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UNF’s celebrates the Ogier Gardens during National Garden Week

Student walking in the Ogier GardensNational Garden Week runs annually from June 5 through June 11 and is a time to acknowledge, spread awareness and celebrate the importance of gardening. The University of North Florida’s Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens is a hub of innovative environmental, wellness and public health programs at UNF. Located on a beautiful acre overlooking the water, the organic gardens feature row crops, a wide variety of fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, and peaceful sitting areas for students to relax.

The Ogier Gardens offer free weather-permitting tours from 9 to 10 a.m. every Friday, as well as featured workshops throughout the year that are free and open to the public. Upcoming workshops in June include:

Good Bug or Bad Bug?
June 8, 10 to 11 a.m.
Learn about beneficial insects and pests in the garden. Don't squish it and then wish you hadn't missed this workshop!
Compost 101
June 10, 9 to 10 a.m.
Learn how to set up and maintain your own composting system to recycle kitchen scraps and yard waste. Fight climate change and learn how to make black gold with the Ogier Gardens’ compost steward, Anastasia Utley.
Attractive Native Plants
June 17 4 to 5 p.m.
Learn about attracting native species of birds and pollinators using native plants with Ogier Gardens staff member, April Thomas.
Herbal Tea with Madi
June 22, 5 to 6 p.m.
Enjoy a tea party and learn about how to dry and make fresh herbal teas from health educator and Ogier Gardens’ staff member, Madi Walker.


Students can gain community service hours by volunteering to help plant, cultivate and maintain the gardens. The Ogier Gardens is a completely free resource to the UNF community that relies on donations. To volunteer or make a donation, email or call (904) 620-1570.