The second in the Okaloosa County Master Gardener Lecture Series will feature Karen Kirk-Williams from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Fort Walton Beach Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach.

Does your gardening interest spark imagination and creativity? Cottage gardens, filled with an exuberant mix of old-fashioned flowers and edibles, have become increasingly popular in recent years, in part due to the vibrant and colorful beauty they add to our yards, but also because they attract pollinators and other wildlife, which makes them highly beneficial and environmentally friendly.

Cottage gardens have fewer design rules, which allows gardeners the freedom to create gardens that reflect their own unique preferences and personality. This program will provide photos and information on the best Florida-friendly plants for cottage gardens along with guidelines on how to provide the framework necessary to keep cottage gardens looking attractive rather than chaotic.

The speaker for the May program is Karen Kirk-Williams. She has been an Okaloosa County Master Gardener for 20 years and currently teaches the landscape design workshop as part of the personal enrichment classes at Northwest Florida State College. She lives in Niceville and her areas of special interest include gardening for wildlife and pollinators, flowering plants, landscape design, and Florida-friendly gardening.

A mini plant sale for attendees will be conducted following the program. This program is part of the Lecture Series by the Okaloosa County Master Gardeners. Lectures will be offered every month from March to October. Please check at for additional information on topics, speakers, and locations. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited so registration is required. Please call 850-689-5850 to register.