January 25, 2012

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'Tangerine Tango' can add fiery spark to landscapes

By Anthony Tesselaar Plants

Sometimes life calls for a little attitude. And you’ll definitely find it in “Tangerine Tango” — the Pantone Color Institute’s 2012 Color of the Year. This “spirited reddish-orange,” dubbed the new “it” hue by global color authority Pantone, is sure to burn up any of the fog left over from a gloomy economy and — as Pantone says — “provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.”

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

So what plants can bring this hot, exciting color to our gardens? And how do we use it in our landscapes to its fullest? Here are just a few ideas:

Tropicanna Black cannas

“The reddish-orange blooms of the dark-foliaged Tropicanna Black canna certainly match Pantone’s Tangerine Tango,” says Anthony Tesselaar, cofounder and president of Tesselaar Plants, developer of the colorfully foliaged Tropicanna line of cannas. “What’s more, the backdrop of black, broad leaves makes its hot, bright blooms pop out at you even more.”

Tesselaar suggests using red-orange with other plants featuring subtle echoes of the same color: “Not too much of this fiery hue,” he says. “A little goes a long way.”

For example, he suggests this sizzling “thriller-filler-spiller” combo: Tropicanna Black as the thriller, red-orange ornamental peppers as the filler and thread-leaved croton (with reddish-orange streaks) as the spiller.

Or, since orange-red is opposite of blue-green on the color wheel, he suggests grouping it with plants like the frosty, cool-hued Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ and the blue-bloomed Salvia farinacea.

“Don’t forget the pot, adds Tesselaar. “Containers look just as good in Tangerine Tango as the plants!”

On her North Coast Gardening blog, California garden designer Genevieve Schmidt suggests a more analogous color grouping: Tropicanna Black cannas with other sizzling-hot reds like Helianthemum (sunrose) ‘Henfield Brilliant’ and Clianthus puniceus (parrot’s beak) ‘Red’.

Similarly, Tropicanna Black canna blooms add sizzling red-hot color to your landscape — even in the shade! — when paired with the red-orange blooms of Bonfire begonias, which can also handle shade (see more on Bonfire below). In fact,  Tropicanna Black’s foliage actually turns blacker in the shade, heightening the drama and color contrast of this combo.

Bonfire begonias

“Bonfire begonias’ fiery, red-orange blooms are surprisingly versatile,” says Tesselaar. “They’re able to make a strong statement by themselves or serve as the exclamation point on any palette of colors.”

Again, a tone-on-tone color scheme with other reds is sure to bring on the drama, says Tesselaar. He suggests grouping Bonfire begonias with scarlet Next Generation Flower Carpet roses (drought, heat and humidity tolerant).

“I’ve found that the reddish-orange of Bonfire looks most provocative when paired or grouped with deep burgundies, true purples or silver foliage,” says Sabina Reiner, brand manager of Selecta First Class. (Bonfire begonia is sold through the Ball Horticultural Co. network as part of the Selecta First Class catalog of products).


Editor's Note: Gardening news is slow at the beginning of the year, and many gardeners are unable to work in their gardens during winter. We thought you might enjoy a change of pace during this slow season, so following is the final of four gardening-themed short stories presented this month for your enjoyment. — Michael Bracken, editor

Fertile Fiction
Love in Full Bloom

By Michael Bracken
Editor

Every year the community garden in Linda’s neighborhood brought together more green thumbs than a convention of Leprechauns. Neighbors of all ages turned out each spring to till the soil, divide the garden, mark each household’s plot, and plant more zucchini than any group of people could ever hope to consume.

Even though Linda enjoyed gardening, she enjoyed watching Derek even more. He had an easy-going manner that seemed at odds with his chiseled features and classic V-shaped torso, as if he didn’t realize how handsome he was. More importantly, no matter what the weather, if Derek was in the garden, his shirt soon came off. It was something that all the women in the neighborhood had come to appreciate in the years he’d been gardening with them.

While Linda certainly appreciated Derek’s physique, she rarely interacted with him or with any of the other gardeners during the four years she’d been part of the community garden. She was content to work her plot alone, in the late evening hours when no one else was likely to bother her.

By luck of the draw, Linda found her plot next to Derek’s. At first, their schedules rarely overlapped, but when they were in the community garden together, Derek often spoke with her, offering help and advice and telling her gardening jokes. Linda began to look forward to spending time with Derek and soon memorized his work schedule. Each Wednesday and Saturday, she made certain to be working in her plot when Derek arrived to work in his.

As the season progressed, Derek helped her dig furrows and she helped him build mounds. They planted seeds together and transplanted seedlings from the trays he brought from his garage. They staked their tomato plants and helped weed each other’s garden plot. Soon they began sharing the fruits of their labors, passing tomatoes and cucumbers and squash back and forth as each came into season.

Linda learned to appreciate Derek as more than eye candy, for he had a natural ability to make things blossom. Derek’s plants always out-produced those of the other gardeners and he constantly offered advice and assistance to those around him. Even though he spent his days cooped up in an office, just like Linda did, he seemed born to work the land.

Although Linda had been reserved, keeping mostly to herself when she’d first joined the community garden, she found herself loosening up as the new season progressed. Lately, she’d even been laughing and joking with her neighbors, and she suspected it was Derek’s influence.

One Saturday evening after the sun dipped low on the horizon, all the other gardeners went home and left Linda alone with Derek. As they stood in the narrow path that separated their plots, Derek pulled off one of his gloves and reached out to wipe a smear of dirt from Linda’s face. When his thumb touched her cheek, Linda felt unexpected warmth spread through her body.

Then Derek held her chin in the cup of his hand as if she were a delicate flower he was about to pluck. He leaned down to kiss her, his soft lips covering hers. She wasn’t surprised, for she had dreamed of exactly this each evening when she left the garden.

Derek’s kiss was tender, yet insistent. Linda closed her eyes and stretched up toward him like a seedling bursting from the ground into the sun, responding to his touch with a passion she had not known existed within her.

When Derek wrapped his arms around Linda and pulled her close, she didn’t even mind that they were both sweaty and smelled earthy from an afternoon spent working in the garden.

After the kiss ended, Linda rested her cheek on Derek’s chest and listened to his heart pound within his chest. The rhythm seemed to match her own, as if Mother Nature had created them to be together.

After a moment, Linda finally broke the silence. “I’m so lucky my plot is next to yours.”

“It wasn’t luck that brought us together,” Derek told her.

Linda looked up, into his smoldering blue eyes. “What do you mean?”

“I’m on the board of directors for the community garden,” Derek explained with a smile. “I rigged the drawing so I could be close to you.”

“You didn’t,” Linda said with surprise. “Really?”

Derek nodded.

Linda stretched upward and they kissed again. This time she knew love was in full bloom.

In addition to editing SEEDS, Michael Bracken is the Managing Editor of Texas Gardener and the author of several books and more than 900 short stories. His romance novel Unbridled Love: A Romance with Horse Sense is available for Kindle, Nook, and many other ereading devices.


Survivor survey

If you live in North Texas, Denton County Master Gardeners (DCMG) would like your feedback on what survived in your garden and landscape this past year. Did you have a Texas native give up in the heat? Did you have a surprise or two that seemed to perform well under the dry and hot conditions? The DCMG would like to know about it! We are compiling this information in hopes of helping North Texans make better plant buying decisions for the future.

Complete the online survey at http://www.dcmga.com/heat-drought-survey. Please complete it by February 15.

 After February 15, visit www.dcmga.com to see the results.


Gardening tips

You can make a quick cold frame by placing bales of hay in a rectangle then placing an old window over the top. The hay serves as a wind break and insulation from the cold. The old window will allow sunlight through and can be removed on warm days or when plants need to be watered.

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 2012 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did you know...

Human infants can develop blue baby syndrome (methemoglobinemia) after drinking water contaminated with nitrate levels greater than 10 parts per million in as short a period as one week. High nitrate levels can come from fertilizer runoff from farms and, yes, our gardens. So, be careful not to over apply nitrogen fertilizer, particularly on turf areas when runoff is more likely.


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.

Houston: Transition Houston and Seed Swap Houston host a viewing of the film Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi from 6:30 to 9 p.m., January 25, at the Rice Media Center, 2030 University. Shot in 11 countries and focusing on Pacific Islanders, the film celebrates traditional foods and the plants they grow from. The footage introduces the varied people who save seeds and stand at the source of humanity's diverse food heritage. Following the 57-minute film a panel moderated by Brittany Goldsmith of Seed Swap Houston will answer questions and discuss the film.  For more information, visit: http://www.facebook.com/events/175074425927410/. To view the film trailer, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPZwgjJW5xs.

Austin: Tree Talk Winter Walk, Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin. Free Admission. The worst drought in decades has severely damaged many trees. The annual Tree Talk Winter Walk is a perfect time to explore the beauty and benefits of native trees and shrubs. Take this opportunity to replace them with hardy Texas natives and plant a few more for the future. Guided walks and talks by experts on our local forest. Lots of family fun with a Kids Tree Climb sponsored by They Might Be Monkeys! Tree & Land Co. and an educational tree scavenger hunt. TreeFolks providing native tree saplings to those who complete the scavenger hunt. Ralph Yznaga speaks about his photography exhibit at noon in the auditorium and will meet with visitors in the McDermott Learning Center afterward. All walking sticks on special! Jim and Jerry Kimmel sign their new book, Exploring the Brazos River from Beginning to End, noon to 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.wildflower.org/.

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardeners are having their annual Fruit and Nut Tree Sale Saturday, January 28, at 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. Program by Tom LeRoy is at 8 a.m.; sale is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 936-539-7824 or www.montgomerycountymastergardeners.org for more information and a plant list.

Houston: The Great Plants for Houston Fruit Tree Sale will take place at the Texas AgriLife Cooperative Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston. The sale opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m., Saturday, January, 28. The fruit tree varieties offered at the sale will be adaptable to grow and produce in the Houston area climate. See a selection of avocado, apple, fig, persimmon, pomegranate, plum, pecan, peach and even surprises such as blackberry bushes. Arrive early; those blackberry bushes always sell out fast. An “Ask a Master Gardener” booth in the Extension auditorium will be staffed by experts ready to discuss garden, fruit tree planting and pruning questions. There will be a garden book sale In the Extension Lobby offering the latest in information about gardening. For more information, call 281-855-5600.

La Marque: From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., January 28, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque, Heidi Sheesley of TreeSearch Farms will give a presentation highlighting the characteristics of various fruit trees and plants that will be available at the February 4 Galveston County Master Gardener Fruit Tree and Plant Sale. For additional information, contact GALV3@wt.net.

Houston: At 6:30 p.m., January 30, the Houston Urban Gardeners will meet at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Dr. to share about our gardens: the Good (what’s working); the Bad (what’s not working); and the Do-able (what to do now). Free and open to the public. For additional information, visit http://www.houstonurbangardeners.org/.

San Antonio: Wednesday, February 1, at 9:30 a.m. The San Antonio Garden Center will host a plant exchange and morning coffee. Allison Schockner will teach the principles of Feng Shui, Clutter Control and Meditation at 10:30 a.m. She is also the author of Feng Shui House Plans. This meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening and plants. The Garden Center is located at 3310 North New Braunfels and Funston, west of the Botanical Gardens.

La Marque: Galveston County Master Gardeners Annual Fruit & Citrus Tree Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 4, at the Wayne Johnson Community Center in Carbide Park, La Marque. On offer are numerous varieties of trees and plants suitable and productive for the Galveston County area. Master Gardeners will also be available to assist with selection and answer questions. For additional information call 281-534-3413. Ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

Nacogdoches: The Texas Bluebird Society will host its 2012 season kickoff and silent auction in the Baker Pattillo Student Center at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Saturday, February 4 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program is sponsored by SFA Gardens.  Silent auction proceeds help support the Texas Bluebird Society. The featured speakers are Greg Grant and Cliff Shackelford. Grant, a horticulturist with SFA Gardens, will present two programs including “I Can’t Stop Loving You: A Lifetime Affair with the Blues” and “Berry Me with Bluebirds Landscaping for the Songbird of Happiness.” Shackelford, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Ornithologist, will present “Knock on Wood: The Woodpeckers of East Texas.” Other presentations will prepare bluebirders, new and experienced, for the upcoming nesting season. Early Bird registration (deadline January 4) is $15.00 and includes the lectures, a lunch buffet, and 10 door prize tickets. For more information and a registration form, visit texasbluebirdsociety.org.

New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners will sponsor a Backyard Vegetable Gardening Seminar at the New Braunfels Convention Center on Saturday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Patty Leander, contributing writer to Texas Gardener magazine, and Daphne Richards, Travis County AgriLife Extension Agent. Included in the $47 registration fee are demonstrations with hands-on activities, door prizes, detailed handbooks and lunch. Attendance is limited. Register at http://txmg.org/comal/future-events/seminar. For additional information, call 830-620-3440.

Houston: At 6:30 p.m., February 13, Carol Brouwer, Ph.D., will present "What to Plant and Do Now in Your Home Veggie Garden" at the Houston Urban Gardeners will meet at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Dr. Free and open to the public. For additional information, visit http://www.houstonurbangardeners.org///.

Dallas: Love Bugs Valentines Presentation at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., February 14. Enjoy wine, cheese and a stimulating Valentine's Day talk on insect behavior and reproduction with John Watts, Entomologist. $25 ea. or $40 per couple. $20 TDG Member or $30 per Member Couple. Register in advance at www.texasdiscoverygardens.org or call (214) 428-7476 x343.

Dallas: Biology of Butterflies at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, from 10 a.m.-noon, February 25. Go beyond the Butterfly Basics! An advanced look at the world of butterflies: their biology, behavior and adaptations to the environment with Entomologist John Watts. $15; $10 for TDG Members. Register in advance at www.texasdiscoverygardens.org or call (214) 428-7476 x343.

Dallas: Modern Victory Gardens: Spring and Summer Vegetable Gardening, at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, from 9 a.m.-noon, March 17. Join a growing trend and learn how to create a bountiful organic community or backyard vegetable garden with Director of Horticulture Randy Johnson. $25; $20 for TDG Members. Register in advance at www.texasdiscoverygardens.org or call (214) 428-7476 x343.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will take place at Cormier Park on FM 1442, in Orangefield. The gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at noon on Saturday, March 17. There will be a large variety of plants,  including perennials, bedding, tropical, vegetable, herbs, some trees, houseplants and Texas Super Star plants. An Ask the Master Gardener? booth will be set up. A raffle will be held to raise money for the Junior Master Gardener Groups. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/orange.

Rockdale: The Third Annual Milam County Nature Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Rockdale Fair Park in Rockdale. This is a family-oriented event for all ages of nature lovers. This year’s mascot is the Bat, and so there will be special emphasis on these wonderful and beneficial creatures. There will be presentations by experts on Bats and Bat Houses, Wildflower Legends and Folklore, and Conservation, as well as numerous hands-on nature activities for the kids, such as making animal tracks, digging for artifacts, and some fun bat projects. Educational booths for everyone will include: reptiles, insects, fish, hunting, bats, birds, bees, butterflies, archaeology, native plants, wildflowers, and much more. The nature photo contest (submission deadline March 31) will have winners announced with all photos on display. For additional information, visit http://txmn.org/elcamino/naturefest/ and http://txmn.org/elcamino/naturefest/photo-contest/, email ElCaminoRealMasterNaturalist@gmail.com, or contact Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 254-697-7045.

Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Garden Gala Day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, unusual species, and exclusive SFA introductions. Plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public. This popular event features the annual spring plant sale benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 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 www.sfagardens.sfasu.edudu and click on “Arboretum” then “Garden Events.”

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: 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.

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 http://www.overthegardengate.org 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 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.

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 gonzales@ag.tamu.edu 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 www.main.org/aog.

Evant: The Evant Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., usually at the bank in downtown Evant. To confirm the date, time and place of each month's meeting, call 254-471-5585.

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.

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 www.gregg-tx.tamu.edu.

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 Association holds their monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Bldg. cor. MLK & Strickland in Orange. Pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Visit http://txmg.org/orange for more information.

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.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 am at the Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 Rio Grande, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation, and more. For more information, visit http://www.amgardenclub.com/.

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 Sharon Smith at 817-894-7700.

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 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.

Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardeners, a program of Texas AgriLife Extension, meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. There is a public gardening program at each meeting and pertinent information may be found at brazosmg.com or 979-823-0129.

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 www.ogcfw.webs.com.

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 Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thurday of each month at the REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. For more information, call 214-824-2448 or visit www.gdogc.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.


Sale! A book so good, even the insects like it

That’s right. We have a small quantity of The Vegetable Book that have been nibbled on by silverfish. The result is very minor cosmetic damage. We can’t sell them as new books at full price so we are forced to drastically reduce the price to $21.21 (includes tax and shipping). That is a steep discount off the regular price! This should appeal to all the tightwads out there as well as those who would like to have a second, not-so-perfect copy of Dr. Cotner’s timeless classic to carry with them to the garden as a working copy. Hurry while supplies last!

$21.21 includes tax and shipping! (while supplies last)

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The Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook

The best thing for tomato enthusiasts since the tomato itself! William D. Adams draws on more than thirty years' experience to provide a complete, step-by-step guide to success in the tomato patch. Learn everything from soil preparation, planting, feeding, caging and watering. Liberally sprinkled with the author's easy humor and illustrated with his own excellent photographs, the must have book has everything you'll need to assure a bumper crop! 189 pages. Lots of color photographs!

Only $26.69 for Seeds readers! Free shipping!

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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.

Available only for Kindle. Order directly from Amazon by clicking here.


Wish you'd saved them?

Are you missing an important issue of Texas Gardener? Or, perhaps, just tired of thumbing through stacks of back issues looking for the tips and techniques you need to make your garden grow? These new CDs provide easy access to all six issues of
volume 20 (November/December 2000 through September/October 2001),
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volume 23
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volume 24 (November/December 2004 through September/October 2005),
volume 25 (November/December 2005 through September/October 2006),
volume 26 (November/December 2006 through September/October 2007),
volume 27 (November/December 2007 through September/October 2008),
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volume 30 (November/December 2010 through September/October 2011)*.

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