The Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Studies Group will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Coldwater Gardens in Milton. The program, “Environmentally Friendly Gardens,” will include a guided tour of the gardens where you can expect to see and learn about mushroom farming, growing vegetables in an aquaponics greenhouse and in a hydroponics greenhouse, a produce garden, a butterfly garden, and other examples of environmentally friendly gardening procedures and practices.

Attendees can also drive through the woods, park, and take a small walk down to the creek. While you’re there be sure to check out their overnight cabins and glamping tents.

Cost of the tour is $7. Everyone is encouraged to bring a sack lunch and join the group after the tour for lunch under a covered patio overlooking the gardens. Navarre Garden Club is the sponsor of this meeting, and they will provide beverages.

After lunch, the group is invited to visit Holland Farms. The farm specializes in growing peanuts and other produce. A complementary cup of boiled peanuts will be given to each visitor, and everyone is invited to sit on the porch to view their large farm production.

Navarre Garden Club invites all garden clubs and the public to join them for this adventure. The Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Studies Group is a combined effort of garden clubs in District I to educate ourselves and the public about gardening, farming, and environmental concerns pertinent to the Emerald Coast and surrounding areas. For additional details, contact Navarre Garden Club Hostess at lbroker0@mchsi.com.

Driving directions to Coldwater Gardens

From U.S. Highway 90 in Milton (west of downtown), take State Road 87N and drive approx. 15.6 miles. Take a right onto Coldwater Church Road to Lewis Road, take a left onto Lewis Road and then right onto Creek Stone Road. See more information at their website at coldwatergardens.com.

Driving directions to Holland Farms

Reverse your route back to Coldwater Church Road and SR 87N, turn right on 87N for 2 miles (watch for sign) and then go left onto Spanish Trail for approximately 4 miles. Farm is on left. Google Holland Farms for more information.