September 21, 2011

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Driest Year in 100 Years

The dry, hot conditions of this summer are the worst Texans have experienced in nearly 100 years. Due to lack of natural rainfall, grass is suffering, plants are wilting and local birds are struggling to find food and water. Although circumstances sound harsh, there is something that can be done to survive this drought. Understanding the needs of the garden and lawn during this time is the first step to recovery.

What is a drought?

An extended period of time when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply. Drought-like conditions can have substantial impact on the local ecosystem. Plants and animals, alike, can endure severe habitat damage, affecting both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Throughout this summer, Texas was no exception.

Who is affected by a drought?

In addition to the local wildlife under pressure throughout this season, many Texans are losing their gardens and lawns thanks to the lack of precipitation. Grass is going dormant, gardens are facing an early retirement and water resources are being restricted. All living things need food, water and nutrients to thrive — including those in the backyard.

When will the drought cease and how can my garden and lawn recover?

The drought will likely persist; however, conditions should give way to the cooler temperatures of fall-late September and October are perfect for reviving the garden and lawn.

Follow these tips to take advantage of the best time to get out and grow:

Water wisely: Whether watering your lawn or your garden, water efficiently (deep and infrequently) to promote a healthy root system capable of better surviving hot and dry conditions. Be sure to follow watering restrictions in your local area.

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Make it a meal: When seeding bare patches in the lawn, feed with a lawn food designed to provide essential nutrients for establishing deep roots and helping grass crowd out weeds. Grass is the softest play space Mother Nature has to give — help keep it resilient and strong by pairing food and water together. If water use is restricted, wait to seed and feed until watering new seed daily is possible.

Amend soil before planting: When planting, a small investment goes a long way towards the overall health of plants. Amend soil to provide the best environment for shrubs, flowers and vegetables. Incorporating organic matter improves soil aeration and available nutrients to improve plant root growth and water use.

Plant for your region: Select specific plant varieties adapted to your region. Doing so will offer the best chances for survival through Texas heat and drought.

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Mulch everything: Place mulch around trees, perennials and gardens to reduce evaporation of water and the presence of weeds that will compete with plants for water and nutrients. Mulch blocks sunlight from reaching potential weeds and provides a barrier to block growth. Scotts Nature Scapes Advanced mulch can help use up to 30 percent less water, and adds a splash of color to the landscape. A two-to-three inch layer will keep the beds beautiful and efficient.

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Following a few simple tips when planting trees, shrubs, flowers or gardens in the landscape this fall will provide your flora with the best tools for survival through drought conditions.

Forest landowners urged to be wary of timber scams

By Holly Huffman
Communications Specialist
Texas Forest Service

If the drought doesn’t get you, a scam might.

Texas Forest Service is urging East Texas landowners to watch out for scam artists attempting to swindle them out of their trees.

Authorities generally see an uptick in timber sale scams when the economy struggles. Recent scams involve buyers using drought scare tactics to convince landowners that their trees are dying and then push them into selling the timber prematurely. The buyer harvests the timber, but never pays the seller.

While many trees have gone dormant because of the drought, state tree experts say it’s too soon to tell how many will die and how many could make a comeback next spring.

If you do opt to sell your timber now, Texas Forest Service has developed a list of tips to help you do so safely.

  • Hire a consulting forester who can help you manage the sale.
  • Determine the volume and value of timber being sold — before the sale.
  • Bid your timber to multiple buyers, and check credentials when bids are received.
  • Make sure you get a timber bill of sale, which is required by state law whenever timber is sold. The bill of sale assures the buyer that the timber does indeed belong to the seller. It also ensures payment to the seller.
  • Determine ahead of time how payment will be made and what type of equipment will be used. Find out how long the contract is valid, if it requires the logger to use best management practices and if there are penalties for property damage. You should also know if the buyer carries worker’s comp insurance.

For a list of consulting foresters, view the Texas Forest Service Professional Management Service Referral List, or contact your local Texas Forest Service office.

Victoria tree symposium to feature 10 gardening experts

By Rod Santa Ana
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Victoria County Master Gardeners Association will host a symposium, “It’s all about trees — and more,” at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 at a complex of three buildings on Bachelor Drive across from the Victoria Regional Airport Control Tower in Victoria.

The three buildings include the VEG Pavilion, Victoria County 4-H Activity Center and the Foster Field Officer’s Club.

“Although the emphasis will be on selection, growth and care of trees, this fall symposium will offer topics on a wide variety of gardening topics,” said Joe Janak, an AgriLife Extension agent in Victoria County. “It’s an especially timely symposium because it’s important that people know how to restore their trees and gardens after an especially brutal summer drought.”

Ten Texas gardening experts will lead 12 sessions throughout the day, Janak said.

“Heidi Sheesley of Houston will open the program at 9 a.m. with the subject of ‘Totally Tenacious and Texas Tough Plants,’” he said.

Sheesley, who owns TreeSearch Farms in Houston, turned her lifelong love of plants into a commercial venture in 1983, creating a wholesale plant business propagating rare and unusual plants that thrive along the Texas coastal areas, Janak said.

Dr. Jerry Parsons, retired AgriLife Extension horticulturist in San Antonio and the featured luncheon speaker, will announce new advances in his talk, “Old Plants Made New.” He will make two other presentations, including “Recommended Trees for the Victoria Area” and “Fall Gardening: It’s Time to Get Your Fingers Dirty.”

Other speakers and their talks include Ruth Anderson, Victoria County Master Gardener, “Creating Backyard Habitats for Wildlife”; Caroline Boatman, owner, Primavera Interior Landscapes and Primavera Flower Design, Houston, “Turning Your Indoor Spaces Into Green Spaces”; Kathy Chilek, master gardener and rainwater harvesting specialist, “Rainwater Harvesting”; Molly Glesbrecht, Victoria College plant pathologist, “Managing Pests on Your Trees”; Nancy Kramer, master gardener, “Jewels in the Garden: Inviting Butterflies and Hummers”; Michael Potter, AgriLife Extension agent in Nueces County, “Xeriscape and Earth-Kind Gardening”; Lon Smith, grower and development director at Devereux Gardens, Victoria, “Outside Container Gardening”; and Matt Weaver, Texas Forest Service regional urban forester, “Planting, Training and Pruning trees.”

A symposium flyer and brochure may be downloaded at, or from the Victoria County AgriLife Extension office at 528 Waco Circle, near the airport, Janak said.

“Admission is $60 per person, which includes lunch, continuing education units, brochures, admission to the plant sale and refreshments,” Janak said.

“Interested persons are encouraged to register early to ensure a seat and the luncheon and choice of specific programs.”

Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators can earn five continuing education units (four integrated pest management and one general) at the symposium. Master Gardeners can also earn five continuing education units.

For more information, contact Janak at 361-575-4581 or email

Poster contest helps students fall for trees

By Holly Huffman
Communications Specialist
Texas Forest Service

Fourth and fifth grade teachers tasked with educating their students about trees and the benefits they provide have a tool to help liven up their lessons — the 2011-12 Texas Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Learning to identify tree species — specifically our national tree, the oak — is the focus of this year’s state poster contest.

Sponsored by Texas Forest Service and open to both fourth and fifth grade students, the contest carries the theme Trees are Terrific from Acorn to Oak! Designed to boost environmental stewardship by teaching students how to identify different types of trees, lessons prompt students to create an identification key as well as a leaf and acorn collection.

The contest — and included environmental lessons — are correlated to the state curriculum for science and art, said Contest Coordinator Gretchen Riley.

“It’s just a fun way to educate students about the trees that surround us,” Riley said. “It’s not about forests somewhere else; it’s about trees where we live, trees that we see every day. Hopefully, the lesson will instill in them an environmental ethic that they can carry forward.”


Both fourth and fifth grade students are eligible to participate.

Posters may be no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches.

The deadline for each school to submit its winning poster to Texas Forest Service is Dec. 16, 2011.


The winning student will receive a $500 savings bond and a year-long family pass for Texas state parks, as well as a framed copy of his or her poster and an invitation to the Texas Arbor Day ceremony in April 2012.

The winning teacher will receive a personal iPad and $250 to go toward classroom supplies.

The winning school will receive $250 for environmental books or supplies and a tree planted on the campus as part of an Arbor Day celebration.

For more information about the contest or to download the 2011-12 Activity Guide, visit the 2011-12 Texas Arbor Day Poster Contest website. Or, email Poster Contest Coordinator Gretchen Riley at

Gardening tips

"With the hot, dry weather we’ve been suffering," writes Deedy Wright, "new transplants have struggled even when watered. One way to help these struggling plants is to put an umbrella over them for shade. Duct tape the handle of the umbrella to a stake in a couple of places and place it in the ground near the transplant. Voila! Shade! You can find inexpensive umbrellas at garage sales and resale shops."

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...

Dwarf yaupon hollies are one our best choices for a low growing shrub that can handle some shade. They are also resistant to root knot nematodes and a good replacement for poorly adapted boxwood shrubs.

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.

Gainesville: Fall Garden Fest Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m.-noon. at North Central Texas College Little Theatre presented by Cooke County Master Gardeners. Speakers will be Dallas County Master Gardeners Janet Smith, "Sex in the Garden," and Billy Clark, "Square Foot Gardening." Door Prizes. Tickets are $10.00 advance, $15.00 at the door. Call 940-668-5412 for more information.

Houston: The Great Plants for Houston fall plant sale will take place Saturday, September 24, at the Texas Cooperative Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston. The sale day will begin with a Plant Overview by Dr. Jean Fefer from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. The sale opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. The gardens will be decorated with scarecrows which will be offered for sale by silent auction throughout the morning of the sale. There will be booths in the auditorium of the Extension Office building staffed by Master Gardeners ready to discuss garden questions. There will be a garden book sale offering the latest in information about gardening in the lobby. For additional information, call 281-855-5600.

Nacogdoches: SFA Gardens will host a garden seminar, “Home Landscaping in Texas: Right Plant, Right Place” on Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. – noon in Room 118 of the SFA Agriculture Building at 1924 Wilson Drive. Greg Grant, horticulturist, author, and SFA Gardens Research Associate for Garden Outreach will cover the basic principles of landscape design, some of his favorite plants, and the thought processes he went through in designing his new heirloom cottage garden. Grant has former experience with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Lone Star Growers, the San Antonio Botanic Garden, Mercer Arboretum, and The Antique Rose Emporium. He is co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South and Home Landscaping Texas and author of In Greg’s Garden: A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature, and Family. He writes regularly for Texas Gardener and has a monthly gardening blog at Cost is $10 for Friends of SFA Gardens members and $15 for non-members. To register, contact the Elyce Rodewald at 936-468-1832 or

The Woodlands: Woodlands Landscaping Solutions will be held. 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, September 24. The free event includes a host of demonstrations and experts like Texas Rose Rustlers, drip irrigation basics, tree care, the Plant Doctor, rainwater harvesting, butterfly gardens, composting, vegetable gardening, caring for garden tools, the Bulb Hunter, Herb Cottage, Texas Bluebird Society, plus native plant sales, a garden gift shop and much more. The event is sponsored by The Woodlands Township and Montgomery County Master Gardeners. Woodlands Landscaping Solutions occurs at the Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services Complex, 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, The Woodlands. Call 281-210-3900 for more information.

Victoria: The Victoria County Master Gardener Association fall symposium will be September 24 at the VEG pavilion, Victoria County 4-H Activity Center and the Victoria Regional Airport Officers Club across from airport control tower in Victoria. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and conclude at 3 p.m. Emphasis will be on growing trees and container gardening. Famed garden expert Jerry Parsons of San Antonio, luncheon speaker, will discuss gardening in the Coastal Bend. Heidi Shessley of TreeSearch Farms in Houston will open the program at 9 a.m. For program and registration information telephone Victoria County AgriLife Extension Office at 361-575-4581.

Lufkin: Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants will present “A Case for Native Plants” at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29, at the Museum of East Texas, 503 North 2nd St., Lufkin. Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has authored 73 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, and other courses for 30 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal com-munities. His book Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information. call 936-634-6414 ext 102 or visit

Austin: “Winter Gardening” will be presented Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m.-noon, at Festival Beach Community Garden, 35 Waller St. Austin. Learn about garden vegetables which only thrive in the cool temperature of the fall and winter. General gardening principles and guidelines for protecting plants from usually cool temps will be discussed. Event is outdoors. Please bring a chair. For more information, contact the Master Gardeners Help Line at 512-854-9600 or visit

Denton: Denton County Master Gardener Association presents the 2011 Fall Garden Festival on Saturday, October 1. This free event is held on the Denton Bible Church campus at the corner of Nottingham and Mingo, Denton. This year’s theme is “Locavore,” focusing on those who eat foods grown locally whenever possible. This event includes educational demonstrations and exhibits, vendors, and presentations. Speakers include Executive Chef Charles Younts from the Classic Café in Roanoke, Sue Newhouse and Trish Percy from Feed Texas First, Gene Gumfory from Shiloh Field Community Garden, and Dr. Maggie Jover, from Texas AgriLife Extension. For a complete list of exhibitors, vendors and presentations, visit or call 940-349-2892.

Nacogdoches: The annual Fabulous Fall Festival plant sale at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Mast Arboretum will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches. The event features the annual fall plant sale fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including new introductions, Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials, and exclusive SFA introductions. Most plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public. This plant sale fundraiser benefits the SFA Gardens and its educational programs, which reach over 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit and click on “upcoming events.”

Wichita Falls: The “Living Well With Less Water in Texoma 2011” conference will be held at the Multi-Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls on October 1. The registration fee is $55 if received between September 2-16. No registrations will be accepted after September 16. The fee includes the noon meal, break refreshments and conference handout material. The speakers include: KFDX meteorologist Bryan Rupp, who has lived in nearly every corner of Texas. Spending so much time living, working and forecasting in Texas has given Bryan unique and well qualified experience to understand the microclimates of Texas and how each have separate features that can affect the weather for gardeners all over Texoma. Scott Calhoun explores back roads and backcountry in search of plants, gardens, architecture and food. He is the author of five gardening books. His first book, Yard Full of Sun, was awarded the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award; his second, Chasing Wildflowers, won the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Book Award. Calhoun writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine and freelances for numerous print publications including American Gardener, Fine Gardening, and Wildflower. Michael Parkey is a registered landscape architect who has designed gardens in north Texas since 1983. His special interests are resource efficient landscapes and the use of native plants in gardens and restored habitats. His projects accent residential gardens, commercial developments, and specialized landscapes for botanic gardens, parks, schools, zoos and nature study areas including the gardens at the Kell House in Wichita Falls.  Parkey is based in Dallas, where he has had his own firm since 1993. In addition to his practice, he teaches courses on landscape design and native plants for Southern Methodist University, and frequently lectures on the same topics. His designs have received awards from the City of Dallas and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Oklahoma Conservation Commission project coordinator Kevin Gustavson joined OCC's Water Quality division in 2005 as coordinator of the Grand Lake Nonpoint Source Project. Through that project he oversaw the coordination of at least four diverse programs in the Grand Lake watershed, including development of the Grand Lake Watershed-Based Plan. Dotty Woodson is an Extension Program Specialist in Water Resources with Texas AgriLife Extension. Woodson is an award-winning writer and video producer with extensive credits in print and electronic media. She is a contributing author for Gardening in Fort Worth, The Lone Star Gardener's Book of Lists and the CD and computer web site, Texas SmartScape. Dotty writes a garden and landscape column for the Fort Worth Star Telegram and a feature garden column for the Northwest Times Record and Meadowbrook News. Attendees will qualify for five Master Gardener continuing education hours, two private pesticide applicator general continuing education hours and three Master Naturalists hours. Other CEU hours may be announced prior to the conference. In addition, gardeners will be able to review new and useful items plus information at vendor booths while at the conference. Gardeners can access more information and the registration form at or by calling Virginia Krebs at 940-692-3089 or by contacting the Wichita County AgriLife Extension office.

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.

San Antonio: Judy Barrett, founding editor and publisher of Homegrown: Good Sense Organic Living for Texas and author of “What Can I Do With My Herbs” and “What Makes Heirloom Plants So Great” will speak at The San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels & Funston by the Botanical Gardens, at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 5. This event is free, though membership is encouraged. For additional information, contact or call 210-8240435.

Kingsland: Learn propagation techniques from horticulture teacher, greenhouse manager and Kingsland Garden Club member James Henry Alley on Friday, October 7 at the Kingsland Library. He will show you interesting ways to obtain new plants and multiply the plants you already have and love. This free program is presented by the Kingsland Garden Club at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, October 7. You are welcome to come to the Club meeting at 1 p.m. For information on upcoming gardening programs, visit

Austin: “Bio-Intensive Gardening,” Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m.-noon, at Blackshear Neighborhood Garden, 2011 East 9th St., Austin. Learn techniques to optimize planting to maximize yield in a small garden space. Good garden practices also covered. Outside event. For more information, contact the Master Gardeners Help Line at 512-854-9600 or visit

Houston: Learn about native plants at the 31st NPSOT Annual Fall Symposium, Oct. 13-Oct. 16, at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway at Eldridge Parkway, Houston. Entertaining and educational exhibits, a native plant sale, flower arranging and photography competitions, a silent auction, expert speakers from across the state and field trips to native habitats in the Houston area will highlight the symposium, “Habitat CPR: Creating, Preserving and Restoring Native Habitats in a Changing World.” Symposium 2011 kicks off Thursday, Oct. 13, with on-the-way field trips for out-of-town attendees. All symposium registrants are invited to attend the welcome reception Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday leaders in the conservation of native plants will present. They include Fred Smeins, Ph.D., range ecology professor, Texas A&M University, the leading expert on Texas coastal prairies and marshes; John Jacob, Ph.D., professor and extension specialist, director of the Texas Coastal Watershed Program and co-author of “Texas Coastal Wetlands Guidebook,” Bill Neiman, founder and president, Native American Seed; Jaime Gonzalez, community education manager, Katy Prairie Conservancy and Mark Kramer, stewardship coordinator, Armand Bayou Nature Center. Saturday evening, the symposium will conclude with a dinner and special screening of the new film, Wildflowers | Seeds of History, produced by PBS. For a complete schedule and registration information, please visit

Rockport: Dr. Marsha Hendrix, Master Gardener and Director of the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, and Beth Wilson, Master Gardener. will present "Recreating the Fulton Mansion Garden" from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 18, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361)-790-0103.

Rockport: Keith Pawelek, Manger of Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, will present "Native Plants and Invasive Plants" from 10:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Saturday, October 22, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361)-790-0103.

Rockport: Darlene Goorish, Master Gardener, will present "Winter Care of Tropicals" from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361)-790-0103.


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: 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.

Wichita Falls: The Wichita County Master Gardener Association meets at 5:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 600 Scott Street, Wichita Falls, on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit or call 940-716-8610.

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.

Gonzalas: Gonzales Master Gardeners Association holds their monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting is held from noon until 1 p.m. at 1405 Conway St. (Odd Fellows Lodge). Bring a bag lunch, drinks provided. Contact AgriLife Extension Office at 830-672-8531 or e-mail for more information.

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 817-263-9322 or visit

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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