By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Space Coast residents with green thumbs are encouraged to attend a Florida-friendly gardening event this month.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, residents can learn a variety of gardening tips from the experts at the Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar, which will take place at the Eau Gallie High School Performing Arts Center in Melbourne.
The free event will feature a presentation by Tom MacCubbin, author, television personality and host of the Better Lawns and Garden radio show.
"Those residents with a love of plants, an interest to learn Florida-friendly ways to care for their plants and landscaping and how to identify and remove invasive species (are encouraged to attend)," said Jennifer Thompson, city of Melbourne's Environmental Programs coordinator."
Ms. Thompson said that the annual event is a collaborative effort by the cities of Melbourne and Palm Bay, Brevard County Natural Resource Management Department, Brevard County Utilities Department, the University of Florida's Extension Office of Brevard County, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Keep Brevard Beautiful and Blue Life.
"(Everyone) teamed up in hopes that we could reduce pollution runoff to help the Indian River Lagoon, reduce water usage and educate the public on invasive species, so they will be motivated to remove them," Ms. Thompson said.
She also added that attendees are encouraged to bring a soil sample that they could have tested for free.
Attendees will also go with a goodie bag, filled with gardening supplies, such as rain gages, hose nozzles and mud gloves.
Coffee and breakfast will also be provided.
Check in for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. A series of lectures and exhibits will then happen throughout the day until 1:30 p.m.
The Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar will take place at the Eau Gallie High School Performing Arts Center in Melbourne, located at 1400 Commodore Blvd.
Advanced registration is required. To register, visit MyBrevardYard.eventbrite.com., or call the UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension at (321) 633-1702, Ext. 224.