October 14, 2009

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  Pansy for great fall color

By Alice Lorenz
Johnson County Master Gardener Association

Adding color to the landscape in the fall is a great way to keep a smile on your face each time you look out at your garden during the fall and winter. When we think of fall colors — yellow, orange, purple and maroon — the pansy can cover all of these colors. That is probably why the pansy is one of the favorite flowering plants for fall and winter in North Texas.

The name pansy comes to us from the French word “pensee,” which means thought. This is why pansies have been a symbol of thoughtfulness and remembrance in our folklore. Other common English names for pansy include: Johnny-jump-up, heart’s-ease, love-in-idleness and violet. Violets and pansies represent love in the highest form in much of the folklore written about this flower family.

As a cool-season annual, the pansy will thrive in planters, pots and flower beds. Planting time is important for the pansy. Some say that once your Esperanzas start to lose flowers you should be planting pansies. Pansies can survive through single digit temperatures but they need to have a good root system before this type of cold temperature arrives. Plant pansies when the soil is between 45-70 degrees F. Planting 8-10 inches apart in a sunny location is best for a good color show. Incorporate slow-release fertilizer in the bed prior to planting and water every day for the first five days. Pansies love a little blood meal off and on to promote the blooming. Two inches of fine mulch help conserve water and will enhance the success of your pansy. If the flowers begin to look “chewed,” check the plants for snails or slugs. Apply slug and snail bait every two weeks to control.

When the temperature drops and the pansy leaves get a little brown this does not mean the whole plant has died. It is actually the way the plant protects itself. Keeping mulch and moisture on roots is important for temporary cold weather. During a severe cold spell, cover your bed with a grow-web or winter protection blanket. Always water beds thoroughly to protect before a prolonged cold spell.

When selecting pansies for your landscape, you should look those with big blooms because they will tend to be the showiest. Plants that are root-bound or leggy may have more trouble getting established in your landscape. Remove (deadhead) the blossoms that are fading to extend the flowering. The deep purple pansy is one of the most popular and this may be because it is the most fragrant. Some great companion plant with the pansy for winter color would be ornamental kale, dianthus and rosemary or parsley. Consider the Johnny-jump-ups and violas also for companion planting with their relative the pansy.

Early October is the time to plant your pansies in north Texas. In all but the coldest parts of Texas, fall-planted pansies will continue to bloom through the winter and into the spring. So get out there and find some colorful, cool-weather pansy plants. Add wonderful fall colors to your garden keep smiling all winter long!


Lindheimer Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist recognized by New Braunfels

The Lindheimer Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program was awarded the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department. In a recent volunteer appreciation night at Landa Park, City Manager Mike Morrison presented the Lindheimer Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist program, with this prestigious award.

The award citation was read by Stacey Laird, Parks Director, as follows: "Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award is awarded to the Lindheimer Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. One of President Theodore Roosevelt's most lasting contributions to the world was the permanent preservation of the some of the most unique natural resources in the United States.

During a convention address in 1907, the President noted "...The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others."

Named in recognition of our 26th president, this award recognizes a citizen or group that advocates for studying, teaching, documenting and preserving the natural resources in New Braunfels.

The Lindheimer Chapter of Master Naturalists has worked with the New Braunfels for many years. Their most recent efforts include improvements in Panther Canyon, where they have repaired footbridges, maintained nature paths, and identified plants. They have also been instrumental in assisting with the planning of Fisher Park.

Arthur Williams from the Lindheimer Chapter has lead the Chapter's involvement in Landa Park and organized Chapter volunteers to participate in the activities cited in the award.


 

Gardening tips

Don't store your lawnmower on concrete over the winter because the dampness will cause it to rust. Instead, raise it off the concrete by placing it on some lumber slats or a wood pallet. Also, be sure to either drain the fuel from the engine or add fuel stabilizer to it before storing.

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Did You Know...

Folks who talk to their plants may be on to something. Some plants, such as the sensitive plant Mimosa pudicia, actually respond to sound or vibrations, closing its leaves when confronted with too much noise. Not all plants will respond this dramatically to your voice, but, by talking to your plants on a regular basis, you will more likely notice whether they need water or fertilizer or have insect or disease problems.


Upcoming garden events

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 www.arborgate.com.

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.

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.

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 www.arborgate.com.

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 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.

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 www.arborgate.com.

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 http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present "Artistic Use of Herbs in The Landscape," led by Henry Flowers, McAshan Herb Gardens, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 20. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

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 http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

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=.

San Antonio: This year’s annual BOOtanica! Fall Festival at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue, brings families together to celebrate the traditions of Halloween and the excitement of fall gardening. This full day of activities planned for Sunday, October 25, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. is co-sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension and Bexar County Master Gardeners. With fall a great time to plant, shop for gorgeous San Antonio-friendly plants cultivated by Botanical Society volunteers at the Garden. Volunteers will be available to provide information and answer questions. There’s something for everyone at the Bootanica! Fall Festival. Kids will love wearing their costume to participate in the following spooktacular activities: Monster Plant Obstacle Course; Crafts: Pumpkin Decorating, a Carnivorous Plant Craft, Pot up a Flower Craft; Face Painting; Gak Slime with the Schulz Nursery; Storytelling (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) by the San Antonio Storytellers Association; and the Costume Parade (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). The entire family will enjoy an array of demonstrations and displays: Master Gardener Information Booth & Giant Pumpkin Raffle; Butterfly Tent & Monarch Tagging Demonstration (Monarch Release at 2 p.m.); Live Tarantula Table with Extension Entomologist Molly Keck; Creepy, Crawly Cabin Display with the Alamo Area Master Naturalists; Haunted House of Plants with the TAMUKSA Biology Club; All About Snakes! with the South Texas Herpetology Society; Audubon Society Display about Fall Migrating Birds; andSchultze House Gift Shop. Also be sure to see the Big Bugs exhibit — 10 gargantuan bugs made entirely from natural materials — located throughout the Garden. Imagine 25-foot long giant ants marching across the concert lawn or a spider hanging on a 12-foot wide web near the East Texas lake! There is no additional charge to view this exhibit which is on display through December. BOOtanica! activities are free with paid admission. Garden admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-13, $5 for students, seniors and military. San Antonio Botanical Society members enjoy free admission. Group rates for parties of 15 or more are available. For more information, visit www.sabot.org.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, will present “Gardening and Grilling with Herbs,” with Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, and Chef Chris Crowder, at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 25. Learn how to enhance grilling recipes with fresh herbs from the garden, and receive tips on growing the featured herbs. For additional information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit www.arborgate.com.

San Antonio: The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and The Antique Rose Emporium will co-sponsor rainwater harvesting workshops on October 26 and 27. The workshops will be held at The Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 East Evans Rd., San Antonio. The Oct. 26 workshop, which runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will focus on rainwater collection for the home. The Oct. 27 workshop, which will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon, will focus on rainwater collection for use on landscapes and for wildlife. “Now that we’ve received some rain recently, it’s a good reminder and a perfect time for people to be thinking about rainwater capturing systems for their home to help conserve water,” said Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for natural resources in Bexar County and a workshop presenter. Both workshops will include a presentation by Billy Kniffen of Menard County, an AgriLife Extension program specialist and respected expert on rainwater harvesting. Kniffen has built rainwater harvesting systems to capture and store water for all potable and non-potable uses for his home and surrounding property. He also has provided technical assistance toward building other systems at several community locations across the state. The first workshop will show homeowners different types of rainwater systems for capturing water and using it for potable and non-potable purposes in the home. The second will show how to collect and store rainwater to irrigate trees, lawns, gardens and landscapes, and to provide drinking water for wildlife. The Oct. 27 workshop also will include a presentation on drought management and landscape recovery by David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County. The cost for each workshop is $5. Participants are requested to RSVP by Oct. 23 to Annette Pawelek at the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County, (210) 467-6575.

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.

Uvalde: The Texas Pomegranate Growers Cooperative, in conjunction with Texas AgriLife, will hold the first Texas pomegranate tasting from noon until 2 p.m., Friday, November 6, in the auditorium of the Texas AgriLife Research Station, 1619 Garner Field Road, Uvalde. The fruit of different pomegranate cultivars from around the world will be available for tasting. The fruit tasted is being grown in Texas, at the Uvalde and Pecos AgriLife stations and by TPGC members. Dr. Larry Stein is the advisor for the event. For additional information, contact Richard Ashton at bwoodtx@verizon.net or (325) 646-6857.

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.

New Braunfels: Comal Master Gardeners are now accepting applications for their Spring 2010 Training Class beginning January 27 and ending May 12. Applications are currently on the Comal Master Gardener Web site at: http://mastergardener.comal.tx.us. Applications will be accepted until December 15; however, the class is limited to 30 people and applications are accepted in the order they are received. The class usually fills to capacity, so early registration is important. The class meets each Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning January 27. The cost of the 16-week course is $150 and includes the Master Gardener Handbook published by Texas A&M, propagation supplies, and all other materials. The $150 is payable on the first class day in January. Topics covered in the class include Plant Growth and Development; Compost, Soils, Irrigation, and Fertilizers; Roses; Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs; Organic Vegetable Gardening; Landscape Trees; Propagation; Fruit and Nut Production; Wildscapes and Native Plants; Pests and Diseases; Xeriscapes; Turf Grass; Home Landscapes and more. Speakers include professors from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System; Texas State University faculty and retired professors, specialists in the gardening field, and Master Gardener specialists. For additional information, call (830) 620-3440 or email askamastergardener@co.comal.tx.us. Classes are held at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 325 Resource Drive, New Braunfels.

Houston: The River Oaks Garden Club will host the 75th Anniversary Azalea Trail. March 5, 6, and 7. Azalea Trail features tours of four private homes and three well-known historic sites: Bayou Bend, Rienzi and River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics Building and Gardens. Tickets for seven admissions: $15 before March 1, $20 during the event, or $5 per location. For additional information, visit www.riveroaksgardenclub.org or call (713) 523-2483.

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.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners meet at the Salvation Army in Orange on the first Thursday of each month. A covered-dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. is followed by a speaker and business meeting at 7 p.m.

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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