April 20, 2011

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Preventive care for your garden

By Melinda Myers

Grow a healthy, productive and beautiful garden, while minimizing your long-term time and financial investment with a bit of preventative care.

Start by selecting the right plants for the growing conditions. Grow fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants suited to the summer heat, winter cold, soil, moisture, and other growing conditions in your yard.

Water properly based on the plants you are growing, current temperature and type of soil. New plantings need more frequent watering as do those growing in fast draining soils and hot weather. Established and drought tolerant plants and those growing in heavy soils and cooler temperatures require less frequent watering.

Always water thoroughly, moistening all the roots and surrounding soil, to encourage deep roots for more drought-tolerant plants. Preparing your plants for hot dry weather will increase their survival and allow you to manage an attractive garden, while conserving water or gardening with watering bans.

Once your plants are in the ground, mulch the soil. A 1 to 2 inch layer of shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic matter can help conserve moisture, keep roots cool in the heat of summer and improve the soil as they decompose.

Despite all your preparation, nature can be unpredictable and hard on you and your landscape. Consider employing the help of a plant strengthener to immunize your plants against the stress of the growing season. Stronger plants are better able to tolerate environmental stress and defend themselves against pests.

Plant strengtheners are naturally-occurring molecules plants produce that enable them to survive and often thrive in difficult situations. Scientists were able to isolate the molecules and found that when applied back to the leaves or roots, the treated plants were better able to tolerate stress and fend off pests.

Continue to monitor your plants’ health throughout the season and year-round. If problems occur, it is much easier to control a few aphids than a much larger population that can quickly develop.

Consider eco-friendly methods for controlling insects and diseases when they occur. Handpick small populations of insects, remove and destroy infested plant parts, and if necessary, consider using natural more environmentally-friendly pesticides like insecticidal soap, Neem, and horticulture oils whenever possible. And, as always, be sure to select a product labeled for use on the pest and plant you will be treating.

So invest some time now for better results and greater savings over time.

Melinda Myers has 30 years of horticulture experience, has written several gardening books, and hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. Learn more at www.melindamyers.com.

Travis County preparing ground for 2011 Master Gardener training

By Paul Schattenberg
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for horticulture in Travis County has announced the agency soon will begin its Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program application and selection process for 2011.

“The Master Gardener volunteer training program is conducted by the AgriLife Extension once a year in Travis County,” explained Daphne Richards. “Due to a limited number of spaces in the program, new potential program members will be chosen based on an assessment of their application and a personal interview.”

Richards said those fully completing the course will become certified Master Gardeners. There are currently about 200 certified Master Gardeners and 30 in training as interns in Travis County.

“Travis County Master Gardeners assist AgriLife Extension through community education in horticulture,” she said. “They support the community through providing information and advice on gardening and landscaping, providing technical assistance, supporting the local green industry, and being involved in horticulture-related community service projects.”

Richards said classes cover a range of topics from plant growth and development to plant diseases, insects, soils and basic landscaping. This year’s classes will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. once a week from Aug. 23 – Nov. 18 at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Rd. in Austin.

“This is a rigorous training program, but participants have a lot of fun and enjoy learning and doing hands-on projects like designing landscapes and trying techniques of plant propagation,” she said. “We impart a lot of knowledge toward training people to become Master Gardeners who can help develop a self-sustaining, civic horticultural effort here in the Travis County.”

Richards said two initial “information sessions” on the Master Gardener program will be held in May and attendance at one or the other is mandatory for those wanting to take the training. The first session will be from 6-7 p.m. on May 17, and the next will be from 1-2 p.m. on May 25. Both sessions will take place at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd. in southeast Austin.

“There’s no charge for these introductory sessions and no RSVP required,” she said. “Just show up.”

Richards said attendees at these sessions will receive a program application and that applications will not be available elsewhere.

“You must attend the information session to receive an application form, and the application deadline is June 13,” she said.

From June 13-24, a committee of Master Gardeners will review all applications and choose 50 applicants to interview. Applicants will be notified of their status during the week of June 27. Those chosen for an interview will be contacted to be interviewed on a weekday from July 18 to July 27. Those interviewed will be provided notification of acceptance status during the week of Aug. 1, and will be notified by mail.

The fee for the training is $225, payable upon acceptance into the program.

Those completing classroom training and passing the final exam at the end of the course will be required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service by Oct. 31, 2012, Richards said.

“Volunteer hours may be applied to a variety of Extension-approved projects, which will be explained during the program,” she said.

In 2010, Travis County Master Gardeners volunteered more than 11,000 hours to various educational and community service programs and activities.

Richards said a criminal background check is required of all AgriLife Extension volunteers, including those in the Master Gardener program.

“Therefore, as a matter of policy, criminal background checks will be run on all persons accepted into Master Gardener training,” she said.

For more information about the program, contact Pat Mokry, 2011 Master Gardener class coordinator by email at patmokry@yahoo.com.

For more information on Master Gardener processes and policies, contact Richards by email at drichards@ag.tamu.edu.

The Compost Heap:
Row cover

"When should I remove the white row cover from my tomato plants?" writes Rosalyn Gohl. "Some of them are just starting to bloom."

We usually remove our row cover when the plants are about knee high. However, tomatoes are wind pollinated (as opposed to insect pollinated) so they should still set fruit when they are covered. You could shake your plants occasionally to help distribute the pollen if wind is lacking. Since we are likely past the point of having another freeze, the main advantage of leaving tomatoes covered would be to protect them from insect damage. Once your plants have filled the cages you should definitely remove the row cover. — Chris S. Corby, Publisher

Gardening tips

Early blight is probably the most common tomato disease in Texas. It is a fungal disease that begins on the lower leaves and causes the leaves to turn yellow and brown. When it rains the water splashes the spores up onto the upper leaves, spreading the disease. Try mulching around your plants to reduce the spread of this disease.

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Did you know...

The very best time to water your lawn is in the early morning hours before the sun has fully risen and the wind has picked up. Watering turf grass in the evening may still conserve water but it will promote turf disease, especially in Saint Augustine lawns. Watering mid-day is the worst time of day to water as much of what you apply evaporates into the atmosphere.

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.

San Antonio: The Bexar Master Gardeners present Roses of Yesterday and Today from noon until 4 p.m., April 20 at The Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. Free. For more information, call 210-651-4565 or visit WeAreRoses.com.

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, April 21, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building located at 1924 Wilson Drive. Author, Bobby Ward from Raleigh North Carolina will present “Horticulture in His Veins, J.C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador.” Horticulturist and professor, J. C. Raulston founded the North Carolina State University Arboretum in 1976 and was one of the most influential horticulturists in America, a prolific public speaker, and an immensely popular teacher. After his untimely death in 1996, the NCSU Arboretum was renamed the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in his honor. His work had a profound influence on the development and mission of the SFA Mast Arboretum and many other public gardens in America. Bobby J. Ward lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a native North Carolinian and received an undergraduate degree in biology from East Carolina University and masters and doctorate degrees in botany and plant physiology from North Carolina State University. He worked for 25 years as an environmental scientist with Carolina Power & Light Company and is now retired. He is past president of the North American Rock Garden Society and is currently its Executive Secretary. Ward earned the Award of Merit in 2004 from the North American Rock Garden Society for his contributions to the society, both at the national level and the local Piedmont Chapter in North Carolina. Dr. Ward’s most recent book is titled Horticulture in His Veins, J.C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador. His former works include: The Plant Hunters Garden: The New Explorers and Their Discoveries and A Contemplation upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature. 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. The SFA Gardens Volunteers welcome anyone to attend their meeting at 6:15 p.m. in room 118 of the Ag Building prior to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture. At the meeting, volunteers exchange gardening ideas and tips and discuss volunteer opportunities at SFA Gardens including hands on gardening, propagation, irrigation, children's educational activities, plant sale participation, and azalea trail activities. For more information, contact Greg Grant at 936-468-1863 or grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

Marion: David Rodriguez, AgriLife County Extension Agent – Horticulture & Master Gardener Coordinator, will lead a Turf Grass Presentation with Q&A April 23 at Schulz Nursery, 100 West Huebinger St., Marion. Rodriguez will be talking about general turf grass maintenance from 1-2 p.m., followed by a general Q&A from 2-3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Angel Torres at 210-467-6575.

Bryan: Mike Klym, Information Specialist, Wildlife Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife, will present "Texas Wildscape Certification" from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., April 26, at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Bryan. All gardeners are invited to this free event. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For additional information, visit brazosmg.com.

Glen Rose: Lake Granbury and Somervell County Master Gardeners Texas Master Gardeners will co-host the 2011 State Conference April 27-29 at the Somervell County Expo Center, Glen Rose. For registration and full information visit 2011conference.org or email 2011conference@gmail.com.

Brownwood: The Brownwood Garden Club is sponsoring a free Wildflower Exhibit Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Activity Center of First Baptist Church in Brownwood (corner of Center Street and Depot Street across from the post office). This year is the fifth year for the show. Along with the display of wildflowers, there are two free seminars on Saturday, April 30. Marda Keith will present “Best Vegetable Garden Ever” at 11 a.m.; Connie Fox will speak on “Landscaping in Texas” at 2 p.m. A plant sale will be held in conjunction with the wildflower exhibit and seminars. For more information, call 325-646-8739.

Kemah: The Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club will hold its annual scholarship fundraiser, “Garden by the Bay,” on April 29 at the Jimmie Walker Community Center, 800 Harris Ave., Kemah. Enjoy a lunch catered by Lymberi’s and a style show with fashions presented by Four Seasons Boutique & Shoe Parlour in Dickinson. Raffles prizes include a two-night stay with breakfast at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio and a dinner, wine and port tasting worth $300 at Madeline’s Wine Bistro in Kemah. Many other items will be raffled off to benefit scholarships. Raffle sales begin at 10 a.m., the style show at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon. Tickets can be purchased by calling Dori Robinson at 281-554-3734.

Dallas: Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas will host a Butterfly Gardening Workshiop from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 30. Discover how easy it is to grow your own butterfly garden with the expertise of TDG entomologist, John Watts, and the TDG director of horticulture, Randy Johnson. Get the dirt on host and nectar plants, as well as native butterflies. The class includes a sit-down portion and a tour through the Gardens. The Butterfly Gardening Workshop sells out quickly, so sign up early! Participants receive a flat of starter plants grown organically in-house worth $54 and will also receive a butterfly gardening primer. $60; $48 for TDG Members. This class is also offered May 5 and 7. Find details at http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/upcoming_events.php.

Gonzales : The first class of Gonzales Master Gardeners will hold its first Spring Plant Sales on the Downtown City Square from 9 a.m. until noon April 30. A large variety of plants and roses will be offered. America's most popular tomato plants will also be on sale. Several other attractions will be available, including a Spinning Wheel where you can win a prize every time, an Opportunity Drawing, and a silent auction will be held to include valuable offerings such as the Adirondack chair made by Landis Kern, a garden swing bench built by Colin Bond and a 50" by 60" sofa throw "Flowers in Your Garden” designed and quilted by Fran Saliger. Drawings will be held at noon on the day of the sale. Master Gardeners will be on hand and a Vegetable Specialist will also be available Soil sampling bags and information leaflets will be available to help you get your garden in tip top shape for planting.

Moulton: Keep Moulton Beautiful (KMB)’s next “Breakfast with the Masters” program is Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Moulton Community Center. Moulton’s own master gardener, Carolyn Whitmire, will present “Color Your Landscape with Annuals & Perennials.” This session is offered free to the public and KMB will provide free coffee and doughnuts. For more information, contact KMB President Kathy Hughes at 361-596-4433.

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 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.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold a plant sale during Earth Day celebration in Seguin on Saturday, April 30. The booth will be on the square from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will offer a variety of native plants. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty.

Smith County: Five gardens will be featured in the Smith County Master Gardeners’ 2011 Home Garden Tour from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Tour five home gardens ranging from a small city garden to a large estate garden. Just south of the Loop, Master Gardener Eloise Muxworthy has transformed her large, hot, grassy backyard into a charming cottage-style garden filled with Japanese maples, hydrangeas, azaleas and numerous perennials. Three large topiaries, a recycled concrete wall, and bubbling fountain add whimsy and interest. In her midtown garden, Karen Goforth has reclaimed beautiful beds and brickwork created by the original owner in the 1930s. More than a dozen camellias along with azaleas and colorful annuals enhance the character of this new “old” garden. Located in The Cascades, the Diedrick garden artfully blends a natural forested area with a more formal landscape filled with hydrangeas, roses and azaleas. The garden frames a spectacular view of the golf course all the way to downtown Tyler. Going north to the Swann area, the Kindig garden is a refreshing island in an open countryside. Incorporating Feng Shui principles of design creates an especially peaceful garden filled with roses, azaleas, annuals, perennials and crapemyrtles for all year color. Further north off Harvey Road is the Holey estate garden, the creation of three generations of rose growers and nurserymen. Several garden “rooms” include a kitchen garden, an all white garden, an herb garden, and a formal rose garden. A creek bed shaded by 50- year-old bald cypress trees, oaks, pines and hollies is planted with azaleas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, and ferns. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the tour. To order advance tickets make checks payable to SCMG and mail to 14608 Oak Hill Lane, Flint, TX 75762. Tickets are also available in Tyler at Potpourri House Restaurant, 3320 Troup Hwy; Brookshire’s Grocery, 100 Rice Rd.; Horaney’s, 5520 Old Jacksonville Hwy; Harris Nursery, Highway 69; and Blue Moon Gardens, 13602 FM 279, Chandler.

Collin County: Celebrate spring and Mother’s Day in four distinctive private gardens that will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Discover a variety of garden styles and interpretations, with roses of all types accompanied by blooming spring perennials. Admire the gardens, learn, linger, smell the roses, and meet new friends. Two of the gardens are in Plano, one is in Richardson and one is in Lucas. Maps and detailed directions to each garden are at www.collincountyrosesociety.org or call Cindy Graham at 214-912-5656. $10 for admission to all four gardens. Purchase tickets in advance at www.collincountyrosesociety.org or at any of the gardens on the days of the Garden Tour.

Denton County: Denton County Master Gardener Association will host a Garden Tour and Plant Sale, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Tour seven gardens throughout Denton County, see how local Master Gardeners have tackled common gardening problems, learn more about a variety of gardening topics from Diggin’ Deeper Demos at the gardens, shop for commercially-grown and pass-along plants that thrive in North Texas, and visit the Garden Shoppe at the Plant Sale for fun garden decor and perfect gifts for Mother’s Day. Tickets may be purchased before the event at the Denton County Extension Office or through Denton County Master Gardeners. Tickets will also be available at each garden and the Plant Sale on event day. For more information, contact Texas AgriLife Extension, Denton County Government Center, 306 North Loop 288, Suite 222, Denton, or email master.gardener@dentoncounty.com.

Rockport: Explore beautiful gardens in Aransas County at the 11th Annual Hidden Gardens Tour from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Purchase tickets at Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call 361-790-0103.

San Antonio: Herbs for All Seasons, sponsored by Comal Master Gardeners with the help of the Antique Rose Emporium. Learn how to grow, dry, preserve, and plant herbs in your landscape. Try herb cookies, teas, pesto, and collect herbal recipes. Discover how to make herbal cleansers, face cleansers, and enjoy hands-on nature printing. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 Evans Road, San Antonio, Texas. For more information, call (210) 651-4565, email askamastergardener@co.comal.tx.us or visit http://www.antiqueroseemporium.com/events.html.

Sugar Land: Join the Sugar Land Garden Club’s 12th annual tour, this year featuring unique gardens in the area of Old Sugar Land. See a historic site such as “The Teacherage,” which is now a home featuring stately old pecan and magnolia trees and a pathway made of antique bricks from many locations, as well as colorful flowers and tropical foliage. Stroll through the garden of a nearby home nicknamed “The Happy House” with its “histerical marker” and colorful plants, containers, whimsical art and butterfly garden. Southern lakeside landscaping can be seen in nearby Venetian Estates, and another backyard garden features a surprising 5,000-gallon koi pond with waterfalls and tropical plants. This year all the gardens are centrally located, several within walking distance of each other, so visitors can enjoy a spring stroll through the areas of Sugar Land which were located around the Imperial Sugar Refinery during the days of the company town. The gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Tickets and maps will be available at all the homes. The price for the entire tour is $ 12; single home tickets are $4. The suggested starting point is 110 Venice St., and maps will be provided. Proceeds are used to support horticultural education of the community, scholarships and local beautification projects. For more information, phone 281-494-1946 or visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardener Association will hold two "Lunch and Learn With the Masters" programs in May. May 9 a panel of master gardeners will discuss "Citrus Greening" and May 23 Eunice Lee will discuss "Growing and Enjoying Herbs." The programs are held at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., in Victoria, from noon-1 p.m., and are free to the public. Attendees may bring a sack lunch and beverage.

Seabrook: Dr. Anthony Camerino, County Extension Agent for Horticulture, will speak on Landscape Pests and Diseases, Tuesday, May 10, 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.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association, in cooperation with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Travis County, will host the Inside Austin Gardens Tour 2011 on Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, the tour focuses on water-wise gardening. Gardening through a Central Texas summer can be trying. At the same time, escalating water rates and mandatory restrictions have made a water-sapping plant palette or a grass lawn a luxury or an impossibility for many. Increasingly, Central Texas gardeners are turning to water-wise techniques, native and adapted plant selections, and various principles of Xeriscaping. The Inside Austin Gardens Tour 2011 will include gardens that feature rain-water collection systems, drip irrigation, xeric and native plant selections, rain gardens, shade gardens, and water-conserving practices. Each garden will feature educational sessions throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased at each garden on the event date at $10 for the entire tour ticket or $5 for a single garden entry. Please, no dogs. Consult www.tcmastergardeners.org/what/gardentour.html for information.

Highland Lakes: Join Master Gardener Robert Yantis to learn to identify the butterflies that you actually see in your yard in the Hill Country and the plants that will attract and nourish them. This free Green Thumb program from the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners is at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at the Marble Falls Library, 101 Main St. For more information go to http://yantislakesidegardens.giving.officelive.com/greenthumb.aspx.

Rockwall: The 8th Annual Tour of Gardens hosted by the Rockwall County Master Gardener Association is scheduled for May 14 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Four gracious homeowners open their private gardens on this day for viewing, plus the Rockwall County Discovery Garden, created and maintained by the Rockwall County Master Gardeners will be on display. Tour addresses and a map will be on the tickets. This is an “at your leisure” tour. Tour the gardens in any order you choose, just make sure leave enough time to visit all the gardens before they close at 2 p.m. Ticket price is $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the tour. Call 972-204-7660 for more information and visit http://www.rockmga.org for updates!

Conroe: Cypress Creek Daylily Club Flower Show and Plant sale May 15. Flower Show, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.; Plant Sale, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Montgomery County Master Gardeners Bldg., 9020 FM 1484, Conroe. Please join us during peak daylily bloom to enjoy the beauty of daylilies. Free. For more information, call 281-351-8827.

Rockport: Ginger Easton Smith, Aransas County Extension Agent, will lead "Planting and Maintenance of Palms," from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, phone 361-790-0103.

Seabrook: Barry Schlueter, Master Hybridizer, will speak on "Hibiscus Culture and Breeding" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. Learn how exotic hibiscus are bred and their cultural requirements in the greater Houston area. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.

Woodway: McLennan County Master Gardeners present "An Evening in the Gardens," Thursday, May 19, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. Free and open to the public. Learn about beautiful, easy care plants for the Waco area and tour two Arboretum gardens, featuring Texas Superstars and other native and adapted plants. For more information, call 254-741-0000.

Rockport: Richard Snyder, Master Gardener, will lead "Basic Irrigation Maintenance and Design," from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, phone 361-790-0103.

Nacogdoches: Greg Grant leads "Everything you wanted to know about turf grass, but were afraid to ask" from 9 a.m. until noon, July 23, in Room 118, Ag Building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more information or to make reservations, call 936-468-18312 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.

Nacogdoches: Greg Grant leads "Landscape Design" from 9 a.m. until noon, September 10, in Room 118, Ag Building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches. $15 members, $20 non-members. For more information or to make reservations, call 936-468-18312 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.


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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