December 15, 2010

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‘Peggy Martin’ roses trained on iron obelisks in Welch Garden, College Station.


‘Peggy Martin.’

 

‘Peggy Martin’ Rose awards

By William C. Welch
Professor and Landscape Horticulturist
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Texas A&M University

The Peggy Martin Rose Fund began after Peggy Martin, past president of the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society and avid rose collector, returned to her home in Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to find a scene of total devastation. Her home and garden were inundated by 20 feet of salt water for two weeks and, even worse, both her parents were victims of the flooding. When she returned several months later there were only two plants surviving: a crinum and a rose that we now know as the ‘Peggy Martin’ rose. Several years before the Hurricane I had spoken to the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society while a guest of Peggy Martin and other friends in New Orleans. I brought back to Texas cuttings of the so-far-unidentified historic rose and observed it for several years at Fragilee, our weekend home near Brenham. I was impressed with its bright pink clusters of roses and thornless stems. It is a mannerly climber but vigorous grower with few problems with disease or insects. It is also not particular about soil type and thrives with little irrigation once established. At first it bloomed only in spring but after “settling in” for a couple of years it now blooms in fall as well.

Upon hearing of Peggy’s tragic losses and the symbol of hope provided by the surviving rose I urged a number of rose growers to propagate and distribute this rose while donating a portion of the sale of each plant to the newly established Peggy Martin Rose. The fund’s goal is to aid in the restoration of gardens in the swath of Hurricane Katrina. The growers responded generously and we are now able to disburse the collected funds. Others engaged in helping to establish the fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation were Nancy Thomas and Nancy Godshall. Events like The Bulb Mart, a project of The Garden Club of Houston, have sold hundreds of ‘Peggy Martin Roses’ over the past several years and helped to spread the word even further. Many Master Gardener groups also helped spread the word in their communities.

The growers who have enthusiastically supported the fund included Mike Shoup of The Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham; Jason Powell of Petals from the Past Nursery in Jemison, Alabama; Mark Chamblee of Chamblee Rose Nursery, Tyler; and Aubrey King of King’s Nursery, Tenaha. Peggy Martin, now in Gonzales, La., has provided numerous programs and generous support for the project. Many garden writers and others interested in heirloom plants and our southern gardening traditions provided publicity articles.

“Beautify Beaumont, Inc.” has recently received an award of $3,000.00 from the Peggy Martin Rose Fund for purchasing, planting and maintaining their beautification projects on Phelan Boulevard, a main artery in West Beaumont. Beautify Beaumont has been dedicated to restoring the community landscape because two hurricanes in the last five years created such destruction. Micah Meyer, Texas AgriLife Extension Horticulture Agent for Jefferson County (Beaumont vicinity), has taken an active part encouraging restoration and beautification efforts in cooperation with the Master Gardeners of the county. Well selected trees, roses and ground covers are making a big difference in the appearance of the entire community.

“Beauvoir,” home of Jefferson Davis and located in Coastal Mississippi, was severely damaged when Hurricane Katrina struck in September, 2005. As many as 400,000 people were evacuated from the Mississippi Coastal areas (almost the population of central New Orleans). Many historic buildings were destroyed including the cottages and second story mansions around “Beauvoir.” Hundreds of irreplaceable historical pre Civil War era artifacts were either lost or destroyed. Valiant Mississippians have been working hard to restore and enhance historic structures and gardens. Included are exciting plans for an authentic restoration of the garden, which will include a splendid rose planting featuring the shrubs and climbers of the past which just by their names and fragrances evoke a bygone era.

The Peggy Martin Survivor Rose Fund is providing $3,000.00 for this effort.

The Pitot House Museum and Garden is a property of the Louisiana Landmark Society and is representative of the country houses or plantations along Bayou St. John in New Orleans at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. This house is a fine example of the raised basement colonial home. It is the only Creole Colonial Style House Museum in New Orleans and tells the story of life along Bayou St. John from the earliest days. There is a classic parterre (geometrically patterned) garden. Adding fresh plantings of old garden roses not only helps make the site more beautiful but adds historical significance to the showy plant displays surrounding the house. Their award from the Peggy Martin Rose Fund is $6,000.00 and work on the garden is ongoing.

As we realize the pleasure and inspiration that beautiful and appropriate plants provide to all of us we are even more determined to ensure that they are part of historic sites and community landscapes. Time-tested heirloom plants like the ‘Peggy Martin’ rose help to create resource efficient plantings that require less water, chemical applications and gardener’s time in memorable settings while refreshing the human spirit.


Galveston to plant 25,000 trees during the next five years

Texas Forest Service

The Galveston City Council signed off on a plan to reforest the island by planting 25,000 trees over the next five years.

The island lost nearly half its tree canopy — more than 13,000 trees — after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Gulf Coast in September 2008. Though few were blown down, thousands were stranded in and ultimately poisoned by the salty storm surge that washed ashore.

Texas Forest Service has been working with the city and its residents since the storm hit, assessing the thousands of trees suffering from salt poisoning, educating the community about the issue and working on reforestation plans.

“I’m just convinced the citizens of Galveston deserve a new urban forest — that’s the goal,” said Texas Forest Service Urban Forestry Partnership Coordinator Pete Smith, who’s worked with the community for the past two years. “Having a plan like this is a starting place. Having council adopt it based on the recommendations of their tree committee is a public endorsement that we’re on the right track.”

Smith joined with members of the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy and City of Galveston Tree Committee to draft Galveston ReLeaf: A Strategic Plan for Replanting. The 44-page plan outlines the community’s vision and planting goals, as well as the guiding principles they’ll follow when carrying them out. It also lists potential projects.

“The plan is a culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people — the committees, the public, city staff,” said Jackie Cole, president of the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy Board of Directors. “It allows us the blueprint for moving forward, it allows us to show contributors where and how they might have an opportunity to be involved, and it keeps us focused and directed.”

Cole noted that the plan is designed to be community-driven and would allow the city to replant equitably across the city.

Mayor Joe Jaworski lauded the plan, noting that he thought Smith, Cole and the conservancy made an “incredible team” that together devised a plan that was “not just visionary, but beautiful.”

Jaworski pointed to Smith as the forester who helped him deal with the loss of a 105-year-old oak tree planted in his own front yard.

“I think Galveston is beautiful and will become even more beautiful when the releafing plan does its trick,” Jaworski said, explaining that the next step for the city would be to allocate public money for some of the projects.

“I’m just really proud of the entire state’s and region’s interest in helping Galveston recover. It’s gratifying.”


Gardening tips

Damping-off is a condition that often affects newly planted seedlings. It can be caused by several different fungus parasites that exist in the soil. They often occur near the soil surface and enter young seedlings at the point where they emerge from the ground or planting media. All of these fungi require a high moisture content of the soil along with air to grow. To avoid problems with damping-off be sure to avoid excess moisture in planting beds and transplant trays.

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Did you know...

The winter Solstice or the shortest day of the year occurs next week on December 21. After that date, the days gradually begin to get longer and before you know it — spring has arrived!


Upcoming garden events.

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

Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 16, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building located at 1924 Wilson Drive. Dr. David Creech will present a year-end review titled “Tales from SFA Gardens and Beyond.” Dr. David Creech, Regent’s Professor, has been at Stephen F. Austin State University since 1978 and is director of the SFA Mast Arboretum and Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, and co-directs the Pineywoods Native Plant Center with Dr. James Kroll. Dr. Creech received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture from Texas A&M University and his M.S. from Colorado State. His research effort has focused on blueberry germplasm and production studies, alternative crop/alternative technology, crop nutrition, and evaluation of new plant materials for the South. The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is generally held the third Thursday of each month at the SFA Mast Arboretum. Refreshments are served by the SFA Gardens volunteers before the lecture with a rare plant raffle being held afterward. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Greg Grant at 936-468-1863 or grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

Bryan/College Station: Applications are being accepted for the Brazos County Master Gardener 2011 Training Class which will be held from January to May. Classes meet on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applications and more program information is available at http://www.brazosmg.com or contact the Brazos County office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 979-823-0129 for more information.

Kemah: The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club will meet Wednesday, January 5, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jimmie Walker Community Center, 800 Harris Avenue, Kemah. Nell Shimek, co-owner of Shimek’s Gardens, an American Hemerocallis Society National Display site in Alvin, will present “Daylilies.” Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. For additional information, call Anniece Larkins, President, at 281-842-9008.

Kingsland: Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis will present "Hill Country Roses." Learn about the easy care roses that are beautiful, require minimal maintenance and grow in our area. This program is presented free by the Kingsland Garden Club at the Kingsland Library on Friday, January 7. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and the program follows at 1:45 p.m. For more information, visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/kgc.aspx.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 13, at the Georgetown Public Library, 2nd floor. Ginger Hudson will present her new book Landscape Maintenance for Central Texas Gardens. Visitors welcome. For additional information, contact Susan Waitz at 512-948-5241 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Highland Lakes: The Highland Lakes Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of Texas AgriLife Extension, will start Master Gardener Training Classes March 1 in Marble Falls. Visit http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/class.aspx to learn about the classes, cost, application and the Master Gardener program. Enrollment is limited so get your application in by January 15.

Houston: The Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale will be held 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. or until sold out, January 15, at Robertson Football Stadium on the University of Houston campus, Scott Street at Holman Street, Houston. This annual sale brings together far more types and varieties of fruit trees than can be found anywhere else in the greater Houston area. Fruit trees are easy to grow in metro Houston, with little care and big results. Learn more about growing fruit trees from Urban Harvest. For more information, visit www.urbanharvest.org.

New Braunfels: Registration has begun for the Comal Master Gardener Training Class which will be held from January 19 to May 11, 2011. Applications for the class are currently on the Comal Master Gardener website at http://www.txmg.org/comal/ or contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office at 830-620-3440 for more information. Class size is limited and applications are accepted in the order they are received. The class will meet each Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Comal County Office, 325 Resource Dr., New Braunfels (behind the Comal County Recycling Center).

McKinney: The Collin County Master Gardeners will present The Garden Show, March 26 and 27 at the Myers Park and Event Center near McKinney. The show is focused on providing research based horticulture information to area residents. For more information, contact thegardenshow@dfwair.net or visit www.ccmgatx.org/thegardenshow.

Cameron: The 2nd Annual Milam County Nature Festival will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., April 9 at Wilson-Ledbetter Park in Cameron. This is an educational and fun family event for all age groups with presentations, exhibits and hands on activities in a variety of nature areas including birds, bats, insects, butterflies, snakes, horned lizards, fish, wild animals, wildflowers, native grasses, and much more. For more information, visit: http://txmn.org/elcamino/naturefest/.

Rockport-Fulton: The Seventh Rockport Herb Festival will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Paws & Taws Fulton Convention Center, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road, Rockport-Fulton. Featured speakers include Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times bestselling author of the China Bayles series, books that "contribute to our knowledge, information, use, or enjoyment of herbs"; the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series; and a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries written with her husband Bill Albert under the pseudonym Robin Paige. Also speaking will be Judy Barrett, founder of Homegrown Texas Magazine and author of What Can I Do With My Herbs? and What Makes Heirloom Plants So Great? Chef Kevin Argetsinger will present a cooking demonstration, and there will be other on-going cooking demonstrations throughout the day. In addition, Jeff Transeau of Charta Olives will speak on growing Olive Trees in Texas and the Texas Olive Industry. Texas olive oil and olive trees will be for sale. For additional information, visit www.rockportherb.org.

San Antonio: Viva Botanica! — A Garden Fiesta for the whole family will be celebrated at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on the first Saturday of the Fiesta week in San Antonio, April 9, 2011. Decorate your stroller or red wagon and wear your finest Fiesta attire to enjoy the spring beauty of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Start the fun with a children’s parade and the coronation of lucky young visitors to the Garden’s first ever Fiesta Flower Court. Viva Botanica crafts, music, inflatable “bouncies” and games combine the natural environment of the Garden’s 33 acres with Fiesta fun. Stamp your Fiesta Passport on your “walk across Texas” experience along the Texas Native Trail, where families can explore the East Texas lake, the Hill Country’s limestone spring and historic cabins, and the Bird Watch at the farthest reach of the South Texas region. Interactive stations along the way will engage guests of all ages in the wonders of the natural world. For home gardeners, the Botanical Society will host its popular Spring Plant Sale of San Antonio friendly plants, all lovingly grown in the volunteer greenhouse at the Garden. Viva Botanica activities will be offered 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Garden is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro is open for weekend brunch 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue with free parking. Admission is $8 adults; $6 students, seniors, military; $5 children age 3-13. The Botanical Garden is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation and is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit www.sabot.org.

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.

Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August at The Library, 500 Bulldog, Marion. There is a plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

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.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. 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.org and http://rockportherbies.blogspot.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.

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.

Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday 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.

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/.

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.somervellmastergardeners.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 7:00 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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