Horticulture and Environmental Study Group

Mission of the Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Study Group (TCHEC):

To study and learn about the horticulture of our area by studying different groups of plants and visiting gardens to see examples of the horticulture, landscape design and other elements of interest

To visit and learn about environmental issues in Northwest Florida and visit sites of particular interest and environmental concern

To learn about the creatures and wildlife of the area and to learn to be “Florida Friendly” in our landscape and gardening practices

To share with our clubs and the public the things we learn in an effort to make our earth more environmentally sound for ourselves and future generations

Upcoming Programs


November 16, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Program: “Environmentally Friendly Gardens”
Program Venue: Coldwater Gardens, 709 Creek Stone Road, Milton, FL 32570
Activities: Guided Tour of facility’s many greenhouses and gardens Cost: $7.00.
See website at www.coldwatergardens.com.

The program, “Environmentally Friendly Gardens” will include a guided tour of the gardens where you can expect to see and learn about mushroom farming, growing vegetables in an aquaponics greenhouse and in a hydroponics greenhouse, a produce garden, a butterfly garden, and other examples of environmentally friendly gardening procedures and practices. You may also wish to drive through the woods, park, and take a small walk down to the creek. While you’re there be sure to check out their overnight cabins and glamping tents.

Lunch: Bring your own brown bag lunch and eat on a covered patio overlooking the gardens. Water and other beverages provided by Navarre Garden Club. On your own: visit Holland Farms, peanut growers. Google Holland Farms for more info.

After lunch, the group is invited to visit Holland Farms. The farm specializes in growing peanuts and other produce. A complementary cup of boiled peanuts will be given to each visitor, and everyone is invited to sit on their porch to view their large farm production.

Sponsor: Navarre Garden Club, Linda Broker, Chairman. Navarre Garden Club invites all garden clubs and the public to join them for this adventure.  For additional details: lbroker0@mchsi.com

January 25, 2018 10:00 a.m., 2018
Program:  “Gardening Outside the Box” by Joe Taverniti
Sponsor: Milton Garden Club
Details incomplete

February 22, 2018  (time to be announced)
Program: Bus tour to Maclay Gardens (https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Maclay-Gardens) and Tallahassee Nursery (http://www.tallahasseenurseries.com/)
Lunch: a restaurant in Tallahassee
Sponsor: Green Thumb Garden Club, Joyce Waters-Smith, Chairman and
Valparaiso Garden Club, Marie Harrison, Assistant
More information nearer the date.

March 22, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Program: “Gopher Tortoise Relocation Project” by Erica Lane, Eglin AFB Biologist
Program Venue: Jackson Guard, 107 HWY 85N, Niceville
Lunch: TBD
Sponsor: Valparaiso Garden Club, Gaye Baltz, Chairman


May 24, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Program: “Daylilies in Florida”
Program Venue: Dragon’s Mead Daylily Farm, 9431 N Holland Rd, Panama City, FL 32409
Lecture and growing information by owner. Daylilies for sale! (http://www.dragonsmead.com/)
Lunch: a local restaurant TBD
Sponsor: DeFuniak Springs Garden Club, Cindy Stone, Chairman