February 7, 2007

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  The garden reader
Natural selections

By William Scheick
University of Texas at Austin

To accommodate smaller homesteads horticulturalists have developed attractive compact cultivars or hybrids. With a similar tack in mind, here are reviews of four noteworthy books described compactly for the gardener already busy preparing for spring.

C. Colston Burrell, Janet Marinelli and Bonnie Harper-Lore, editors. Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2006. $9.95. 239pp.

A typical page in Native Alternatives is headed by a photo of and captioned data about a particular invasive plant species. Below this heading is a photo of a suitable North American substitute. Informational categories for the replacement include identification of native habitat, hardiness range, ornamental attributes and growing tips. Of course not all of the substitutes are suitable to Texas, but many indeed are, such as the recommendation to replace highly invasive Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) with well-behaved Florida Leucothoe (Agarista populifolia).

Native Alternatives is a unique, eye-opening composite source on ornamental invaders, a problem far more pervasive than most of us realize. Its unbelievable list price is not a misprint and makes this glossy-page, lushly illustrated gardening-guide a super bargain. So also, incidentally, is the inexpensive fee to join the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the book's publisher. Each annual membership to the Garden brings, among other perks, several newsletters, three complimentary new handbooks (which is how I received Native Alternatives) and free admission to similar major gardens throughout the U.S.

Jeff Gillman. The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't & Why. Timber Press, 2006. $19.95. 212 pp.

Jeff Gillman, horticultural science professor at the University of Minnesota, is a spoilsport. He plays the role to the hilt, though between the lines he is really quite congenial. It's just that if you think you have some insider's trick up your sleeve when it comes to fostering plant performance, more likely than not Dr. Gillman is going to expose the error of your ways.

His book presents the latest scientific word on the use of beer, eggshells, buttermilk, soda, mouthwash, baking soda, tobacco and a host of other usual and unusual garden additives. Expect surprises, including the author's skepticism about the effectiveness of compost teas as either a plant growth enhancer or a disease control agent. Hydrogels, Dr. Gillman also discloses, can hold water, but tests show that plants grown without them perform as well as with them. Save your money, he says. The Truth About Garden Remedies is a must-have book.

Elizabeth Lawrence. Beautiful at All Seasons. Duke University Press, 2007. $24.95. 264 est. pp.

From 1957 to 1971 Elizabeth Lawrence, author of A Southern Garden, wrote 720 five-to-ten paragraph gardening essays for the Sunday edition of the Charlotte Observer. Participating in a southern tradition of such society-page newspaper writing, these articles include personal reflections and informal reports on which plants were doing well or poorly in her and her friends' gardens. Although she occasionally purchased plants from Texas nurseries and details their performance in North Carolina, most of the horticultural information in this posthumous collection of 132 of her articles (to be released in April, 2007) is not particularly pertinent to gardening in our state.

Even so, Ms. Lawrence's voice is delightful — and not just for its contagious enthusiasm. Often her seemingly incidental asides become small quaint observations. In 1968, for instance, she advocated the preservation of plants from old gardens because "a garden with only store-bought flowers is like a house with only store-bought furniture." On other occasions she catches our attention when she speaks of "the evils of pruning" as unnatural; describes a 'Lady Banks' rose as "married to a pine" where it droops like "a thick curtain"; and (my favorite) prefers "old unimproved Shasta daisies" as "the kind that stays with you."

Art Wolk. Garden Lunacy: A Growing Concern. AAB Book Publishing, 2005. $26.95. 246 pp.

While the preceding books provide advice for the stalwart gardener, Garden Lunacy offers laughter to buck up the reader’s spirits when the best gardening advice in the world still hasn't worked out. Someone once described gardeners as masochists — they take such a beating by nature and yet come back for more, again and again. A fellow "hort" obsessive, Mr. Wolk commiserates. He feels your pain. He hopes to cheer you up by recounting his own many misadventures at both his home and flower shows.

Mr. Wolk divides gardeners into such groups as novice ("someone who has not gardened long enough to kill one hundred plants") and expert ("someone who's qualified to tell others how to kill ten thousand plants"). He offers a funny chapter on gardening mistakes in six well-known films which he cannot enjoy because of these flubs. There’s another chapter on miscommunication between gardeners and non-gardeners, especially when the non-gardener is a long-suffering spouse. Real gardeners always give themselves away, Mr. Wolk confides, because they "spend more money on plants than on clothes, and they look it!" We need more Art Wolks to serve as a lightning rod for our plant obsession and also to sooth our gardening discontents.

  Prevention is the key to decreasing oak wilt spread

Texas Forest Service is encouraging Texans to be careful when collecting and purchasing firewood. Transporting and storing diseased wood is a known means of spreading the devastating oak wilt fungus to previously uninfected neighborhoods. Utilizing these prevention steps is the key to safeguarding against spreading the disease through the selection and use of firewood:

Select well-seasoned firewood. Well-seasoned wood is cut before the summer and is typically dry with loose bark and cracked ends. Avoid oak wood that appears unseasoned, that may have tight bark and cut ends which show no cracks or signs of aging. The extreme heat and drying of a full Texas summer effectively destroys the fungus in cut firewood.

Safely store unknown sources of firewood. If the oak wood comes from an unknown source and it is not well seasoned, cover the woodpile with a clear piece of plastic. Burying the edges of the plastic will prevent the entry or exit of insects that might have been attracted to diseased wood and fungal mats.

Destroy diseased red oaks. A knowledgeable arborist or forester should diagnose red oaks (i.e., Spanish, Texas red, blackjack or shumard oak) that die rapidly (2 to 3 weeks) or in groups (2 or more trees over several years) for oak wilt. Trees suspected to have died recently from oak wilt should be destroyed by burning, burying or chipping. The heat of a fire destroys the fungus and the smoke emitted poses no threat to healthy trees. Red oaks that have died from oak wilt should not be stored or used for firewood. When planning to do any outdoor burning, be sure you check with local officials to see if an outdoor burning ban is in place for your county and take care not to burn on windy days with low humidity.

Avoid wounding oaks during vulnerable seasons. The general recommendation is to avoid injuries to oaks from February through June. The best times for pruning of oaks are during the heat of summer (minimal spore production) or the cold of winter (minimal insect activity).

Paint all oak wounds including pruning cuts. Throughout the year, immediately apply a thin coat of latex or pruning paint to all fresh wounds and other injuries that expose the inner bark or sapwood of oaks. This prevents contaminated sap beetles from infecting the wound with oak wilt spores.

Oak firewood is an important commodity to Texans, whether it’s used for firing up the barbecue pit or for warming up the home on a cold winter’s day. By selecting well-seasoned, disease-free firewood and by following other disease prevention guidelines, homeowners are taking the correct steps to prevent a new oak wilt disease outbreak in their neighborhood.

Visit www.texasoakwilt.org for more information.

  Gardening tips

"Sowing seeds between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. provides a better rate of germination than sowing any other time of day," writes Ed Smith. "That is because the temperature sensitive phase of germination occurs at night when soil temperatures are lower."

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  Did you know...

Genetically engineered seeds were first developed to produce plants resistant to certain diseases or to tolerate herbicides like Roundup. These altered plants are produced by gene splicing done by a person who mechanically moves DNA from one cell to another. There is broad debate over the pluses and minuses of this new science.


  Upcoming garden events

Tyler: Drought-stressed shade trees, water-challenged azaleas, rainwater harvesting — all these topics and more will be addressed at an upcoming conference in Tyler on February 10. "The drought of 2005-2006 made us all aware of just how dependent we are on water to maintain our yards and gardens," said Keith Hansen, Texas Cooperative Extension horticultural agent, Smith County. With the drought in mind, Hansen, program planner of the 14th East Texas Spring Landscape and Garden Conference, has arranged for a variety of speakers on drought management. Jim Bohlmann, certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, will give suggestions on avoiding stresses, drought and otherwise, that affect tree health, Hansen said. Steve Brainard, former president of the Azalea Society of America, will tell how to successfully grow azaleas in various landscape conditions and conserve water in the process. Billy Kniffen, Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Menard County, will give a presentation on rainwater harvesting. Hansen noted that Kniffen is recognized for being the statewide expert on rainwater harvesting. And not everything has to be about the drought, Hansen said. Mary Wilhite, co-owner of Blue Moon Gardens in Edom, will talk about selecting plants to attract butterflies and birds to home landscapes. The Saturday conference will be held at Tyler Rose Garden Center. Registration is open to the public and will be at the door from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The $15 registration fee will include lunch. The program will end at 3:30. During the breaks, commercial exhibitors will display lawn and garden plants, products and equipment, Hansen said. For more information, contact Hansen at (903) 590-2980 or by e-mail at khansen@ag.tamu.edu. "This popular all-day program provides both green and brown thumbers with practical and interesting gardening information specific for East Texas conditions," Hansen said.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, will host "Chocolate Day," Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include chocolate tastings, chocolate mint plant giveaway, exotic fruits tastings, and children's crafts. Admission to the garden: $6 adults, $3 children 3-13, $4 students, military and senior citizens. Admission to the event is included with admission to the garden. For more information, contact (210) 829-5100 or visit www.sabot.org.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners are hosting the first in a series of Gardening Workshops, Saturday, February 17 at the County Extension Office at 210 East Live Oak, Seguin. 9:15 "Pruning and Jump Starting Your Roses for Spring"  with Ed Bradley of the San Antonio Rose Society, who will demonstrate "how to" prune your roses; 9:15 "Traditional Vegetable Gardening" with vegetable expert Larry Taylor; 10:30 "Daylilies, The Perfect Perennial" with Marcia Richardson of the San Antonio Daylily Society; 10:30 "Raised Bed Gardening" with Bob Grafe. Arrive early at 9:00 for hot coffee and linger late for great door prizes. Four classes will be offered free to the public. Space is limited, so please register early by calling the Extension Office at (830) 379-1972.

Longview: Gregg County Master Gardeners are hosting their Spring Garden and Landscape Seminar, Saturday, February 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Methodist Church Faith Center, 400 N. Fredonia St., Longview. Garry McDonald, Horticultural Research Associate, Texas A&M University will present "Beautiful Plants for Hot, Humid Summers" and "Future Texas Superstars—Maybe." Daniel Duncum, District Forrester with Texas Forest Service, will address "What's Killing My Trees and What Can I Do About It?" Garden related vendors, door prizes and refreshments are offered. Advance tickets $10 and $12 at the door. Call (903) 236 8429 for more information or visit www.greggmastergardeners.org/.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners will present their "Come Grow With Us" program, featuring Chris Weisinger of The Southern Bulb Company on February 27 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Jackson County Services Building, 411 N. Wells, Edna. Free to the public.

Houston: Volunteers with Texas Cooperative Extension in Harris County will present a gardening workshop 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. February 27 in the Extension auditorium, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston. Members of Master Naturalists' Gulf Coast chapter will present "Green Home and Garden Workshop." The volunteers will give presentations that will include selecting low-cost plants, planning neighborhood beautification projects, identifying invasive plants and designing landscapes using plants that require less water to thrive. "The Master Naturalists have developed this program to help any homeowner make his home an oasis," said Wayne Thompson, Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Harris County and the coordinator of the Master Naturalist program. "However, they are also inviting housing developers, builders and boards of directors from homeowners associations. Many individuals in these groups are not only homeowners, but they also are responsible for planning and landscaping public areas in subdivisions, so the information will benefit many." The $20 registration fee will cover the program and lunch. For registration information, call Diana Todd, (281) 855-5600. A registration form can be downloaded from the Harris County Extension agriculture and natural resources events calendar at http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/anr/events.htm.

Houston: The River Oaks Garden Club will host its 72nd annual Azalea Trail March 2 through 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Azalea Trail will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miss Ima Hogg's gift of her beautiful home and gardens, Bayou Bend, to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The trail includes stops at River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics Building, 2503 Westheimer at Kirby; Bayou Bend, 2940 Lazy Lane or One Westcott at Memorial Drive; Rienzi Home and Gardens, 1406 Kirby Drive at Lazy Lane; 3425 Del Monte Drive; 2456 Inwood Drive; 56 East Broad Oaks; and 415 Shadywood. Tickets for seven admissions are $15 before March 2 and $20 during the trail. Single admissions are $5. For more information and complete descriptions with pictures of all the homes and gardens, visit www.riveroaksgardenclub.org.

Cedar Hill: Petal Pusher's, 813 Straus Road, will host "Going Native, Texas Style," native plants for the landscape by designers "Native Dave" and Christy Ilfrey on Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call (972) 291-7650.

Cedar Hill: Petal Pusher's, 813 Straus Road, will host "Perennials and Roses that are Texas-Tough" with Vickie Thaxton on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call (972) 291-7650.

Mineola: The Wood County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Texas Cooperative Extension, are hosting the "2007 Spring Home Gardening Conference" from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, in the Oak Room of the Mineola Civic Center, 1150 North Newsom, Mineola. Sessions include "Native Plants," led by Carol Feldman, landscape architect; "Ornamental Grasses," led by Keith Mills, horticulturist, Caldwell Zoo; and "Rainwater Harvesting," led by Dottie Woodson, Texas Extension Service. Admission is free. For additional information, visit www.mastergardenersofwoodcounty.org or e-mail woodcountymg@yahoo.com.

Tomball: Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host the Second Annual Rose Festival, Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This popular event includes guest speakers and informative booths. More than 100 varieties of old and antique roses will be available! Free. For more information, call (281) 351-8851.

Tomball: Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host the Sixth Annual Herb Luncheon Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. featuring Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva, and Ann Wheeler, Log House Herb Farm. Learn about different types of herbs and how to grow them while you enjoy a scrumptious lunch. $35 Due upon registration.

Woodway: The Woodway Beautiful Commission for the City of Woodway will hold A Gardeners Gathering Sunday, March 18 at the Carleen Bright Arboretum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is free and will feature representatives from many garden organizations to share information as well as a Children's Corner, local garden vendors, a walk with the Audubon Society, Country Store, and featured speakers throughout the afternoon. Music and refreshments will be provided.  For information call the Arboretum (254) 399-9204. In the event of rain the event will be held in the Woodway Family Center.

Round Top: The 12th Annual Herbal Forum, "A Celebration of Lemon-Scented Herbs and Lemon Balm, Herb of the Year 2007," presented by The International Festival-Institute at Round Top and The Herb Society of America-Pioneer Unit, will take place at Festival Hill near Round Top, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, March 24, with optional participation workshops the previous day. The forum includes lectures by Lucinda Hutson, celebrated food, garden and lifestyle writer; Jim Johnson, director of the Benz School of Floral Design; and Henry Flowers, garden director at Festival Hill. While the plant sale, gift shop and bookstore are free and open to the public, registration for the forum is $75, with additional charges for lunch, dinner, and the Friday workshops. For more information, call (979) 249-3129 or visit www.festivalhill.org.

Tomball: Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host “Vegetable Gardening for the Gulf Coast” Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. Learn great tips as well as garden basics from Tom LeRoy, Extension Horticulturalist, and Bill Adams, Horticulturalist Emeritus. Free. For more information, call (281) 351-8851.

Tomball: Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host “Herbs Made Easy” featuring Ann Wheeler, Log House Herb Farm, Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m. With the knowledge from this class you can start your own herb garden or simply add herbs to your existing beds. Free. For more information, call (281) 351-8851.

Bonham: The Fannin County Master Gardeners are hosting their 3rd Annual Garden, Lawn and Home Expo on March 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Multiple Purpose Complex in Bonham. One of the speakers, Mark Chamblee of Tyler's Chamblee's Rose Nursery, will talk about EarthKind Roses. The educational event also features varied vendors for plants, garden crafts, and more. For more information, call (903) 583-7453 or visit www.fannincountymastergardeners.org.

Marble Falls: The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association will sponsor the Ninth Annual Hill Country Lawn & Garden Show March 31, at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission and seminars. It features garden related vendors, demonstrations, a children's booth, raffle and seminars by Malcolm Beck, Bill Luedecke and the Antique Rose Emporium. For more information go to hillcountrylgshow.com or call (325) 388-8849.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, will host a Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. until sold out. Purchase healthy, hardy plants suitable for the San Antonio environment and get expert advice from SABG volunteers, many of whom are Master Gardeners. Admission to the garden: $6 adults, $3 children 3-13, $4 students, military and senior citizens. Admission to the event is included with admission to the garden. For more information, contact (210) 829-5100 or visit www.sabot.org.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group will present the Third Annual Rockport Herb Festival Saturday, at the Rockport-Fulton High School Commons, 1801 Omohundro, Rockport, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The festival will include a variety of herb programs, herb cooking demonstrations, herb booths with lots of information and products for sale, and a plant sale that will include herbs, roses, heirlooms, orchids, bromeliads, tropicals, palms, garden art and pottery. There is no admission fee. For additional information, contact Linda T. Collins at ltcollins_1@charter.net or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

Nacogdoches: The annual Spring Garden Gala plant sale at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Mast Arboretum will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the intramural field on Wilson Drive, Nacogdoches. “We will offer a great selection of rare, unusual, and Texas-tough trees, shrubs, succulents, and herbaceous perennials, as well as many heat loving tropicals,” said Dawn Stover, Mast Arboretum research associate. “All of the plants are produced at SFA by the staff, students and volunteers.” Greg Grant, Pineywoods Native Plant Center research associate, will have a number of his introductions available as well, including the pink flowered ‘Pam Puryear’ and large flowered ‘Big Momma’ Turk’s cap. “Many of the rare Aromi hybrid deciduous azaleas will be offered, as will a good number of the rarely available native East Texas red buckeye,” Stover said. Proceeds from the plant sale help support the SFA Mast Arboretum, the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and educational programs. For more information, call (936) 468-4404 or visit http://arboretum.sfasu.edu/.

Cedar Hill: Petal Pusher's, 813 Straus Road, will host "English Gardening Texas Style" by Master Gardener and British Native Andrea Rucker on Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call (972) 291-7650.

Cedar Hill: Petal Pusher's, 813 Straus Road, will host "Petal Pusher's Picks" by nationally known landscape architect Rosa Finsley on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call (972) 291-7650.

Waco: "Easy-Care Roses for Busy People," an EarthKind Rose Symposium hosted by McLennan County Master Gardeners and Texas Cooperative Extension, will take place in Waco, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., at Texas State Technical College, 3801 Campus Drive. Among the speakers will be Dr. Steve George, Professor and Landscape Horticulture Specialist, Texas Cooperative Extension, Dallas; Mark Chamblee, owner Chamblee Rose Nursery, Tyler; Gaye Hammond, President, Houston Rose Society; Steve Huddleston, Senior Horticulturalist, Fort Worth Botanic Garden; and Rachelle Kemp, Landscape Design Instructor, Texas State Technical College, Waco. Registration is $56 per person and pre-registration is required. Registration includes snacks, beverages, all course materials, and a two-gallon rose. For more information, call (254) 757-5180 or visit www.mclennanmastergardeners.org.

Tyler: The 6th annual Spring Home Garden Tour, sponsored by the Smith County Master Gardeners, will be held Saturday, May 5. Area gardens will be showcased and will afford visitors ideas an inspiration for their own garden, large or small. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions or discuss planting ideas.

Ft. Worth: The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society presents its 21st Annual Herb Festival May 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens in Fort Worth. The Festival will feature the sale of herb plants and herb-related products. There will also be a silent auction, crafts, music, demos, food and much more. Special event speakers will be Randy Weston of Weston Gardens and Mary Doebelling of Our Thyme Garden. Admission is $5 for adults. The Botanic Gardens are located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd Dr., Fort Worth. For more information, please visit www.greaterfortworthherbsociety.org or call (817) 966-7126.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Botanical Garden is sponsoring a trip to Italy September 4 through 15, featuring Italy's villas and gardens. Escorted by Bob Brackman, the Director of the Garden, an exceptional itinerary has been designed for lovers of leisurely travel and beautiful homes and gardens. Famous for their gardens, Italians still build on their ancestors' legacy with the creation of exquisite country villas surrounded by terraced, fountain-filled gardens that have become symbolic of Italian style. Experience the rich cultural heritage of Italy. Visit special gardens, famous museums, the important cities of Florence and Rome, plus the Lake District, and the small villages which make Italy so charming, such as Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita and Tuscan villages. Feast on fabulous Italian cuisine and enjoy la dolce vita. Land cost per person sharing is $3550 plus air, which includes a $100 tax deductible donation, most meals and gratuities. For more information, contact Marianne Martz of Fuller Travel at (210) 828-6311 or marianne@fullertvl.com.

Garland: The Garland Organic Club meets the first Sunday of each month in the little red school house at 1651 Wall St., Garland. All interested gardeners are invited to attend. For more information, call (972) 864-1934 or (800) 864-4445.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Rockport: An herb study group founded in March 2003 meets the second Wednesday of every month at the ACISD Maintenance Department (Formerly Rockport Elementary), 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including the historical uses of the herbs and tips for successful propagation and cultivation.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call (214) 824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at (817) 483-7746.

If you would like your organization's events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events.

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