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


February 22, 2018  — SOLD OUT
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