September 23, 2009

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  Horticulturist: If fall turns friendly for gardening, think Earth-Kind roses

By Kathleen Phillips
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Conditions could get more rosy if the National Weather Service prediction for an easing of the drought this fall comes true for Texas gardeners.

Autumn might be just the time to catch up on gardening that was delayed by the lengthy dry spell this summer, and planting roses is a timely activity — especially Earth-Kind roses, according to Dr. Doug Welsh, Texas AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist.

"We've provided all the information about Earth-Kind roses on one convenient Web site now," Welsh said. "So people can look at that one place and find the best rose to plant."

The site,, has pictures of all 21 varieties that have so far been designated Earth-Kind. One click on the picture takes the user to complete information about that variety such as blossom color, fragrance, blooming period, mature height and width, rose category and growth habit.

Earth-Kind is a designation given by AgriLife Extension to those varieties that have passed rigorous state-wide testing and evaluation by a team of horticultural experts, according to the Web site. These varieties perform well without requiring a lot of extra care that many people associate with rose gardening, Welsh noted, and while they are not immune to pest and disease problems, they have a greater tolerance.

Welsh said that though 21 varieties currently meet the criteria, others will be added as they hit the mark.

"As people become more aware of the need to grow plants that are environmentally responsible, roses like these Earth-Kind varieties provide a good choice," Welsh said.

Among the newer varieties found on the site are Cécile Brunner, La Marne and Souvenir de St. Anne's.

The horticulturists describe Cécile Brunner as "an older rose selection dating back to the early 1900s. This vigorous climber requires little maintenance but does need adequate space for optimum performance. Cécile Brunner is classed as a China hybrid, and is often best in a more natural, unpruned form."

It has clusters of small, pink blooms that fade to white and an "unusual but pleasing scent," the site indicates.

La Marne, is often used as a hedge plant, the horticulturists said, and may grow to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. This erect bush has glossy leaves and loose clusters of pink and white flowers, according to the site.

Souvenir de St. Anne's is a medium shrub that produces light pink, fragrant blooms, the horticulturists said. The site indicates that this rose may grow to be 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide.

The Earth-Kind site has detailed growing tips and links to other resources helpful for rose gardeners.

It's corn gluten meal time!

By Pat Kriener
Johnson County Master Gardener

Corn gluten meal is a by-product of the corn (Zea mays L.) wet milling process and in 1991 it was awarded a patent as a natural herbicide for use on turf and crop production. In 1993 the patent was reissued with broader claims that cover the use of corn gluten meal in lawns, gardens and field crops. Studies show that it is a natural pre-emergent weed control with the added benefit of being a slow release fertilizer. That means that seeds won't germinate in the soil but it fertilizes any existing plants, kind of a two-for-one plan.

Now most organic gardeners flood their local garden centers or feed stores in the fall to pick up bags of corn gluten meal. Many experts recommend you put it out September 15 to October 15, but you can put it out after these dates. It is just not as effective as the season progresses.

The next question, how many bags to get? Always read your manufacturer's recommendations on the bag but the standard rate for corn gluten meal is 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. This general rule will allow you to estimate how many bags you will need before you ever arrive at the store.

You have your list in hand that tells you how many bags to buy and then you are confronted with another decision, granular or powdered corn gluten meal? Most experts are now recommending the powder form. Stating the powder gives a more even coverage than the granular, which is known to give spotty coverage that can leave areas for weeds to invade.

Applying corn gluten meal can be a challenge. They recommend you get the powder but they do not always tell you that it will blow away in the wind, and if you don't want to sneeze away your money, wear a dust mask. My solution to this highly effective product with a tendency to try to escape to the four winds is to mix it with dry molasses, an organic fertilizer, to give it weight and allow it to fall to the ground. But even after you get it on the ground you could still lose all of your hard work if you don't lightly water it in so it will adhere to the ground.

Remember corn gluten meal is such a good weed control because it keeps seeds from germinating so don't use it in the vegetable garden, wildflower garden or in any area you have plants, or flowers that reseed every year.

If you are looking for an organic solution to pesky weeds that has the added benefit of a slow release fertilizer check out corn gluten meal.

Green June beetles a menace to North Texas vineyards

By Mike Jackson
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Green June beetles have been feasting on wine grapes at some North Texas vineyards, and the insects' unusually large numbers and appetite have hurt this season's crop, experts said.

Traditional insecticides have helped, but researchers with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are experimenting with traps as a method of managing the pests during the weeks prior to harvest, said Dr. Allen Knutson, entomologist with AgriLife Extension in Dallas.

"The beetle can be managed with insecticides, but because they appear just before fruit harvest, few insecticides can be safely used," Knutson said.

The traps, however, show some early promise, he said.

Knutson and AgriLife Extension viticulturist Fran Pontasch in Stephenville started their project early this summer after growers suffered losses from green June beetles in 2008. They followed the plan for trapping the beetles from a researcher at the University of Arkansas who is working with them on this project.

"The traps capture a lot of beetles, but additional studies are needed to determine the benefit of mass trapping as a control method for green June beetles," said Knutson, adding that he and Pontasch hope to continue the research next season.

About 70 test traps in total have been set around two vineyards, one near Springtown and the other near Bridgeport, Pontasch said. They've been baited with isopropyl alcohol, and they're positioned to create a barrier around the vineyards to capture the hungry beetles before they reach ripening grapes.

The traps have captured as many as 600 beetles per week at their peak, she said. Still, some beetles were found feeding on grape clusters in the vineyards.

"Both of the study vineyards had to resort to using pesticides to prevent green June beetles from destroying their grape crops," Pontasch said.

The beetles can be a nuisance in any given year, but this season these pests seem to be particularly abundant and damaging, Knutson said. It isn't clear why their numbers were larger this year.

Pontasch said not all 90 North Texas vineyards have been raided by the beetles, but "we do know it's widespread and destructive enough to be a problem."

Estimates on the economic effects haven't been determined, Pontasch said.

"Some are worse than others," she said.

Not all the damage can be blamed on the beetle, as vineyards also suffered from spring frosts, Pontasch said.

The green June beetle, so named for its color and time of year it emerges, is robust and grows up to one inch long, Knutson said.

Strong fliers, the beetles lay their eggs in hayfields and pastures where the larvae feed on grass roots and organic matter, Knutson said. It has a one-year life cycle, feeding during the summer and laying dormant in the winter. The adult beetle can travel long distances for food. In addition to grapes, the beetles feed on peaches, blackberries and other soft-skinned fruit.

Though harmless to humans, the beetles can ravage grape clusters with 20 or more beetles feeding on a single cluster at a time, Knutson said.

  The compost heap

"Just read the article in the latest Seeds issue of 'Risks in the Dirt' (September 9, 2009)," writes Selena Schindler. "I wanted to pass along a couple of things your mother never thought about while gardening. With the recent drought that most of Texas has been going through and for those of us who like to grow things in containers, I just wanted to warn you to be careful of scorpions and small snakes in and under your containers. There have been several times this summer while repotting, digging or dead heading that I have found these creatures lurking in or around my containers for the moisture and cool temps. Gardeners beware and always wear a good thick pair of gloves."


Gardening tips

Consider planting a green manure or cover crop on part of your vegetable garden this fall. If you select a legume such as vetch, clover or peas, this living layer of plants will add nutrition to the soil by fixing nitrogen as its grows and later adding organic matter to the soil when it shredded and rototilled into the soil. Cover crops also help prevent weeds and can break the cycle of pests and disease that often occur when crops are not rotated.

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...

Back around the 17th century in Europe, Lungwort got its name because it had spotted leaves that resembled lungs. Consequently, it was used to treat respiratory problems.

Upcoming garden events

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association will sponsor a free Horticulture Lecture, "Rainwater Harvesting" with JCMG Patty Maggard, Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m. until noon, at St. Mark's Methodist Church, 1109 West Henderson Street, Cleburne (next door to Yellow Jacket Stadium). For more information, call Pat Kriener (817) 793-4625 or visit

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

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

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

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 or call (325) 388-8849.

Nocogdoches: The annual Fabulous Fall Festival plant sale at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Mast Arboretum will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 3, at the intramural field on Wilson Drive. Proceeds from the plant sale help support the SFA Mast Arboretum, the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, and educational programming. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404 or visit and click on "upcoming events."

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

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.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present "Going Green with Greens!" presented by Jeremy Kollaus at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 6, and covering fall and winter gardening, with a special emphasis on greens. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

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

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

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 or call (325) 388-8849.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host "Fall into Spring with Natives," presented by Jason McKenzie, Pineywood Native Plants, at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 10. Learn about our beautiful and tough, but underused natives plants. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

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 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

Pearland: Dr. Carol Brouwer, County Extension Agent for Horticulture, will present a program on trees as part of the Harris County Master Gardener Association's Green Thumb Gardening Series, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, at Bass Pro Shops, Highway 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host "Proper Selection and Care of Trees," presented by John Warner, Certified Forester, Arborist and Texas Master Naturalist, at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 15. Learn to make the right tree choices. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

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

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

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

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host "Southern Heirloom Bulbs," presented by Chris Wiesinger, Southern Bulb Company, at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 17. Experience the allure of these wonderful old flower bulbs. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

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.

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 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.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will host "Pruning and Training of Trees and Shrubs," presented by Angela Chandler, at noon, Sunday, October 18. Learn how to enhance the beauty and health of your trees and shrubs. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

Houston: Tour the Genoa Friendship Garden, maintained by the Harris County Master Gardeners, Monday, October 19, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., at 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. For additional information, visit

Seabrook: Mary Yurovich, member of the National Audobon Society and the Audobon Society of Galveston, will present a program on "Backyard Birding" as part of the Harris County Master Gardener Association's Master Gardener Lecture Series, beginning at 10 a.m., October 21, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. For additional information, visit

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 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 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 For further information, contact Anna Fisher at

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 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

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

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

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 or call The Garden Conservancy’s West Coast Program Office, 415-441-4300. For more information, visit

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 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

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

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

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 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


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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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