March 31, 2010

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Rainwater collection systems don’t have to be eyesores, say Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts. An April 21-22 course will cover the construction of basic systems as well as aesthetic design. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Justin Mechell)

 
Harker Heights rainwater harvesting course set April 21-22

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is offering a 1-1/2-day course on the basics of rainwater harvesting April 21-22 at the Harker Heights Activity Center, 400 Indian Trail, Harker Heights.

The drought of 2009 in Central Texas may seem like a bad dream after a wet winter, but there are many other good reasons to set up a rainwater harvesting system than an ongoing drought, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert.

"For many who get their water from wells, it is security if the well is running dry," said Brent Clayton, AgriLife Extension assistant. "For those on municipal water, it is a way to irrigate when restrictions come into place. Others do it for environment. Rainwater harvesting uses less groundwater."

Collecting and using rain from roofs also lessens runoff that may carry pollutants into rivers and lakes, he said.

On the first day, participants will learn all aspects of building and maintaining both passive and active-container catchments.

Passive catchments are landscapes that use rain as their only source of water. They include roof gardens, rain gardens, bog gardens and swales. Components of such systems will be shown, and participants will be walked through the steps of designing and building rain gardens and other passive-catchment systems, Clayton said.

Harvest systems range from small, simple and cheap to large, complex and relatively expensive. Participants will learn about all aspects of both, from how to modify a common 55-gallon drum for harvesting to building a 400-gallon flushable tank system, he said.

They will also learn how to cover, hide or decorate large tanks to make them more aesthetically pleasing, Clayton said. Tax incentives, building codes and landscape design will also be discussed.

On the second day, topics will include building a 170-gallon water trough tank, setting up solar-powered and AC pumps, and incorporating drip-irrigation systems.

Pre-registration is $150, which includes instruction, refreshments and training materials. Attendees can pre-register and pay online by going to http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu . They may also pre-register by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Bell County at 254-933-5305. On-site registration the day of the program will be $175.


Lawn mower accidents are the leading cause of major amputations for children under 10

Amputee Coalition of America

More attention needs to be paid to lawn mower safety this year, according to the Amputee Coalition of America. Needless limb loss accidents can be prevented by taking simple commonsense precautions.

Depending on where you live in the U.S., you may mow your lawn 30 times or more this year. Every time you start your mower, you are dealing with a dangerous and potentially deadly piece of equipment. By following just a few safety measures before you mow, you can avoid life-altering accidents.

Lawn mower accidents cause serious injuries to legs, arms, fingers, toes or other body parts. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200,000 people – around 16,000 of them under age 19 – were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2007. More than 600 children undergo amputations each year as the result of lawn mower-related injuries. For children under age 10, major limb loss is most commonly caused by lawn mowers.

“In 2010, we want to see the number of accidents greatly reduced by increasing public awareness of lawn mower safety. Amputations from lawn mower accidents are among the most preventable,” says Kendra Calhoun, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America. “The statistics on childhood amputations caused by lawn mower accidents are shocking. By following commonsense safety rules, you can prevent lawn mower injuries to yourself and others. Taking proper precautions with lawn-mowing equipment is critical.”

The Amputee Coalition of America offers these safety guidelines:

Never allow children to play on a lawn mower, even if it is turned off.

Never allow a child to ride on a riding lawn mower with you.

Keep your children indoors and do not allow other children to play nearby while you are mowing.

Children should be at least 12-years-old before operating any lawn mower and at least 16-years-old to operate a riding mower.

Mowing safety checklist

Before starting your lawn mower, use this simple Amputee Coalition of America checklist, which is based on information from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Keep this checklist in your garage or near your mowing equipment. It only takes a minute to prevent disaster.

Before mowing

  • Pick up stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.
  • Wear shoes, not sandals.
  • Use eye and hearing protection.
  • Adjust blade settings, adults only!
  • Start and refuel mowers outdoors, never in a garage.
  • Refuel with the motor turned off and cool.

While mowing

  • Only use mowers with automatic shut-down abilities, such as those with a control that stops motion when the handle is released.
  • Don’t mow in reverse unless necessary, and watch out for others.

After mowing

  • Wait for blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel roads.

Parents: Explain the dangers of lawn mowers and their safe operation. Follow these simple precautions and set a good example for children.


 

Gardening tips

"Use old cattle panels against the house for trellises to grow vines to help lower electric bills in the summer," writes Cathy Ledbetter. "Deciduous perennials work well, letting the sunshine warm the house in the winter, without the maintenance of pulling or torching dead vines at the season's end."

Have a favorite gardening tip you’d like to share? Texas Gardener’s Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free copy of Texas Gardener's 2010 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did You Know...

Almost any vegetable that will grow in a typical backyard garden will also do well as a container-grown plant. Vegetables that are ideally suited for growing in containers include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green onions, beans, lettuce, squash, radishes and parsley. Pole beans and cucumbers also do well in this type of garden, but they do require considerably more space because of their vining growth habit.


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.

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.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will meet on Thursday, April 8, at the Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, at 7:00 pm. Speaking will be Lee Sherman, a Stream Restoration and Water Quality Engineer for the City of Austin Watershed Protection Dept., on stream restoration projects and best management practices for water quality improvement. Visitors welcome. For additional information, visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/new/NPSOT_Williamson_County/Welcome.html call Billye Adams at (512) 863-9636.

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.

Belleville: The Bluebonnet Master Gardeners Annual plant sale will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Austin County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Bellville. There will be directional signs to the fairgrounds on sale day. Expect flowers, shrubs, trees, roses, houseplants, herbs, gifts, books and more. Expert gardening advice, too. Proceeds will advance education, scholarships and beautification for Austin, Colorado, Fayette and Washington counties. For additional information, contact Judy at (979) 877-4706 or visit www.bluebonnetmastergardener.org.

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 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 9 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.

Cleburne: "Texas Tuff Plants" is the theme of the Johnson County Master Gardener Plant Sale on Saturday, April 17. The sale to be held at the Cleburne Senior Center, 1212 Glenwood Drive, Cleburne, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. will feature perennials, shrubs, and annuals selected for their ability to perform well in harsh Texas conditions. There will be talks by gardening specialists and master gardeners will be available for consultations. For additional information contact Joan Leach, leach@ticnet.com.

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.

Nacogdoches: 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 "Growing Vegetables from Seeds," Wednesday, April 28, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Why pay for vegetable transplants when you can easily grow them yourself? Learn about supplies, timing, varieties, seeding how-to and tips on transplanting to the vegetable garden. 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, Schertz. 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 precedes 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.


Texas Wildscapes:
Gardening for Wildlife

By Kelly Conrad Bender

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volume 21
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volume 24 (November/December 2004 through September/October 2005),
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Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac

Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac is a giant monthly calendar for the entire state — a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and "yardeners." This book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. It will help you to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens and have fun doing it.

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