April 6, 2011

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The garden reader:
School gardens

By William Scheick
Book Reviewer

Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Kathleen Pringle. How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Timber Press, 2010. 224 pp. $24.95.

A highlight of the March-April 2010 issue of Texas Gardener was Michael Bracken’s article on how the Hunt Garden Club and the fourth and fifth graders at Hunt School created the Youth Discovery Garden. The project started out small, but enthusiasm soared until eventually over 40 students were cultivating their own plots.

It’s a great story, and happily not the only one of its kind. Even more stories should follow now that How to Grow a School Garden has been published.

Useful chapters range from what to consider when laying the groundwork to how to budget and raise funds. There’s even an example of an annual fund letter.

For anyone who needs an answer, there is also a chapter on the benefits — the “why” — of school gardens: enhanced academic achievement, healthier lifestyles and a communal sense of place, for instance.

School gardens might seem newish, but in fact what’s relatively new is their absence. During the 1910s and 1920s both of my parents gardened and processed produce at their urban school.

Later, too, victory gardens were located on school grounds as well as in home yards.

Today, according to the authors, “few urban children have a connection to their ecosystem.” It is “remarkable, however, how quickly they are able to establish deep bonds with nature when they are given the opportunity.”

The authors feature growing vegetables, of course, but a first step for generating local interest in such an undertaking might be to start with a school-spirit garden — a small plot ornamented with flowers brightly mimicking the school colors.

How to Grow a School Garden includes a valuable resource chapter. Add Bonnie Plants to the information listed there. To encourage child-age gardening, this Alabama garden supply company has been giving away cabbage transplants to third-grade teachers enrolled in their program.

Which reminds me of one of my father’s stories from his childhood. One of his responsibilities at his school was to process cabbage into sauerkraut — not exactly a fun task, in his telling, but character building nonetheless.

Spring in the Hill Country is prime time for spread of deadly oak wilt disease

Texas Forest Service

The big, beautiful live oaks that line your street and shade your home aren’t indefensible. There’s a silent killer that at this very moment could be creeping down your block, one yard at a time.

Considered an epidemic throughout Central Texas, oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States. The infectious disease spreads in the spring, killing trees that share its name, with red oaks and live oaks most susceptible.

“Live oaks are just phenomenal trees that we’re blessed with here in the Hill Country; oak wilt is just its Achilles heel,” said Texas Forest Service Forester Eric Beckers, who is based in Austin.

“It’s an incredibly valuable tree. It’s a great survivor against everything that gets thrown at it from wind damage to drought to insects and other diseases, but it’s a poor survivor with oak wilt.”

Oak mortality has been noted since the 1930s, but oak wilt wasn’t confirmed as the cause until the late 1970s. It has since been found in 73 counties — principally in Central Texas though it’s crept as far as Amarillo and Houston.

An infected oak can spread the disease to surrounding oaks via their interconnected root systems. When that happens, the only way to stop further spread is by digging trenches to break the root connections.

Oak wilt also can be spread from February through June via sap-feeding beetles, which eat spore mats produced by infected red oaks. The disease is spread when those insects fly off to feed on a healthy red oak or live oak with a fresh wound.

Diseased live oaks do not produce the same spores but they can become infected by them.

“We’re talking about trees that have been in the landscape for a century or more. We don’t replace those trees overnight,” Beckers said, adding that the death of such majestic trees can lead to drops in property values. “Preventing oak wilt is the key.”

A wound is created any time bark is removed and wood is exposed, Beckers said. That can happen with the simplest of tasks — planting flowers, pruning or even pushing a lawn mower over a bare tree root.

That bare wood produces sap, which attracts the sap-feeding beetles, Beckers said, stressing the importance of avoiding wounds in the spring, painting tree wounds year round and destroying diseased red oaks.

“You don’t want to have to manage oak wilt. That means you have it. You want to prevent it from happening,” Beckers said, explaining that there was no cure for the disease. “Oak wilt is a bear. It’s very difficult to stop.”

For more information about oak wilt and maps detailing which counties are affected, visit www.texasoakwilt.org.

The compost heap::
Fire ants

"I have three beds of fire ants in my garden," writes Steve Erickson. "What is the chimerical product to treat them with as I have produce growing in close proximity? Any help you can give will be appreciated."

There are several fire ant control products that contain Spinosad that are safe to use around those food crops. Come and Git It made by Ferti-lome is one of them.  Be sure to follow all label directions for the most effective control. — Chris S. Corby, publisher

Gardening tips

In dry soil like most of us have this spring, try planting your squash seed a little deeper to take advantage of available moisture — 2-1/2 to 3 inches. Make sure the soil temperature is above 60 degrees F.

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 Texas Gardener 2011 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.

Did you know...

Garlic can be harvested in the immature stage this spring or allowed to mature. Mature garlic is ready to harvest when half of the leaves turn brown and start to fall over. Dig the bulbs with a shovel, knock the dirt off the roots and allow the bulbs to dry for a few days before storing.

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.

Ennis: Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the "Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail" and was designated the "Official Bluebonnet City of Texas." From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show. The Ennis Garden Club will drive the trails to check the bloom status each week starting in April. The Club then reports to the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau about the latest status of the bluebonnets so that visitors can be well informed where the best flowers are on the trails at the time of their visit. Each year, the bluebonnets will appear on different trails as these are natural to the area. In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April, according to the Ennis Garden Club. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions. Bring your tour groups (church, retirement, senior, etc) to Ennis to see the 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails. If you would like to experience our trails with a garden club expert guide, there is step-on guide service available with advanced reservations for $50.00, payable to the Ennis Garden Club. Tours are limited so sign up early. This is an approximately 2 hour tour and requires an empty seat for the guide on your bus, motorcoach, or van. For more information on this service and for fun sample itineraries for tour groups of what to see and do in Ennis, please contact the Ennis CVB at 972-878-4748. You many take a self-guided tour for no charge. Stop by the Ennis Visitor Center to get your highlighted trail map and written instructions for the best bluebonnet drive. Please call or email or check the info on the website before driving long distances to get the latest bluebonnet status. Email: ennis4u@swbell.net; 972-878-4748 (metro) or toll free 1-888-366-4748. For the status of the wildflowers for the entire state of Texas, please contact the Texas Dept. of Transportation Wildflower Hotline at 1-800-452-9292 or visit the Texas Dept. of Transportation website at www.txdot.gov

San Antonio: San Antonio Botanical Garden April Plant Sales, Friday, April 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Botanical Garden Members; Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for Botanical Garden Members; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Public; Sunday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Public. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, San Antonio. For more information, call 210-829-5100 or visit www.sabot.org.

Austin: Learn the answer to “What’s Bugging my Vegetables?” Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. until noon at Homewood Heights Community Garden, 2606 Sol Wilson Ave, Austin. Learn about the most common garden insects…good and bad. Knowledge is power and you’ll walk away knowing you can identify the eggs, nymphs, and adults. Discover Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. Park in the neighborhood. Garden is on the north side of street west of Sol Wilson/Ridgeway intersection. This seminar is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For more information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Master Gardener Public Gardening Help Desk at 512-854-9600.

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/.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association 3rd Annual Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cleburne Senior Center 1212 Glenwood Drive Cleburne. Native and adapted plants selected for Johnson County Featuring perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and annuals. Large selection of Earth-Kind roses. Planting advice from Johnson County Master Gardeners. Free admission and parking. Free education classes Children's Activity Center. For additional information, visit www.jcmga.org.

Dallas: Butterfly Seasons: Spring Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Dallas. We're proud to announce this new series on butterflies, taught by Dallas County Lepidopterist co-founder Dale Clark. The first class focuses on the butterflies of spring, their life histories and survival strategies for the often tumultuous springs of North Texas. From the diminutive Falcate Orangetip, which flies for only a couple of weeks during the year, to the returning Monarchs, as they head north to recolonize North America, multiple species will be examined and studied throughout their lives as spring brings these butterflies back to the landscape. $15; $10 for TDG Members. For more information, visit http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/upcoming_events.php.

Kerrville: The Texas Hill Country Master Gardeners Annual Spring Plant and Rain Barrel Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9 at Kerr County AgriLife Center, 3655 Highway 27 East. Kerrville. Sale includes a wide variety of tried and true plants for the Hill Country as well as plants "new" to the sale. Rain Barrels made by HCMG will be available also. For additional information, visit www.hillcountrymastergardeners.org.

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.rockportherbs.org or http://rockportherbies.blogspot.com.

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. 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.

Dallas: The Greater North Texas Orchid Society will host "Expose Yourself to Orchids," an orchid show and sale, Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M Extension Center, Pavilion Building, 17360 Coit Rd., Dallas. Free Admission. For additional information, visit www.gntos.org.

Woodway: The Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway, will host Gardener's Gathering from 1 p.m.-until 4 p.m. April 10. This event is free. For further information, call 254-399-9204, email arboretum@woodway-texas.com, or visit www.facebook.com/CarleenBrightArboretum or www.woodway-texas.com.

Houston: The Houston Urban Gardeners will meet Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Dr. in Hermann Park, Houston. (To access parking go to Golf Course Drive and enter the lot right across from Miller Outdoor Theater.) Carol Brouwer, Ph.D., with AgriLife, will talk about What to Plant and Do Now in your home garden. Meetings are free and open to everyone. For additional information visit www.houstonurbangardeners.org.

Wink: Residents in Winkler County interested in learning how to protect themselves from wildfire are invited to a town hall meeting at 6: 30 p.m. April 11, at Wink Park, 211 North Park Street, Wink. If bad weather occurs, the meeting will be moved to the Wink School Cafeteria at 200 Rosey Dodd Avenue. Representatives from Texas Forest Service will be on hand to answer questions and talk about what you can do to protect your home and family from wildfire. For more information, visit www.texasfirestorm.org and www.texasfirewise.org.

Seabrook: Louis Mickler, Harris County Master Gardener will present "Earth-Kind Landscapes" Tuesday, April 12, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lake side), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook These lectures are free and open to the public. For more information visit http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort/greenthumb.htm.

Nacogdoches: 2011 Family Fun Days planned through Nacogdoches Naturally, an outdoor education component of the Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens, will include exciting outdoor weekend programs beginning in January and extending through May. Upcoming events include: April 16, SFA Garden Gala Day Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street; April 30, Farm and Forest Day, 9 a.m.-Noon, SFA Beef Center, Highway 259; May 14, Lake Sam Rayburn/Caney Creek Recreation Area, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center, $10 per family. Events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, call Kerry Lemon 936-468-5586 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners will present “Making Great Compost,” Saturday, April 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd., Austin. Compost is organic waste matter decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Soils that include compost are responsible for healthier plants and can be used in all indoor and outdoor gardening. Composting yard wastes can reduce what goes to the local landfill by 30 percent or more! Get the scoop on what to use and how to make compost at this informative seminar led by Master Gardener, Richard Moline. Take-home reference material will be provided. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Medina: The Rose Garden Club of Medina will present its 57th Annual… and Perennial Plant Sale & Raffle Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Medina Community Center, Hwy 16. A variety of hardy member-grown perennials, a good selection of plants for the container gardens, and a selection of vegetable plants as well as some “specialty” plants will be available. For additional information, call Carol Hagemeier at 830-589-7444 or 830-285-0035.

Mt. Pleasant: The Cypress Basin Master Gardener organization will host its annual spring plant sale/gardening expo on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Titus County AgriLife Extension Office, 1704 Industrial Rd., Mt. Pleasant. In addition to the many plants for sale that include those difficult to find at a commercial nursery such as native honeysuckle, there will be several gardening seminars beginning at 9:30. Admission is free. For additional information, contact Glenda Brogoitti at gbrogoitti@gmail.com.

Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Garden Gala Day on April 16 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale is moving to a new location at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street, Nacogdoches. SFA Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Pursuits program will host its 4th annual Earth Day Celebration in conjunction with this year’s sale. This plant sale fundraiser benefits the SFA Gardens and its educational programs that reach over 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis. A wide variety of hard to find, “Texas tough” plants will be available including new introductions, Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials, and exclusive SFA introductions. Plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public. 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 Antonio: Dr. Larry Stein, Ph.D., Horticulturist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will present a Fruit Tree Grafting Seminar, from 9 a.m. to noon, April 16, at Fanick’s Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Road, San Antonio. Dr. Stein will demonstrate grafting of various fruit trees. Bring your questions on the care and planting fruiting trees and bushes. This is a popular and well attended event; come early for best seating and parking options. Bring folding chairs if you cannot stand for all of the grafting demonstration in Fanick’s orchard. Admission is free. For more information, call 210-467-6575.

Humble: The Cypress Creek Daylily Club will hold a "how-to" demonstration on grooming daylilies for its show in May. The demonstration will be held Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at the Mercer Arboretum, 22306 Aldine-Westfield Road, Humble. The public is invited and encouraged to enter the daylily show. Light refreshments will be provided. Free. For more information, call 281-351-8827.

Southlake: SPIN Into Spring Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. April 17 in Southlake. Six beautiful gardens showcasing a variety of landscapes and gardening styles are being presented jointly by SPIN, Keep Southlake Beautiful, and the Perennial Garden Society of Southlake. In addition to an opportunity to view some of the premier gardens in Southlake, SPIN Into SPRING traditionally strives to provide tour participants with information and understanding of responsible gardening related practices. Tarrant County Master Gardeners will be located in each garden to answer questions along with demonstrations and handouts on related topics. Advanced tickets are $8 and will be available at Calloway’s locations in Southlake, Hurst, Arlington and Flower Mound. Tickets will also be available at Central Market in Southlake, and the Southlake Library starting March 25. Tickets sold the day of the tour are $10 at any of the gardens and the locations mentioned above. Visit www.keepsouthlakebeautiful.com for locations of the gardens.

San Antonio: Landscape Designer Randy Rodgers of Blue Heron Designs will offer suggestions for "Revitalizing Tired Landscapes" at the April Essentials of Gardening class presented by Gardening Volunteers of South Texas. His talk will be followed by "Discovering New Plants for Texas" with Dr. Jerry Parsons. The event will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Monday, April 18, at San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. Free and open to the public. $5 donation appreciated. No advance reservations are required. For more  information, visit www.GardeningVolunteers.org or call GVST at 210-380-3532.

Bryan: The Brazos County office of Texas AgriLife Extension and the Brazos County Master Gardeners will host "The 2011 Earth-Kind Gardening 101 Series" each month through October. These monthly meetings, ideal for beginning gardeners, will teach everything from how to amend soil and grow healthier plants to tips for selecting the best spot for a vegetation garden. The remaining classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18. Attend one session or attend them all. $10 per class session. Pre-registration is preferred, one week in advance of a session, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information or a registration form, visit brazosmg.com or call 979-823-0129.

Livingston: On April 19 join a discussion about Bulbs & Perennials, what works well here, how to propagate them, and what should you do to make them healthier. Meet behind the Texas AgriLife Extension office, 602 E Church St., Livingston. For more information, call 936-327-6828.

Seabrook: Lisa Gonzales, Research Scientist with Houston Advanced Research Center, will present "The Quiet Invasion" at 10 a.m., April 20, The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. Gonzales will discuss invasive plants found in the Galveston Bay Region and potential invasive plants in this region. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.


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: Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 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 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. 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.

Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

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.

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 at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W. Henderson, Cleburne, which includes a program and a meet & greet. For more information, call Diane Asberry at 817-558-3932.

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.

Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N. West Drive, Leander, unless there is a field trip or an event at a member's home. Following a short business meeting, there is usually a program, followed by a shared pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email texascatalina@yahoo.com.

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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