October 1, 2008

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Highly adaptable and trouble-free, popular ‘Autumn Joy’ is a hardy perennial for Texas gardens.
(Photo: William Scheick)

Gwen Moore Kelaidis. Hardy Succulents. Storey Publishing, 2008. $19.95. 159 pp.

Andrew Sansom. Water in Texas: An Introduction. University of Texas Press, 2008. $19.95. 333 pp.

Lawrence E. Estaville and Richard A. Earl. Texas Water Atlas. Texas A&M University Press, 2008. $24.95.
152 pp.

The Garden Reader:
The Crossroads in Our Gardens

By William Scheick
University of Texas at Austin

How to prevent water from becoming a global crisis was the lead topic in this year’s August 23-29 issue of New Scientist. “There is no doubt,” Jonathan Chenoweth wrote in that issue, “that we need to rethink how we use water, especially with the human population growing rapidly, and global warming likely to produce unpredictable patterns of rainfall and drought.”

Availability of water has certainly become a hot topic in Texas, where people, heat and drought have been steadily increasing in recent years. Some Lone Star communities, in fact, have already implemented year-round mandatory yard-watering restrictions.

“Texas is at a crossroads,” observed Denise Trauth, President of Texas State University. “The choices we make now will determine whether we will be able to meet our water needs to enhance our economy and protect our natural resources.”

So it’s not surprising that two books have appeared on the subject of water in our state.

Texas Water Atlas offers over 150 color maps detailing the sources of surface and groundwater, records of water quality and pollution, projections of water-demand and decades-deep measurements of precipitation, among other related subjects.

A glance, for instance, at the climate variability and annual rainfall charts from 1940 to 2003 suggests that the residents of El Paso are lucky that any plants manage to grow in their region. Actually, according to the authors of Texas Water Atlas, their environmental situation is even more complex than suggested by precipitation charts. The present groundwater depletion there has become “hazardous to structures because it creates cracks in the land, or ‘earth fissures,’ up to 1 foot wide and extending to hundreds of feet.”

Texas Water Atlas abounds with such insights, including these two informational nuggets: the first humans in the land we call Texas settled on the shores of Lubbock Lake and an ancient meteorite splashed debris from the edge of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula as far north as today’s Brazos River in Falls County.

Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the River Systems Institute, has not only written a preface for Texas Water Atlas but authored his own book, Water in Texas. It’s a handsomely produced, pocket-sized natural history and guidebook celebrating the wonder of water in our state.

Readers are introduced to the oldest rocks in Texas, found near Fredericksburg, and also to the still-active geographic uplift resulting from tectonic plate activity in the Trans-Pecos region. Among other eye-opening facts, we learn that the latitude of our state is one reason we are so prone to droughts — Texas and the Sahara Desert share the same latitude!

Mr. Sansom’s long, pleasantly winding chapter titled “A Texas River Journey” provides succinct descriptions of the history and uses of Lone Star waterways. This is followed by a detailed chapter on our Gulf shoreline, which the author predicts “will face enormous pressure” as human settlement and water-development projects intensify.

So Mr. Sansom provides useful considerations in chapters headed “Does Texas Have Enough Water?” and “Planning for the Future.” The good news is that “generally, our water is cleaner than it was thirty years ago.” The bad news is that “as more people move from rural to urban areas, the intense development of expanded cities increases the potential for non-point source pollution, which is more difficult to analyze and regulate than are point source discharges.”

To the question “how much is water worth?” Mr. Sansom offers a deceptively simple answer. “Water is our legacy,” a priceless gift.

Which is one reason why Gwen Kelaidis’ Hardy Succulents is such a welcome book. Besides being gorgeously illustrated and designed, this book offers expert advice on how to transform yards into water-wise gardens.

Ms. Kelaidis emphasizes hardy succulents — ones that can withstand at least -20ºF. Highlighted are plants capable of surviving winters in Denver, where that author lives. So while some of the recommended succulents may not be quite suitable to our summers, they’ll all easily endure our winters.

Two chapters featuring underutilized sedums are particularly noteworthy. High on Ms. Kelaidis’ list are carpeting sedums, which can serve as spectacular xeric groundcovers.

And sempervivums, commonly referred to as hens-and-chicks, deserve a second look, especially if you have clay soil. Ms. Kelaidis shares a tip about these beauties: “In general, the smaller the rosette, the slower the sempervivum spreads.”

A word of warning: if you happen to flip through Hardy Succulents in a bookstore, chances are you won’t return home without this treasure of a book.

Chilli Thrips Attack Houston Roses, Landscape Plants

By Robert Burns
Texas A&M University

Chilli thrips, a new invasive insect pest, is causing severe damage to ornamental plants throughout the Houston area.

And Hurricane Ike may have spread the pest further, beyond the region, said Dr. Scott Ludwig, Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist and integrated pest management specialist.

The insect, only one-sixteenth inch long, is known to attack plants in at least 40 plant families, including many foundation plants in the landscape, Ludwig said.

"In Texas, ornamentals are the only plants they've been found on so far, but they have the potential to attack many other plants, including vegetables, blueberries, cotton and peanuts," he said. "The most common plants we've seen them on so far have been roses – all types, including types that were previously thought to be tolerant to pest problems."

Ludwig also has identified chilli thrips damaging cleyera, ornamental sweet potatoes and begonias in the Houston area.

Chilli thrips are usually detected in the landscape by the distinctive damage they do to plants while feeding. Chilli thrips "rasp" away developing plant tissue with their mouth parts, then suck juices from the wound. In response, leaves, buds and fruits may turn bronze in color, he said. Additionally, leaves may curl up and become distorted. Many infested plants become stunted and lose leaves or drop buds. The first finds of chilli thrips this year resulted from calls to the Houston Rose Society, Ludwig said. Landscape managers and homeowners wanted to know what was damaging their plants, and he was called in by the society to help diagnose the problem and provide management recommendations.

It's no surprise chilli thrips were detected in roses first. Roses are a very popular landscape plant in Texas, and many are highly susceptible to damage, he said.

For example, chilli thrips will cause severe damage to hybrid tea roses – if the roses haven't already been treated for flower thrips.

"We have seen chilli thrips basically kill all new growth in hybrid tea roses, so the plant is stopped in its tracks,” he said. “If there are flowers, they're highly disfigured."

In comparison, shrub roses may still continue to leaf out, but the leaves will be curled up and the number of flowers greatly diminished, Ludwig said.

Control of chilli thrips is not difficult but requires persistent treatment, Ludwig said. "Though the pest is easily killed with insecticides, we have not found any insecticides that provide long-term preventive control," he said. "Eliminating roses or planting something else may not be a solution since this pest has such a large host range."

To date, chilli thrips infestations have only been verified in Harris and Montgomery counties, Ludwig said.

"But with the pest being so small, hurricane-strength winds could have easily blown them farther north," he said. "Additionally, within the Houston area, during clean up, infested plant material may be moved into heretofore un-infested areas."

Whether the pest has been spread further won't be known for certain for at least a year, he said.

The more difficult issue is identification of the insect, as it is relatively new to Texas. In Florida, where the pest was discovered nearly four years ago, the damage caused by chilli thrips was at first confused with the effects of herbicides or foliar diseases.

"We have since seen the same issues in Texas," Ludwig said.

There are labeled chemicals that are effective in controlling the insect, but spraying must be done whenever plants have had a flush of new growth, he said.

Ludwig, who is one of the lead researchers of a national U.S. Department of Agriculture chilli thrips task force, currently is working to develop integrated pest management techniques specifically for the insect.

Integrated pest management, commonly known as IPM, strives to use less chemical pesticides by correct timing of applications, pest identification and biological controls.

So far in Texas, the pest has only been found to attack ornamental landscape plants. Those who think they may have an infestation may get help one of two ways, Ludwig said. They may visit a Web site that Ludwig maintains at http://chillithrips.tamu.edu or contact the AgriLife Extension office in their county. Contact information for county offices can be found at http://county-tx.tamu.edu/. Ludwig’s Web site has contact information as well as pictures to help identify chilli thrips damage and ways to control the pest.

Ludwig emphasized that home gardeners should not start spraying just because they suspect they have chilli thrips.

"More often than not, indiscriminate spraying does more damage than good," he said. "Not only will they waste money and risk damaging their plants, they may kill the very beneficial insects that naturally help keep thrips in check."


So You Want to Plant a Tree?

By Tara McKnight
County Extension Agent, horticulture, Texas Agrilife Extension Service, Wichita County

Remember to think about the plant’s mature size when deciding on placement. You will want to dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the root ball. Although, you do not want to make the hole any deeper than the root ball. You will need to plant the tree at the same height in the ground as it is in the container. You never want to place the tree deeper in the hole than it was growing in the container. This will cause you more problems down the road.

After you have your new hole, remove the plastic container carefully from around the root ball. You will also want to remove any woven plastic or synthetic material from around the root ball if it is present. If you have purchased a ball and burlap tree, you will only need to remove the burlap from the top portion of the root ball. This is because if the burlap is exposed to the air it can actually pull water away from the newly planted tree to evaporate in the atmosphere. Once you have your tree’s root ball uncovered, check for girdling roots. If some of the roots have started to circle the plant, cut them. This will encourage the roots to travel out into the soil instead of continuing to travel in a circle around the plant. Do not mistake this advice to mean to cut all of the roots. You only will want to cut a few. Remember, the roots are what keeps the plant alive.

Carefully place your tree into the hole and fill the hole in with native soil only. You do not want to place other amendments, not even compost or fertilizer, in the planting hole. By replacing with only the soil you took out of the hole, the tree has no choice but to get used to the soil in our area. If you fill the hole with other amendments, the tree’s roots will want to stay in the nice area you have made for it and not explore the rest of the soil. You will need to water the tree in thoroughly. You want to make sure and remove any air pockets in the soil by watering the tree in properly. It is sometimes easier to fill the hole half the way with soil, then add water to remove air and settle the soil. After you have done this, you can fill the rest of the hole with soil and water in well. Now you can take a step back and admire your hard work.

Your garden and landscape questions are always welcome. You may either contact me at our County Extension office, 716-8610, or by e-mail, tcmcknight@ag.tamu.edu.

Gardening tips

An inexpensive, low maintenance way to start seeds is to plant in a small cardboard or styro-foam cups and cover with plastic wrap and rubber band place in sunny spot until the seeds emerge.

Jess Phipps

Did You Know...

Pumpkin Blossom tea has been used traditionally to increase energy levels since it contains many minerals and vitamins. Give it a try if your pumpkins are still blooming and you have enough “pumpkins” for Halloween and can spare a few blooms. That extra jolt of energy may be just want the doctor ordered to be to get those big ones carved and on the front porch.

Upcoming garden events

Nacogdoches:The SFA Mast Arboretum will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival on October 4, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the SFA Intramural Fields on Wilson Drive. This event features the annual spring plant sale fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, and their educational programs. All of the plants are produced at SFA by the staff, students and volunteers. According to Dawn Stover, Mast Arboretum research associate, a wide variety of hard to find, Texas tough plants will be available including a truly eclectic mix of hard to find perennials, shrubs, and trees. The fall sale will feature a number of heat and drought resistant perennials that will thrive with little to no irrigation in East Texas. Also, new coneflower varieties, leopard plants, hardy gingers, and the outstanding varieties of ferns from recent trials will be available. As usual, gardeners will find a many wonderful plants suited for southern landscapes. Greg Grant, Pineywoods Native Plant Center research associate, points out that fall is the most appropriate time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. A large variety of native shade trees as well as many other East Texas natives will be available. Some of Gregs special introductions will be offered, including the large flowering Helen Fredel crossvine and the brand new Peppermint Flare rosemallow. Texas Gardeners are encouraged to arrive early, bring wagons and Greg and his volunteers will help fill them with a beautiful selection of plants. 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 .

Lewisville: The Denton County Master Gardeners’ 2008 Garden InfoFest will be held Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Upper Trinity Regional Water District, 900 North Kealy Ave., Lewisville. Events include expert garden speakers, gardening demonstrations, Ask a Master Gardener booth, children’s activities, garden shopping, silent auction, plant sale, door prizes and a garden tour. For additional information, call (940) 349-2883 or visit DCMGA.com.

Seguin: For the upcoming Guadalupe County Fair, Master Gardeners will be accepting field crops, garden crops, orchard crops and home products for judging from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8 and from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 9. Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. on October 9. The Master Gardeners’ booth this year will have a "Go Green" theme. A demonstration on rainwater harvesting will be featured, and information will be provided on recycling, composting leaves and grass clippings, buying from local growers, etc. Members will be on hand throughout the fair to answer gardening questions. For additional information call Master Gardener, Carolyn Hyatt at 830 832-5156. The fair runs through the 12th at the Seguin Events Complex 728 Midway.

Austin: The Hampton at Oak Hill Branch of the Austin Public Library’s next "Grow with Us" Gardening program will be presented by Walter Passmore. Walter is the City of Austin’s Urban Forest Program Manager. On Saturday, October 11, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon he will discuss basic tree care, the Urban Forest Management Program, and urban forest master plan sample. The library is located at 5125 Convict Hill Rd, in Southwest Austin. For more information, please call: 512-892-6680.

Quitman: The First Annual Fall Festival and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, October 11, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the Governor Hogg Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, adjacent to the Stinson House, 100 Governor Jim Hogg Parkway, Quitman. The sale will include cool weather annuals and fall blooming perennials in addition to an "Ask a Master Gardener" booth, children’s activities, half-mile nature trail and garden tour. Proceeds to benefit The Friends of the Arboretum in the development of the Governor Hogg Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. For more information, please call Pam Riley, Chairman of the Friends of the Arboretum, at 903-466-4327 or Clint Perkins, Wood County Agri-Life Agent, at 903-763-2924.

Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardener Association, a volunteer program of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will sponsor its annual Fall Gardening Conference at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler on Saturday, October 11, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. A bulb sale following the conference at Harvey Convention Center will offer thousands of bulbs to the public with many varieties not often found in local nurseries. During the exposition, local Master Gardeners will provide a help-desk to answer gardening questions and perform demonstrations of proper bulb planting techniques, division of perennials, and planting of bare root roses. This conference and plant sale have continued to grow in popularity each succeeding year with attendees coming from as far as South Central Texas up to the Red River in the north and as far east as Louisiana. The conference is free and open to the public. Conference presentations by two recognized horticulture experts will provide useful insight and information about gardening in our region. Dr. William Welch, Professor and Landscape Horticulturist with the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, will discuss gardening using perennials that thrive in the area and come back year after year. Chris Wiesinger, known as "the Bulb Hunter," is the owner of the Southern Bulb Company, a flower bulb farm in East Texas that offers heirloom perennial flower bulbs for warm climates. Chris regularly travels the back roads of Texas to rescue heirloom bulbs forgotten or destined for extinction due to developments and highway expansion. For additional information, call Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County at (903) 590-2980.

Wimberley: The Hill Country unit of the Herb Society of America will celebrate national herb day, Friday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church, Wimberley. The featured speaker will be Henry Flowers, director of gardens at Festival Hill, Roundtop. For reservations, call Barbara Rawson, (512) 847-0521.

Elm Mott (near Waco): World Hunger Relief will hold a Fall Farm Day, Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the farm. Live music, farm-fresh food, plants, seeds and grass fed meat plus demonstrations by local artisans will be offered. Lots of activities for the kids including pony rides, hayrides and more so bring the whole family and make a day of it. For more information call (254) 799-5611 or visit www.worldhungerrelief.org.

Fredericksburg: Texas Gourd Society will present the 13th annual "Lone Star Gourd Festival" at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds October 18 and 19. There will be door prizes, raffles, classes, demonstrations and an opportunity to meet Bill Decker, 2008 TGS Artist of the Year, and Bonnie Gibson, nationally-known author and artist. The show is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 and free to children under 12. For additional information, call (806) 523-9092 or visit www.texasgourdsociety.org.

San Antonio: Bexar County Master Gardeners are hosting Bootanica and Fall Garden Fair at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, Sunday, October 19, 2008. Fun for the family. Enjoy children's activities, plant sales and much more. For Youth Activities contact Hector J. Hernandez 210/467-6575 hjhernandez @ag.tamuedu

Sugar Land: Rescheduled due to hurricane Ike. The Sugar Land Garden Club’s 10th Annual Garden Art and Plant Sale has been rescheduled to October 25, 2008. On Tuesday, October 21, the public is invited to attend a presentation on the plants offered by TreeSearch Farms that will be available at this year’s sale. For this meeting only, the location is the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 502 Eldridge in Sugar Land. Refreshments start at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m... The Sale on Saturday, October 25 (8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m., at the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Dr., Sugar Land) will feature not only plants, well adapted to local climates and soils, but also garden-themed art by talented local artists, and seeds from members’ gardens. Visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org to preview some of the plants or call 281-491-1621 for more information.

Austin: Plant and Insect Photography for Beginners class will be taught by Sam Myers, a Master Gardener and experienced photographer, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 22 at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The class will concentrate on developing the ability to take sharp, colorful photos with impact. There will be an overview of cameras, both film and digital. Discussion will include how lighting, focal length and aperture interact in composing photographs and how to use your camera’s programs (landscape, portrait, etc.) effectively. Guidelines of composition will be covered along with "posing" plants and insects for best visual presentation. Prerequisite: study the owner’s manual on your camera. Bring your camera for some practical exercises. Class size is limited. Reservation required: gisathccs@aol.com or (512) 804-2257. The class 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. http://www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Buda: The Master Gardeners of Comal, Guadalupe, Travis and Hays Counties will sponsor a gardening conference entitled Heirloom Treasures - Jewels of the Garden, Saturday, November 8, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion in Buda. Featured speakers include Dr. Bill Welch of Texas A&M, Roses and Perennials; Dr. Tina Cade of Texas State, Landscape Design; Sean Watson of the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Heirloom Seed Saving, plus more. Visit our vendors, including Texas A&M Press, for books, garden ornaments, plants, herbal soaps, lavender products, birdhouses and much more! Malcolm Beck will brew up fresh compost tea for us bring your own pint or quart bottle! Visit www.tcmastergardeners.org for more event details, registration form and driving instructions.


Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Wildwood 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.

Schertz: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Guadalupe County Annex, 1101 Elbel Road, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

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.

Kemah: The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. The meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. at the Kemah Visitor Center and Schoolhouse Museum which is located at 603 Bradford Street, Kemah, Texas. The program will be Your Green WaterSmart Landscape presented by Chris LaChance, WaterSmart program coordinator for the TX AgriLife Extension Service and TX Sea Grant. This program will address the whys and hows of landscaping to protect water quality, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month and this is the second of our series of programs stressing the importance of going green. We welcome visitors to our meetings, so come join us for this informative talk.

Please call Mary Ellen Chapman, President, at (281) 559-1912, for more information.

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.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

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.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife 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.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room (on the Lakeside) at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

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. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.

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