Treasure-seekers may discover hidden gems at Lutz Flea Market

Elaine Pittman is looking forward to the annual flea market at the Old Lutz School. She’s a staple at the annual event, hosted by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. Nicknamed the ‘Plant Lady,’ Pittman will have her signature booth displaying an array of plants and flowers outside. “Plants have always been my hobby,” the 87-year-old explained. “I had my first garden bed when I … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Lutz gardener cultivates generosity

Eighty-five-year-old Elaine Pittman’s love affair with gardening began 7 1/2 decades ago. “My father gave me my first piece of a garden on Long Island when I was about 9 years old. “Every spring, I would go to all of the neighbors around the block and ask for the little seedlings that they didn’t want. I had snow-on-the-mountain and bachelor buttons, and you name it,” said Pittman, who … [Read more...]