Extension programs,
helping people find solutions for the next 100 years.
For more information call the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service
Master Gardener Volunteer Hotline at 561-233-1750. M-F 9-4.

Every drop of water that exits your landscape eventually moves on, and may take with it residues resulting from landscaping practices. Water that runs off of your property makes its way to our ground and surface waters, including the Lake Worth Lagoon, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Click here to view our newest brochure, Protect Palm Beach County’s Water and Environment, which explains how you can use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles to achieve a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape while protecting and preserving our precious environment, ground, and surface waters.

Palm Beach County Landscape professionals know that beginning in January of 2014, anyone who applies fertilizers commercially will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer (often called the “fertilizer license”) issued by the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control.  A new UF / IFAS  Palm Beach County Extension fact sheet addresses some of the most common questions related to obtaining your GI-BMP certification and fertilizer license, such as: How Do I Request a Duplicate GI-BMP Certificate, and How Do I Apply for the Fertilizer License once I receive my GI-BMP certificate? 

View the fact sheet for answers:  Frequently Asked Questions: Understanding and Obtaining the GI-BMP Certification and Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer License.  

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Learn about: legal issues, guiding children’s behavior & discipline, computers,
resources, support, managing stress and much more.
Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service
University of Florida/IFAS
559 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach
Call 561-233-1742 to sign up and for more information.

As a reminder to all green industry professionals
Beginning on January 1, 2014, all commercial fertilizer applicators will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Fertilizer Applicators. The prerequisite of this license is the successful completion of the Green Industry Best Management Practices, or GI-BMP program. GI-BMPs teach safe landscaping practices that protect the environment, including our ground and surface waters. The University of Florida IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping™ program presents GI-BMP programs throughout the state. In 2014, the GI-BMP program will be offered by Palm Beach County on the following dates:

  • January 8, Wednesday
  • January 22, Wednesday
  • February 4, Tuesday
  • February 14, Friday *en español
  • February 18, Tuesday
  • March 18, Tuesday
  • April 10, Thursday
  • April 15, Tuesday
  • May 15, Thursday
  • May 16, Friday *en español
  • July 18, Friday *en español
  • July 24, Thursday
  • August 5, Tuesday
  • September 16, Tuesday
  • September 19, Friday *en español
  • October 16, Thursday
  • November 4, Tuesday
  • December 11, Thursday

To attend classes or learn more, see the 2014 GI-BMP Brochure . GI-BMP training is also available online. More information is available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. Call 561.233.1759 with any questions.

Article Archives

Attracting our Feathered Friends
Bee Cautious, Be Proactive
Cloning Your Fruit Trees
Cold Protection
Home Composting
Easy Houseplants
Edible Landscapes
Flooded Landscapes
Florida Friendly Irrigation Tips
Fragrant Plants
Garden Gifts
Ground Covers
Growing Bananas
Grow Your Own Backyard Veggies
Healthy Palm Pointers from the University of Florida
Herb Gardening in Southern Florida
Holiday Plant Care
Hurricanes Have Taught Us a Lesson
Gardening to Attract Hummingbirds
Non-Aggressive Rooted Trees
Patio Fruit Trees
Pineapple Growing in the Home Landscape
Selecting the Perfect Holiday Tree
Shade Your House, Save Money
Scary Spiders in Mounts Botanical Garden
Spring Flowering Vines
Spring Tree Maintenance
Summer Lovin’ Flowers
Summer Roses
Tomatoes in the Florida Garden
Trees With Benefits- Selecting a Small Tree for the Home Landscape
Tropical Flowering Bulbs for South Florida
Tropical Vegetables for the South Florida Garden
Why is it so important to plant native species?
Cactus and Succulent Container Gardens



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