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.

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

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.

Native Coastal Plants

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. 

Potting and Mounting Orchids 

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. 

Growing Orchids in Southwest Florida

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.

Attracting Butterflies and More to Your Florida-Friendly Landscape

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.

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