April 16, 2008
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Spring, the season for
oak wilt spread|
Texas Forest Service
Spring has arrived and with its dazzling display of color and growth come the sap-feeding beetles that can spread oak wilt and cause death and destruction during this time of renewal. Understanding the oak wilt life cycle is important in preventing new infections from this fungal disease.
In mid-March, Texas Forest Service foresters and arborists begin identifying red oaks that have succumbed to the oak wilt fungus. Some of these diseased trees will form fungal mats; a mushroom-like structure just under the bark. These sweet-smelling mats attract sap feeding beetles, which, after feeding on the fungal mats, fly away covered with diseased spores. If the beetles happen to feed from a wound on an oak, the spores can dislodge, germinate and infect the new oak — and the neighborhood. This is the beginning of a new oak wilt disease center.
In Texas, fungal mats can form on diseased red oaks from February through May. Sap beetle activity, and thus dispersal of fungal spores, is also at its peak during this time of year. Add to the equation the oaks being more susceptible to infection in spring makes this time of year the wrong time for oak pruning. The long standing recommendations to avoid pruning or injuring oaks from February to June and to paint oak wounds year-round tie directly to the life cycle of the oak wilt pathogen.
Equally important to stopping the spread of the disease is the eradication of oak wilt stricken red oaks, especially those that have died during the fall months. These trees generally do not dry out over winter and often harbor the fungus until springtime, when fungal mats begin forming.
It is important for communities dealing with oak wilt to monitor the health of red oaks in the immediate area adjoining oak wilt disease centers. Red oaks can contract the disease from nearby live oaks via root grafts much in the same way that live oaks share the disease with each other. If a red oak contracts oak wilt, there is potential for fungal mat formation and long distance spread of this disease.
For additional information about preventing oak wilt spread, or to contact a professional about oak wilt in your neighborhood, go to www.texasoakwilt.org.
The easy side of
By Sara Knight
As I see it there are three groups of gardeners. First there are those that do their gardening in early January in the comfort of their armchairs. They pore over seed catalogs and by planting time are out of the mood to garden. The third group is the earth movers. They can't wait to get into their gardens, to feel the earth between their fingers, as they sow seeds and dig holes for plants. They water, weed, and keep a watchful eye on each and every plant. Come harvest time they have enough vegetables, herbs and flowers to share with family and friends.
Stuck in the middle, between the armchair gardeners and the earth movers, is a growing group of gardeners. Like the armchair gardeners, they sit for hours looking over seed catalogs. Remembering the days when they started forty Roma tomato plants in the spring from seed, for drying in the fall. Gone are the hours they spent on bended knee, poking onion sets into, straight as an arrow, garden rows. The neat straight rows have given way to pots and other containers.
Some people call it container gardening. Others call it by its fancier name, patio gardens. I call it the easy side of gardening. I have dug in the earth, composted and tended a large garden. My days of big-time gardening are over. I have moved on to an easier way of satisfying my desire to work the earth and see things grow.
I still look over the seed catalogs that make their way to my house but I order few seeds. I mostly just remember how excited I got when the postman brought the seeds. Now I eagerly await the first truck load of plants to arrive at my favorite garden/nursery center. I'm like a kid in a candy store, walking among all the long wooden tables filled with four-inch pots of herbs. I choose only the plants that I think I can repot in the next several days. I find that I enjoy my planting more if I do it at my own speed and not at a hurried pace because I bought too much. Along with the first plants of the season I stock up on potting soil. I like having it on hand and I don't have to buy it every time I buy plants.
Once home I unload the plants and soil. Later I may repot the plants but most likely I will do it the next morning. I am a morning person and like working with my plants then. As my collection of plants grows I will make as many trips to the garden center as it takes to complete my garden of potted herbs, tomatoes and flowers.
Come fall I will buy more herbs, to harvest for drying, just before first frost. After the herbs are harvested the pots are cleaned and stored for next year. A few of the herbs, such as chives and mint, are wintered over in the kitchen. There is one more trip I make to get ready for next year's gardening. It's not to the garden center this time. It's to the dollar store's end-of-season sale to buy pots at 50% off. I buy the ones I know I will need and a few odd sizes, just in case there's a plant that will need that particular size.
I like the easy side of gardening. One long slender pot of garlic chives, or one lone Roma tomato plant in an oversized pot is enough to satisfy the gardener in me.
The compost heap
An adopted sister?
"I thought about using the Three Sisters method and want to plant corn and beans," writes Judy Johnson, "but could cantaloupe be used instead of the squash plants? I'm not particularly fond of squash, but really do like the cantaloupe. Last year my cantaloupe had oodles of leaves and fruit!"
The problem with using cantaloupe instead of squash is that it will vine like the beans and actually pull the corn down as the melons develop. If you decide to try this, please let us know how it works for you.
Be sure to grow some plants with small blooms like dill, parsley, catnip, lemon balm and thyme in your garden since they provide food for tiny predator insects that might otherwise drown in the nectar of larger flowers.
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Did You Know...
The color of hydrangea flowers depend on the soil where they are growing. They will be blue in acid soils like you would find in East Texas and pink in other parts of the state where the soil is more alkaline. If you were to modify the pH of the soil by adding sulfur to alkaline soil or lime to acid soil you could change the color of the blooms without changing plants.
Upcoming garden events
Seguin: Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will meet Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg., 210 E Live Oak, Seguin. Pete Mendiola, Bexar County Master Gardener, will provide a presentation about the history of the San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens and the efforts of foundations, corporations and individuals, including the Bexar County Master Gardeners, in restoring this beautiful site. For more information, call (830) 379-1972.
Brownwood: The Brownwood Garden Club at the First Baptist Church Activity Center will sponsor the Heart of Texas Wildflower Exhibit and Plant Sale April 18-19, from 10 a.m until 4 p m. in Brownwood. Specimens of wildflowers from Brown and surrounding counties will be displayed and identified by common and scientific names. Scheduled programs include: Friday, 11 a.m. Harvesting Rain Water; 1 p.m. Landscaping with Native Plants; Saturday, 11 a.m. Native Trees, Shrubs and Wildflowers; 1 p.m. Texas Tough Plants by Steven Chamblee of Chandor Gardens, Weatherford. For more information, call (325) 646-8739.
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.
San Antonio: The Gardening Volunteers of South Texas will host an Essentials of Gardening class Monday, April 21, at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels Ave.. Sessions include "May in the Garden: What to do and Why," presented by Dr. Tom Harris; "Picky Eaters: Pests and Insects that are Plant Specific," presented by Molly Keck, Entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; and "A Birdwatchers Guide to Gardening," presented by Dr. Calvin Finch, Horticulturalist, Director of Water Resources for SAWS, and co-host of Milberger's Gardening South Texas on KLUP Radio. A $5 donation is requested at the door. For additional information, call (210) 522-9220.
Tyler: The 10th annual Tyler Men's Garden Club "Spring Fling" plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the East Texas Fair Grounds in the East Pavilion (Farmer's Market Shed). Many "hard to find" plants are featured. For more information, including a list of plants for sale, visit http://users.dishmail.net/tmgc/tmgc. There is no admission charge.
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.
San Antonio: Comal Master Gardeners and Antique Rose Emporium will present An Herb Affair, an herb festival with demos, crafts, samples, and info for growing, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., May 3 at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road., San Antonio. For more information, call (210) 651-4546 or visit www.antiqueroseemporium.com/event.
El Paso: Visit five private gardens in El Paso through The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 10. At the Wiseman Garden — La Casa Que Canta (924 Cherry Hill Lane), features include a unique blend of native desert landscaping mixed with mounds of lush green grass, a Colonial Spanish courtyard with an Old World fountain, and a breathtaking view of the Franklin Mountains and Coronado Golf Course. The lush and textural Duncan Garden (500 Thunder Crest Lane) overlooks a huge arroyo and includes city views, Xeriscape gardens with more than 100 different kinds of plants, and a 50-foot waterfall. The Enriquez Family Garden, at the base of Franklin Mountain (553 Canyon Springs) includes a children's play space surrounded by fruit trees and greenery, a grotto which invites meditation, and a gazebo used for entertaining family and friends. The must-see Nash Gardens (269 Fountain Road) includes a variety of gardens on one-and-one-half-acres. Visitors will meander through rose, water, tropical, traditional, topiary, and Xeriscape gardens. At the Ventana Garden (5500 Ventana Del Sol), enjoy the views nature has provided of the Franklin Mountain arroyo, and admire the large outdoor fireplace and man-made waterfalls and ponds that attract colored finches, doves, and sparrows. Visitors may begin the tour on May 10 at any of the participating gardens, all open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to each private garden is $5, Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Discounted admission tickets (5 for $20) are available at Nash Gardens, 150 East Sunset Road. For more information, call (888) 842-2442 or visit www.opendaysprogram.org. A portion of the proceeds collected at each garden will benefit the El Dedon Verde Garden Club and Master Gardener Association.
Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club will host its annual Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour, which makes a great Mother’s Day activity, showcases eight lovely gardens in the Sugar Land area. A wide variety of styles and designs will be featured including a Monet-inspired theme; cottage, topiary and tropical styles; and an Asian garden with a Koi pond. Club members will be available at each location to share gardening tips and to answer questions. Tickets are $10 for the entire tour or $2 each for a single garden, and are available for purchase at any of the gardens on the day of the tour. For recommended starting locations or a map of the gardens, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org or call (281) 565-4658.
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.
Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Greater Fort Worth will present a Natural Urban Living Symposium June 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Drive, Fort Worth. Presentations include "Rainwater Harvesting," presented by Pam Daniel, Rainwater Solutions; "Natural Home Cleaning," presented by Larry White, That Orange Stuff; "Nutrition & Aromatherapy," presented by Judy Griffin, Ph.D.-Nutrition; and "Organic Gardening," presented by Coleen Thornton, Heaven Sent Produce. The symposium is free.
Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association in partnership with the Travis Country AgriLife Extension will present a seminar on pond building at the Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, June 7. Among the topics covered will be small pond construction, pond plants, fish selection, and general pond maintenance. Although the seminar is free, the Austin Parks Department charges $3 for parking. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 and ask for the Master Gardener's desk or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 http://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.
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.
Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (361) 782-3312.
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.
If you would like your organization's events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events.
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