February 24, 2010

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Reve d’Or was named an Earth-Kind Rose by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. (Photo courtesy of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery)


Cecile Brunner was named an Earth-Kind Rose by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. (Photo courtesy of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery)

Two long-established roses earn Earth-Kind distinction

By Mike Jackson
Texas AgriLife Extention

They embody traits few others share — beauty, toughness and easy maintenance — and that has earned them the highest distinction a rose can achieve, said Dr. Steve George, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in Dallas.

Cecile Brunner and Reve d’Or were recently named Earth-Kind Roses by a team of horticulturists with AgriLife Extension. Only 21 roses hold the title.

Reve d’Or, originally released in 1869, earned an additional honor by being named 2010 Earth-Kind Rose of the Year, George said.

“Both roses are simply gorgeous,” he said.

Cecile Brunner, introduced in 1881, is light pink and the bush grows to about 4 feet by 3 feet, George said. Adapted throughout Texas, it’s a repeat-bloomer, fragrant and tolerates some light-dappled shade in the afternoon. It is also known as the “Sweetheart Rose.”

Reve d’Or (pronounced rehv dohr) is medium-yellow, fragrant, nearly thornless and also a repeat-bloomer. Adapted to all of Texas except the upper Panhandle, the bush is a vigorous climber that will grow 10 feet to 18 feet tall and about 8 feet wide, he said. Its name is French for “dream of gold.”

“Reve d’Or is the healthiest yellow rose that we have ever tested,” he said.

There is more to these roses than good looks, George said. Earth-Kind Roses are robust and thrive in tough conditions. Grown and evaluated over eight years on average, the roses are not fertilized or pruned when tested. They are not treated with pesticides, and are watered far less than other roses. They also are grown on their own roots, as opposed to those grafted onto other plants.

The results are roses that are easy to grow and maintain, he said.

To be Earth-Kind, a rose must have received the designation from AgriLife Extension, an agency of the Texas A&M System. Earth-Kind is a registered trade mark of AgriLife Extension.

“These winners of the prestigious Earth-Kind designation are long-lived, tolerant of most any soil and are so environmentally responsible that almost never will you need to apply harsh pesticides or even commercial fertilizer,” George said.

“These are truly roses with which anybody can be successful.”

A list and descriptions of all Earth-Kind Roses can be found at http://earthkindroses.tamu.edu.

George and the team of Earth-Kind rose evaluators offer growing tips:

  • The roses should be planted where they receive at least eight hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Their location should allow for good airflow over the leaves.
  • They should be planted in well-aerated soils. (Visit the Earth-Kind Rose Web site for details on how to manage specific soils.)
  • They need the year-round protection of a 3-inch layer of organic mulch over their root systems.


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Mosquito-munching martins?

"In your newsletter dated 2/17/10, was the following statement," writes Richard Evans. "'Install a martin house. Mosquitoes will disappear from your woodsy yard as elegant swifts, swallows, and purple martins sweep through the air.' While, swifts and swallows consume a lot of mosquitoes, martins do not. From the www.purplemartin.org site: 'In reality, the martin eats few, if any mosquitoes.' Just thought you would like to know about this widely promoted misinformation by martin house manufacturers."


 

Gardening tips

If you are planning on growing carrots this year remember that they produce the best crop if they are grown in loose soil that is free of stones. If your soil is less than perfect plant in raised beds and add 3 to 4 inches of compost to your planting bed.

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Did You Know...

Not all hollies have prickly leaves. Youpon and possumhaw hollies don’t have spines and are great for planting in areas where human contact may occur. Most of the other hollies do have spines and make great barrier plants.


Upcoming garden events.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event. 

Tomball: Linda Crum, Texas Master naturalist, will present “Attracting Bluebirds To Your Garden,” Thursday, February 25, at 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Experience how easy it is to attract and protect the bluebirds in your garden. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Austin: Roses aren't just for Valentine's Day — they can bring color and sweet smells to your garden year-round! “Everything’s Coming Up Roses!” a free seminar on selecting, planting and caring for roses in your garden, presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27, at the Demonstration Garden at AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1600 B Smith Rd, Austin. Following the presentation portion of the seminar, a hands-on demonstration of pruning roses in the Extension Demonstration Garden will take place. Seminar leaders will discuss site selection, soil amendments, and bed preparations plus showcase a number of Earth Kind Roses worthy of consideration in your garden. This seminar is free and open to the public. Space is limited so please call the Travis County Master Gardener's desk at (512) 854-9600 to reserve a spot. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. http://www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Pasadena: The Harris County Master Gardener Spring Sale will be held from 9:15 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, February 27, at Campbell Hall at the Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena. At 8 a.m. prior to the sale will be a variety of seminars, including: a plant sale preview with Heidi Sheesley of Treesearch Farms; "Backyard Citrus Care" with Herman Auer; and "Growing Tomatoes and Peppers" with Dr. Carol Brouwer, County Extension Agent for Horticulture. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Schertz: Grow Local Festival will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, February 27, at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway. Hosted by Guadalupe County Master Gardeners. Admission: $5.00 for adults, children under 18 free. Includes a complimentary Gardener Goodie Bag. Thinking about putting in a vegetable garden this spring? Don’t know what to do to get started? Need to know about those bugs in your garden? Then this may be the place for you to be. Seminars include "Spring Vegetable Gardening" by Patty Leander, a Texas Gardener contributing writer, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and "Good Bugs, Bad Bugs" by Molly Keck from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Get advice from local experts on gardening and landscaping. Shop for bedding plants and seeds, annuals, fruit trees and other quality garden products. For more information visit www.growlocalfestival.com.

Tomball: Bill Adams & Tom Le Roy will present “Vegetable Gardening,” Saturday, February 27, at 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Experienced and novice gardener alike will be educated and entertained by these experts. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Tomball: Jeremy Kollaus will present “Container Vegetable Gardening,” Tuesday, March 2, at 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Kollaus will demonstrate how to best utilize containers to maximize your vegetable garden harvest while adding beauty. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

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.

Kingsland: Learn how to propagate your favorite plants from Master Gardener and expert propagator Rose Lackey at a free program presented by the Kingsland Garden Club on Friday, March 5, at the Kingsland Library at 1:15 p.m. Rose has taught propagation techniques at the Master Gardener certification classes for many years. Visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/events.aspx for information about upcoming events in the Highland Lakes area.

Bryan: Texas AgriLife Extension and Brazos County Master Gardeners will host Rainwater Harvesting: An Earth-Kind Approach to Water Conservation, Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at The Brazos Center, Room 102, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Justin Mechell, Extension Program Specialist I, and J. Brent Clayton, Extension Assistant, will discuss Texas Rainwater and You and Rainwater Harvesting Basics. The $40-per-participant registration fee includes rain barrel, program handouts and refreshments. Attendance is limited to 50 participants and advance registration by March 1 is required. For additional information, visit www.brazosmg.com.

Tomball: Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, will present “Herbs for Every Garden,” Saturday, March 6, beginning at 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Wheeler shows how herbs can be enjoyed anywhere and everywhere giving basic to advanced tips. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners Association will hold a "Spring Fever" Symposium March 6 at its new VEG Pavilion, located at 283 Bachelor Dr., Victoria. Topics will include creating cut flower arrangements, running a vineyard and making wine, and selecting unique perennials. Brunch will be served. Early registration will be $30 through March 1, and thereafter cost will be $35. For more information telephone Victoria County Extension Office at (361) 741-9148 or visit www.VCMGA.org for a printable brochure and registration form.

Tomball: Angela Chandler will present “Basic Pruning and Training Techniques,” Sunday, March 7, beginning at noon, at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Chandler will show techniques to promote the beauty and health of trees and shrubs. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Glen Rose: “The Lang Sisters of Granbury” will be the featured free Community Education Program Monday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Citizens Center, 209 SW Barnard St., Glen Rose, and sponsored by the Somervell Co. Master Gardeners. Learn how to turn gourds into birdhouses from these! They will share tips on growing the gourds, instructions on cleaning, drying and painting the gourds and will share a few laughs along the way. For additional information, e-mail somervellmg@gmail.com.

Pearland: As part of its Green Thumb Gardening Series, the Harris County Master Gardener Association will present a program on "Great Plants for Houston," Tuesday, March 9, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., at Bass Pro Shops, Highway 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Tomball: Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, will present “Herbs for Every Garden,” Tuesday, March 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Wheeler shows how herbs can be enjoyed anywhere and everywhere giving basic to advanced tips. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Kingsland: Join Master Gardener Violet Carson for an interesting and informative presentation on Spring Vegetable Gardening at a free Green Thumb program from the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners and the Kingsland Library Lunch & Learn series at noon on Wednesday, March 10, at the Kingsland Library. The Master Gardeners will provide drinks and dessert. Visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/greenthumb.aspx for information on the Green Thumb Program and how you can be notified of our free programs.

Austin: “Starting Your Vegetable Garden Right” a seminar about soil and the first steps of starting a vegetable garden, will increase participants’ vegetable gardening knowledge. Learn about soil amendments, the correct way to prepare and handle transplants and how to prepare and plant seeds. This demonstration presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association is free, open to the public and will be held: Friday, March 12, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at the Demonstration Garden at AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1600B Smith Rd., Austin. For additional information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Houston: Houston Urban Gardeners (HUG) will meet Friday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Dr. in Hermann Park, Houston (713-284-1989). The topic will be how to cook vegetables for serving our families and friends. Chef Tarsha Gary with Ecotone and other local chefs will give us cooking demonstrations. Attendees will also share favorite vegetable recipes. For up-to-date information, visit www.houstonurbangardeners.org.

Austin: Enjoy juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and delectable green beans straight from your garden. Learn how to plant and maintain a spring vegetable garden from Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist and Texas Gardener Contributing Writer Patty Leander, who will share her expertise on vegetable varieties that perform well in Central Texas, recommended planting times, and composting Saturday, March 13, from10 a.m. until noon, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. This seminar is loaded with basic facts and helpful ideas, useful to both new and experienced vegetable gardeners. This seminar is free and open to the public. This is one of our most popular seminars, so please come early to get a seat. Presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Master Gardeners desk at (512) 854-9600.

Huntsville: The Walker County Master Gardeners will hold their annual spring sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, March 13 at the Texas AgriLife Extension office, 102 Tam Rd, Huntsville. Roses, natives, heirloom vegetables, herbs, bulbs, variety of trees (including fruit), seeds and much more will be available at the sale. There will be a pre-sale seminar Saturday, Feb 27 at the Texas AgriLife Extension office from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Roses, natives, heirloom vegetables and perennials will be covered at this seminar. For additional information, call (936) 435-2426 or visit www.walkercountymastergardeners.org.

Nacogdoches: The Stephen F. Austin State University Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden will host the annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Symposium March 13 in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive on the SFA Campus in Nacogdoches. Noted Texas A&M horticulturist Dr. William C. Welch will be the featured speaker. Dr. Welch will share his enthusiasm for camellias and other heirloom plants in his lecture "A Passion for Camellias." Dr. Welch is the author of Perennial Garden Color, Antique Roses for the South, The Southern Heirloom Garden, and The Bountiful Flower Garden. Southern Heirloom Gardening by William Welch and Texas Gardener Contributing Editor Greg Grant will be published by Texas A&M Press in the spring of 2011. Bill Welch is a regular contributor to Southern Living magazine. His homes and gardens have been featured in books and articles throughout the South, and he was recently presented the Great Gardeners Award by the American Horticulture Society. In his lecture, Dr. Welch will present the many benefits of adding fall-blooming Camellia sasanqua and spring-blooming Camellia japonica to residential azalea gardens. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; the program is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch is provided, followed by tips on pruning camellias, propagating azaleas, and a guided tour of the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden by Barbara Stump and Dr. Welch. The symposium is sponsored by SFA Gardens and the Texas Chapter of the Azalea Society of America. Admission is $30 to SFA Gardens members and $40 to non-members. For more information and to register, contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at (888) OLDEST-TOWN or www.nacogdochesazaleas.com. For information about the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, e-mail sfagardens@sfasu.edu or call Barbara Stump (936) 468-4129.

Rosenberg: Fort Bend Master Gardeners will hold their annual Perennial Sale and Seminar on Saturday, March 13 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Building D, 4310 Highway 365, Rosenberg. At 8 a.m., Heidi Sheesley, owner of TreeSearch Farms, will give an overview of plants at the sale. The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. or until sold out. Visit www.fbmg.com for more information about varieties that will be on sale.

Tomball: The 9th Annual Herb Luncheon, featuring Chef Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva, and Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs will be held Saturday, March 13, 11 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Make reservation early. Space is limited. Cost $40.00. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Houston: Tour the working and demonstration gardens maintained by the Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2, at the Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston, Monday, March 15, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Included in the tour are an extensive vegetable garden, fruit orchard, perennials, roses, herb and cactus gardens, and two working greenhouses. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions during this free event. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Rockport: Jeanna C. Godfrey, DVM, Master Gardener, will present "Plants and Pets, What's Toxic and What's Not," from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361) 790-0103 or visit http://aransas-tx.tamu.edu.

Tomball: Diana Foss, Urban Wildlife Biologist, will discuss “Great Habitat Plants for Spring and Summer,” Tuesday March 16, 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Encourage and maximize wildlife in your garden and landscape through plant selections. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Seabrook: Linda Knowles, president of the Native Plant Society of Houston will speak about "Using Native Plants in Home Landscaping" as part of the Harris County Master Gardener Association's Master Gardener Lecture Series, at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 17, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. Knowles will discuss how she developed her front yard landscaping using native plants and was able to satisfy her neighborhood association. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Tomball: Chef Chris Crowder & Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, host “An Evening with Chef Chris and Ann, Friday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. From the garden to the kitchen, Ann and Chris combine their talents preparing culinary treats. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, March 20, at 9020 FM 1484, Conroe. Beginning at 8 a.m., County Horticulturalist Tom LeRoy will discuss sale items. Seating is limited. For additional information, call (936) 539-7824.

Tomball: Seth Knight, retire Professor of Horticulture, will discuss “Bugs, The Good and The Bad,” Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Learn to tell the good guys from the bad guys as well as control options available. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Tomball: Dr. David Creech, Regents Professor of Horticulture, Stephen F Austin University, will discuss “Fifty Plants You Shouldn’t Live Without,” Tuesday, March 23, 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Dr. Creech, respected horticulturalist, will share 50 rare and unusual plants and then auction after the presentation. . For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners will hold their spring plant sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, March 27, at Green Acres, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. In the event of rain, the event will be postponed until April 3. For additional information, call (361) 790-0103 or visit http://aransas-tx.tamu.edu.

Tyler: The East Texas Orchid Society will host "The Golden Age of Orchids Show," 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, March 27, and noon until 4 p.m., Sunday, March 28, at Discovery Science Place Annex, 302 N. Broadway, Tyler. For additional information, visit www.centraleasttexasorchidsociety.org.

Waxahachie: The Ellis County Master Gardeners will hold their 10th Annual Lawn & Garden Expo on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center, IH-35E and 287 Bypass. Neil Sperry will be the keynote speaker. More than 100 exhibitors will be selling and promoting lawn and garden-related products. Ellis Master Gardeners will hold workshops throughout the day, and there will be a children's workshop area and door prizes. For additional information, visit www.ecmga.com or call (972) 825-5175.

Houston: Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will speak in Hamman Hall, Rice University, on Wednesday, March 31. The event begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. Tallamy's lecture begins at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion from 8 until 8:30 p.m. For parking information, visit http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~hamman/parking.htm. For additional information, call Houston Audubon, (713) 932-1693.

Austin: Cool Plants for the Shade Garden is a free, in-the-garden discussion to be held Friday, April 9, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Demonstration Garden at AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1600B Smith Rd., Austin. See some of the shade loving plants growing and learn about other perennials and annuals which require limited sun. This seminar is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For information, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Quitman: The Governor Hogg Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. 100 Gov. Hogg Parkway. Quitman, will host a Plant Sale and Dogwood Fiesta Saturday, April 10, at 9 a.m. and is over when the plants are gone. Find new, uncommon and Texas-tough perennials, ornamental grasses, hanging baskets, exotic plants and natives. For more information, visit www.woodcountyarboretum.com or call Pam Riley (903) 466-4327.

Nocogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches will host its annual Garden Gala Day on April 17 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the lower arboretum parking lot on Wilson Drive. Stephen F. Austin State University Outdoor Pursuits will host an Earth Day Celebration in conjunction with this year’s sale. The event features the annual spring plant sale fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. All the plants are produced at SFA by the staff, students and volunteers. A wide variety of hard to find, “Texas tough” plants will be available. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit http://arboretum.sfasu.edu and click on “upcoming events.”

Stephenville: The annual Native & Heirloom Plant Fair will be held Saturday, April 17 on the grounds of the beautiful Stephenville Museum in Stephenville.  A wide variety of vendors offer native & adapted plants, herbs, garden supplies, concessions, books, produce, yard art, seeds, and arts & crafts. Informative speakers will share gardening ideas. Vendor space is free; contact Russell for details at pfau@tarleton.edu or (254) 968-9761. For additional information, visit http://www.stephenville.com/museum/.

Rockport: David Ilfrey, Landscape Designer, will present "Deigning with Native Plants" from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361) 790-0103 or visit http://aransas-tx.tamu.edu.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present DIY Pond Building, Wednesday, April 28, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Always dreamed of a little pond in your yard? Not only can you have one but you can build it yourself. Attend this free seminar and learn step-by-step lessons on the basics of building a pond yourself. This seminar will help you determine the supplies and equipment needed for the job, gather information about pond plants, and determine which fish will do well in your pond. In addition, hear instructions on general pond maintenance, installing pond lighting and how to prevent unwanted critters in your pond. This seminar is free and open to the public. For more details, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Rockport: The 10th Annual Hidden Gardens Tour by Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, May 8. Tickets are $10 and are available from the Aransas County Texas AgriLife Extension office, 611 E. Mimosa. In the event of rain, the tour will be rescheduled for May 15. For additional information, call (361) 790-0103.

Alvin: The Lone Star Daylily Society will hold a daylily and plant sat, May 15, from 9 a.m. until sold out, at the Alvin Senior Center, Alvin. Judging of flowers begins at 10:30 a.m. and the show opens to the public at 2 p.m., For additional information, visit www.lonestardaylilysociety.org or call Michael Mayfield at (281) 996-9310.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Daylily Society Show and Sale will be held Saturday, May 15, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. For additional information, call (210) 824-9981.

Nacogdoches: The Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center will host the 5th Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference June 2-5 in Nacogdoches. The conference will be held on the SFA campus, home to the Mast Arboretum, the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, and the 40-acre Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Join a unique blend of naturalists, horticulturists, nurserymen, landscapers, and gardeners and for talks ranging from green roofs to landscape design and native azaleas, guided tours featuring unique local flora, and educational workshops. Registration begins February 1. For more information, visit http://arboretum.sfasu.edu or contact Dawn Stover at (936) 468-4404 or dparish@sfasu.edu.

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.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners meet at the Salvation Army in Orange on the second 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.

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/.

Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.com.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

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

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

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

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets 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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