This summer brings classes for people seeking to sharpen their skills in growing orchids, building butterfly gardens and identifying the difference between good and bad bugs. Fees vary; visit each organization’s website for complete details.
June 19, 10 a.m.-noon
UF/IFAS Extension of Sarasota County presents a workshop on differentiating between good and bad bugs in your garden, and how to use integrated pest management to produce a better crop. At Twin Lakes Park.
June 22, 10 a.m.-noon
The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum presents this hands-on workshop on native coastal plants. Each participant receives a free plant. At the Florida Maritime Museum.
July 19, 11 a.m., Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
A course in bringing new life to your orchids by repotting, with director of glass house collections Angel Lara.
Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
A primer on growing native orchids with Monroe Kokin; a guided tour of the Tropical Conservatory’s many orchids is included.
Sept. 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
UF/IFAS Extension of Sarasota County presents a workshop on what types of plants are best for attracting butterflies, birds and bees. At Twin Lakes Park Green Building.