Mary Derrick

Bringing home the butterflies

Bringing home the butterflies

There are more than 180 species of butterfly that call Florida home. Forty of those species are either unique to the state or are found almost exclusively within its borders. Horticulturist Mary Derrick, county extension agent for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said butterflies are good to have around. Read […]

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Spring is here, and that means the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is busy preparing for the grand opening of its 20th season. On May 6, PBH will kick off year 20 of its unique mission, educating the public on native butterfly species in northwest Florida. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of […]

County gives wildflowers the right of way

County gives wildflowers the right of way

On Palm Sunday of 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted land near St. Augustine on his journey to the New World. In honor of the holiday and the vast array of native plant life he observed, he dubbed it the “land of flowers,” or Florida in Spanish. Read the full article in the […]

Feeding families, one PB and J at a time

Feeding families, one PB and J at a time

In 2015, approximately one in every four children struggled with hunger and food insecurity in Northwest Florida according to Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly Bay Area Food Bank. Many of these children would love to have a peanut butter sandwich, and the UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County Office wants to give them one. They are […]

Gardening for spring

Gardening for spring

With the last chance of frost behind us, it’s time to begin that beautiful home garden you’ve always dreamed about. In exchange for a small monetary investment and some elbow grease, you can have amazingly fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. Even for those who have little or no experience, growing your own garden can be […]

Panhandle Butterfly House Annual Grand Opening

Panhandle Butterfly House Annual Grand Opening

The Panhandle Butterfly House will celebrate its Grand Opening for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Special events at the Grand Opening include: A plant sale with butterfly friendly plants. The Butterfly Bazaar will offer many butterfly items for sale. Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners will provide answers […]