Summer Home Landscape Series 2013
- Nature center hosts popular lecture series -
DATE: June 25, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
PHONE: 954-357-8115

WHAT: Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach is ready to launch its Summer Home Landscape Series 2013, an annual series of free lectures designed for average homeowners who are interested in adding to the beauty of their homes through landscaping. The topic for the first lecture, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, will be “Tools for Serious Gardeners,” presented by horticulturist and landscape designer David McLean.

Participants will learn ways to save money on their cooling and water bills, attract wildlife, and preserve native vegetation; they’ll also improve the appearance of their yards and neighborhoods as well as increase property values. All sessions are held in the nature center’s air-conditioned Julia Hall.

Future dates and topics are as follows: 

  • July 18 – “Orchid Basics” – Sandi Jones & Tom Wells, orchid curators at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
  • July 25 – “Plants With a Purpose” – Molly Taylor, Parks Naturalist at Secret Woods
  • Aug. 1 – “Tree Trimming & Pruning” – Michael Orfanedes, Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF-IFAS/Broward County Extension Education
  • Aug. 8 – “Tomato Gardening in South Florida” – Elaine Farquharson, vegetable gardening expert
  • Aug. 15 – “Create a Quiet Getaway” – Diana Guidry, outreach coordinator for NatureScape Broward
  • Aug. 22 – “Backyard Beekeeping” – Aaron J. Mullins, senior biologist with the UF-IFAS Department of Entomology & Nematology
  • Aug. 29 – “Fungi in the Garden & Yard” – Scott L. Bryan, Parks Naturalist at Secret Woods
WHERE: Secret Woods Nature Center
2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach 33312

WHEN: Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25, and August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
7-8:30 p.m.

WHO: For ages 12 and up.

HOW: Free.

For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-8884.
Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6. 

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Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in County programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.
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