HYDRANGEA FIVE-0: There are flower arrangements and then there are flower arrangements. The latter will be featured at "Hello Out There in Television Land," as re-creations of TV shows at Sunset Park Garden Club's 55th annual show from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the clubhouse, 4624 W. Browning Ave., Tampa. For more information about the free show, call (813) 837-4533.
'WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD': The Tampa Garden Club throws its 2009 Standard Flower Show (National Garden Club-trained judges follow international standards of excellence) from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. See several hundred plants, including special exhibits of bromeliads and orchids, and 48 floral designs artistically arranged to reflect the show's international theme. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 251-5059 or visit tampagardenclub.com.
GARDEN PARTY: Safety Harbor is the place to be for Tampa Bay area gardeners March 28. The Bloom N' Garden Festival, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature vendors, garden clubs and societies, workshops on bonsai trees and Florida gardening, speakers, soil testing and using recycled materials. Plantings by Safety Harbor teenagers will be available for sale and children can check out the activity tent and learn about ladybugs. Call (727) 724-1555 for info.
EARTHLY PARADISE: And how does your neighbor's garden grow? Find out at Rose Circle's garden tour and musical tea party, Earthly Paradise XVII, noon to 5 p.m. March 29. Stop by Fred Ball Park, 2851 Rubideaux St., Tampa, for the tea party, and visit the six homes from Davis Islands to Bayshore Boulevard. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door, and available by calling (813) 287-2767 or from any Rose Circle member.
ADOPT A BLOOM: Falkenburg Road Jail will host a plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon March 27 at the public entrance, 520 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa. Profits from the sale go toward gardening supplies and books for the horticulture vocational program, which teaches life skills to inmates. For information, call (813) 744-5676.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EXTENSION:
Fun With Roses, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Temple Terrace Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace; (813) 273-3652.
Old Garden Roses, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Charles Fendig Library, 3909 W. Neptune St., Tampa; (813) 273-3652.
DON'T LET IT BUG YOU: Rick Martinez of Sweetwater Organic Community Farm talks about ways to banish weeds and pests from your garden from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (one block east of Hanley Road in Town 'N Country). The cost is $15 or volunteering on the grounds from 9 a.m. to noon that morning. RSVP to email@example.com or call (813) 887-4066.
ECO TALKS: USF Botanical Gardens will offer three workshops with director Laurie Walker on Saturday in the gardens' conservatory. The gardens are located at Pine and Alumni drives on USF's Tampa campus. The first talk will be on backyard habitats at 10 a.m. followed by a discussion of ecosystems of Florida at 11 a.m. and invasive plants at noon. Each workshop is $10 per class for nonmembers, and $8 for members. Call (813) 974-2329 or visit www.cas.usf.edu/garden to register.
NATURAL REMEDIES: Learn how to put your herbs to a different use - handling stress and depression - at 3 p.m. March 22 at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (one block east of Hanley Road in Town 'N Country). The workshop will also cover side effects of using herbal medicine. Admission is $10 or whatever you can donate. Register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CULTIVATING TREES: University of Florida is offering a Florida Community Forest Steward Program of five classes beginning 6 to 10 p.m. March 24 at Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Subsequent classes are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 28; 6 to 10 p.m. March 31; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 4; and 6 to 10 p.m. April 7. Cost is $30 and seating is limited to 15 students. In return for the training, participants are asked to serve 30 volunteer hours in their communities. Register by calling (813) 744-5519, ext. 104 or send an email to email@example.com.
WATER KNOWLEDGE: Learn how to retrofit and streamline your irrigation system from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Town 'N Country Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa. A retrofit kit will be available for free to Hillsborough residents (one per household) or $20 for non-residents. Registration is required; call (813) 744-5519, ext. 144 or e-mail CarverMS@hillsboroughcounty.org.
GIVE PEAS A CHANCE: If your vegetable garden is looking a little sad give it some TLC at Pinellas County Extension's workshop. The free session is 2 to 3 p.m. March 25 at West St. Petersburg Community Library, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www.pinellascountyextension.org or call (727) 582-2100.
HELLO H2O: The wet season is coming up and gardeners can put that water to good use using rain barrels from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 28 at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. The session is free; rain barrels available for $30. Call (727) 453-5800 to sign up.
LOVE THEM ROSES: What plants will complement your rose bushes? Get ideas at the Rose Society's meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 13312 Cain Road, Tampa. Need details? Call (813) 662-6830.
GARDEN KITCHEN: The Florida Herb Society hosts an herb swap at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and a presentation on using herbs in cooking at 7 p.m. at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. For more information, call (727) 365-8574.
PETAL PUSHERS: The Tampa Bay African Violet Society meeting at 10 a.m. Friday is a great chance for newbies to learn the basics of the club's namesake, the African Violet. The free meeting will be at Sadie Park Recreation Center, 510 E. Sadie, Brandon. Call (813) 681-1910 for questions.