August 10, 2011

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Keep your garden beautiful thru fall

Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean it is time to let your garden go. There are still many great things you can do in your garden throughout fall. Expert gardener and founder of Barb Hegman offers some tips and tricks for keeping your garden beautiful and thriving when the weather starts to cool.

Hegman, who has a master’s degree in agriculture and 25 year experience gardening, suggests the following for fall:

  • Early fall is a good time to rearrange your gardens. Take advantage of plant sales, and divide and transplant overgrown and underperforming perennials. Make sure they receive ample moisture while their roots are getting established. Wait to divide those perennials that flower in early and mid-spring until after they bloom.
  • Still have some empty spaces? Fill them with spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and alliums. Take time to sketch or map your gardens so you have a visual reference later when everything is dormant. This is helpful to have in the winter when you are mulling over changes you might want to make and in the spring when you need help remembering what is planted where.
  • Have your soil tested. University Extension services often provide a resource for soil testing. They'll provide a nutrient analysis and recommendations based on what you are trying to grow (vegetables, perennials, turf, etc).
  • Fall is a good time to meet with garden designers or coaches. Plans can be developed and discussed over the winter and schedule installers by early spring before everyone is booked up.
  • In mid-to-late fall, once cold weather deteriorates foliage, selectively cut back perennials so it’s not so overwhelming. Leave plants that provide winter interest such as ornamental grasses, sedum, echinacea and Joe-pye weed. Also leave newly planted or divided plants where their foliage can provide added winter protection.
  • Remove and destroy any foliage that is diseased such as with powdery mildew and compost the rest.

Chuck the chips and can the cola

The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Season Garden Guide

Grabbing a quick snack between meals is a regular practice and so should choosing snacks that are not only flavorful, but also nutritious. It’s easy with The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide, which offers a few fresh options that are easy to grow right in the garden.

Ground-cherries: A tomato relative, this small snack treasure can be eaten raw by itself or in salads, dried like raisins, baked in pies, and even made into jams! This plant is easy to maintain because it self-sows and grows in any soil or climate. A great option for garden simplicity and kitchen variety.

Sunflower seeds: Try the ‘Mammoth Russian’ or ‘Grey Stripe’ sunflower to produce an abundance of seeds. No matter the size of your garden space, there are a variety of sunflower plants to accommodate you. Fresh sunflower seeds can be eaten raw or lightly roasted and salted for a pleasing crunch.

Alpine strawberry: These tasty strawberries offer a natural sugar fix and a sweet aftertaste. Plants produce berries from June through October and are winter hardy in Zones 3 to 9. Their serrated leaves, white blossoms, and red or pale yellow berries make them an attractive border plant. This is the top pick for garden beauty and a sweet tooth.

Soybeans: After planting soybeans, you can expect pods in as few as 65 days. Soybeans are best harvested when immature (edamame). Once harvested, simply steam the pods for 5 to 7 minutes and add salt for an addicting snack. Try the ‘Midori Giant’ for a heavy-producing, early variety that will grow in nearly all gardens with at least 4 frost-free months!

Sugar snap peas: Want a green treat that is sweet and crunchy? Try fresh sugar snap peas to fill the void! The pea pod can be eaten in its entirety and is among the first edibles to be harvested from the garden.

To learn more about planting and preparing these garden delights, check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide. This annual garden guide is one in the family of publications produced by Yankee Publishing Inc. of Dublin, New Hampshire, and is available at plant nurseries, home centers, and wherever books and magazines are sold.

Raspberry crazy ants are on the move

By Steve Byrns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Dr. Bastiaan “Bart” Drees, of College Station, said the new find increases to 18 the number of counties with known areas of spot infestations.

The ants are an exotic invasive pest first found in the Houston area in 2002, according to Drees.

“Their sheer overwhelming numbers are a major distinguishing characteristic,” he said. “They are uniformly sized one-eighth-inch long, reddish-brown ants, often seen in the millions. They form loose foraging trails, but also forage randomly. They crawl quickly and erratically which gives them their name ‘crazy ant.’ They can, but rarely bite and have no stinger.”

Drees said the special expanded use label for the insecticide Termidor, manufactured by BASF, is one of the few effective control treatments available to protect homes and other structures. Before Termidor can be used though, entomologists with AgriLife Extension or Texas AgriLife Research must first confirm that Rasberry crazy ants are in the county.

“It’s important for those with ant infestations to know that the special use label for Termidor is available, but only to pest control operators in the affected counties,” Drees said.

“Harsh winters have reduced populations the past two years,” he said. “But the ants survive and rebound by early summer, forming large colonies that grow larger through the summer months.”

“Since the best controls are only available from professional pest management providers, we discourage homeowners from trying to manage this pest on their own. That’s because the populations become so large that they often cross property lines and re-invade treated areas which then requires multiple control applications.”

Drees said homeowners finding very large numbers of reddish, uniformly sized ants crawling "everywhere" are encouraged to have the ants identified by collecting and sending samples to the Center for Urban and Structural Entomology using the downloadable form available at

“Identification is an important step because newly infested counties will be added to an expanded-use label for Termidor by the Texas Department of Agriculture, available at, which enables pest management providers to provide the more effective treatment,” Drees said.

To stop the ant invasion, Drees advises homeowners to examine articles coming from the Texas counties known to have Raspberry crazy ant infestations as noted on the urban entomology website.

“Items including mulch, potted plants, trash, landscape elements or any other article that has had ground contact should be inspected for ants before it’s placed in the landscape,” Drees said.

“These ants spread primarily by hitching a ride in infested articles from one area to another rather than by mating flights,” he said. “Ground-based spread is estimated to be about 300 feet per year. These ants displace many other ant species including the red imported fire ant. They have no central nests, but instead, nest under almost all structures in the landscape."

The website posted that the ants can cause great annoyance to homeowners and businesses. Wildlife such as nesting songbirds can be affected, but so far the extent of their economic impact is unknown.

Call 811 before digging near utility lines

Texas Forest Service

Texas Forest Service is joining Texas811 to encourage landowners to “know what’s below, call before you dig.”

Texas811 is a one-call notification service that works to prevent damage to buried utilities.

“Landowner outreach is critical after wildfires since wooden fence posts in a fire’s path typically must be replaced,” said Doug Meeks, damage prevention manager for Texas811. “Augering or digging post holes without knowing the location of underground utility lines could make a bad situation worse if a pipeline is ruptured or 911 service is disrupted.”

Each year, more than 60,000 damaged utility lines are reported. Many of these damaged lines are due to landowners digging on their own property or working near the right of way. Striking a utility line during wildfire recovery efforts can lead to inconvenient outages, repair costs and personal injury.

When you call 811, you will be asked for the location and description of the project. The utility companies will locate and mark the approximate location of utility lines within 48 hours. Once lines have been marked, you can begin to carefully dig, taking care to avoid damage to the marked lines.

“Safety is a shared responsibility,” Meeks said. “Calling 811 helps to keep your community safe and connected.”

Utility damage and wildfire have something in common: Both are preventable and primarily caused by humans. To learn more about how to protect your home and community, visit and

Gardening tips

"My wife is the gardener in the family," writes John Hoberman. "Unfortunately, she is allergic to okra leaves, so guess who must go out to pick the okra? That's right, me. Well I set her up with newspaper bags on her hands and forearms. They go up to her elbows and now she can pick the okra herself. Just the regular old plastic newspaper bags that come on our paper daily."

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Did you know...

Onions are Texas' leading vegetable crop, according to Aggie Horticulture. Onion sales bring the state between $70 and $100 million per year and the onion industry has an overall impact of about $350 million per year on the Texas economy. Most of the sweet yellow onions, which people all over the world enjoy because you can "eat them like an apple," can trace their origin to the Lone Star state.

Upcoming garden events.

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

Nacogdoches: SFA Gardens’ Greg Grant will present "Heirloom Gardening for the South" as part of the Nacogdoches Adult Speaker Series, Thursday, August 11, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the Nacogdoches Public Library on North Street. His talk will cover the cultural influences that shaped Southern gardens, old-fashioned plants that our ancestors grew, and an overview of his recently restored dogtrot house and garden. Grant is a horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. He is co-author of the newly released Heirloom Gardening in the South-Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens (2011, Texas A&M Press), In Greg’s Garden: A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature, and Family (2010, Kindle e-book), Home Landscaping-Texas (2004) and The Southern Heirloom Garden (1995). He is currently working on A Texas Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables (Cool Spring Press). He also writes the popular “In Greg’s Garden” column for Texas Gardener magazine and writes a monthly gardening blog for Arbor Gate Nursery ( He serves as a part-time research associate for garden outreach at Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has degrees in floriculture and horticulture, both from Texas A&M University, and has attended post graduate classes at Louisiana State University, North Carolina State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. He has past experience as a horticulturist with the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Mercer Arboretum, and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, an instructor at Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana State Universities, an award-winning horticulturist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, director of research and development at Lone Star Growers, and on the staff of Naconiche Gardens and The Antique Rose Emporium. Grant has introduced a number of successful plants to the Texas nursery industry including: Blue Princess verbena, dwarf pink Mexican petunia, Gold Star esperanza, Laura Bush and VIP petunias, John Fanick phlox, Stars and Stripes pentas, Pam’s Pink honeysuckle, Lecompte vitex, Henry and Augusta Duelberg sages, Big Momma and Pam Puryear Turk’s Cap, Peppermint Flare Hibiscus, and the Marie Daly and Nacogdoches (Grandma’s Yellow) roses. He was presented the Superior Service Award by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and the Lynn Lowery Memorial Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas for horticultural achievement in the field of Texas native plants. He has traveled extensively to hundreds of botanical gardens throughout the United States and Europe and has given over one thousand entertaining lectures. He is a graduate of the Benz School of Floral Design, a member of the Garden Writers Association of America, and a lifetime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Southern Garden History Society, the Texas Bluebird Society, and the Big Thicket Association. His garden, farm, and plant introductions have been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers including Texas Gardener, Texas Live, Woman’s Day, Farm and Ranch News, The Daily Sentinel, The Dallas Morning News, The San Antonio Express News, and The Houston Chronicle. Grant lives in deep East Texas in his great-great grandparent’s restored old dogtrot farmhouse, where he tends terriers Rosie and Molly, a patch of sugar cane, a forest full of rare trilliums, and over one hundred bluebird houses. Grant will have copies of his new book, Heirloom Gardening in the South-Yesterdays Plants for Today’s Gardens, available and will be happy to autograph them after his lecture.

College Station: Earth-Kind Gardening 101, led by Joe Masabni, Ph.D., Texas AgriLife Extension, Vegetable Specialist, will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., August 16, at Larry J. Ringer Library, 1818 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy, College Station. Registration is $10/person. For additional information contact

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.

Seabrook: Dr. Carol Brouwer will speak on Hydroponics for the home gardener at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, 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

Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Dr. Texas A&M University horticulturist and professor Fred Davies will present “Spaced Out: Challenges of Growing Horticultural Crops for NASA in Lunar and Martian Agriculture.” Davies received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in horticulture from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Florida. At Texas A&M he teaches courses in plant propagation and nursery production. In addition to low pressure controlled production environments for NASA, Davies’ other areas of research entail ornamental nursery crop physiology, mycorrhizal fungi, and international agriculture. He is co-author of Hartmann and Kester’s Plant Propagation-Principles and Practices. The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is generally held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s 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. Donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series fund are most appreciated. For more information, contact Greg Grant at 936-468-1863 or

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Fort Worth presents "Self Sustainability for Your Lifestyle," August 20, at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Botanical Garden Center-Oak Hall, 3220 Bontanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. This free day of lectures includes sessions on growing tomatoes, garlic, and herbs, and raising bees and goats. For more information, contact Esther Chambliss at or 817-263-9322.

Bryan: "The Beauty and Benefits of Native Plants and Grasses," led by Carolyn Fannon, will be held from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., August 23, at The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. For additional information contact brazosmg@brazosmg.comm.

Bexar County: Register now for Bexar County Master Gardener Class #54. Classes begin August 24, meeting once a week 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and end November 16. Application form available at Click on New Master Gardener Class Application. Registration deadline is August 10.

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 or contact Jose Antonio Contreras,, 830-401-0800.

Bryan: A Fall Gardening Seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., August 27, at The Brazos Center, Room 102, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Sessions include Jim Johnson, AAF, AIFD, TMFA, Distinguished Lecturer, Texas A&M University on "Seeing is Believing"; Kayron Dube, DDS, Brazos County Master Gardener on "Earth Systems—Soils"; Patty Leander, Travis County Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist and Texas Gardener contributing writer on "Fall Vegetable Gardening"; and Chris Wiesinger, The Southern Bulb Company, on "The Bulb Hunter & Heirloom Bulbs." Registration is $50/person and includes snacks and sandwich lunch buffet. Preregistration by August 23 is preferred. Seminar information and registration form is available at

Nacogdoches: On Saturday, August 27, the SFA Department of Agriculture will host an Outdoor Family Fun Day at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street, from 9 a.m. to noon as part of its Nacogdoches Naturally program. “Families will be able to experience a sampling of programs we have planned for the coming year. They will be able to learn how to set up a tent, practice casting with a fishing pole, learn how to use a compass, try their hand at outdoor cooking or just go for a leisurely hike,” explained Elyce Rodewald, education coordinator for SFA Gardens. “Many of our program partners will be coming out to join us on this day and we will offer activities to meet a variety of interests,” said Kerry Lemon, project director for Nacogdoches Naturally. “Archery, bird watching, making (and eating!) homemade ice cream, and going on a scavenger hunt are enjoyable for people of all ages. We are excited about starting off our program year with this fun, educational day for families to be together outdoors.” Ms. Lemon added, “This will also be an opportunity for families to sign up for our weekend programs scheduled each month August 2011-July 2012.” There is no charge for the Outdoor Family Fun Day and no registration is required. Parking will be available at Raguet Elementary School. For more information about this event or future events, call 936-468-1832 or email

San Angelo: There’s still hope for home grown veggies this year for those who plant a fall garden, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. To help gardeners succeed, the AgriLife Extension office in Tom Green County will conduct a fall vegetable gardening class at 6 p.m., August 30, at the Tom Green 4-H Center, 3168 N. U.S. Highway 67. “Most gardeners have struggled with their vegetables this summer,” said Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticulturist in Tom Green County. “The heat and drought have made it very difficult to grow healthy, productive plants. Many people don’t realize that fall is a great time to garden. Milder temperatures and fewer pests allow vegetable plants to produce well, making them easier to care for than in the late spring and summer.” Watkins said the class will provide information on planning and preparing a fall garden, pest control, crop selection and timing, and gardening basics. There will also be a question and answer session at the end of the program. “Even some avid summer gardeners don’t realize that many of their favorite spring garden plants such as tomatoes and squash can be successfully grown in the fall,” Watkins said. “Then later in the season there are cool-season crops to consider such as spinach and broccoli. And best of all? It’s way more pleasant to work outside when it’s cooler.” Watkins said gardeners further north in the Panhandle might run into trouble with cold weather hindering warm season vegetable crops, but they can certainly plant cool season crops successfully. The deadline to register is Aug. 23. Individual registration is $25 which includes a meal, a tomato plant and a chance at door prizes. Participants can pay at the door, but all must RSVP to attend by contacting Watkins at 325-659-6522 or

Austin: Fall Transplanting and Dividing Perennials will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, September 10, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Fall is the best time to transplant and divide your garden perennials. Learn how to share your extra plants with others and re-locate perennials that may have overgrown their current place in the landscape. Get a jump on spring blooms by giving them a chance to develop a strong root system. Join Master Gardener Velia Sanchez-Ruiz in proper planning and execution of these essential garden tasks. For more information, contact the Master Gardeners Help Line at 512-854-9600 or visit

Nacogdoches: Texas Gardener columnist 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

San Antonio: The Amazing Butterfly Exhibit at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston at N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, opens the weekend of September 17-18 and continues through January 8, 2012. Explore the interactive maze to learn about the incredible life cycle of butterflies and the surprising challenges they face every day. The exhibit is free with admission. Admission is $8 adults; $6 students, seniors, military; $5 children age 3-13. For additional information, call 210-829-5100 or visit

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 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 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 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

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

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 or contact contact

Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program preceding the business meeting. For further information call Cindy Gill at 903-236-8429 or visit

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 and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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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In Greg's Garden:
A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature and Family

An intimate and personal exploration of the life of one of Texas’s most beloved gardeners, In Greg’s Garden: A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature and Family gathers in a single volume the first nine years of Greg Grant’s columns from Texas Gardener magazine.

Revised and updated from their original publication, these 54 essays reveal the heart and soul of a seventh generation native Texan who has devoted his entire life to gardening, nature and family. With degrees in floriculture and horticulture from Texas A&M University and extensive hands-on experience as a horticulturist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Stephen F. Austin State University, Mercer Arboretum and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Grant has successfully introduced dozens of plants to the Texas nursery industry, all while maintaining long-held family property and renovating the homes of his ancestors in Arcadia, Texas.

In Greg’s Garden: A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature and Family is a must-read for every Texas gardener.

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