June 23, 2010

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New varieties of ornamental sweet potatoes will be just one of the additions this year to the 2010 East Texas Horticultural Field Day. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

East Texas Horticultural Field day set June 24

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Despite the recession, the ornamental bedding plant industry is doing quite well, and by association so is the East Texas Horticultural Field Day at Overton, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.

This year, the field day is set for June 24 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton.

The field day, which is free and open to the public, will feature nearly 400 entries of everything from petunias to verbena to ornamental sweet potatoes, said Dr. Brent Pemberton, the AgriLife Research horticulturist who has conducted field trials every year since 1994. National and international seed companies send seed or rooted cuttings of established and new varieties to determine how they will do under East Texas conditions.

The field day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the center's North Farm site. The tour will continue at the site until about 10:30 a.m., then move to the Overton center's headquarters building, where a demonstration garden is located. A free lunch will be served at about 11:45 a.m. Indoor presentations will begin at 1 p.m., and the program will conclude by 2:50 p.m.

The trials include thousands of square feet of plots planted with purple, pink, red and white flowers. Pemberton designed the tests to help local growers, but the event has become popular with local gardeners too, with hundreds showing up some years, including industry representatives. More than 230 people attended the 2009 field day.

This year, as usual, there will be new varieties of geranium, trailing petunias, verbena, begonias, lantana and lobelia, Pemberton said. And there will be continuing emphasis on vinca, a widely used landscape plant across the South.

Newer additions will include napier grasses, trial varieties of gomphrena and black pentunias with pinstripes, he said.

"The napier grasses are a new type of purple-leafed ornamental grass which I think will be really interesting for the future for us," Pemberton said. "A lot of them are experimental varieties. We also have a lot of new varieties of gomphrena which are strongly hitting the market this year which is really a great plant for the heat."

The black, pinstriped pentunias also show great promise as an addition to the more colorful varieties that have proven to do well in East Texas, he said.

"We also have new varieties of ornamental sweet potatoes, which are getting a resurgence in introduction of varieties onto the market and support of the ones that have been around for a while," he said. "We also have some new begonias, which you will see in our shade trials which are looking absolutely beautiful this time of the year."

After lunch, the program will move inside with a presentation by Pemberton and Jimmy Turner of the Dallas Arboretum on the 2010 California Spring Showcase, also known as Pack Trials. Another new program feature this year will include a talk on trapping feral hogs by Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist.

"We also coordinate trial results with the Dallas Arboretum," Pemberton said. "Over 5 million consumers in the northeast Texas region now have the opportunity to see how promising new plants from all over the world perform in our climate."

Pemberton began trials of bedding plants at the Overton center to serve the commercial greenhouse and bedding plant industry. According to him, in recent years the industry has had a $500 million annual economic impact on the region, and bedding-plant industry sales haven't seen the downturn in consumer spending experienced by other businesses in the last year.

"Despite the struggling economy, producers growing plants with color have continued to do well as sales have remained steady," Pemberton said. "Even though consumers are cutting back on purchases and non-essential travel, they still seem to want to improve their home surroundings with flowering plants."

Before Pemberton began his trials, there were few if any tests under East Texas conditions of the many new varieties released by seed companies each year, he said.

The center is located 1 mile north of downtown Overton on Farm to Market Road 3053.

For driving directions go to http://overton.tamu.edu/flowers/fieldday.htm or call 903-834-6191.


Children's Vegetable Garden Program a growing success

By Paul Schattenberg
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The Children's Vegetable Garden Program, presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County, the Bexar County Master Gardeners organization and San Antonio Botanical Garden, is one of the longest and most successful youth gardening education efforts in the nation, said coordinators.

"The program began in 1983 with the purpose of teaching inner-city kids the benefits of vegetable gardening," said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County and the program's administrator.

Rodriguez and members of the Bexar County Master Gardeners organization, a volunteer horticultural organization which helps support area AgriLife Extension horticultural efforts, provide oversight and instruction at the one-acre Children's Vegetable Garden located within the botanical garden complex at 555 Funston Place.

Each year, a spring and fall Children's Vegetable Garden Program is presented with 65 to 90 youth participants, he said. Programs are open to children 8-13 years of age from Bexar and surrounding counties. During the program period, which is from 9-11 a.m. over 16 consecutive Saturdays, children prepare soil, plant, weed, nurture, grow and harvest their own vegetables under the guidance of several Master Gardener volunteers.

"Many of the kids involved in the program don’t know where their vegetables come from and most have never even seen a vegetable garden, much less having tried to grow anything," Rodriguez said. "Typically the kids are fascinated with the bugs they find in the garden, the types and colors of the plants and watching their vegetables grow."

Rodriguez said the program has evolved over the years, but has kept its focus on helping inner-city youth develop an appreciation for nature.

Currently, more than 30 Bexar County Master Gardeners are involved in this program, showing kids how to grow vegetables while teaching them about nutrition, the environment, the benefits of outdoor interests and more, Rodriguez said. The program emphasizes environmentally friendly gardening techniques.

"We had about 85 kids in the latest Spring Children's Vegetable Garden Program and many were inner-city kids, including about 25 third-graders from Woodridge Elementary in near northeast San Antonio," he said.

Amalia "Molly" Martinez, a Master Gardener for 4 years, served as the spring program’s lead instructor.

"The kids learned a lot about things like sharing and working together and as a team,” Martinez said. “Many were afraid of bugs, so we showed them which insects were good and which were not. There was also some bilingual activity since many of the kids were more familiar with Spanish and labeled their vegetables in Spanish.”

Martinez added that the Master Gardeners and other volunteers involved also worked well together and supported one another in order to make the program a success.

"This is one of the oldest teaching gardens for children in the country and we couldn't be prouder than to work with AgriLife Extension in providing this opportunity for area youth," said Bob Brackman, director for the San Antonio Botanical Garden. "This program has grown and blossomed over the years, and for many people it represents their earliest memory of the botanical garden."

Brackman estimates as many as 10,000 children have participated in the program since its inception 27 years ago.

"The program's structure and implementation is conducive to almost any urban area that can commit a small plot of land and provide the materials and human resources needed to teach young people how to garden," he said.

Most of the Woodridge Elementary students who participated in the spring program ending June 5 were from lower-income families and not very familiar with nature, according to John Goodman, a third-grade teacher at the school who learned of the program and thought his students would benefit from it.

"Participating in the program helped show our students learn how to measure properly, which we emphasize in third grade, as well as taught them about plant science, vegetable growing and harvesting, composting, beneficial and non-beneficial insects, and even the impact of purple martins on the environment," Goodman said.

Goodman added that many of the academic concepts presented in the program through the Junior Master Gardener curriculum were in keeping with mandated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements for public schools.

"The program uses curriculum from the Junior Master Gardener program, an extensive youth gardening initiative of AgriLife Extension," said Rodriguez. "The JMG curriculum not only teaches the kids about gardening, but also acquaints them with math and science, both areas where the U.S. is behind academically as compared with other developed countries."

Rodriguez said the $25 registration fee, used to purchase seeds, plants, compost, fertilizer, mulch and other materials, is extremely reasonable, especially given the length of the program and amount of instruction and hands-on assistance provided.

He added that the fall Children's Vegetable Garden Program will take place from Aug. 21-Dec.1 with applications for that program due no later than Aug. 6.

For more information, contact David Rodriquez at 210-467-6575 or dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu.


 

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Upcoming garden events.

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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.

Austin: “Designing Your Landscape” will be presented Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m. until noon, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. “Designing Your Landscape,” the second of a two-part series, will explore the step-by-step process of creating a landscape plan., including a discussion of the creation of drawings from site analysis through concept to a final planting plan. Learn how to measure your yard and draw a base plan to scale. This seminar will introduce the tools you need to create the garden you have always wanted. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardeners' 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.

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

Seabrook: Michael Merritt, Regional Urban Forest Coordinator of the Texas Forest Service, will speak about the Harris County Champion Tree Registry beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 21, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside),. 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. Merritt will discuss how all the old trees in Harris County are identified and recorded. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: "Better Photography in the Garden," a class to help gardeners capture the beauty of nature, will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, July 24, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. Learn tips on capturing plants and insects in the garden. Discussion will include how lighting, focal length and aperture interact in composing photographs and how to use a camera's programs (landscape, portrait, etc.) effectively. After the presentation, go into the Botanical Garden to practice. Participants must provide their own camera and have an understanding of how it works. All types of cameras are welcome. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's Help desk at 512-854-9600.

Austin: for the fall and winter season. Join Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist and Texas Gardener Contributing Writer Patty Leander to learn the basics of vegetable gardening with an emphasis on varieties that flourish in the fall and winter months when she presents “Fall Vegetable Gardening,” from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, August 7, at Southwest Hills Community Church, 7416 W. Hwy 71, Austin.. Broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard, radishes and spinach are among the fantastic crops that grow well in our cooler season. Vegetable gardens don't end in fall, so come learn how to keep yours going year round. 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.

Seguin: Guadalupe County Master Gardeners is now accepting applications for Evening Training Classes. School will be Wednesdays, August 11 through December 1, 6-9 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Building, 210 Live Oak, Seguin. Interested in learning about vegetable and flower gardening, trees and the environment? Enjoy sharing knowledge of plants and gardening with people in your community? Want to participate in positive community service programs with volunteers that have similar interests? Then the Master Gardener program could be for you. Learn from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts, including Malcolm Beck, Texas Gardener Contributing Writer Patty Leander, Flo Oxley, John Dromgoole and Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black. Topics cover botany & plant growth, entomology, xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Sign up now before the classes are full. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount for early payment. For more information, please contact Robert Teweles at 210 289-9997, email rteweles@satx.rr.com or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Austin: “How to Manage Garden Insects” will be presented Saturday, August 21, from 10 a.m. until noon at the LCRA Redbud Center, Room 108N, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin. Insects can be one of the biggest challenges for gardeners. But you can deal with pests effectively without spraying general insecticides all over your plants. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can teach you how to protect your garden without harming the environment or your plants. Learn to distinguish beneficial insects in your backyard from harmful insects. Basic IPM strategies will be described that can help manage insect pests throughout the landscape, in vegetable gardens, even in the home. 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. www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at 512-854-9600.

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.

Rockport-Fulton: Rockport-Fulton’s 22nd HummerBird Celebration will be held September 16 through 19. Celebrate the ruby-throated hummingbird migration and other birds in the area with four days of speakers, bus birding field trips, boat birding trips, hummer home guided bus tours and programs. More than 90 vendors are located in the HummerBird Malls. Outdoor exhibits include butterfly tent, live birds of prey, and nature centers. For additional information or to register, visit www.rockporthummingbird.com or www.rockport-fulton.org or call the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 800-242-0071.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu or call 281-855-5600.

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.

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.

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.

San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or call Bea at 210-999-7292.

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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