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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:14:06AM

Learn Florida friendly gardening Saturday

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

John Sibley from All Native Garden Center, shown here at last year’s workshop will bring a variety of native plants and talk about how you can incorporate them into your landscape.

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Laurel Schiller from Florida Native Plants will return to speak about native edible plants that are found in our area. Her talk is always a favorite of attendees.

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At the end of the workshop attendees will have an opportunity to “ask the experts”—all the presenters will field your questions about native plants and conservation landscaping.

By Karen Smoke

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S aturday morning is the date for the free conservation landscaping workshop and plant sale to be held at the Turner Center annex building. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The workshop is hosted by CHNEP — the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. CHNEP is a partnership working to protect the natural environment of Florida from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. CHNEP has been holding these workshops since 2005 to provide information to residents in DeSoto and Hardee counties.

The morning will begin with refreshments and a video that shows some great yards planted with native plants. Maran Hilgendorf, communications manager for CHNEP will welcome participants and explain the role of CHNEP in protecting the environment of southwest Florida and why it is important to garden responsibly.

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