June 8, 2011

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From daisies to pansies, if it's grown in the home landscape, gardeners will likely find it among the more than 400 bedding-plant entries at the East Texas Horticultural Field Day, set June 23 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

East Texas Horticultural Field Day set June 23

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Even after a two-year recession, the bedding-plant industry in East Texas has not slowed down.

Neither has the introduction of new varieties, said Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist who has conducted bedding-plant trials at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton since 1994.

The East Texas Horticultural Field Day, set June 23, will allow the public to view the results of the trials.

In the 2011 field day, 400 bedding-plant entries, everything from petunias to verbena to ornamental sweet potatoes, will be on display in outdoor plots, said Pemberton.

The field day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the center’s North Farm site. The tour will continue at the site until about 10:30 a.m., then move to the Overton center’s headquarters building, where a demonstration garden is located. A free lunch will be served at about 11:45 a.m. Indoor presentations will begin at 1 p.m., and the program will conclude by 3 p.m.

The trials include thousands of square feet of plots planted with purple, pink, red and white flowers. Pemberton designed the tests to help local growers, but the event has become popular with local gardeners too, with hundreds typically attending, including seed company industry representatives. More than 200 people attended the 2010 field day.

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

Newer additions will include napier grasses, almost all of the commercially available varieties of gomphrena and black pentunias, and several varieties of moss rose and purslane, he said.

Gomphrena, commonly known as globe amaranth, is currently being evaluated as a potential 2012 Texas Superstar, he noted.

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

The black petunias also show great promise, he said. More colorful petunia varieties have proven to do well in East Texas from earlier tests.

There will be an expansion of the tests of ornamental sweet potatoes from 2010. Ornamental sweet potatoes have been around for a while, but the new varieties are making the bedding plant attractive to gardeners again, he said.

“We also have some new begonias with enormous flowers, which you will see in our sun and shade trials that are looking absolutely beautiful this time of the year.”

As in previous years, the program will move inside after lunch with a presentation by Pemberton and Jimmy Turner of the Dallas Arboretum on the 2011 California Spring Showcase, also known as Pack Trials.

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

Pemberton began trials of bedding plants at the Overton center to serve the commercial greenhouse and bedding plant industry. The bedding plant industry has had a $500 million annual economic impact on the region for at least a decade, and though not recession-proof, it hasn’t experienced the downturn in consumer spending that other businesses have in the last couple of years, he said.

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

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

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

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

Seven tips to engage kids with gardening


Garden-Share, an interactive social network for recreational and professional gardeners, said that 37.7 percent of gardeners began gardening before age 10. This is according to Garden-Share’s recent gardening trends survey of its 27,688 members.

“Gardening is a great way to spend quality time with your kids,” said John Mitchell, founder of Garden-Share. “These tips can be useful to parents who are looking for other ways on getting your family outside and making them aware of the benefits, enjoyment and overall satisfaction of gardening.”

Garden-Share offers the following seven tips to engage kids with gardening:

  • Toddlers naturally want to be with their parents outside and join in on activities. Give them their own-sized tools and they will enjoy it even more. Kids and gardening are a natural combination. Gardens offer kids bright colors, unusual smells, different textures, and dirt to play with.
  • Surround your garden with backyard toys or a playscape. Having a garden in your child’s play area gives them the opportunity to continuously interact with it, creating a natural interest for gardening.
  • Container gardening is a good place to start with kids because it’s simple, controlled and can be enjoyed year-round no matter where you live. All you need is a container, a few stones, soil, a plant or seeds and some sunshine.
  • Find out their favorite subjects in school and tie them into gardening. Gardening can teach kids about climate, weather, biology, soil, and bugs. It could also provide them with an appreciation of nature. Hopefully, too, it teaches them patience while waiting on the final outcome.
  • Plant a rainbow in your garden. Ask kids to select flowers in the six different rainbow colors and plant them in curving rows. When the flowers bloom, you will have a rainbow.
  • Share children’s books and media that incorporate gardening. These include “The Apple-Pip Princess,” “Johnny Appleseed,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots” and “The Curious Garden.” Garden-Share provides videos on garden instruction and photos of end results that can help get kids interested in gardening.
  • Kids love playing in water and most parents can confirm that on laundry day. Get children engaged by letting them water plants with their favorite water gun/toy. Show them that water and gardening can be fun together.

“Summer is almost here and gardening is a great way to keep your kids’ minds active and absorbing new things while away from their classrooms,” said Mitchell. “Start planning and sharing your gardening ideas with them soon. Their responses can help point you in the right direction when purchasing items for your new garden.”

Survey results of Garden-Share’s 27,688 members show that 37.7 percent of the respondents started gardening before age 10. Almost 23 percent stated they began gardening between the ages of 20-29 and 17 percent declared they commenced between ages 10-19. Also, 12.7 percent said that they started gardening between ages 30-39.

Gardening tips

It is not too late to plant okra but for the best germination try pre-sprouting the seed. Just place the desired amount of seed between two paper towels, lay on a plate, sprinkle with water and keep moist until the seed starts to sprout. Then plant in the ground just like you would untreated seed.

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Upcoming garden events.

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Houston: 7th annual Urban Harvest Tomato Fest. Urban Harvest’s popular Tomato Fest is being expanded to a week, celebrating the peak of tomato season at all three of their farmers markets, June 5-11. Highland Village Farmers Market — Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2720 Suffolk. Tomato Fest will kick off at the Highland Village Farmers Market with activities for the whole family! Williams Sonoma will cook up tasty samples using tomatoes fresh from the market at the Chef’s Corner sponsored by My Table magazine. Stick a Fork in It! will offer cooking classes for kids to teach some fun tomato recipes the whole family will enjoy. And all will be able to taste the season’s bounty in the brunch items for sale at the market. City Hall Farmers Market — Wednesday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 400 Rusk. The festivities will continue downtown where the Sur La Table Cooking School will be demoing fresh tomato recipes at My Table’s Chef’s Corner. Market patrons will also be able to sample some of the varieties available for sale at the market. Eastside Farmers Market — Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m. to noon, 3000 Richmond. Official Tomato Fest Day! “Tomato Doctor” Dr. Bob Randall will provide tomato wisdom and growing tips, and there will be 15 varieties of tomatoes to sample (while supplies last). At the My Table magazine Chef’s Corner will be Paul Petronella of Paulie’s serving gazpacho with fresh tomatoes from the market. As always, there will be live music. Admission: As always, free admission to attend the Farmers Markets.

Caldwell County: Residents in Caldwell County interested in learning how to protect themselves from wildfire are invited to a series of town hall meetings. Meetings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in Luling; Wednesday, June 15, in Dale; and Thursday, June 16, in Lockhart. Representatives from Texas Forest Service and Caldwell County fire departments will be on hand to answer questions and talk about what you can do to protect your home and family from wildfire. For example, you can reduce potential losses by adopting Firewise landscaping practices 100 to 200 feet around your home. That includes moving firewood and clearing dead and dense vegetation. Wildland Urban Interface Specialist Lexi Maxwell stressed that wildfires are a community-wide problem, which means reducing risks to homes and property is everyone’s responsibility. “More than 80 percent of wildfires in Texas occur within 2 miles of a community,” Maxwell said, reminding residents that roughly 95 percent of wildfires are started by humans. “We want to encourage residents to take proactive measures that could end up saving lives and property.” The meetings will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Southside Clubhouse, 1000 South Magnolia Ave., Luling; Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m., at Dale Fire Department, 6450 F.M. 3158, Dale; Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at Lockhart Municipal Building, Glosserman Room, 308 West San Antonio St., Lockhart. For more information, visit www.texasfirestorm.org and www.texasfirewise.org.

Seabrook: Louis Mickler, Harris County Master Gardener, will speak on Growing Plants from Seeds and Cuttings from 6:30 p.m. until-9 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lake side), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort/greenthumb.htm.

Seabrook: Glenn Olsen, past president of the Native Plant Society of Texas and past vice president of education for the Houston Audubon Society, will speak on Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds and Butterflies at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit: http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.

Nacogdoches: SFA Gardens of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building located at 1924 Wilson Drive. Oklahoma State horticulturist and author Steve Dobbs will present “Architectural Plants: Space Saving Plants in Urban Landscapes for Texture and Diversity. Dobbs joined Oklahoma State University as the Grounds and Landscape Manager in May of 2010 and is responsible for the maintenance and design for some 700 acres. He is the author of The Southern Lawn Series and the Oklahoma Gardeners Guide. From 1990-1995 he was host and producer of the television show, Oklahoma Gardening, which was selected as the Best TV Gardening Program in the Nation in 1992 by the Garden Writers Association of America. Dobbs received a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Arkansas. He is past president of the Garden Writers Association which has more than 1,900 garden communication members throughout the U.S., Canada, and England. 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 or grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

Austin: Learn how to build Rain Gardens June 18, from 10 a.m. until noon at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Excess stormwater carries urban landscape contaminants into storm drains and soil erosion causes sediments to accumulate in our water resources. Dr. Dotty Woodson, Water Resources Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension, will tell us how to protect streams, rivers and lakes by building a rain garden. These lovely gardens are attractive landscape features planted with perennial native plants designed to absorb stormwater which filters it through plant roots and soil microorganisms. Attend this presentation and you’ll be ready to make your own beautiful solution. 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.

Dallas: “Butterfly Seasons: Summer,” Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Don't miss the second installment in this new series on butterflies by Dallas County Lepidopterist Society's co-founder Dale Clark. Summertime in Dallas brings not only long, hot days, but also so many new butterflies onto the scene. Swallowtail populations increase, returning emigrant species from the south begin to repopulate the area, and everywhere you turn there are caterpillars chowing down seemingly on everything in sight. Surviving — and thriving — in the Texas heat is no problem for our native species. Come see how they survive and grow during the hottest time of the year. $15, $10 for TDG Members.

Denton: DCMGA Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show, Saturday, June 18, at Fire Fighters Memorial Park, 317 W. Mulberry St. (Mulberry & Carroll Blvd.), Denton. Bring your best fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers to the DCMGA Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on Saturday, June 18. The show is open to all residents of Denton County. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Entries will be judged on a combination of market qualities, including difficulty of growing in North Texas. Fruits and vegetables will also be judged on flavor. Awards will be presented at noon, or immediately following the judging, with ribbons for the first three places in each class, as well as rosettes and cash awards for Division Champions and Best in Show, sponsored by North Star Bank. Visit the Ask a Master Gardener Booth with all your gardening questions from 9 a.m. to noon.

Bryan: Jennifer Nations, Master Gardener, will lead a seminar about Irrigation and Rainwater Harvesting from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, at the Larry J. Ringer Library, 1818 Harvey Mitchell Parkway, Bryan. Using your irrigation system correctly and capturing rainwater employ some of the most basic and important Earth-Kind principles. $10 per seminar. For additional information, call 979-823-0129 or visit brazosmg.com.

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.

San Antonio: The Composter Training by Lou Kellogg and the Bexar County Master Gardeners is back is scheduled for June 22-24 in San Antonio. Topics include building a compost bin, hands-on lessons in how to compost, a visit to the state's largest compost operation, soils science, and presentations from leading compost experts. The classes will he held on the grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. This intensive multi-day training empowers Master Gardeners with knowledge and skills to support and multiply Texas AgriLife Extension Service efforts in Earth-Kind educational programs in their counties. Attendance is limited to Master Gardeners. The fee is $225 for the classes and meals. For more information and an application contact David Rodriguez, County Extension Agent - Horticulture at 210-467-6575 or dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu.

Diboll: Texas Forest Service is offering a free workshop for landowners interested in growing longleaf pine on their property. Landowners & Longleaf: Growing Longleaf for Timber, Wildlife and Aesthetics will focus on longleaf history and management, establishment needs and financial assistance. It also will cover prescribed burning, wildlife management, seedling availability and National Wild Turkey Federation Assistance. “Interest in longleaf pine is growing daily,” said Texas Forest Service Forester and Farm Bill Coordinator Shane Harrington. “This is really a great opportunity for folks who are interested in establishing longleaf pine on their property to learn more about proper management and assistance programs.” The workshop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the Diboll Civic Center, 601 Dennis Street, Diboll. Though the workshop is free, registration is required. Please RSVP by June 16 to Harrington at 254-742-9874 or sharrington@tfs.tamu.edu. Lunch will be provided. Pesticide applicators as well as members of the Society of American Foresters and Association of Consulting Foresters who attend the workshop will earn Continuing Education Units and Continuing Forestry Education hours.

Bryan: Henry Flowers, Garden Director, Festival Hill, will discuss Sir Joseph Banks, the 18th century nobleman who had a passion for plants and botany that led him to become one of the most influential men during one of the greatest ages of scientific study and discovery, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, at The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. This event is open to the public at no charge. Program begins at 7 p.m. doors open at 6:45 p.m. (Please respect that a "for members only" business meeting of the Brazos County Master Gardener Association precedes the program.) For additional information, call 979-823-0129 or visit brazosmg.com.

Mount Pleasant: Tuesday, July 5, The Lake Country chapter of NPSOT will be hosting Michael Warriner, invertebrate biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as the featured speaker. He will be discussing the Colony Collapse Disorder of European honeybees, the decline in numbers of native bees and ways we can promote backyard habitat for them. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Titus County AgriLife building, 1708 North Industrial Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

Highland Lakes: Spring Gardening is good practice for having a successful fall garden. The plants are different but fall gardening is a real treat. Fall is the best time to plant almost everything, not only vegetables but herbs, shrubs, trees and more in your garden. Highland Lakes Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis will discuss fall gardening topics that will help improve your Hill Country garden in a Green Thumb program "Tips for a Successful Fall Garden" presented free by the Lakeshore Library, 7346 Hwy 261, Buchanan Dam, on Tuesday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m.. Please call the Lakeshore Library at 325- 379-1174 to reserve your spot for this free program.

Austin: Central Texas weather is presenting more challenges than usual in the landscape, especially with lawns. Master Gardener, Jerry Naiser will provide solutions for growing a healthy lawn. Topics will include choosing the right type of turf for soil conditions, irrigation, fertilization, proper mowing techniques and how to diagnose and treat pests and diseases. “Central Texas Lawn Care” will be presented Thursday, July 14, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. For more information, contact the Master Gardeners Help Line at 512-854-9600. This seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Austin: “Joys of Container Gardening” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Friday, July 15, at AgriLife Extension Office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin. Blooming flowers and vegetables can thrive in a container! This gardening method is especially useful if space is limited. Containers may also serve as accent points on the patio or in the garden. Learn how to select a container and the right soil, discover ideal container plants, and witness arranging techniques you can replicate to create your own mini-garden. 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 Help Desk at 512- 854-9600.

Rockport: DJ Chilcoat, Master Gardener, and Jeanna C. Godfrey, DVM, Master Gardener, will present "Art in the Garden, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call 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.

Austin: Cooler weather gives you an opportunity to grow and enjoy food that flourishes in the fall and winter months. Broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard, radishes and spinach are just a few of the favorites that grow well here. Join Master Gardener Patty Leander, a Texas Gardener contributing writer, to learn about these varieties and strategies for bringing a bountiful fall harvest to the table! “Fall Vegetable Gardening” will be presented Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. until noon, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. For more information, contact the Master Gardeners Help Line at 512-854-9600. This seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Rockport: Marthanne Mitch, Master Gardener, will present "Butterfly Gardens" from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361)-790-0103.

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.

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardener Association is pleased to present Greg Grant, Horticulturist, Plant Propagator and Humorist on Tuesday, October 4. The program will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Thomas LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe, which is across the street from the Lone Star Convention Center. Greg is a contributor to Texas Gardener Magazine, among others, and his topic for the evening will be Home Landscaping — Texas: Right Plant, Right Place. His talk will include basic landscaping design principles as well as some of his favorite plants. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Texas’ best gardening speakers in a local setting. The fee will be $20.00 per person and seating will be limited. Please call 936-539-7824 Monday through Friday for more information, or visit www.montgomerycountymastergardeners.org. There will also be information available about the Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale at this event, which will be held Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


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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