September 16, 2009

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  Late-summer weed control helps winter lawns

By Mike Jackson
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Winter weeds may seem a long way off, but late summer to early fall is the best time to apply pre-emergent herbicides to lawns, said an expert with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

September is the best time to apply pre-emergent herbicides throughout Texas before weed seeds begin to germinate, said Dr. Jim McAfee, AgriLife Extension turf grass specialist in Dallas.

"Most homeowners don't think about winter-weed control in their lawns until the weather starts to cool down, but by then it may be too late," McAfee said.

The optimal time in North Texas is early to mid-September, he said. Herbicides should be applied in early September in the Panhandle area. In central and southern regions, applications should begin during the middle of the month.

Water lawns immediately or at least within a day of applying the herbicide to allow the chemical to soak in, he said, suggesting a soaking of about a half-inch of water.

Fall pre-emergents are applied to control winter annual weeds such as annual bluegrass, rescuegrass, henbit, common chickweed and annual thistles.

Before buying pre-emergent herbicide, read the label carefully to determine if the material is appropriate for the type of grass to be treated, McAfee said. Follow instructions on how much to apply.

"Applying the wrong herbicide won't do any good," he said.

Calculate the lawn's square footage to determine how much to apply, McAfee said. Lawns can be measured by walking their perimeters, length by width, taking roughly 3-foot strides.

For annual winter broadleaf weeds, apply a post-emergent herbicide for that type of weed, McAfee said. Allow the post-emergent material to dry on the foliage for about two days before mowing. The best time to treat for the winter broadleaf is in the fall and early winter while the weeds are actively growing.

Don't wait until spring to apply the herbicide, he added, as then the weeds will be mature and difficult to control.

McAfee cautioned that it may be best to skip using herbicides this year on lawns that are still severely stressed from the summer's heat and drought conditions, explaining the chemicals could make matters worse for the grass.

When in doubt, contact the AgriLife Extension agent in your county for information about weeds and appropriate herbicides, he advised.

Continue using "best cultural practices" to maintain a healthy lawn through the fall and winter, he said, including regular mowing, irrigation and fertilization.

"Remember, a dense healthy stand of turf grass is our best defense against weeds," McAfee said.


  The compost heap
Sparrows and fire ants

"How do I get rid of all the sparrows that attack my garden?" writes Edwin Smith. "Some people want to attract birds; they can have all of mine."

Country folk would blast them (sparrows only) with birdshot, but if you live within the city limits, it would be unlawful to use a shotgun. Try wrapping your plants in bird netting, which is available at many garden centers and mail order garden supply sources.—Chris S. Corby, Publisher

"In our landscape, we grow ornamentals along side herbs and vegetables," writes Linda K. Hurley. "I am wondering if it is safe to treat the landscape with broadcast fire ant control products. I found one product that was said to be safe for edible crops, but wanted to check to be sure (the product is Green Light Fire Ant Control with Spinosad). The follow up question is, if it is safe, is it also effective? We are planning to follow the 'Texas 2-step' and treat individual mounds with regular Amdro as well."

Most organic fire ant baits contain spinosad as the active ingredient. Spinosad is derived from the fermentation of a soil bacterium called Saccharopolyspora spinosa. The Greenlight Fire Ant Control with Spinosad that you mention is one example. Spinosad-based fire ant baits are relatively fast-acting and should give results within two to three weeks. Depending on where you live and the level of control you expect, you may need to treat two to three times per year. Greenlight also makes a Lawn and Garden Spray with Spinosad that can be used as a contact spray for ants and other garden pests. Most products that we are aware of that contain spinosad are cleared for use in and around food crops. Before using any of these products, be sure to read and follow all label directions.—Chris S. Corby, Publisher


 

Gardening tips

"Even though this summer is a roaster," writes Katherine Bedrich, "the basil is loving it. When I pick some for using, I get extra to put in the refrigerator. I put it in a glass of water and place the glass in the refrigerator. Every time I open the door, the basil smell refreshes me."

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Did You Know...

Wood ash tea is recommended in some old gardening manuals as a good potassium amendment for plants. However, wood ash can create problems with salt imbalances and pH problems so it should be avoided.


Upcoming garden events

Nacogdoches: The Stephen F. Austin State University Mast Arboretum will host its monthly Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 17 in room 110 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive on the SFA campus in Nacogdoches. Leon Macha, retired Vice President of Operations at Greenleaf Nursery in El Campo will present “Observations on the Texas Nursery Industry: Operating for Profit and not Practice.” Macha has a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University and has served on the SFA Arboretum Board of Advisors for over 10 years. Macha is currently owner of Certi-Pro Horticulture and is involved in consultation and education. A free plant raffle will be held following the lecture. There is no charge for the lecture and no reservations are required. The Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is held the third Thursday of each month at the SFA Mast Arboretum. For more information, contact Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or erodewald@sfasu.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.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association will sponsor a free Horticulture Lecture, EarthKind Roses with JCMG Garey Wylie, Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m. until noon, at Winston Patrick McGregor Park, 1628 W. Henderson, Cleburne. For more information, call Pat Kriener (817) 793-4625 or visit www.jcmga.org.

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.

Hamilton: The Hamilton County Master Gardener Association and Texas AgriLife Extension service are offering a free seminar on October 6 from 6:00 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. at Fair Park, Park Road at McCaleb, in Hamilton, to demonstrate building a rainwater system for yourself. Billy Kniffen of Menard will describe how he built and operates his household only on the rainwater he collects. Kniffen, an ag agent with Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Menard County, has built an extensive system of his own. Want to expand the seminar into a workshop and build a collection system to take home with you? Pay only $30 to cover the cost of turnkey supplies, including a 55-gallon collection barrel. Just listening and observing? Then it's free, but reservations must be made in advance. Call the Hamilton County AgriLife office at (254) 386-3929 to reserve your space for the seminar or seminar and workshop.

Kemah: The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 7 at the Kemah Visitor Center and Schoolhouse Museum, 604 Bradford Street, Kemah. The program, presented by Clyde Holt, Master Gardener, will be “Bonsai Varieties.” Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, call Mary Ellen Chapman, President, at (281) 559-1912.

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.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardener Association and the Victoria County Office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will sponsor an Earth-Kind Rose Symposium, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., October 17 at the Victoria County 4-H Activity Center, 259 Bachelor Dr., Victoria. For an agenda, registration information and forms, visit www.VCMGA.org and select Earth-Kind Rose Symposium. Early registration will cost $65 and conclude Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. Late registration fee will be $75 and conclude Oct. 9. For more information, call the Victoria County Extension Office at (361) 575-2028.

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.

Wimberley: The Hill Country Unit of the Herb Society of America will present their Second Annual National Herb Day Celebration at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church, 956 FM 2325, Wimberley, Friday, October 23, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The $18.00 admission includes Culinary Lunch prepared by members from their favorite herbal recipes. Coffee, tea and muffins served before lunch. Saundra Winokur, owner of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Elmendorf, will speak on “Olive Oil from the Kitchen to the Spa.” A silent auction will be held and winners announced after the program. Herbal products, including wreaths, aprons and baskets, will be for sale in the Gift Shop. For reservations contact Barbara Rawson at (512) 847-0521 or bnrawson@verizon.net. For further information, contact Anna Fisher at foxlady@gvtc.com.

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=.

College Station: Dr. Michael P. Parrella will be the Distinguished Lecturer for the 7th Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. Parrella is professor of entomology and associate dean for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California-Davis. His topic will be "An International Perspective on Sustainable Production in Greenhouses." The event, on October 28, will begin with a reception at 2:30 p.m. in the Horticulture and Forest Science Building atrium. His address will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 102 there. The Distinguished Floriculture Lecture Series is sponsored by the Texas A&M horticultural sciences department's Ellison Chair in International Floriculture. Parrella’s talk will be co-hosted by the Texas A&M entomology department, as much of his research has focused on integrated pest management strategies on ornamental plants with an emphasis on biological control. He obtained a bachelor's degree in animal science from Rutgers University and his master's and doctoral degrees in entomology, both from Virginia Tech University. For more information about the Distinguished Lecture in International Floriculture, see http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/lectures.html.

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.

Kingsland: Learn to make beautiful flower arrangements at a class on "Principles of Floral Design" with Barbara Braunns at a free presentation by the Kingsland Garden Club on Friday, November 6 at 1:15 p.m. at the Kingsland Library, 125 W. Polk, Kingsland. Visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/kgc.aspx for more information.

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.

San Antonio: The Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council will host the third statewide conference on invasive species, November 13 and 14, at Trinity University in San Antonio. The 2009 conference will be a professional-level meeting including keynotes, concurrent sessions, posters, field trips and symposia. This conference is designed to serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agents, local governments, the green industry, and other professionals interested in invasive species issues in Texas. To register or to learn more about the conference program, call for papers, abstract submissions, or sponsors and exhibitors, visit the 2009 Conference Web site at www.texasinvasives.org.

Burnet: Join Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis for a free class on "Principles of Landscape Design Featuring Hill Country Gardens" in a Highland Lakes Master Gardener Green Thumb Program on Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. at the Herman Brown Free Library on the Town Square in Downtown Burnet. Visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/greenthumb.aspx for more information.

Houston: Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale will take place from 8 a.m. until noon, January 9, at the Rice University Football Station Concourse, Houston. The 2009 sale featured almost 6,000 trees and berries and the organizers except even more tree for this sale. For additional information, visit www.urbanharvest.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 at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month,  except December, at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. An educational program preceeds the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For topic or other information, call (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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