Horticulture ...

Consumer Horticulture Program
Soil Testing Our office has soil test kits available that you can pick up, prepare and send off yourself for a small fee to Gainesville. The kits contain instructions, a form, collection bags and a cardboard shipping box. Click here to access the Information Sheet...

Insect and Plant Disease Identification Our office can assist you with identifying insect and plant disease problems for no fee. If we are unable to identify the problem, you have the option to have the specimen sent to a UF/IFAS Lab for identification. There may be a fee attached to this service.

Distance Diagnostic and Identification System We also have another diagnostic tool called the Distance Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS). With this tool, digital pictures of insects, plants or disease are sent to various labs and specialists for identification. This service is currently free of charge.

Programs Offered Landscape Gardening Series; Gardening Symposiums; Model Pruners; Backyard Composting; Venomous Creatures; Ants; Termites; Integrated Pest Management (IPM); Ornamental Landscape Pests; Africanized Honeybees; Stinging and Biting Pests.


Commercial Horticulture Program
We offer recertification CEU's (Continuing Educational Units), where workshops include trainings such as:  Ants; Termites; Natural Areas; IPM; Ornamental Landscape Pests; Africanized Honeybees; Venomous Creatures; Stinging and Biting Pests; Limited Commercial Landscape Certification.

Other Trainings: Commercial Pruning Workshops; Urban Forestry Workshops.


Submit Insects for Identification
Submit Insects for Identification: This pdf document provides the necessary information for collection and preservation of insects. We can provide you the proper materials for submission of samples. The manner in which insects are collected, preserved, and submitted ensure a proper identification in a timely and efficient way. Click here to learn more...


African Honey Bee
Several races or subspecies of honey bees reside in Africa. One of these, Apis mellifera scutellata, from the central and southern part of the continent, is the predominant parental type introduced into South America. This is the African or Africanized honey bee so often sensationalized in the media.  Click here to learn more...