March 19, 2008

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Begonia tubers.


Begonia in bloom. (Photos courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center)

Begonia's bad girl image undeserved: Expert tips for easy growing

By Sally Ferguson
Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

Shade-loving, big-blossomed tuberous begonias have a reputation for being difficult characters in the garden. True, they're particular about how they're treated. But, it's also true that it doesn't take much to keep begonias happy.

Once you understand their needs, growing begonias becomes easy and so worth any small effort. Why? For gardeners with shady gardens, begonias offer something irresistible big color in dim light from flamboyant flowers that bloom non-stop mid-summer till frost.

Following are tips from the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center in Danby, Vt., (www.bulb.com) that will help any gardener "get" begonias.

Begonia Basics

Begonia tubers are available in early spring from garden retailers and mail-order firms. In late spring and summer, potted nursery begonias are available from garden retailers to plant "as is" into the garden or containers.

Begonias are tender summer bulbs, very susceptible to frost. Don't plant them out in the garden until the threat of frost has passed. Generally, they take 12 to 15 weeks to bloom and then bloom and bloom, until the season ends. For earlier bloom, start tubers indoors in pots in late winter/early spring (about six weeks prior to the last usual frost date in your area).

Begonias love soil that drains well and shaded locations out of the wind. They don't like full sunlight. Beyond these basics, three other conditions that can influence begonias are day heat, night heat and humidity. Ideally, begonias perform at their best where:

  • day time temperatures are warm, up to 90°F (32°C)

  • night time temperatures are cool, around 55° to 60°F (12-15°C)

  • average humidity is 69 percent or above (insufficient summer humidity is rarely an issue in North America!).

Where conditions veer from ideal, adapt growing conditions slightly if you can. For instance, where too hot or wet, simply grow begonias in full shade or containers. Containers make it easier to control soil conditions and can be positioned to minimize exposure to sun, heat and wind.

Start Tubers Indoors for Earlier Bloom

1. Feel Good: Select begonia tubers that are firm to the touch.

2. Smart Start: When possible, start begonia tubers indoors about six weeks before the local planting date, when the threat of night frosts is past.

3. Good Mix: Choose clean containers (at least 2-3 inches [5-7cm] deep) with a drainage hole. Use a commercial potting soil mixed with peat moss and sand, so soil stays moist but not soggy.

4. Get Going: Place tubers in the soil mix with their convex (rounded out) side pressed gently onto the surface of the soil. Cover with about half an inch of soil.

5. Moisture Matters: A warm humid setting is optimal for promoting growth. Keep soil moist, but not wet. Never let soil dry out completely.

6. Rarin' to Go: When shoots reach 6- to 8-inches (15-20 cm) tall, transplant to the garden or outdoor containers. (By this time the threat of frost should be past.)

Plant Outdoors After Frosts Have Passed

1. Best Spots: Plant tuberous begonias in well-drained, moisture-retentive soil with a high humus content. Space plants one per square foot. Keep in mind that begonias do not like hot sun. In warm climates, place plants in beds that receive filtered, indirect sunlight. Keep away from direct sunlight, midday heat and out of the wind. In cooler climates, direct morning and late afternoon sun are okay, but avoid windy areas. Wind can dry out the plants. Hanging baskets are especially susceptible to being dried out in a windy location.

2. At Stake: Most upright-flowering plants will need staking.

3. Sized Right: Depending on the size of the plant, an 8-inch pot is plenty big for one plant. Three begonias fit nicely into a 15-inch pot.

4. Moist Not Soggy: Keep soil moist, but don't over water. Water the soil only and not the plant. Optional: a light application of houseplant fertilizer is helpful, for optimal performance, about once a month.

5. Friendly Pinches: For sturdier plants, pinch off extra or too long stems when the plants are developing. Keep the strongest three stems and nip off any others. For fewer but bigger flowers, pinch off early developing flowers, until the plant reaches 10 inches (25 cm.).

6. Stopped Cold: In fall when night frosts hit, begonia season is over. Either bid begonias adieu as annuals or, prior to a killing frost, lift the tubers for over-winter storage. To store: after letting the tubers dry off for several days, layer them in peat in a cool dry place (45° to 50° F [7-10°C]). In spring, replant plump, healthy tubers for another season of bloom.


Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club to award scholarships

The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club will award two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors in the Dickinson or Clear Creek School Districts. Students planning to study Horticulture, Floral Design, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Landscaping, Forestry, Environmental and related subjects may apply. Last year’s recipients may reapply. The deadline to submit applications is April 15, 2008. For applications and more information, contact Eilleen Gilley at (281) 535-1978.


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Knows roses, prefers on-line resources

"I have a major problem with your rose knowledge ('Did You Know,' March 5)," writes Jan Shannon, American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, "You fail to mention that many many of the fragrant old garden roses only bloom one time per year, whereas the modern roses rebloom many times. For the biggest part of the year, old garden roses are simply green bushes. If you are going to give the cons of a particular plant, it would also be only fair to also mention the good things about that plant. Many many of the new hybrid teas and floribundas have wonderful fragrance. The two you mention are certainly not new varieties, having been introduced many years ago. Have you smelled Scentation, or Secret or Veteran's Honor? You are giving a bum rap to something you obviously don't know a lot about."

"Although, I agree about corporate greed ('The garden reader: The joy of gardening,' March 5)," writes Kevin McIntosh, "I'm glad the economic pressure is there. I wish more magazines and advertising would go online only, such as this newsletter. There's just no sense in wasting more natural resources to disseminate information, for something too many people read once and throw away."

"May I take this opportunity to say that this current newsletter (March 5) was the very best!" writes Lisi Newtown. "It describes so very much how I feel. I will support gardening and flowers forever, I suppose, and hopefully pass it on to my grandchildren like my grandmother from Iowa did for me. I swoon over the spring flower catalogs and they are a delight to me. My yard does not even come close to what I want it to be but maybe one day with time and $ it will turn out to be all that I ever dreamed of and pictured in my mind. I just need help that you folks can give."


Gardening tips

Has your alkaline, limey soil got you down? Add high quality compost to help neutralize the pH and improve soil structure. While you are waiting for this to happen, plant these alkaline tolerant plants: catmint, lavender, salvia and yarrow.

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Did you know...

When you see migrating birds flying low, you can be sure that bad weather is approaching. For successful migration, birds need a strong tail wind and in calm weather there is no head wind so they can fly high. If a storm is approaching, the winds change as well as the air pressure, and migrating birds then drop very low.


Upcoming garden events

Fort Worth: The Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory is hosting the spectacular Butterflies in the Garden March 1-30. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. See hundreds of exotic butterflies amidst the beautiful tropical plants in the 10,000-square-foot glasshouse. Tickets are available in advance through Central Ticket Office by phone, Internet, or in person. Day-of ticket sales are subject to availability and are sold on-site at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. For more information, including a link to Central Ticket Office, visit www.fwbg.org.

Seguin: Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will meet Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg, 210 E Live Oak, Seguin. Guest speakers will be Bonnie Dredla and Mike Kuck from The Luling Foundation. The Luling Foundation is all about education and diversity in agriculture and improving the lives of farm and ranch families. Bonnie and Mike will talk about the background and history of the foundation and its current operations, including studies of native plants, butterfly gardening, peach trees, sweet corn, rainwater harvesting, its USDA program and cattle operation. For more information, call (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Burnet: The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association will sponsor the 10th Annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show, March 22, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center on E. Jackson in downtown Burnet. The show features garden-related vendors, a children's booth, a raffle, and seminars. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://hillcountrylgshow.com or call Paula Montandon, Show Chairman, at (830) 693-0163.

Palestine: The Anderson County Master Gardeners will hold their annual tree sale on Saturday, March 22, in Old Town on the porch of Maryjean's, a local boutique. The sale takes place during the first weekend of Dogwood Trails, an annual celebration in Anderson County. The sale starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Most trees are in three to five gallon containers and range in price from $12.00 to $20.00. Varieties include: Summer Red Maple, D.D. Blanchard Magnolia, Sweetbay Magnolia, Nuttall and Live Oak, Crape Myrtles (several varieties) and White Dogwood.

Nacogdoches: Each Nacogdoches Azalea Trail season, Stephen F. Austin State University Mast Arboretum hosts an Azalea Trail Symposium to bring together azalea experts and gardeners. This year, "Secrets of Azalea Gardens, Old and New" March 29 emphasizes the depth of public azalea gardening in East Texas and Louisiana. The Symposium will begin in Room 110 of the SFA Agriculture Building (on Wilson Drive) at Stephen F. Austin State University from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes lunch, three speakers, and a tour of Texas' largest azalea garden, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Speakers include Bart Brechter, "Historic Bayou Bend Gardens"; Dr. Regina Bracy, "Creating the New Margie Y. Jenkins Azalea Garden"; and Margie Jenkins, "Easy Ways to Propagate Evergreen and Deciduous Azaleas." Bring your cameras, take some notes, and add to the wealth of azaleas in your gardens, old and new. To register for the symposium, call 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN (1-888-653-378-8696) or visit www.nacogdochesazaleas.com. For questions about the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, contact Barbara Stump at (936) 468-4129 or bstump@sfasu.edu.

Bacliff: The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Bayshore Friends Church, 3507 Walsh Ave., Bacliff. Michelle Johnson, environmentalist, will present "Bay Area Wildlife Rehabilitation" and a light lunch will be served. The public is invited. For more information, call Nancy Busko, president, at (281) 332-5294.

Boerne: The Cibolo Nature Center (www.cibolo.org) sponsors its 18th Annual Mostly Native Plant Sale Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Kendall County Fairgrounds. Find native and non-invasive plants that are tried and true for the Hill Country. Enjoy demonstrations and programs on a variety of subjects related to gardening in this special region of Texas. For more information, contact the Cibolo Nature Center at (830) 249-4616 or nature@cibolo.org.

Rockport: Fourth Annual Rockport Herb Festival presented by the Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group will be held Saturday, April 5, at the Rockport-Fulton High School Commons, 1801 Omohundro, Rockport, 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Herb Festival will provide an array of herb programs, herb cooking demonstrations, a food court, herb booths with lots of herb information and products for sale, and a plant sale which will include herbs, roses, orchids and a few other plants. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

Kingsland: The Kingsland Garden Club will hold their Spring Plant Sale on Saturday April 5. The sale will open at 9 a.m. at the Kingsland House of Arts and Craft Spring Show behind Wells Fargo Bank off FM 1431 in Kingsland. A wide variety of plants will be available for sale at reasonable prices so arrive early for the best selection. Master Gardeners will also be there to answer gardening questions.

Nacogdoches: The Stephen F. Austin State University Mast Arboretum will host its annual Garden Gala Day on April 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the SFA Intramural Fields on Wilson Drive. The event features the annual spring plant sale fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. All the plants are produced at SFA by the staff, students and volunteers. A wide variety of hard to find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including a truly eclectic mix of hard to find annuals and tropicals, as well as a tried and true assortment of perennials. Several new coneflower varieties and many floriferous varieties of Chinese lanterns will be available. Hard-to-find leopard plants, variegated tapioca, the unusually heat tolerant 'Summer Beauty' bear's breeches, rare varieties of Angels' trumpets, and a host of butterfly plants including milkweed and passion vine also will be for sale."Gardeners also will find a wide variety of natives, perennials, annuals, tropicals, and shrubs, trees, and vines suitable for southern landscapes. Greg Grant, Pineywoods Native Plant Center research associate, will have several of his introductions available, including 'Pam Puryear' and 'Big Momma' Turk's caps, 'Henry Duelberg' and 'Augusta Duelberg' sages, 'Nacogdoches' yellow rose, and his brand new, 'Peppermint Flare' rose mallow. He also will have several types of hardy bulbs available including the heirloom milk and wine lily, Crinum x gowenii; the very rare iris-flowered Canna x iridiflora 'Ehemanii'; copper lilies; and giant prairie lilies. The native plant center will offer a wide range of East Texas natives, like rattlesnake master, button snake root, red buckeye, prairie phlox, inland sea oats, bee balm, and a number of trees for shade, wildlife forage, and habitat restoration. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information and a list of plants for sale call (936) 468-4404, or visit http://arboretum.sfasu.edu and click on "upcoming events."

Stephenville: A Native and Heirloom Plant Fair will be held at The Stephenville Historical Museum at 525 E Washington Street, Stephenville, April 12, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be several presentations made throughout the day relating to various aspects of gardening. Booth space is available for vendors at no charge. For additional information, contact Russell Pfau at pfau@tarleton.edu.

Quitman: The Friends of the Arboretum will host their Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Gov. Hogg Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, located in the Gov. Jim Hogg City Park, 518 S. Main Street, Quitman. For additional information, contact Pam Riley at (903) 967-2820.

Amarillo: Amarillo Area Master Gardeners will host EarthKind Landscape Design School, an all-day class led by Dr. Steven George, Horticultural Specialist and EarthKind concepts expert on April 12. Follow-up consultations by experts on design ideas that can beautify your landscape will be scheduled on May 24. Cost for both days is $75 per household, limited enrollment, registration deadline April 1. Call Potter County AgriLife at (806) 373-0713 to register.

League City: The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club will present "Nature's Beauties, Style Show and Luncheon" featuring fashions from Atrium Boutique of Galveston, Friday, April 18, at South Shore Harbour Country Club, 4300 South Shore Blvd., League City. Raffle ticket sales begin at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and the style show at noon. Tickets are $25 per person, and proceeds from the event enable the club to provide scholarships to local students. For more information or tickets, call Marsha Klaus at (281) 535-6580 or Dori Robinson at (281) 554-3734.

Longview: Gregg County Master Gardener Spring Garden and Landscape Seminar is scheduled for April 19, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in The Pope John Paul II Center at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Longview. The Center is located near Pine Tree Road and Dundee at 2904 Arrow Lane. Featured speakers are Dr. Doug Welsh, Extension Horticulturist, Texas A&M and Aubrey King of King’s Nursery, Tenaha. Dr. Welsh will address "Ten Common Mistakes of Texas Yardeners." Aubrey King (a third-generation nurseryman) will present "New and Exciting Plants for East Texas." Visit vendor tables for plant and garden related items before the program starts, during breaks and following the program. Refreshments and door prizes provided. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Call (903) 236-8429 for tickets and information.

Victoria: The Victoria County Master Gardeners will hold their Spring Plant Sale at the 4H Activity Center at the Victoria Airport, April 19, from 8 a.m. until sold out. The plants are grown by the Master Gardeners at their homes or at the greenhouse operated by Master Gardeners. While attending the plant sale, also visit the recent addition to the Victoria Educational Gardens next door. A pond, daylily garden, international garden, iris garden, rose garden, and a container garden are just a few of the features.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association (http://www.tcmastergardeners.org/) will host the Inside Austin Gardens, 2008, tour Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Inside Austin Gardens is a unique educational tour of seven gardens, including demonstrations, plants for sale, and experts on hand to answer gardening questions. $10 per ticket; children under 12 free. For additional information, visit http://www.insideaustingardens.org.

San Antonio: Take a “walk across Texas” at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston @ N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. until noon, enjoying the beauty of spring wildflowers right in the heart of San Antonio. Hike the loop trail system of the Texas Native Trail which winds through an 11-acre native area of the Botanical Garden, where you will experience the diverse ecosystems of the Hill Country, East Texas Piney Woods and South Texas Plains. Enter the world of early Texas by visiting the historic cabins and living historians dressed in period clothing from the Sons of the Republic, Chapter 7. Enjoy Pioneer biscuits and gravy, compliments of sponsor C.H. Guenther & Son. The Alamo Area Master Naturalists will offer various displays, bird walks and art activities. Also, just in time for spring planting, gardeners may purchase all types of plants made available by various plant societies. Botanical Society members may enter early at 8:00 a.m. Free admission from 9 a.m. to noon on this day. For more information, call (210) 829-5100 or visit www.sabot.org.

Galveston: Moody Gardens and the International Oleander Society will host the Earth Day and Oleander Festival at Moody Gardens on Galveston Island April 26-27. The Oleander Festival is an annual event dating back to 1921 that honors the beautiful flower and educates guests about the history of the oleander on Galveston Island and throughout the world. Area plant societies, clubs, and vendors are invited to set up booth space to display and sell their plants. There will be a floral design competition were professional, amateur and child participants can display their work to be judged. Earth Day celebration activities by Moody Gardens and its community partners will include arts and crafts, entertainment and presentations great for the whole family. "We are pleased to bring these two events together here at Moody Gardens in Galveston," said John Zendt, General Manager of Moody Gardens. "We are excited about promoting the environmental conservation missions of both Moody Gardens and the International Oleander Society and inviting the public to have some fun while learning about global and local environmental issues." Admission to the Earth Day and Oleander Festival is free to the public. For more information, call Moody Gardens at (800) 582-4673.

Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardeners will hold their 6th Annual Home Garden Tour, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Five private gardens in Tyler will be showcased on the tour. Tickets will be available April 1 and are $8.00 in advance. They can be purchased from The Smith County AgriLIFE Extension office at 1517 W. Front St., Suite 116, Tyler, TX 75702 or by mail from Andie Rathbone, 13270 Oak Hill Lane, Flint, TX 75762. Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour for $10.00 and can be purchased at any of the gardens on the tour. For more information, visit http://grovesite.com/mg/smg.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association will hold its annual “Hidden Gardens Tour” Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Arrive at Green Acres, 611 East Mimosa Street at Pearl Street, Rockport, and get your tickets and maps for this one-day event. Receive maps to wonderful Hidden Gardens in both Aransas County and San Patricio County. Be sure to take the time to wander through the demonstration gardens at Green Acres which are continuously being updated and maintained by the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association. This event is open to the public. The cost is $10.00. For pre-registration tickets or for more information, contact The Texas AgriLife Extension Service at (361) 790-0103.

Denton County: The Denton County Master Gardener Association presents the 2008 Walk Through the Gardens Tour of private gardens in Southern Denton County on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, call (940) 349-2883 or visit http://www.dcmga.com.

Austin: Learn how to creating a Tropical Paradise by attending a free seminar featuring speakers are from the Travis County Master Gardener Association and Natural Gardener Nursery staff, Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Perennial Tropical Plans for Central Texas covers many of the tropical plants that can tolerate/thrive in the local growing conditions. Plant this selection once and enjoy the look for a long time. Tropical Plants for the Interior discusses the conditions preferred by the plants to remain healthy. Many varieties that favor interior living are included. Time will be spent on problems and pest that are common to interior tropical plants. How to Grow Ferns to create a lush look. Discover the varieties of ferns and conditions necessary for successful growing ferns in our local area. Integrating Tropicals with Natives for a Tropical Look discusses using tropical plants as annuals as well as in pots along with perennials to create that tropical feel. Bring samples of diseased, bug eaten, sick plants to the Plant Clinic. Experts will diagnose the problem and offer possible remedies. The seminar is sponsored by the Travis County Master Gardener Association in partnership with the AgriLife Extension, Travis County. For more information, call (512) 854-9600 and ask for the Master Gardener's desk or visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Nacogdoches: The Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center will host the 4th Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference May 28-31 in Nacogdoches. The conference will be held on the beautiful SFA campus, which is home to the Mast Arboretum, the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, as well as the 40-acre Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Join a unique blend of naturalists, horticulturists, nurserymen, landscapers, and gardeners to hear talks ranging from rare plants to conservation and propagation. Complete Conference Package, which includes all meals Thursday-Saturday, Thursday field trip, Friday through Sunday conference, Saturday program/dance; and proceedings — $250 May 7th or before; $300 after May 7th. For additional information, visit http://pnpc.sfasu.edu.

Santa Fe, N.M.: The 12th annual Santa Fe Botanical Garden tours will take place Sunday, June 1, and Sunday, June 8, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Featured gardens include Xeriscape, shade gardening, hearty perennials, roses, great estates and an historic compound. $35 per person per tour; $60 for both tours; under 16, free. Tickets on sale May 1 through the Lensic Box Office, (505) 988-1234.

Georgetown: Junior Master Gardener Specialist Training will be presented June 11-12, at the Williamson County Extension Office, 3151 SE Innerloop Road, Georgetown. For additional information, contact Donna Colburn, at (512) 943-3300 or dmcolburn@ag.tamu.edu.

Blanco: The Blanco Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Blanco Lavender Festival June 14-15. The entire town of Blanco and the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Lavender Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country will offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. At the courthouse, speakers give lavender-related educational programs. Texas Lavender Hills Farm & Market will be part of the Blanco Lavender Festival tour each day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Events at the farm include lavender crafts, pick-your-own lavender, live music, picnic lunches, lavender lemonade, lavender peach tea, lavender goats milk ice cream, lavender products for sale and more. For more information about the festival, visit www.blancolavenderfest.com/festival/index.php. For more information about Texas Lavender Hills Farm & Market, visit www.texaslavenderhills.com.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association will hold a "Fall Plant Sale" Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Green Acres, 611 East Mimosa Street at Pearl Street, Rockport. Purchase those much-wanted plants that you have been wanting to buy and can't find anywhere. Be sure to take the time to wander through the demonstration gardens at Green Acres which are continuously being updated and maintained by the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association. This event is open to the public. For additional information, contact The Texas AgriLife Extension Service at (361) 790-0103.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at a new eco-farm in Kilgore. For more information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the little blue-gray house located at 102 N. Allen Dr., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

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.

Friendswood: The second Tuesday of each month the Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold a free evening educational program for the public, called the Green Thumb Series, at Southeast Church of Christ, 2400 W Bay Area Blvd., Friendswood, about 1 mile west of I-45 and Baybrook Mall. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu or call (281) 991-8437.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

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 Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member's homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas Cooperative Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Longview: The Northeast Texas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Longview. For more information, call Logan Damewood at (903) 295-1984.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (817) 274-8460.

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.

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