THE TWINKLE BOWL: Even if you don't get to attend a certain big game playing in Tampa today, you can still see an extravaganza of sorts when Florida Botanical Gardens fires up more than 425,000 lights in the gardens from 6 to 10 p.m. The gardens are at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For information, call (727) 582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.
GO A LITTLE CRAZY: Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Plant City Garden Club at its annual flower show Thursday at the Walden Lake Golf and Country Club. Members' floral designs will reflect the color and festivity of New Orleans' biggest party. Admission is free; show hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Then enjoy a buffet dinner for $11.95 from 6 to 8 p.m., with some Mardi Gras-flavored entertainment. Reservations are necessary for dinner; call Sherry at (813) 754-8575 by Tuesday.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EXTENSION:
Tropical Dooryard Fruit, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Austin Davis Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa; (813) 264-3901.
Water Wise, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Southshore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin; (813) 273-3652.
Camellias, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico; (813) 273-3652.
Tropical Dooryard Fruit, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Lutz Library, 101 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz: (813) 264-3827.
Orchids for Fun, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., Plant City; (813) 757-9215.
Herbs & Spices, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Carrollwood; (813) 273-3652, ext. 2.
PEAS AND CARROTS: The time is ripe to trade your flower blossoms for tomatoes and learn how to create a yard full of colorful vegetables. Learn how from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Clayton Hall, Pasco Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Master gardeners will provide tips, tricks and some samples to get you started. Admission is free. Squash any questions by calling (352) 521-4288, (727) 847-8177 or (813) 996-7341 or visit http://pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.
HIBISCUS: This signature Florida flower takes center stage when master gardener Dick Davis explores its history, care and creating hybrids at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Register at www.pinellascountyextension.org and click "online class registration" or call (727) 582-2100.
ALL ABOUT LANDSCAPING: If you're used to Northern soil, or you're a Southerner who's never tried gardening, or you just want to fine-tune your skills, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Series is here to help. The next class in the five-part series will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; classes continue Thursdays through March 5 at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Cost is $15; attend one or all. The next two classes will be part one and two of the landscape design concepts lessons. Participants can register at www.pinellascountyextension.org or by calling (727) 582-2100.
COFFEE AND CRAFTS: The Garden Club of St. Petersburg will be stenciling tote bags from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Garden Club Center, 500 Sunset Drive S., St. Petersburg. Attendees should bring a pencil, scissors and small paint brushes; other materials will be supplied for a fee of $3.50 for members and $4.50 for guests. Questions? Call (727) 397-8719.
NIGHT BLOOMERS CIRCLE: The secret's out and crotons are in at the next meeting of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg's Horticulture for Weekend Gardeners, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Garden Center, 500 Sunset Drive S., St. Petersburg. Phil Stager of the City Beautification Committee will speak about the tropicals. Call (727) 463-4203.
TRADE AND SHARE: Pick up helpful hints and exchange plants when the Town 'N Country Garden Circle meets at noon Wednesday at the Town 'N Country Rec Center, 6039 Hanley Road (next to Webb Middle School). For information, call (813) 884-3462.
NATIONAL BEAUTY: Karen Ghent will share her favorite U.S. public gardens at 10 a.m. Wednesday during the Sunset Park Garden Club's luncheon at its clubhouse, 4624 W. Browning Ave., Tampa. To RSVP call (813) 286-0153.
MIX IT UP: Learn how to create a dish garden when the Tampa African Violet Society meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ragan Community Center, 1200 E. Lake Ave., Tampa. For information, call (813) 681-1910.
BUNCHES OF BLOOMS: Gardening author Monica Brandies will talk about growing flowers for bouquets and sign copies of her books at the New Port Richey Garden Club's meeting, 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Finnish American Club, 6016 Delaware Ave. (corner of Delaware Ave. and Madison Ave.), New Port Richey. Any questions, call (727) 848-2292.
LEARN AND GROW: The Florida West Coast Orchid Society presents a class at 7 p.m. and a speaker at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension (Botanical Gardens), 12175 125th St. N., Largo. Questions? Call (727) 733-8167.
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