March 24, 2010

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Grass resource revolutionizes biodiversity research

University of Sheffield

Grasses from across the world will be documented in a new resource to help researchers understand the biology and threats to these vital species, thanks to a project led by scientists from the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The JISC-funded project will see experts from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences produce an online resource called GrassPortal, offering public access to evolutionary and ecological data on the world's grass species and greatly expanding the web services currently offered by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

GrassPortal, which is at the forefront of a digital revolution in biodiversity research, will allow any of the 11,000 species of grasses to be defined by its geographical range, climate preferences, and evolutionary relationships to other species.

It will offer scientists a one-stop-shop for easily accessing and analyzing data on an unprecedented scale, and will be particularly useful for researchers in the fields of climate change, conservation biology, and evolutionary biology. Educational case studies and sample datasets in these areas will also be packaged as research-led teaching resources for university and school students.

Grasses are present on every continent on the planet, and play major roles in the global economy and ecosystem. They account for most of our staple food crops and livestock feeds, including rice, barley, wheat, maize, millet and sugarcane. Grasses are the main winners from deforestation, and form grasslands which significantly influence our climate by altering the cycling of carbon and water between the land and air.

Understanding the evolutionary and ecological relationships between species is fundamental for biology, and it is believed the same scientific approach used by GrassPortal could be rolled out to cover all of the world’s half million plant species during the coming decade.

Dr. Colin Osborne, Senior Royal Society University Research Fellow from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield and Director of the GrassPortal project, said: “Grasses feed human civilization and economies, and our lives would quickly fall apart without them. Understanding the biology and threats to these species is vital for humanity in the 21st century, and I’m delighted that Kew have joined with Sheffield to tackle this global problem.”

Dr. David Simpson, Assistant Keeper in the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and GrassPortal Project Partner, said: “The worldwide importance of grasses means that they are a key part of Kew's Breathing Planet Programme to help save threatened plants and habitats and improve people's quality of life. We are very pleased to join with Sheffield University in this timely and vital initiative.”

Ben Showers, programme manager at JISC, which has funded the work to take place, said: “GrassPortal will provide a single point of access for scientists, researchers and students to an extraordinary range of grass data. Bringing these disparate resources together will allow new areas of research and study to open up, and help save researchers time when searching for crucial information.”


Eliminating weeds has economic, sociopolitical, and biological implications

Invasive Plant Science and Management

Containing or eradicating an invasive plant species isn’t as simple as pulling weeds. Bioeconomics apply because determining the best approach to managing a weed invasion depends on the amount of investment that can or will be made. The interplay of biological, operational, economic, and sociopolitical factors — not just the weeds themselves — determines the final outcome of a weed management program.

"Weed Eradication — An Economic Perspective" appears in the October-December 2009 issue of the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management. The author states that eradicating a weed population is often a better economic strategy than containing the invasion. Containing or controlling the level of impact of weed invasions can require a permanent, ongoing investment of resources. Eradication is more cost-effective, but only if it is feasible.

Estimating the ultimate costs of a weed management program is difficult. Bioeconomic techniques and models that can use rough estimates of costs and benefits offer useful tools for decision-making. In general terms, though, greater investment in weed control is justified by greater threats.

A program to eradicate witchweed in the United States has cost more than $250 million over a span of 50 years. As a parasitic species with many hosts, witchweed became a threat to produce crops and therefore to the economic marketplace. In this case, the threat has justified the commitment, and the ongoing program is meeting with success. But there are likely few other weed species that society would find worthy of such expense when there are diseases or animal populations, such as fire ants, that more directly affect human lifestyles.

The feasibility of eradication can be viewed as an equation. According to the author, “The effort to achieve weed eradication comprises the detection effort (both active and passive) required to delimit an invasion plus the search and control effort required to prevent reproduction until extirpation occurs over the entire infested area.”


 

Gardening tips

"I grow sunflowers and pole beans together using tomato cages, writes LoAnn Pham-Eiman. "They keep the tall sunflower stalks (planted in the middle of the cages) from leaning and support the bean vines (they climb on the wires) at the same time."

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Did You Know...

Chard was accidentally discovered in Switzerland when a beet shriveled in the cold ground but the greens kept growing! It was thought to be a type of Cardoon. Swiss chard is a healthy, easy-to-grow alternative to spinach but much more tolerant of heat. Swiss chard makes a tolerable spinach substitute when conditions are too hot for spinach to grow well and is the perfect green for late season planting in Texas gardens.


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.

Bonham: The 2010 Garden, Lawn and Home Expo will be held Saturday, March 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Complex, 700 FM 87 at Hwy 56 West, Bonham. Speakers include Kimberly Schofield, Beneficial arthropods; Steve Upson, Home orchard and small fruit production; Dr. Dotty Woodson, Plants that beat the heat and keep blooming; and Dr. Greg Church, Dinner from the dirt. Vendors, lunch and refreshments provided by the Fannin Co. 4-H, children's activities, silent auction and door prizes throughout the day. $4.00 admission. For more information, visit http://grovesite.com/mg/fcmg.

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.

Tomball: The 5th Annual Rose Festival will be held Saturday, March 27,  from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

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.

Tomball: “Koffee with Kathy,” an informal chat with Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle Garden Editor sharing her love of gardening, will be held Thursday, April 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

Rockport-Fulton: Presented by the Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, the Sixth Rockport Herb Festival will be held Saturday, April 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with programs starting at 9 a.m., at the Paws & Taws Fulton Convention Center, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road, Rockport-Fulton. For more information, visit www.rockportherbs.org.

Kemah: Paula Kennedy will present "Migrating Birds" at the Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club meeting Wednesday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Jimmie Walker Community Center, 800 Harris Ave., Kemah. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Chapman, at (281) 559-1912.

Tomball: “What’s New and Unique in The Plant World,” will be presented by Rand Hopkins, Monrovia Plants, Thursday, April 8, beginning at 10 a.m. at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Get a sneak preview of what’s new from this industry leading nursery. For additional information, visit www.arborgate.com or call (281) 351-8851.

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.

Pearland: The Harris County Master Gardener Association will present a program on WaterSmart Landscapes, Tuesday, April 13, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., at Bass Pro Shops, Highway 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. For more information, visit, http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

San Antonio: Sandy Ross and Kathy Carroll will discuss plant propagation and give demonstrations on semi-hardwood and root cuttings at the The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. For additional information, contact quadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Hermann Park: The Houston Urban Gardeners will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, at the Houston Garden Center in Hermann Park. Dianne Norman with Wabash Antiques and Feed Store will talk about "What to Plant NOW." For additional information, visit www.houstonurbangardeners.org.

Austin: The AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1600 B Smith Road, Austin, will host "Plant Propagation" from 1 a.m. until 11 a.m., April 17. Learning how to propagate from existing plants is a great way to populate your garden or pass along your favorites to friends. This seminar covers various propagation methods including cuttings, layering, and division, and help you overcome that fear of starting plants from seeds. The seminar will be part presentation, part participation so class size is limited to 30 participants. Please call the Master Gardener Help Desk at (512) 854-9600 to reserve your place. Participants must also bring scissors and an empty, clear plastic, 2-liter soda bottle with lid for the hands-on project. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners will host their annual spring plant sale and Market Day April 17, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Southeast Texas Regional Airport, Hangar #4, Jerry Ware Drive, Beaumont. This event is the largest of its kind in the Golden Triangle, complete with vendors of all kinds and, of course, a huge plant sale. Gardening seminars are offered free of charge and Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions and to help you choose the right plants for your landscape. For more information, call (490) 835-8461.

Georgetown: Spring Garden Fair, sponsored by Williamson County Master Gardeners, will be held April 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the WilCo AgriLife Extension Office, 3151 Inner Loop Rd., Georgetown. The fair will include gardening classes, a country store, demonstrations on rainwater harvesting, identifying oak wilt, a huge plant sale and so much more!  A Plant Preview class is offered at 8 a.m. highlighting the plants available; attendees will get early admission to the sale.

Granbury: Lake Granbury Master Gardener's Annual Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 17, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Hewlett Park Pavilion, Granbury, across from the Conference Center. All of your favorite plants will be offered as well as some new items. Mini seminars will be presented by Master Gardeners and will include drawings for prizes. For more information, contact the Hood County AgriLife Extension office at (817) 579-3280.

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.”

San Marcos: Heirloom tomatoes and native plants will be for sale along with free garden tool cleaning and sharpening service, Saturday, April 17, at the San Marcos Nature Center, 430 Riverside Dr., San Marcos. Bring your dull shovels and hoes. Get ready to plant your purchases. Sponsored by Hays County Master Gardeners and San Marcos Nature Center.

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.

Seabrook: Diana Foss from Texas Parks & Wildlife will present "Backyard Pollinators" beginning at 10 a.m., April 21, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.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.

Austin: "Gardening for Butterflies & Hummingbirds" will be held at the Demonstration Garden at the AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1600 B Smith Road, Austin, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 7. This seminar is appropriate for anyone wanting to incorporate the correct plants into the garden to attract these beauties. Learn plant food sources, host plants and nesting places for the most common butterflies and hummingbirds in Central Texas. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Denton: The Denton County Master Gardener 2010 Spring Garden Tour and Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, May 8. Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the gate; $5 single garden. Children under 14 free. For additional information, including locations of the gardens, visit www.dcmga.com or call (940) 349-2883.

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.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Antique Rose Emporium and the Comal Master Gardener Association will present their annual Herb Affair at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio, Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dill, the 2010 Herb of the Year, will be featured. Demonstrations will include the many ways to use herbs throughout the home and garden, including herbs for pest control, cleansers, nature printing and other crafts. For additional information, visit www.antiqueroseemporium.com, http://grovesite.com/mg/comal, or call (210) 651-4565.

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.

Austin: "How to Create a Wildlife Habitat" will be presented from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Saturday, May 22, at the Demonstration Garden at AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County, 1660 B Smith Road, Austin. Learn how to attract butterflies, birds, insects, toads, and other creatures by utilizing plants which create food, cover, water and places to raise young. A Master Naturalist volunteer will lead the discussion. This seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis Country Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Brenham: The Barrington Living History Farm's gardens will be open Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Learn about the foods pioneers grew to feed their families in the Brazos Valley in the 1850s. See the heirloom varieties Republic of Texas President Anson Jones may well have been growing on his farm. Barrington Living History Farm is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site off Highway 105 on FM 1155 between Navasota and Brenham. Admission: adults $5; students, $3; children 6 and under free. For additional information, call (936) 878-2214, ext. 246, and ask for Kellie, or visit www.birthplaceoftexas.com.

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.

Weatherford: The 26th annual Parker County Peach Festival will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, July 10, in downtown Weatherford. More than 200 arts/crafts, produce and food vendors will line the historic streets. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For additional information, visit www.peachfestivaltx.com or contact info@weatherford-chamber.com or (888) 594-3801.

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.

Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at (210) 999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month at the North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd.,  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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Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac

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