September 9, 2009

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Many growers might think the bronzing on this cleyera shrub's new growth is a result of disease or herbicide damage, but is an early symptom of chilli thrips infestation. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Scott Ludwig)
Entomologist: Chilli thrips are here and hungry for your plants

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

It's no longer a matter of conjecture, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. Chilli thrips are here and, if left untreated, an infestation at a bedding plant or nursery operation could cost the grower his or her entire season's production.

"They're in the landscape. Ornamental and all agricultural producers need to be concerned too," said Dr. Scott Ludwig, AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management specialist.

"What I'm telling growers is that if they're seeing damage that they've never seen before, send a sample in," Ludwig said.

Chilli thrips — tiny insects less than a sixteenth of an inch long — are known to attack at least 40 plant families, including many landscape plants. In Texas, they have been identified on cleyera, acuba, red maple, Japanese maple, live oaks, pomegranate, roses, ornamental sweet potatoes, begonias and many other ornamentals, he said.

"(The pest) has been reported damaging food and fiber crops too, 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."

Chilli thrips are thought to have entered the U.S. via the Carribean but originated in Southeast Asia. Last year in Texas, they were only found in the Houston area. Now the insect has shown up in eight counties, including Bexar (San Antonio) and Van Zandt (East Texas).

And because chilli thrips behave differently than other thrips, they're poised to cause millions of dollars in damage, he said.

Other types of thrips usually only damage the flowering part of roses and other ornamental landscape plants. What makes chilli thrips so potentially devastating is that they attack actively growing parts of plants, leaves, buds and stems, Ludwig said.

"Other thrips feed mainly on the flowers," he said. "The damage may set growers back but they won't lose the crop."

However, because chilli thrips damage the vegetative growth, the whole season's production may be at risk. Worse, as the pest is new to Texas, professional growers and landscape contractors don't recognize the damage as being of insect origin, Ludwig said. By the time they do, plants may be damaged to the point of not being marketable.

For example, in Van Zandt County, a grower thought he had pesticide damage and sent a plant in to Ludwig for analysis. Ludwig, who is one of the lead researchers of a national U.S. Department of Agriculture chilli thrips task force, recognized the damage as being caused by chilli thrips and was able to devise a treatment plan.

"We figured that he would have had $39,000 in lost plant material on 11 species of ornamentals if we had not properly identified the problem," Ludwig said. "That's a big hit for a small grower."

Other growers have had similar experiences where the potential loses have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"If the growers keep their eyes open and see a hot spot and treat them, they'll be okay," Ludwig said. "The problem is the thrips are not being identified early in the infestation. The plants they're showing up on are ones that growers may not be paying a lot of attention to this time of year."

Another problem is that chilli thrips are attacking plants previously thought to be resistant to pest and diseases, requiring few if any sprayings, such as shrub roses. In reality, because they are such popular landscape plants, Ludwig is seeing many instances of infestation in all varieties of shrub roses, both in the nurseries and home landscapes, he said.

Home landscapes may pose the more difficult areas to control the pest. In a nursery, the operator can treat the whole facility. He or she may have to treat often with the currently approved controls, but it is possible to keep the pest in check, Ludwig said.

However, in a home landscape, if a homeowner or landscape contractor treats one area, there's no assurance that chilli thrips from a neighbor's yard won't be back in a few days.

Ludwig is working to develop integrated pest management techniques specifically for chilli thrips. Integrated pest management, commonly known as IPM, strives to use less chemical pesticides by correct timing of applications, pest identification and biological controls.

At a Houston test site, Ludwig is working with AgriLife Extension agents in Harris County, Harris County Master Gardeners, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Floriculture and Nursery Initiative, and the American Rose Society. The goal is to test a variety of chemicals and biological control techniques.

More information on chilli thrips and pictures of the damage they do and instructions on where to send plant samples for testing can be found at a http://chillithrips.tamu.eduhttp://ipm.tamu.edu/.

Ludwig emphasized that home gardeners should not start spraying just because they suspect they have chilli thrips. "Indiscriminate spraying" is unlikely to control chilli thrips and may actually do 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," Ludwig said. "Proper identification of the insect and the use of the correct insecticides is the key at this time."


  Risks in the dirt

By Alice Lorenz
Johnson County Master Gardener

Remember when your mother used to warn you about stepping on a rusty nail, and the follow-up threat of getting "lockjaw"? Well, these comments may be something we all need to consider when getting ready to "play" in the dirt for our fall garden. I know that gardening seems like a very safe hobby. How can you be at much risk when potting a plant or raking some leaves? Let's remember mom's words and think about the potential risks in the dirt.

A puncture wound or scratch, which is not all that uncommon in the garden, can be the entry spot for the tetanus bacteria. The tetanus bacteria thrive in the absence of oxygen and that is why it is especially dangerous when we have a deep puncture wound. Spores of the bacteria C. tetani live in the soil and are found around the world. In the spore form, C. tetani may remain inactive in the soil, but it can remain infectious for more than 40 years. Infection begins when the spores enter the body through an injury or wound. The spores release bacteria that spread and make a poison called tetanospasmin. This poison blocks nerve signals from the spinal cord to the muscles, causing severe muscle spasms. The time between infection and the first sign of symptoms is 5 days to 15 weeks, with 7 days as the average.

The most frequent symptom is stiff jaw, caused by spasm of the muscle that closes the mouth, accounting for the name "lockjaw." The infected person may experience generalized muscle stiffness, difficulty swallowing, restlessness, headache and sore throat. Most cases of tetanus in the United States occur in those who have not been properly vaccinated against the disease.

Because mature adults, 50 years old or older, account for 70 percent of tetanus infections, it is very important that adults receive tetanus boosters at least every 10 years. Call your health care provider if you have an open wound, particularly if:

  • You are injured outdoors.
  • The wound has been in contact with soil.
  • You have not received a tetanus booster (vaccine) within 5 years or you are not sure of your vaccination status.

So before starting your fall gardening, be sure to check your immunization records if you are unsure and stay safe. If you have questions, contact your health care provider. For more information about tetanus see the National Institute of Health Web site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tetanus.html.


 

Gardening tips

"While there are many aromatic plants that attract butterflies," writes Cindy Pierce, "do not forget to plant varieties that provide fragrance at night. My favorite is the moonflower vine, a relative of the morning glory. Not only will you enjoy the beauty of the large white flowers and the heavenly aroma, but you will be amazed at the large sphinx months that will entertain you in the evening when the butterflies are sleeping!"

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Did You Know...

Holly and other shrubs and trees that produce berries are prone to losing their berries during periods of prolonged drought. Be sure to apply adequate supplemental irrigation to these plants as well as other landscape plants during periods of extended dry weather like much of Texas has experienced this past year.


Upcoming garden events

The Woodlands: Greg Grant — renowned horticulturalist, native plant pioneer, gardening author and Texas Gardener columnist — shares gardening wit and wisdom on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the presentation, Gardening for the Birds and the Bees: Saving the World One Garden at a Time. Sponsored by Community Associations of The Woodlands, the free program will be held in the L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Jr. High, 3800 S. Panther Creek Dr. For information, call (281) 210-3900 or visit www.thewoodlandsassociations.org/site/environment/default.aspx?page=355.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present "Light Your Landscape" at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 10. Experience the beauty and enjoyment of landscape lighting with Rob Greening, NiteLites Lighting Company. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

Kingsland: The Kingsland Garden Club will present “Gardening with Deer” by Llano County AgriLife Agent Jamie Osborne beginning a 1:15 p.m., Friday, September 11, at the Kingsland Library, 125 Polk St., Kingsland. For more information, visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/kgc.aspx.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Redesigning Your Gardens," from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, September 12, at the Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin (off Far West Blvd.). The seminar is free and requires no reservations. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present "Light Your Landscape" at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 12. Experience the beauty and enjoyment of landscape lighting with Rob Greening, NiteLites Lighting Company. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

Victoria: The Victoria County Master Gardener Association fall plant sale will be held September 12 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., or sellout, whichever occurs first. The sale will be held at the Victoria County 4-H Activity Center, 259 Bachelor Dr., Victoria Regional Airport, Victoria. Proceeds will go to VCMGA Victoria Educational Gardens. For additional information, contact rlees1126@aol.com.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners Association will host a program on "Fire Ants" presented by Josh Blanek, CEA Ag/NR, Somervell County, at 6:30 p.m. September 14 at the Somervell County Citizens Center, 209 S.W. Barnard, Glen Rose. For additional information, call (254) 897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardeners.org.

Seabrook: Dr. Carol Brouwer, County Extension Agent for Horticulture will speak about fall vegetable gardening as part of the Harris County Master Gardener Association's Master Gardener Lecture Series, beginning at 10 a.m., September 16, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Do-It-Yourself Pond Building," from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, September 19, at American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Road, Austin. There is no charge for the seminar, but seating is limited. To register or for additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners and Tarleton Langdon Center presenting The Fall Market at the Langdon Center, 300 East Pearl, Granbury, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., September 19. There will be crafts, plants, booths, lectures, and a children's workshop. Steve Huddleson, author of Easy Gardens for North Central Texas, will be signing his book. For additional information, visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present Fall Vegetable Gardening with Tom LeRoy and Bill Adams, Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present "Healthy Earth, Healthy You," Tuesday, September 22, 10 a.m. Ann Mahon , Nutritionist, will discuss ips to maximize the health benefits of gardening, cooking, and other daily activities that affect the environment and your health. Gunters Heirloom Vegetables and Larry Simpson, Mycorrhizal Applications, will also be on hand. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

Seabrook: The Harris County Master Gardeners will have a Fall Plant Sale & HerbaPalooza featuring perennials, fall vegetables and herbs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., September 26, at Landholt Pavillion, Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. There will be an overview of the plants for sale at 8 a.m. and presentations on Fall Vegetable Gardening at 10 a.m. and Herbs at 11 a.m. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

The Woodlands: Offering sage tips for yard and garden, Woodlands Landscaping Solutions spotlights water-wise, earth-friendly methods with booths, demonstrations and a native plant sale on Saturday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at 8203 Millennium Forest Dr. Debuting the garden's rainwater harvesting and drip-irrigation system, highlights also include container gardening; how-to care for gardening tools; and a vintage rose sale by Texas Rose Rustlers. The hands-on, how-to gardening event is a free program of Community Associations of The Woodlands. For information, call (281) 210-3900 or visit www.thewoodlandsassociations.org/site/environment/default.aspx?page=382.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present "The Madalene Hill Legacy," led by Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, Tuesday, September 29, 10 a.m. This class will focus on plants associated with the South's famed herbal mentor and educator. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

Kingsland: Bring your gardening questions and contribute to the discussion at a free gardening forum presented by the Kingsland Garden Club on October 2 at the Kingsland Library, 125 W. Polk St., Kingsland at 1:15 p.m. Sylvia Williams of Stonebridge Gardens, which has been featured on TV on Central Texas Gardener, and other Master Gardeners will share gardening knowledge that will help develop a beautiful and successful Hill Country garden. For information, visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/kgc.aspx or call (325) 388-8849.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present "The Madalene Hill Legacy," led by Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. This class will focus on plants associated with the South's famed herbal mentor and educator. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

Huntsville: Walker County Master Gardeners will present a free seminar “Fall Plant Highlights” on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the County AgriLife Extension Office, 102 TAM Road (located on the corner of Hwy. 75 North and TAM Road approx. 2 mi. north of the Pilot Truck Stop). The seminar will provide information on and a preview of the fall plant selections available at the Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 10. Speakers will discuss Fall bulb selections; an assortment of daylily cultivars; roses, including Earthkind varieties; the wonderful world of herbs — culinary and medicinal; and Texas natives and perennials. Come away with a list of plant ideas for your home and garden. For additional information, call (936) 435-2426.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "For the Love of Trees," from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, October 10, at the Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin (off Far West Blvd.). The seminar is free and requires no reservations. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Huntsville: Walker County Master Gardeners' will hold their Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 10 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Master Gardeners Greenhouse located north of Huntsville on the corner of Highway 75 N. and TAM Road (102 TAM Rd.) approximately 2 miles north of the Pilot Truck Stop. Bring your wagon, your gardening and landscaping ideas and load up with fall vegetable transplants, herbs, daylilies, daffodil/narcissus bulbs, Texas natives and perennials, hard-to-find pass-along plants, fruit trees, blackberries, blueberries and much more. Many of these selections won't be found at the "big box" stores. If the 100+ heat relents, we may have fresh, seasonal produce. Come early and shop the Country Store for gardening shoes/boots, gloves, hats, books, tools. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will be used to benefit Master Gardener community activities and educational projects including scholarships for high school grads planning to major in horticulture or environmental science. For more information, call (936) 435-2426 or visit www.walkercountymastergardener.org/.

Marble Falls: Learn about the flowering plants and shrubs that are well-suited to grow successfully and beautifully in the Texas Hill Country in a program on “Texas Tough Plants” presented by Master Gardeners Sheryl and Robert Yantis in a Highland Lakes Master Gardener free Green Thumb program at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 10, at the Marble Falls Library. For more information visit the Garden Events page at http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com or call (325) 388-8849.

Waco: Texas State Technical College and The World Hunger Relief Organization have teamed up to teach you how to garden more successfully in a pair of two-day gardening workshops. The he second workshop will be held from 8 a.m. until noon, October 10 and 17. Registration for the two-day workshop is $96, and is limited to 15 participants. To register, or for additional information, contact Melissa Curtis at (254) 867-3113.

Arlington & Fort Worth: The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program — Tour of Private Gardens in Arlington & Fort Worth will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, October 11. Enjoy a self-guided tour of six private gardens. No reservations required; rain or shine. Cost: $5 per garden; children under 12 free. A portion of the proceeds collected will be shared with the Tarrant County Master Gardeners. For more information, visit www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442. For descriptions of participating gardens, visit http://www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays/events.pl?ID=255&SortBy=&State=.

Austin: Learn how to install one type of drip irrigation system, Friday, October 16, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Demonstration Garden at Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 "B" Smith Rd., Austin. This is a hands-on demonstration, so you can help with construction or just watch. This free event is sponsored by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Fredericksburg: The Texas Gourd Society presents the 14th Annual Lone Star Gourd Festival, October 16 through 18, at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr., Fredericksburg. The festival will be open from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under free. For additional information, visit www.TexasGourdSociety.org.

Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardener Association, will sponsor its annual Fall Gardening Conference at Harvey Hall in Tyler, Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. A bulb and plant sale following the conference will offer thousands of bulbs to the public with many varieties not often found in local nurseries. The sale runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the exposition local Master Gardeners will provide a help-desk to answer gardening questions and perform demonstrations for the attendees. Admission to both the Gardening Conference and the Plant Expo is free. For additional information, call Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County (903) 590 2980.

Chambersville/Farmer's Branch/McKinney: Celebrate roses at the second annual RoseDango in Chambersville, Farmer's Branch and McKinney, October 17 and 18. RoseDango features guest speakers Marilyn Wellan and Stephen Scanniello, this year's Great Rosarians of the World (GROW) honorees, as well as Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium and Dennis Jones, President of the Fort Worth Rose Society. For additional information visit www.RoseDango.com.

New Braunfels: Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2009-2010 class of the Lindheimer Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists. The Master Naturalist program is a natural resource-based volunteer training and development program jointly sponsored statewide by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks & Wildlife. The mission of the program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education and service dedicated to the beneficial management of the natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Texas. The Lindheimer Chapter in Comal County offers a course every year to train new Master Naturalists to be knowledgeable about the nature and wildlife of the Texas Hill Country and to assist in education and volunteer missions. The fall class begins with an orientation on October 26 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Curriculum consists of 12 classes, held the first Tuesday of each month beginning November 3, from 6 p.m. until 9 pm. Curriculum includes 36 hours in the classroom taught by subject matter experts from a wide range of natural resource disciplines. In addition, 40 hours of volunteer work, and eight hours of advanced training qualifies trainees for certification as a Master Naturalist. Training is conducted at the AgriLife Extension Service, Comal County, at 325 Resource Drive, New Braufels, located behind the Comal County Recycling Center on Texas 46 West. Applications will be accepted through October 19 and are available at http://comal-co.tamu.edu by clicking on “Comal Master Naturalists”; at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 325 Resource Drive, New Braunfels; or at the Lindheimer Chapter Web site at http://grovesite.com/tamu/lc. Tuition is $120.00 and includes course materials. The class is limited to 20 students. For additional information, call the AgriLife Extension Service (830) 620-3440.

Dallas: The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program – Tour of Private Gardens in Dallas will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, October 24. Enjoy a self-guided tour of five private gardens. No reservations required; rain or shine. Cost: $5 per garden; children under 12 free. For more information, visit www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442. For descriptions of participating gardens, visit http://www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays/events.pl?ID=255&SortBy=&State=.

Austin: Learn which bulb varieties are best for the Austin area, Friday, October 30, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Demonstration Garden at Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 "B" Smith Rd., Austin. Learn bulb requirements and planting methods to enhance your success with bulbs. This is a hands-on event. This free event is sponsored by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Austin: "Limestone & Water" — Four garden design experts share their experience with innovative design in a hot climate from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 31, at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin. Seminar speakers include Stephen Orr, Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, and Dylan Crain Robertson. Co-sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas at Austin. Cost: $75 general admission; $65 Garden Conservancy/Wildflower Center members; $40 students. To register, visit www.gardenconservancy.org or call The Garden Conservancy’s West Coast Program Office, 415-441-4300. For more information, visit http://www.gardenconservancy.org/events.pl?ID=285.

Waco: World Hunger Relief, Inc., will host its Fall Farm Day Festival from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, November 7, at 356 Spring Lake Road, Waco. There will be farm-fresh food, tours of the farm, hayrides and demonstrations. Plants, grass-fed meat and seeds will be available for sale. Directions: From Waco, go north of I-35. Take Exit 342B and follow the signs to World Hunger Relief Farm. For additional information, call (254) 799-5611 or email info@worldhungerrelief.org.

Austin: Learn to plant cool season vegetables with the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, November 13, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office Demonstration Garden, 1600 "B" Smith Road, Austin. Learn how to plant seeds, which seeds need soaking, and proper transplanting methods. Planting using the square foot method and straight rows will be discussed during this hands-on session. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.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 except July and August at the library, 798 Schertz Parkway, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

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.

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office, 1225 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Beaumont. For more information, call (409) 835-8461.

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.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at (512) 863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

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.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 556-6370 or visit http://www.jcmga.org/.

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.

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.

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