July 13, 2011

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This row of petunias was just a small sample of the more than 400 bedding plant varieties tested at the 2011 East Texas Horticultural Field Day. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

Master gardeners, seed company reps, attend East Texas horticultural field day

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

If you want to select for hardy bedding plants, forget New York; think East Texas.

“If they can make it here, they can make it anywhere,” said John Antonelli, a Michigan-based representative with Proven Winners, a company that sells to retail garden centers across North America.

Antonelli was among approximately 180 international seed company representatives, professional growers and Master Gardeners attending the 2011 East Texas Horticultural Field Day held June 23 at Overton.

“The reason I’m here today is to see what the real world is like, out here in East Texas,” Antonelli said.

Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist, started testing bedding plants and ornamentals at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in 1994 with about 100 entries. By 2011, the number of entries had grown to more than 400, and the East Texas bedding plant industry has expanded as well, he said.

“It’s approximately a $500-million industry,” Pemberton said. “In this part of the state, the industry stretches from this area over to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We probably have about $100 million of ornamental production in that area as well. We do these trials to provide information to growers, but also to consumers, so they can make better choices in the plants they grow.”

As in recent years, the 2011 trials included thousands of square feet of plots of purple, pink, red and white flowers. There were new varieties of geranium, trailing petunias, verbena, angelonia, begonias, lantana, gomphrena and lobelia, Pemberton said. And there was continuing emphasis on vinca, a plant widely used in Southern landscapes.

Wayne Pianta, with Pan American Seed Company, an international plant breeding company, was another who makes the Overton field day a “must-attend” entry on his calendar, he said.

“We’re here to see how a lot of our varieties perform in comparison with those from other breeding companies,” Pianta said. This is one of the important field trials where we evaluate varieties and see how they perform in the extremely hot summers of Texas.”

Sue Adee and Ann Pattullo, Smith County Master Gardeners, are also regular attendees, but for different reasons, they said.

“I have come every year since the trials began,” Adee said. “I make selections for our Ideal Garden at the Tyler Rose Garden.”

“This is the day I look forward to every year,” Pattullo said. “I really make note of everything I like.”

Both Adee and Pattullo, along with many other regional Texas Master Gardeners, volunteer to help the with the labor-intensive aspect of the field trials, donating hundreds of hours of labor planting and tending the plots.

Pemberton noted the trials would not be possible — at least not in their current size — without volunteer work from Master Gardeners from Smith and Rusk counties, volunteer organizations administered by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

George Hull, of New Plant Introductions, a Phoenix-based plant breeding company, said the field day is a kind of a ‘watering-hole,’ where he can meet with other people in the business nationwide, including, of course, competitors.

“(We want) to see how our plants are comparing with everyone else’s — obviously,” Hull said.

This year, Hull was particularly interested, he said, in how his new line of Tecoma would do. Tecoma is an evergreen flowering shrub more popular in semi-arid climates, and a first-time entry in the trials.

“There are about 18 species, but basically, the ones available here have all been just yellow (blooms),” he said. “I wanted (to breed) something that’s manageable in size, down to about three or four feet, and has some other colors.”

Some retailers also traveled across several states to attend the field day.

Doug Welty, director of specialty marketing at Cottage Farms, traveled from Mobile, Ala., to look for particularly hardy varieties, he said.

“We have a unique part of our business where we sell plants directly to the consumer via QVC (the televised home-shopping network),” he said. “All of our merchandise is shipped directly to the homeowner.”

Welty said he not only has to select plants with great genetics that will perform well for his customers, he must also select those that are tough enough to survive being shipped across country.

Pemberton added: “Some plants do well — even thrive — under Texas heat and sometimes droughty summers. Others do not, and it’s important for both amateur garden enthusiasts and those who develop and market new varieties to find out which is the case before they make substantial investments.”


Texas remains under severe drought conditions

April Saginor
Communications Specialist
Texas Forest Service

A whopping 97 percent of the Lone Star State is in the midst of a drought, with almost three-quarters facing exceptionally bad conditions, according to a national report released in late June.

The National Drought Monitor shows that most of Texas is at the highest intensity level registered for drought. State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon has said this is one of the worst droughts Texas has seen since 1895, when the state first began keeping records.

The drought has devastated land and forestry this year and aided in creating conditions that are ripe for wildfires. Since fire season began Nov. 15, 2010, almost 13,000 fires have burned 3.3 million acres in Texas.

Typically Texas sees more wildfires in July than June, according to Texas Forest Service Predictive Services Department Head Tom Spencer. With a hot, dry summer forecast across the state, the number of wildfires isn’t likely to decrease.

“We expect fire activity to continue,” Spencer said. “These are dangerous conditions.”

Burning trash, gathering around a campfire, tossing out a lit cigarette and even driving a hot car through tall grass all can lead to an increase in wildfires when combined with vegetation that has been dried out by the summer sun.

With 90 percent of wildfires caused by humans, Texas Forest Service continues to urge Texans to use caution when doing anything outdoors that could cause a spark.


East Texas landowners: Act fast to salvage fire-damaged timber

By Holly Huffman
Communications Specialist
Texas Forest Service

Landowners who depend on harvesting timber for a living can feel devastated when a wildfire sweeps through their forest. But all is not lost — fire-damaged timber can be salvaged if landowners act fast.

Trees still can be harvested, even after they’ve been charred. However, the quality of the wood in the logs deteriorates quickly so it’s important for landowners to remember that time is of the essence, Texas Forest Service and industry officials stressed.

“After fires have gone through, a fair bit of the wood can still be salvageable,” Texas Forest Service Wood Utilization and Marketing Specialist Ed Dougal said, explaining that the logs can be used for lumber and plywood.

“It’s kind of like a hurricane. Some logs get beaten up or broken or destroyed so badly, you really can’t use them in a mill anymore. But there are plenty more that can still be used. It’s the same with a fire. It helps everybody to get them in and get some use out of them rather than letting them go to waste.”

Though the time frame depends on the mill, tree species and weather conditions, it is important to move quickly, Dougal said. For some mills, it also could be helpful to include, if possible, green — or healthy and non-burned — logs in with those that have been burned.

As always, landowners interested in harvesting timber should seek help from a consulting forester. If you need help finding a professional, check out the Texas Forest Service Professional Management Services Referral List.


EPA tips to be cool and safe this summer

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing tips to protect people from the dangers of overexposure to the sun and heat while still enjoying summer activities. Excessive heat and ultraviolet (UV) radiation are dangerous to people’s health. Each year, more people on average die in the U.S. from heat waves than from any other natural disaster. And every hour, one American dies from skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S.

During the summer months, days are longer and more people are outside for longer periods of time, increasing the health risks from heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun. Cities and suburbs are particularly vulnerable to higher temperatures during the summer. Many cities and suburbs have air temperatures that can be up to 22 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the surrounding countryside. Buildings and roads intensify heat and UV dangers as they absorb the sun’s rays and radiate the heat back throughout the day and night, known as the heat island effect. Heat islands can intensify heat waves. To help reduce the heat island effect, plant trees, shrubs, and vines, which create shade and protect people from UV radiation.

To avoid heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun, follow these steps to stay cool and safe this summer:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wear lightweight clothing. To keep your body temperature down and stay protected from UV radiation, wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Apply sunscreen. Approximately 30 minutes before heading outside, apply SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, and reapply every two hours.
  • Protect your eyes and face. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage and the development of cataracts.
  • Seek shade. Find shade during the sun’s peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reduce the risk of too much sun exposure.
  • Teach sun and heat safety. Keep an eye on others, particularly the elderly. Remind them to be safe in the sun and the heat. Watch for signs of heat illnesses, which can include hot and dry skin, confusion, hallucinations, and aggression.
  • Check the UV Index. When planning outdoor activities, check the UV Index to identify the times that pose the greatest risk for overexposure to the sun.
  • Check the Air Quality Index. On hot summer days, ozone levels can rise making the air unhealthy to breathe so be sure to check the air quality index before heading outside.

The Compost Heap
Tomatoes

"Are there any tomatoes that can be planted for the fall garden this year with this dreadful heat and drought?" writes Kathleen Woodby. "What type and when? I read July 14th was the day to plant them. But when I went to Oma's gardenflanzen I was told they wouldn't be ordering any plants until there was a break in the heat.  Considering that would be September, that seems a little late to plant tomatoes, isn't it?"

Yes, any of the varieties that we recommend for spring planting will work. The shorter “days to harvest” types are preferred. New plants need to go in the ground soon. It helps to provide some afternoon shade until temperatures moderate and, of course, mulch and keep them well watered. For more on growing fall tomatoes see “Fall Tomato Options,” by Skip Richter, in the July/August 2011 issue of Texas Gardener. — Chris S. Corby, publisher


Gardening tips

Dwarf Mexican Petunia Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie’ is a very tough perennial that makes a nice ground cover. It grows in low mounds and sports purple petunia like blooms from spring till first frost in the fall. It can take the heat and is not as aggressive as the regular size Ruellia. Give it a try, you will love it.

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...

It is not too late to plant a fall crop of tomatoes but you better hurry. The plants need to go in the ground now in most of the state in order to mature their fruit before the first frost hits them. If you wait until August or September, it will be too late unless you plan to grow them in a greenhouse.

 


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. 

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.

Dallas: Discover the fascinating world of butterflies with Dale Clark, co-founder of the Dallas County Lepidopterist Society from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., July 16. The class begins at Texas Discovery Gardens and ends with a field trip by caravan to Dale's butterfly farm south of Dallas. The farm is not usually open to the public; this is your chance to explore on a behind-the-scenes tour! The class is capped at 30 registrants, so register early! $20; $15/TDG Members. Register online at http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/events_and_classes.php or call (214) 428-7476 x 343.

San Antonio: Just in time for fall tomato planting, William D. (Bill) Adams, author of the new "Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook", speaks at noon, Monday, July 18 at San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels. Presented by Gardening Volunteers of South Texas and just in time for selecting and planting fall tomatoes. Bill will have books available for signing at this monthly Essentials of Gardening class. For more information, email info@GardeningVolunteers.org, call 210-251-8101, or visit http://www.GardeningVolunteers.org.

College Station: Earth-Kind Gardening 101: “Low Volume Drip Irrigation” will be presented by Lyndon Almand and Cash Reed, Master Gardeners, from . 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., July 19. Learn about low volume or drip irrigation systems, one of the most effective ways to attain significant water savings. Presented. Larry J. Ringer Library, 1818 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy, College Station. $10 per person per seminar. For registration or additional information, visit brazosmg.com.

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.

Seabrook: Mike Howlett, Project Manager for Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Department ,will speak on Carnivorous Plants at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 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: 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.

Bryan: Fall Vegetable Gardening will be presented by Joe Novak, Ph.D., Dept of Horticultural Sciences, TAMU, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., July 26. The milder days of fall provide an ideal gardening environment for vegetables and gardeners alike. Learn all about year-round gardening. Room 102, The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Free program. For registration or additional information, visit brazosmg.com.

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.

Cibolo: Do you have a love for gardening and want to learn more about horticulture? Then the next Guadalupe County Master Gardener training class is for you. Classes are on Wednesdays, August 24 to December 7 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at St Paul Evangelical Church, 108 S Main, Cibolo. Learn from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts. Topics cover botany and plant growth, entomology, Xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount if received by August 1. For more information, visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org or contact Jose Antonio Contreras, elmerojose@gmail.com, 830-401-0800.

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.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

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

Rockport: 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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Order by calling 1-800-727-9020 or order on-line.

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