Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hillsborough Extension Hosts Family-Friendly Open House

Hillsborough County Extension, a cooperative service between the County and the University of Florida, is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their main office, 5339 County Road 579 in Seffner. This open house features free family-friendly hands-on activities and exhibits, make-and-take home projects, presentations and garden tours.

"The Open House is a great way for the residents of Hillsborough County to have fun while learning about the services we offer," said Debra Jo Kinsella, Hillsborough County Extension Director. "Most people know extension as traditional agriculture or 4-H programming, but there’s so much more in the way of education, outreach and solutions to everyday problems – including money management, balancing work and family, nutrition and food safety, and landscape pest control. In addition to faculty and staff giving demonstrations and presentations, we want to showcase our tremendous volunteer base and non-profit partners."
Tours of the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden, led by Master Gardener volunteers will present garden designs that convey landscape and maintenance ideas, showcase plants that are outstanding performers in central Florida, and provide a beautiful serene setting for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of visitors.
Attendees can also view demonstrations and displays and hear presentations on a variety of topics like home canning, cisterns for rainwater harvesting, the health of urban trees, micro-irrigation and turf alternatives. Extension’s faculty and staff are subject matter experts in the fields of agriculture and natural resources, horticulture and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, 4-H youth development, and family and consumer sciences. They will all be on hand to answer questions.
All ages are welcome; however the open house is most appropriate for children in grade 3 and up and adults. Registration is not required.
For additional information contact Hillsborough County Extension at (813) 744-5519, or visit

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