Four-part permaculture course at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve begins this Saturday, February 5th

The first class will be an introduction to permaculture and how it can help create truly sustainable gardens. The following class will focus on gardening in Florida: working with native plant species, the challenges of gardening in this state and homestead gardening. The third class will cover companion planting and natural pest control, and the final class in the series will go over proper composting methods for quality and safety.

Classes held every Saturday in February from 1-3 p.m. Course fee is $35 per person or $100 for a four-course series; couples fee is $60 or $165 for the four-course series; students pay just $20 per course or $75 for four-part series. A portion of the proceeds benefit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. For further information or a class schedule, visit or 727-793-5766. Also see the complete listings on the Green Community Calendar.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center): 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Pete.

's Certified Permaculture Designer, Robert Segundo, will be leading a four-part, hands-on series of permaculture classes beginning this Saturday, February 5th, at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in South St. Petersburg. Each two-hour course will be held every Saturday in the month of February.

"Permaculturist Robert Segundo will teach sustainable practices and their implementation in the Florida landscape, with a focus on Florida micro-climates and the challenges of growing in Pinellas County," according to Fire of Hope.

Whether a gardening expert or newbie, everyone will gain something from these educational workshops that will educate participants on this method of organic gardening that encourages planting species that will work with the surrounding ecosystem to produce more, consume less, and help neighboring plants thrive without the use of chemical fertilizers.

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