April 29, 2009

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Austin garden wins one of three 2009 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards

Homewood Heights Community Garden in Austin is one of three community gardening projects from across the United States honored with 2009 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards. The Garden received a Third Place Award of $1,000 in plants.

Homewood Heights Community Garden, located at 2601 Sol Wilson, Austin, was established last year on a 5,000 square-foot lot that had been used as a dump for construction debris for many years. The first step in the process was clearing the lot of mattresses, concrete, asphalt and assorted trash. Today, there are 13 rows of vegetable plots and a community gathering space in the front of the garden.

The plants received from the Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award will be used primarily to beautify the community space in the front of the garden. This space is used as a gathering spot for garden planning and neighborhood planning meetings. This area is also used as an informal gathering space during and after working in the garden.

East Austin is a neighborhood that has been neglected for the past 50 years. Parts of the neighborhood are low-income housing and housing projects. Neighborhood residents have already found that Homewood Heights Community Garden is a magnet for kids looking for something to do. According to Amber Burks, "We are able to work together on something productive and fulfilling, then send the kids home to their families with a bag full of fresh produce to share. Our goal is to continue to make this an attractive and inviting place for all of our neighbors to enjoy."

The Homewood Heights Community garden is now in full swing. Planning and obtaining materials for planting the Spring/Summer vegetable crop are underway. All of the labor and a large portion of the cost associated with maintaining the garden comes from the neighbors involved in the effort of sustaining this local food source. Assistance has also been received from the Sustainable Food Center in Austin.

Learn more about Homewood Heights Community Garden by visiting their blog at http://homewoodheightsgarden.blogspot.com/.

The First Place Award of $2,500 in plants went to Bridging The Gap, a nonprofit environmental organization in the Kansas City area that is beautifying a vacant lot in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood. The lot has been cleared of litter and debris, and volunteers are ready to begin creating the garden which will serve as a green space for the neighborhood complete with play areas for children and rest areas for adults.

The Second Place Award of $1,500 in plants went to Two Coves Community Garden in Astoria, New York. Two Coves Community Garden is a newly established oasis in western Queens that provides fresh produce to residents of a neighborhood that has been described as "a food desert."

"The winners of the inaugural Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards are nonprofit gardening projects that are truly making a difference in their respective communities," said Jeffrey Dinslage, president of Nature Hills Nursery, which sponsors the national awards. "We are proud to support these local efforts to beautify neighborhoods and create gardens even in the midst of urban environments."

The Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards were created to give national recognition and $5,000 in plants to community organizations and groups who are making "hands-on" improvements to their local environments.

Winners of the 2009 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards were chosen from more than 200 applications submitted by community groups, nonprofit organizations, and gardening programs from across the U.S. Nature Hills Nursery, an Omaha-based Web site-only retailer that sells trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants, created the Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards as a way to give back to the communities and people who have contributed to the success of the company.

"This year's crop of Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards winners is living proof that gardening makes the world a better place, one garden at a time," said Dinslage.

For more information about the Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards, visit www.naturehills.com.


Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

Celebrating their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide, more than 500 gardens and arboreta are inviting the public to spend a day at their local public gardens as part of the first National Public Gardens Day on May 8.

Public gardens are a fun activity for families, couples and enthusiasts, providing a low-cost, entertaining and beautiful community outing while delivering important resources, education and research on environmental stewardship and conservation. Visitors will enjoy conservatories, floral and plant exhibitions, garden displays, tours, and educational literature at their local public garden. It is a chance to experience a peaceful and beautiful environment while becoming inspired and learning how to be responsible with home gardens and landscapes.

"I have always felt that America's public gardens are a great source of inspiration and knowledge for homeowners to apply to their residential landscapes," said Paul James, National Public Gardens Day spokesperson and HGTV's Gardening by the Yard host. "It is important to recognize that most public gardens are more than just beautiful places to spend an afternoon. They also play an increasingly important role in the advancement of environmental stewardship, education and plant and water conservation within the communities they serve."

National Public Gardens Day was developed by Rain Bird and the American Public Gardens Association.

Every garden is celebrating the day in a unique and engaging way. Many gardens will have information available on water and plant conservation, expand their hours and highlight special plant and floral exhibits. The gardens are also reaching out into their communities to raise awareness about the day and their role in environmental stewardship. Local gardens and arboreta can be found on the APGA Web site: http://www.publicgardens.org.

"Public gardens play an increasingly important role in educating present and future generations on the importance of environmental stewardship through preservation of earth's natural resources," said Dan Stark, executive director of the APGA. "National Public Gardens Day will not only be a time for families and enthusiasts to enjoy the gardens, but will also showcase the achievements and expertise provided by public gardens, as well as their commitment to education and outreach programs that are vital to people's appreciation and understanding of the irreplaceable value of our natural resources."


Sweeney's launches third annual nationwide contest in search of the best mole woe stories

Sweeney's, a leading producer of mole-deterring products for consumers, has launched its third annual nationwide contest in search of the best Mole Woe stories. The winner will receive a $500 Lowe's Home Improvement gift card. The contest was originally launched when Sweeney's, long accustomed to homeowners telling them about their mole frustrations, decided to create a forum for people to vent.

Hence, the "I Hate Moles Because…" contest was born. Designed to ferret out the most aggravating mole stories and the most creative solutions for getting rid of the pesky critters, it seems to have worked. Thousands of people have expressed themselves via this contest, and it's clear that the group therapy thing is really working. People from across America have penned their worst "mole woe" stories and lots of them have even won prizes for their efforts. (Winning entries from 2007 and 2008 can be viewed at www.wrsweeney.com).

While venting may make you feel better, Sweeney's Director of Research and Development Stewart Clark, cautions that it's not easy to get rid of these varmints. "There isn't one sure method to get rid of moles — you have to work at it. You have to be flexible and willing to try different things."

Based on careful analysis of the entries from 2007 and 2008, several trends are obvious. Mole avengers are a highly creative group, but demonstrate some distinct universal traits. Most mole campaigns begin calmly, based on sound reason and thorough Internet searches. However, clear thinking all too often gives way to more desperate measures, including flooding, gas fumes, shovels, gum, explosives and even installing an in-ground pool to replace the yard.

"Over the past couple of years, we've received comments and suggestions about how we can enhance our annual contest," says Clark. "Based on feedback from our faithful followers, we're happy to announce something new this year that we hope will encourage our more digitally-inclined friends to tell us their mole woe stories — video entries will now be accepted for our third annual contest."

The contest rules are simple. If you or someone you know has ever resorted to measures of Caddyshack proportions — or beyond — Sweeney's wants to hear about it. Submit your mole woe story or video and what you did about it (if anything).

A few notes:

  • You are not required to have had an actual victory over a mole in order to compete.
  • Vole and gopher stories and videos are eligible.
  • Entries should be rated PG-13.
  • If the  judges like your story or video, it will be posted it on www.wrsweeney.com. One lucky winner will receive a $500 gift card to Lowe's Home Improvement. Ten runner-ups in each category will receive a gift basket filled with an arsenal of mole control solutions from Sweeney's.
  • To submit your written contest entry or video (up to 2 minutes in length), visit www.wrsweeney.com. Contest entries may also be submitted directly to the judges at carolyn@ryan-pr.com or by mail to:
    Sweeney's "I Hate Moles Because…" Contest
    2244 Dunroyal Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63131
  • Sweeney's retains the rights to publish any stories submitted about why you hate moles. Odds of winning depend on how your mole woes compare to other contestants' mole woes. Contest entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2009 to be eligible. Winners will be announced on www.manvsmole.com and www.wrsweeney.com on Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Gardening tips

"If a hailstorm or frost is threatening your new plants use empty coffee cans, large soda bottles or milk jugs with the tops cut off to cover individual plants," writes Lisa Walling. "Put a rock or brick on top to keep the wind from blowing them over.

Have a favorite gardening tip you’d like to share? Texas Gardener’s Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free copy of Texas Gardener's 2009 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did You Know...

Many organic gardening techniques represent the application of common sense to gardening. An example would be crop rotation, one of the key tools in a successful organic program. By moving related crops to different locations in the garden each year, you will help avoid the buildup of insects and disease organisms that are specific to certain crop families. Plant corn where your okra grew last year and follow broccoli and cabbage with squash or melons.


  Upcoming garden events

Austin: Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Creating a Wildlife Garden," May 2, from 10 a.m. until noon, at Hampton Branch, Austin Public Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd., Austin. This seminar will teach you how to build a habitat that is more attractive to beautiful songbirds, butterflies, frogs, and other beneficial wildlife. Using native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees will increase the beauty of your property, protect the environment, and provide a nurturing refuge for all types of animals. Requirements for building a certified wildlife habitat will also be covered. For more details, see http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Tyler: 2009 Home Garden Tour, sponsored by the Smith County Master Gardeners, will be held May 2, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Five delightful homes, ranging from a large formal traditional garden in an historic neighborhood to a modest home in a country setting, spotlight a variety of landscaping styles and methods. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the tour. To order tickets: make checks payable to SCMG and mail to 14608 Foxwood Circle, Tyler TX 75703.

Aransas/San Patrico Counties: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host a Hidden Gardens Tour, Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Explore eight beautiful gardens in Aransas and San Patricio Counties. $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at Green Acres, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport, and at Greens N Things, 801 Moore Ave., Portland. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club will host its tenth annual Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour, which is open to the public, will highlight eight delightful gardens in the Sugar Land area and feature diverse gardening styles. Tickets are $12 to view all eight gardens or $3 for a single garden and are available for purchase at any of the gardens. For a listing of all addresses and a map to the gardens, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org or call (281) 491-9609.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardener Association will host its monthly Community Horticultural Education Program at 6:30 p.m., May 11, at the Somervell County Citizens Center, 209 SW Barnard, Glen Rose. Garey Wylie, former TMGA President and National Coordinator of the Earth Kind Rose Program for Parks Departments, will speak on roses.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Rainwater Harvesting," Noon-1 p.m., May 11, Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Glen and Kathy Chilek will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Pearland: Louis Mickler, Harris County Master Gardener, will present "Growing Plants from Seeds and Cuttings," Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, Highway 288 at the Same Houston Tollway, Pearland. This free program is present by the Harris County Master Gardeners. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Georgetown: The Native Plant Society of Texas, Williamson County Chapter meets from 7 to 9 pm on the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Library, 402 W 8th St., Georgetown. On Thursday, May 14, Kelly Conrad Bender of Texas Parks and Wildlife, and author with Noreen Damude of Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife, will speak on creating wildscapes and how you can get the latest information, since the book is now out of print.

Fort Worth: The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society's Annual Herb Festival will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., May 16, at the Fort Worth Botanic Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. For additional information, call (817) 874-6405, e-mail festival@gfwhs.org, or visit www.gfwhs.org.

Rockwall: The 2009 Tour of Gardens sponsored by the Rockwall County Master Gardener Association will be held May 16 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This year the tour features four private gardens with a variety of styles, two local business gardens and the ever growing and changing Rockwall County Discovery Garden. Tour addresses and a map will be on the tickets. This is an at-your-leisure tour. Tour the gardens in any order you choose, just be sure to leave enough time to visit all the gardens before they close at 2 p.m.! Tickets are on sale at American National Bank, all Rockwall branches; Calloway's in Mesquite; Covington's in Rowlett; Culver's Restaurant in Rockwall; Homesley's in Forney; Land Art, Landscape Source and North Texas Waterscape, all in Rockwall. Tickets are also available at the County Extension Office, 1350 East Washington Street, Rockwall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed noon until 1 p.m. for lunch), as well as any Rockwall County Master Gardener. For more information, call (972) 204-7660 or visit http://rockmga.org.

Victoria: The Victoria County Master Gardeners Association will hold its 2009 Annual Garden Tour May 16, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and May 17, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Six beautiful gardens which extend into home living areas will be featured. Tickets are $15 per person and may be ordered by check payable to VCMGA and addressed to Victoria County AgriLife Office, 442 Foster Field Dr., Victoria, TX 77904. For additional information about locations and the May 16 tour plant sale, call the AgriLife Office at (361) 575-4581.

Houston: Tour the working and demonstration gardens maintained by the Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 on Open Garden Day, Monday, May 18, 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. Visit a wonderful garden that includes an extensive vegetable garden, fruit orchard, perennials, roses, herb and cactus gardens and two working greenhouses. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions during this free event. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Bring 1 gallon or smaller plastic plant pots and trays to re-cycle and the Master Gardeners will put them to good use. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Composting the Easy Way," presented by Russell Bell, Master Gardener, as one of their Brown Bag events, from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Greenville: The Hunt County Master Gardeners Town and Country Tour will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. May 30 at Heritage Garden, 2217 Washington St., Greenville. In the event of rain, the event will be held June 6. For additional information, visit www.huntcountymastergardeners.com or call (903) 455-9885.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Rainwater Harvesting," a seminar presented by Karen Ivey, Administrator, San Patricio Municipal Water District, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 1.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Old Rockport School,, 619 N. Live Oak, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Essentials for Building a Trellis, Arbor and Raised Beds," Noon-1 p.m., June 8, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Ed Gregurek will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Austin: Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Rainwater Harvesting for Your Garden," Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. until noon at Riverplace Country Club, 4207 River Place Blvd., Austin. Enjoy a free seminar concentrating on capturing rainwater and lowering water usage in your landscape. This session will teach you all the basics on building a non-potable rainwater harvesting system. In addition, learn about rain gardens which capture valuable rainwater in your landscape. Vendors representing tank and gutter companies will be available to answer specific questions. City of Austin representatives will be available to answer permit and rebate questions. This seminar is free and open to the public and does not require reservations. For more details, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association are hosting "Becoming A Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems," from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., June 16, at Steiner Ranch Towne Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane, Austin. Just when you think you've done everything right by your plants, one of them starts to go downhill. One of the biggest challenges for gardeners is correctly diagnosing plant problems and finding effective, safe solutions. Is your plant dying because of an insect, environmental or disease problem? Learn the causes of plant problems, the process for diagnosing plant problems, and preventive garden management techniques. This class is free and open to the public. A plant clinic will run during the seminar to help you diagnose current problems so please bring samples of problem plants. For more information, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Weeds to Watch For," presented by Lonnie Matthew, Master Gardener, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Quitman: The Friends of the Arboretum is hosting a photography contest to promote and document the natural resources, history and beauty of Wood County. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to participate in this contest. Photographers are to submit electronic images of flowers, native plants, landmarks, architectural elements, and landscapes that depict one of the four seasons in Wood County. Images must have been taken within Wood County, and within the last two years. These photographs will be used by the Friends of the Arboretum various print and electronic media to be distributed at various venues and displayed on the Friends' website. First prize winners in each class will receive a professionally printed 11 X 14 canvas of their original work, which will be donated by jeb Originals in Winnsboro. Second and third place winners will each receive a ribbon. And, all prize winners will receive recognition from the display of their work in various venues and forums. Classes are: Adult Amateur, Adult Professional, Student Senior Division (Ages 17 to 14), and Student Jr. Division (age 13 and younger). There is no entry fee, but all entries must be accompanied by the completed official entry form, which can be downloaded at http://woodcountyarboretum.com. Entries must be received prior to midnight on July 1. Contestants may enter as many times as they wish, but a separate official entry form must be included for each entry. The Gov. Hogg Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, located in Quitman, is a 23-acre site dedicated to gardens, walking trails and the preservation of historic buildings. The development of the site is ongoing with volunteer help from Wood County Master Gardens, local garden clubs, various civic organizations and the generosity of the area businesses. The Friends of the Arboretum is a non-profit group dedicated to raising funds and volunteering time in support of the development of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. For additional information, contact Pam Riley at (903) 967-2820 or email friendsarboretum@yahoo.com.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Water Gardening," Noon- 1p.m., July 13, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Pat Plowman will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Austin: The Austin Pond Society will host the 2009 Pound Tour July 18 and 19. Approximately 15 ponds will be included in the tour on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday. For additional information, visit www.austinpondsociety.org.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Xeriscape Gardening with Native Plants," presented by Karen Ivey, Administrator, San Patricio Municipal Water District, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Mulching, Composting and Water Conservation," Noon-1 p.m., August 10, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Monica Pilat will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Schertz: The next Guadalupe County Master Gardener training class is for anyone with a love for gardening and a desire to learn more about horticulture. Classes are on Wednesday August 12 to December 9th from 6:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. and two Saturdays at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. Instructors include Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts, including Malcolm Beck, Patty Leander and Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black. Topics include botany and plant growth, entomology, Xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount if received by June 10, and $125 for 2nd household member if sharing a handbook. Payment plan also available. For more information, an application and a list of speakers, please email gsammermann@gvec.net or call (830) 372-4690. Applications are also available on our Web site at www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners meets at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office - Aransas County, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

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 at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., 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.

Pearland: 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 Bass Pro Shop, Highway 288 at Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu or call (281) 991-8437.

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. NOTE: The April meeting date and location have changed. The April meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. Robbi Will, former commercial plant nursery manager, will present a program on propagating native plants. As usual, the program begins at 7 p.m., followed by a short business meeting.

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.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day (325) 643-1077, or Mary Engle (325) 784-8453.

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.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle Rooms, College Station Professional Building II, 1651 Rock Prairie Road, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation topics, and more. For more information, visit www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Clubs/GardenClub.htm.

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.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call (254) 897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardener.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

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

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.

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.


The Southern Kitchen Garden

By William D. Adams and Thomas R. Leroy

A kitchen garden, or potager, is a celebration of the seasons: brimming with vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees, it’s our link with nature and a source for fresh produce. The kitchen garden has always been an important part of life in the rural South, at times meaning the difference between being well-fed or going to bed hungry. In recent times, the kitchen garden has become more fashionable and now more and more homeowners are reaping the delicious rewards of growing their own food.

A kitchen garden needs little more than a small raised bed, so an aspiring gardener with only a modest backyard will have plenty of room to get started. If you have more space on your hands, then you can include some produce requiring a little more space like fruit trees, corn or pumpkins.

In the book, the authors with take you through the process of starting your very own kitchen garden from location to soil preparation to planting and then to harvest. It is also loaded with useful information on propagation, pest control and is laced with mouth-watering recipes and beautiful color photographs.

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Are you missing an important issue of Texas Gardener? Or, perhaps, just tired of thumbing through stacks of back issues looking for the tips and techniques you need to make your garden grow? These new CDs provide easy access to all six issues of
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Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac

Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac is a giant monthly calendar for the entire state — a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and "yardeners." This book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. It will help you to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens and have fun doing it.

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