April 28, 2010

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Remember Arbor Day: Texas Forest Service celebrates urban forestry during San Antonio tree celebration

Texas Forest Service

Forester Paul Johnson knows trees are important. He knew that long before he started working for Texas Forest Service.

Trees are the largest, longest-living, most valuable part of the landscape. And yet, he said, people often spend more on their lawns — sodding, mowing, fertilizing and the like — than they do on their trees.

“Trees clean the air, they control flooding, they clean the water,” Johnson said, easily listing a handful of societal benefits they provide. “We really need to pay better attention to the concept of trees so we can take better care of our trees.”

Johnson is hoping he can help get the word out on April 30 — Arbor Day. This year marks the state’s 121st Arbor Day celebration. Festivities will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at the Alamo in downtown San Antonio, the nation’s seventh-largest city. The event is open to the public.

The celebration is planned for the Alamo plaza, where tall buildings stand juxtaposed next to mighty tree trunks covered in green leaves. As a result, Johnson said, the concept of urban forestry will play a major role in the event.

“Everywhere there are people, people plant trees,” Johnson said. “Those trees are, collectively, our urban forest.”

Event organizers and attendees will spend most of the morning replanting trees and emphasizing the connection between trees and the community. Tom Boggus, state forester and director of the Texas Forest Service, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and City Manager Sheryl Scully will take part in the celebration, as will dignitaries from various state and local organizations including the Texas Forestry Association, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep San Antonio Beautiful, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, Alamo Forest Partnership and the Texas Chapters of the International Society of Arboriculture and Society of American Foresters.

Several awards and recognitions also will be announced including the Urban and Community Forest Leadership Award, Community Forest Volunteer of the Year and State Tree Planting Awards.

The celebration will conclude with a tour of the trees on the Alamo grounds led by Alamo Horticulturist Mark Nauschutz.

Roughly 100 trees will be given away during the event. Another 250 will be given out the following day during Solar Fest, an annual San Antonio festival designed to showcase solar technologies and innovations.

“On Arbor Day, we really emphasize the celebration of trees,” Johnson said. “It’s a tree-planting holiday and it gives us a chance to really talk about that.”


The lighter side of gardening
The garden workout

By John Hershey
Freelance Writer

The seasons change in the garden, but the debate over health care reform still rages on in Washington. For all the complex proposals to "bend the curve" of the unsustainable increases in medical costs, nearly everyone seems to tacitly acknowledge that this is very difficult to do by tinkering with the kind of incremental reforms you have to settle for to get Joe Lieberman's vote. There is one thing that would probably make huge difference: a massive nationwide shift toward healthy living, so we would need less treatment for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other health problems in which lifestyle can be a factor. But there is really not much the government can do to affect people's eating and exercise choices. This conundrum probably makes our policymakers frustrated and depressed enough to binge on a quart of Ben & Jerry's.

The government has plenty of programs to promote wellness. One hopes they do some good, but efforts like the confusing food pyramid ("Ooh, sweets and fats are right at the top — they must be the most important things to eat!") don't inspire much confidence. And of course the federal government could change the system of subsidies that promote bad eating by making processed food cheap, so we should keep pushing for that. But Congress can't legislate healthy diets. The President isn't going to issue an executive order mandating 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise. The best thing our leaders can do is probably just set a good example, which is why Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden has been so effective in promoting healthy living.

Since personal lifestyle choices cannot and should not be dictated by the government, the success of efforts to provide better health care to more people ultimately depends on a shift not in policy but in society. "You have to change the whole culture around [food]," said Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of President Obama's top health care advisers, in a recent interview with the Washington Post. "That's even more complicated than how to change the health-care system, if you can believe it."

If the government can't improve the nation's health by changing its food culture, who can accomplish this extremely complicated task? People. Individuals growing and eating healthy food, especially when they do it together in community gardens. Every garden and every gardener plays a role in solving this key public health problem.

But the garden is also the solution to the other part of the problem: exercise. The physical activity you do in the process of growing your own nutritious food will also keep you healthy. So if you're like me and your new year's resolution to exercise more and eat better is still gnawing at your conscience two months into the year, the garden is the perfect place to accomplish both goals.

The normal activities of planting and tending a garden involve some nice light exercise. But you can get a more vigorous workout too. Here are some garden fitness tips that can easily be adapted to any age or fitness level. But first, the standard exercise disclaimer: Consult your physician before beginning an exercise program. Stop if you feel short of breath. And try not to drop the watering can on your head.

1. Sell the rototiller. Not only does it kill beneficial earthworms, it's like driving a car when you could ride a bicycle. Muscle power is better for you and the environment. Turn or loosen your soil gently with a pitchfork for a good cardiovascular and whole body workout.

2. Weeding squat. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight, lower your hips so your thighs are parallel to the ground and you can reach the weed with your hand. Grab it and stand back up to pull it out. Repeat with the other 999 weeds in your garden.

3. A rake or hoe is a barbell. hold it on your shoulders, behind your head, and do abdominal twists, squats, and lunges, then lift it straight up over your head a few times. In a gym with a cold metal bar, this is called the military press. Out here in the garden, with a natural wooden rake, it's the horticultural press. Doesn't that sound nicer?

4. My watering can weighs 16 pounds when full. That's a dumbbell! Actually it's more like a kettlebell, the trendy Russian exercise device that looks like a cannonball with a handle. You can buy one for anywhere from $25 to $100. Or you can get a plastic watering can with a comfortable handle for about five bucks, and fill it up to any level you like, precisely calibrating the perfect weight for you. Just using the can to water your plants is good arm exercise, and by adding some watering can curls, presses, squats, and lunges, you have a quick, whole-body workout. Google "kettlebell" and you'll find lots of workout routines you can do with a watering can. My favorite is called the Turkish Get-up. To do it, lay down on your back in the garden. Be careful not to squash the beets. Or beat the squash, for that matter. Hold your full watering can by the handle with one hand, and lift it straight up so your arm is vertical. Keeping the can in that position, stand up however you can. Still holding the can above your head, lay back down again. Switch arms and repeat. Do as many repetitions as you can or until all the other gardeners have gathered around your plot, staring at you with worried expressions and wondering if they should call 911. The one downside of this exercise is that you look completely ridiculous doing it, but just explain what you're doing and get everyone involved. Now you have a group of fitness partners to keep you motivated. The best part: unlike an expensive kettlebell, the watering can features an automatic cooling and self-adjusting weight system. Inevitably some water will slosh out onto your head when you perform the move, which keeps you cool and lightens the load a bit for your next repetition.

5. Chopping compost material is a great way to work up a sweat and work the upper body. Talk about motivation: the finer you chop your material, the faster it will turn into beautiful compost for your garden.

These are just some ideas to get started. There is no limit to the exercises you can do while gardening. Unlike a snooty health club, it's free, you're out in the fresh air, and no one is wearing spandex. And I prefer the aroma of aged compost to aged sweatsock any day.

“The garden workout” originally appeared in The Underground News and is reprinted with the author’s permission. To read more garden-variety humor and commentary, visit John's website: www.rakishwit.com.


The compost heap
Nutgrass dilemma

"I was wondering if you had any information on an effective way to controlling nutgrass?" writes Erin Klose. "It is driving me crazy in the garden coming up everywhere. I till and hoe and pull it up, but it seems like I'm not making any headway. I would prefer an organic approach, or least effective chemical approach as possible as I have my veggies going good right now."

If you prefer an organic approach, then removing the nutgrass by hand is the best option. The problem is that the tiny “nuts” that are located along the plant’s root system will develop into new plants if they not removed. Image is the best product for controlling nutgrass. Treatment with this product can begin after May 15 and requires two treatments. As with any pesticide, be sure to follow all label directions. — Chris S. Corby, Publisher


 

Gardening tips

To promote healthy, fast growing trees this spring avoid building raised beds around your trees; remove any grass of other plant material in a circular pattern from the drip line to the trunk and mulch. Then water during periods of dry weather and fertilize every couple of weeks during the growing season.

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...

Organic gardening/farming has been a really popular and growing trend in our state and country in recent years. Follow this link to find some interesting information on the development of this important segment of agriculture: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Organic/.


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.

Atlanta: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter will hold its Native Plant Sale Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Horne Enterprise Building parking lot, located at the intersection of Hwy 43 and Hwy 77, Atlanta.

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.

Highland Lakes: Join a discussion of “Texas Tough Plants” which are suitable to Central Texas and view examples of Native and Native adapted plants that grow well in Hill Country gardens. This free Green Thumb program is presented by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners and the Lakeshore Library Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lakeshore Library located at 7346 Hwy 261, 3.6 miles past the intersection with FM 1431 in Buchanan Dam. Highland Lakes Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis has a beautiful program showing and discussing the plants that are recommended to grow vigorously in the area. Get a preview of some recommended plants at http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/sherylsgarden.aspx.This is a free program but attendees must reserve their seats. Call the library at (325) 379-1174.

Pearland: The Harris County Master Gardener Association will present a program on growing plants from seeds and cuttings Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-9 pm 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.

Rocksprings: The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Edwards County will conduct a free General Horticulture Workshop from 5-7:25 p.m. May 11 in the Edwards County Annex, 400 West Main, Rocksprings. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered in the general and integrated pest management categories for participants completing the workshop. Dr. Noel Troxclair, AgriLife Extension entomologist at Uvalde, will speak on the life cycles of common insect pests found in and around the home and the control methods available for them. Dr. Mark Black, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist at Uvalde, will discuss common lawn and garden plant diseases and their treatment procedures. For more information, call Silvers at (830) 683-4310 or (830) 234-7021.

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.

Rockwall: Tickets are on sale now for the 2010 Tour of Gardens sponsored by the Rockwall County Master Gardener Association. The tour is May 15 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the tour. For more information visit http://grovesite.com/page.asp?o=mg&s=rc&p=313468 or call (972) 204-7660.

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.

Pearland: Daylilies will be in peak bloom when Payne's in the Grass Daylily Farm — 2137 Melanie Lane, Pearland — hosts an open garden Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free and daylily plants will be for sale. For additional information, call (281) 485-3821 or lp-payne@comcast.net or visit www.paynesinthegrassdaylilyfarm.com.

Seabrook: Catherine Hubbard, Director of the Albuquerque Biopark's Botanic Garden will discuss "Rose Gardening in the Arid Landscape" at 10 a.m., May 19 at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. Hubbard will discuss the construction of a one-acre rose garden in Biopark's Garden and the role roses can play in an arid landscape. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

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.

Bryan: "Good Garden Therapy — Earth Kind Methods for Gardening" will be presented Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m. to noon at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Get answers to your spring-summer vegetable gardening questions and prepare now for a successful fall garden with Tom LeRoy, Montgomery County Horticulture Extension Agent and author of The Southern Kitchen Garden. In session 2 learn about “The Soil Food Web,” a new model of soil fertility and management, from John Ferguson, owner of Nature’s Way Resources in Conroe. This model explains how biological methods work to save time and money-producing better gardening results. Hosted by the Brazos County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Master Gardeners. Seminar fee: $20. Pre-registration preferred. For registration, http://www.brazosmg.com. For additional information, contact Brazos County Master Gardeners at brazosmg@ag.tamu.edu or (979) 823-0129.

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.

Cameron: Nature Festival, June 11-12. Explore historical Wilson-Ledbetter Park in Cameron. Friday evening activities – discovery walks, outdoor nature movie, keynote speakers, dedication of bird sanctuary. Saturday – hands-on fun and educational family activities, tour exhibits, sample foods. Discover El Camino Real de los Tejas National Heritage Trail. For additional information, visit www.cameron-tx.com, call (254) 697-4979, visit www.rockdalechamber.com, or call (512) 446-2030.

Austin: Enjoy a free seminar concentrating on capturing rainwater and lowering water usage in your landscape from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, June 26, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. This session will teach you all the basics on building a non-potable rainwater harvesting system. In addition, lower your water usage by learning about rain gardens which capture valuable rainwater in your landscape. Vendors representing tank and gutter companies will be available to answer specific questions. City of Austin representatives will be available to answer permit and rebate questions. 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 additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

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.

Fredericksburg: 5th Annual Wildscapes Workshop — Better Basics: Backyards, Birds & Butterflies. September 11, Registration & Plant Sale open at 8 a.m., Seminars 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Garden Tours 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street, Fredericksburg. Take a comprehensive look at using native plants to provide a sustainable environment that will attract the local wildlife to your landscape. Speakers will show how to expand your living space by creating outdoor retreats using native plants and hardscape. The cost of $35.00 includes morning snack and lunch, along with afternoon tours of gardens that exemplify the information taught during the seminars. Raffles, a big door prize and a silent auction will be ongoing throughout the day. Several local nurseries will be selling hard-to-find native plants and volunteers from the Fredericksburg Chapter will be selling even harder-to-find books about native plants. For more information visit www.npsot.org/Fredericksburg or contact Lynn Sample at (830) 889-1331.

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 Gardeners meet the third Monday of each month at McGregor house on the corner of West Henderson and Colonial Dr. in Cleburne. A program starts at 6 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with refreshments and a short business meeting. For information 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.

Atlanta: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Horne Enterprise building in Atlanta at 7 p.m.  Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Kay Lowery at frostkay268@aol.com.

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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