February 15, 2012

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The 12 Texas AgriLife Extension Service Districts.

Texas crop, weather: Good rains, but mild weather could put a 'chill' on fruit production

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Recent rains greatly improved soil-moisture levels in many parts of the state, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service county agents.

However, many parts of the state remained critically dry, including the Panhandle, South Plains, Far West Texas and parts of the Rolling Plains and Coastal Bend areas, according to the reports.

The more fortunate areas experienced mild weather and timely rains — as much as 6 inches in some areas, with 1 inch to 2 inches more common. The warm weather spurred the growth of winter wheat and winter pastures. It also raised farmers’ optimism in those areas for summer grazing and the planting of spring row crops.

For fruit growers, the mild winter may not be a great blessing due to lack of chilling hours, though that remains to be seen, according to AgriLife Extension horticulturists.

Chilling hours refers to the minimum amount of cold weather that fruit trees such as peaches need before they will blossom in the spring and produce a crop, said Keith Hansen, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent for Smith County, Tyler. The amount of chilling hours needed depends upon the variety. There are low-chilling, moderate-chilling and high-chilling varieties.

There are also different ways of calculating chilling hours, and some controversy as to which is the more reliable indicator, Hansen said.

One method involves counting the hours between 32 and 45 degrees, Hansen said. By this method, according to weather data collected at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, the region has had 687 chilling hours.

“We’ve got a couple of weeks before bud break, but we’re in the ballpark (by that method),” he said. “It may be a little low for some of the higher-chill varieties we have.”

Another method is simpler to calculate, only taking the number of hours below 45 degrees into account, including temperatures below 32, Hansen said. By this method, the East Texas region has received 746 chilling hours.

By either method, many of the varieties grown in East Texas are in fair shape, he said.

But there is yet another way of calculating chilling hours, the Utah model, which may spell trouble for some varieties, he said. By the Utah model, the hours above about 60 degrees are subtracted from the total, Hansen said.

“I think that may be where the concern is, with the warm weather we had in January,” he said.

More information on chilling hours can be found at the Overton center weather website at http://etweather.tamu.edu/.

More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/.

AgriLife Extension district reporters compiled the following summaries for the period of Jan. 30 through Feb. 6.

Central: Rains filled stock ponds and lakes, and raised soil-moisture levels. Warmer-than-normal weather and sunshine brought small grains to life. Pastures and small grains that had been fertilized earlier were growing exceptionally well. Small grains and pastures were reported to look the best for this time of year since 2009. Wheat and oats were doing well after the recent rains, especially those fields that producers planted late. Ranchers who had been holding off for a rain, began receiving stocker cattle. Sunflower planting was expected to start in the next week or two, followed closely by corn planting. Some producers were concerned whether winter wheat had had enough chilling hours. Farmers were applying nitrogen fertilizer. Beef cattle producers are still struggling with the expense of supplemental feeding.

Coastal Bend: Some areas received great rains during the reporting period. Soil moisture levels improved, helping plans for row-crop planting within the next 30 days. The moisture, along with warm weather and sunshine, made excellent growing conditions for winter forages and clover. Cattlemen, however, were concerned that with the amount of clover growing there was high potential for bloat in livestock, and they were placing anti-bloat blocks in fields. In the region’s southern counties, drought conditions persisted. There was very little runoff and stock pond levels remained critical.

East: Scattered rains fell across the region. Warmer-than-normal temperatures and the recent rains improved winter forages. Some producers were able to graze cattle on pastures, helping relieve some of the stress of finding quality hay. Lake, pond and creek levels rose. Farmers continued preparing fields for spring vegetable planting. Wild pigs remained a problem, with the animals invading residential areas of larger cities.

Far West: The first week of February brought foggy, drizzly and damp mornings, but no measurable rainfall. Temperatures were above normal, with highs in the upper 60s to 70s and lows near freezing to the 40s. By the weekend, daytime highs dropped to the upper 40s, and windy conditions raised the danger of wildfire. Pastures were greening up some with cool-season forbs and grasses, but their growth was not sufficient to provide additional nutrition for livestock. Producers were still feeding cattle, both stockers and brood cows, while others were shipping livestock to feedlots. It was the middle of calving season for most herds. Ranchers were struggling to maintain the condition of cattle they hung onto throughout the drought and were providing large amounts of supplemental feed. There were reports of locoweed in Presidio County. Small grains under irrigation were in fair condition and provided some grazing. Lambing and kidding season was expected to begin soon. Farmers were preparing cotton fields for planting by applying pre-emergent herbicides and pre-watering. Fall-planted onions were coming out of dormancy. Pecans growers were pruning orchards.

North: From 2 to 5 inches of rain raised soil-moisture levels. Days were unseasonably warm, with highs in the 70s. Cattle producers were taking advantage of the warm weather to turn cattle in on winter pastures and reduce the amount of hay and supplements they were feeding. Producers were very optimistic about the upcoming hay and summer-grazing season. Warm temperatures caused trees to bud prematurely, which caused concern for some for fruit and nut crops. The heavy rains also replenished stock ponds. Most were now full for the first time in a year. Feral hogs remained a major problem.

Panhandle: Temperatures were above average for most of the reporting period, then dropped to near average. Part of the region received some moisture late in the week, with accumulations ranging from a trace to 1.5 inches. Soil-moisture levels varied from adequate to very short with most reporting short to very short. Winter wheat was in poor to very poor condition. Most rangeland and pastures were in poor to very poor condition. Cattle were reported as mostly in good condition, with a few herds on irrigated wheat experiencing bloating issues. Livestock producers continued supplemental feeding of livestock.

Rolling Plains: Conditions remained dry in the region’s western counties. Pastures and rangeland were in poor condition as producers fed supplements to cattle on a daily basis. Producers who had access to winter wheat have been grazing cattle on it for the past month, hoping it will hold them through winter. Without any moisture, producers may have to start selling off cattle again. Farmers have begun preparing fields for this year’s crop, but without any moisture, there is only so much they can do. As they begin to think about the new crop, the possibility of another drought year lingers in their minds and is playing an important role in how they go about preparing fields and how much money they are willing to invest in production costs. Cotton producers were reserving cottonseed, but were cautious about planting high-dollar varieties. In contrast, the eastern counties reported the recent rains left rangeland and pastures in good condition. The wheat looked great there and stock tanks were full.

South: Much of the region received rain, but with few exceptions, accumulations were not enough to improve rangeland and pastures very much. Brooks County received the most with 2 to 3 inches, while Atascosa County got about 2.5 inches. Some pastures showed signs of green-up due to warm weather. However, cattle were generally not doing well. Body condition scores have further declined from fair to poor as calving season continued, and cows needed better nutrition. The cost of hay and protein supplements continued to increase, and stock tanks on many ranches remained at very low levels or were completely dried out. Webb County reported the cost of round bales of hay at about $150 and square bales at about $13 each. In Atascosa County, oats and wheat responded very well to the rains. In Jim Wells County, field activities were on hold until more rain was received. In Zavala County, dryland oat and wheat fields were mostly in fair to good condition. Also in that area, spinach fields were nearly ready for a second cutting. In Cameron County, corn harvesting was ongoing, as well as pre-irrigation for spring planting. In Starr County, spring planting was ongoing.

Southeast: Temperatures were above average with high humidity. Many parts of the region received from 1.5 to as much as 6 inches of rain over the last couple of weeks. Stock ponds were filling up. Soil moisture conditions were improving. With rains falling in the northern Brazos valley, the Brazos River was once again flowing. Lake levels to the north also rose, which improved the outlook for rice production in the lower Brazos River Basin. However, water companies had not yet indicated that water will be available for rice for the 2012 crop. Cattle producers report that drought-killed trees were being felled by high winds and were falling on fences, causing extensive damage. Though pastures improved from the rain, they still had a long way to go to full recovery. Livestock producers continued supplemental feeding of cattle that they had kept through the drought.

Southwest: As much as 2 inches of rain fell in some areas. The rain and warm weather greatly accelerated winter pasture growth. Topsoil moisture improved. Small grain pastures seemed to be slow going and were being moderately grazed. Winter wheat made good progress. Farmers were preparing to plant corn and sorghum. Trees were on the verge of budding. Lambing and kidding were under way. Livestock producers were maintaining herd numbers for now, and supplemental feeding of cattle continued in some areas.

South Plains: Most counties reported no precipitation, above-average temperatures and windy conditions. Winter wheat was struggling due to the drought. Farmers were performing some field preparations for spring planting where conditions allowed. Pasture and rangeland needed moisture.

West Central: Temperatures were very mild with warm days and cool nights. Farmers were preparing land for spring planting as weather permitted. Winter wheat improved with the recent moisture and warm temperatures. Some areas reported Hessian fly infestations. Rangeland and pastures continued to improve with the growth of cool-season grasses and winter weeds. Livestock owners continued supplemental feeding of cattle. Many producers who were lambing and kidding reported predator problems.

East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Feb. 28

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Despite recent rains, drought — and water-use restrictions — are far from history in East Texas, and fruit and vegetable growers will need to plan accordingly in 2012, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts.

The East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference, set Feb. 28 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center in Tyler, will help producers plan for the coming year, with information on irrigation and new potential crops, said Chad Gulley, AgriLife Extension agent for Smith County.

Though parts of East Texas received as much as 5 inches of rain in late January, Tyler’s primary sources of water, Lake Tyler, Lake Tyler East and Lake Palestine, remain historically low for this time of year, according to Greg Morgan, director of Tyler’s utilities and public works.

“Based on weather projections, it’s a safe bet that we will be under some type of water conservation measures as we go into the summer,” Morgan said. “As of yesterday (Jan. 26), our lakes are still about 6 feet low.”

But even if producers have their own wells and don’t depend upon public water supplies, there’s the question whether extensive irrigation of fruit and vegetable crops is feasible in the first place, said one of the speakers on the Feb. 28 program.

“In East Texas we shouldn’t have to irrigate much, except for supplemental irrigation,” said Rick Leopold, agronomist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bryan. “And in years where we do have to irrigate a lot, like last year, you generally don’t have enough water to do it. You have to ask if it’s worth all the expense to set up irrigation, if you don’t have adequate capacity to save your crop anyway.”

Leopold will also discuss water-quality issues for producers who do want to provide supplemental irrigation.

Another highlight of the conference will be a presentation on “new, niche and potential fruit crops.”

“Many new or traditional fruit growers are interested in emerging crops like pomegranates, olives, cold-hardy citrus and figs. I will cover the risks and unknowns with these crops, and possible approaches to growing them in East Texas,” said Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist, College Station.<

Other topics for the morning of the daylong program include: “Drip and Micro Irrigation Technology,”Michael Pippen, Irrigation-Mart, Inc.; “Water Quality Issues,” Charlotte Rambo, doctoral candidate, department of horticultural sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station; and “Food Safety Issues,” Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist, College Station.

After lunch, there will be three concurrent sessions, with vegetables, fruit and vineyard production topics reviewed separately.

The afternoon grape session will include a presentation on “Vineyard Tasks and Their Time Requirements,” by Fran Pontasch, AgriLife Extension viticulture associate, Stephenville. Pontasch’s presentation will be followed by a tour of a local vineyard.

The afternoon fruit session topics will include: “Blueberries,” Dr. David Creech, professor of horticulture, Stephen F Austin University, Nacogdoches; “Earth-Kind Fruit Crops,” Nesbitt; “New, Niche and Potential Fruit Crops,” Nesbitt; and “New Texas A&M Peach Varieties,” Dr. David Byrne, professor horticulture, Texas A&M.

The afternoon vegetable session topics will include: “Tomato Grafting/Soil Amendments,” Masabni; “Earth-Kind Vegetable Crops,” Masabni; “Tomato Growing Experiences,” David Claiborne, a large-scale commercial tomato grower, Troup; and “Plant Disease Trends and New Products,” Dr. Tom Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, College Station.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the program to follow at 8:30 a.m. The cost will be $30, payable at the door with cash or check and will include lunch.

Attendees with Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide licenses will receive three hours of continuing education credits, one in integrated pest management and two in the general category, Gulley said.

The Rose Garden Center is located at 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler. For more information call the AgriLife Extension office at 903-590-2980.

Gulley noted that persons with special needs should contact the office at least five working days before the conference so necessary arrangements can be made.

Heritage Land Bank, Tyler, and Irrigation-Mart, Inc., Ruston, La., are co-sponsors of the event.

Gardening tips

In most Texas vegetable gardens, it is time to thin those stands of carrots, beets, lettuce and other cool-season crops that were planted earlier. To avoid disturbing the roots of adjoining plants, try using scissors rather than thinning by hand.

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Did you know...

Hugelkultur is an ancient form of sheet composting developed in Eastern Europe. It uses woody wastes such as fallen logs and pruned branches to build soil fertility and improve drainage and moisture retention. It is intended to take advantage of the natural fertility and moisture-retaining qualities of rotting wood while enhancing the decomposition process. Many vegetable crops do well when planted in a Hugeljultur. Thanks to Carl Wayne Hardeman, Seeds subscriber, for bringing this to our attention. Look for more on HugelKultur in future issues of Texas Gardener magazine.

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. 

San Antonio: Growing Old Garden Roses: Plant Selection, Pruning, Pests, and Propagation, Wednesday, February 15, 1 to 4 p.m., at Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. This Comal Master Gardeners class is open to the public. Learn just how easy it is to grow roses at this comprehensive class. Pack a lunch, arrive early, and eat in the garden. Free. For additional information, call 210-651-4565 or visit www.weAREroses.com.

Austin: “Rose Care and Pruning” will be presented Thursday, February 16, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. Discover the varieties of roses available and care requirements. Learn how to plant a rose, fertilizer requirements, disease identification, general care, and pruning. Bring pruning shears for hands-on lesson. This seminar is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For more information, call 512-854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

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, February 16, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Drive. Urban forester, Todd Watson, will present “Everything You Wanted To Know About Tree Planting Right But Were Afraid to Ask.” Dr. W. Todd Watson, Ph.D. has been an international plant health care consultant for over 25 years and provides consulting services to numerous companies and properties throughout the U.S. and beyond. He has degrees in horticulture and plant pathology and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University where he was named a Montague Teaching Scholar in 2005. In addition, he is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and is the Past President of the ISA Texas Chapter. He is an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist (TX-0974b) and was voted Texas Arborist of the Year in 2003. He was authored several articles in research journals and professional publications, and he has provided numerous tree and landscape presentations throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is normally held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A rare-plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series fund are always appreciated. For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or e-mail grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

Seguin: Paul Cox, botanist and former supervisor at The Botanical Gardens (in San Antonio) will present a program about the poisonous nature of some of our landscape plants at the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners  meeting Thursday, February 16, at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg., 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org or call 830-303-3889.

Diboll: New timber tax laws could allow landowners to recoup some of the losses they sustained from the relentless drought and devastating wildfire season that plagued Texas during the last year. The federal rules geared toward landowners who experienced a significant timber loss will be explained during a 2012 Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop in Diboll. Hosted by Texas Forest Service, the all-day tax workshop is designed to give landowners — as well as the professionals who prepare their taxes — a leg up when it comes to forest management planning. The workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, February 17 at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, 601 Dennis St., Diboll. Registration is $70 and includes lunch and a workbook. The workshop also will focus on changes to state taxes for timber producers and contract lumberjacks, who now will need a registration number from the Texas Comptroller’s Office before they can be exempt from the sale and use tax. The sale and use tax is applied to goods and services paid for throughout timber production such as site preparation, planting, cultivating and harvesting. For more information or to register, visit http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/timbertaxworkshop or contact Staff Assistant Monica Jadlowski at 979-458-6630 or mjadlowski@tfs.tamu.edu.

Austin: Master Gardener Joy Williamson will discuss “Raising Backyard Chickens,” Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.-noon, at Zilker Botanical Garden, Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Williamson shares her expertise in the fascinating hobby of raising backyard chickens. She will be sharing her tips on the benefits of this garden activity, how to get started, FAQ on coop construction and how to protect your feathered friends. This seminar is free, but space is limited and reservations are required to ensure a seat is available. Sign-up online at http://travis-tx.tamu.edu/horticulture/. Please note, the Zilker Park entrance fee is $2 per adult and $1 per child or senior. This seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For information, call 512-854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Bryan: Saturday, February 18, the Brazos County Master Gardeners will host "Successful Gardening in Challenging Climates," on Earth-Kind methods for landscape recovery and survival. The all day seminar (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will include topics on soil improvement, plant selection, water conservation and how plants respond to extreme weather. Speakers include Texas Gardener Contributing Editor Skip Richter, Heidi Sheesley, Dotty Woodson and Monte Nesbitt. The cost is $35 and includes snacks and a sandwich lunch buffet. It will be held at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Room 102, Bryan, TX. For more information, visit brazosmg.com, call 979-823-0129 or email brazosmg@brazosmg.com.

La Marque: "Anyone Can Grown Roses," presented by Master Gardener and American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, John Jons, will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., February 18, at the Wayne Johnson Community Center in Carbide Park, La Marque. Jons will cover the basics for successfully growing large healthy roses in Galveston County that will include rose bed design and building, rose variety selection, planting and ongoing care. For additional information call 281-534-3413. Ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

Marble Falls: Soil is the engine of the garden and should be treated as a resource. It is estimated that 80 percent of the problems related to landscape plantings originate with soil issues. Learn what to do to make soil work better. The program “It All Starts with Soil” will be presented free by Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis and the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Green Thumb Programs at the Marble Falls Library, 101 Main St. at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 18. For more information about this and gardening programs in the Highland Lakes area, visit http://www.yantislakesidegardens.com/events.

Mauriceville: Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Attend the five Green Thumb Series offered by Texas AgriLife Extension Orange County. Become eligible to begin a Master Gardener internship upon completion of all five series. The first series will be held at the Mauriceville Community Center, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Classes are as scheduled: February 21 “Sprouts, Shoots and Roots”; February 28 “Planning and Preparing Your Garden Area”; March 6 “Structures for Planting Year Round”; March 20 “Thriller, Spillers and Fillers-Container Gardening”; March 27 “Spice Up Your Life with Herb Gardening.” The cost is $30 per person per series and covers all classes and materials. For additional information, call the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 409-882-7010 or visit orange.agrilife.org.

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.

San Antonio: Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, in partnership with San Antonio Water System, is offering a “Watersaver Landscape Design School” on Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The featured speaker is landscape designer Brian Hough, whose watersaving yards have been featured on Watersaver Landscape and Garden Conservancy tours. The workshop will also feature time for one-on-one idea consultations with experienced gardeners and presentations on drip irrigation, SAWS landscape and irrigation rebates. There will also be a talk on “12 Months of Xeriscape Color” with Dr. Jerry Parsons. Deadline to register is Monday, February 20. Cost is $25 per person, or $40 per household, and includes three different, full-color plant and landscape care guides, drip irrigation instructional CD, and other educational materials. The location is Parkhills Baptist Church, 17747 San Pedro, just south of North Loop 1604. Registration forms are available at www.GardeningVolunteers.org, or contact GVST at 210-251-8101.

Wichita Falls: The Wichita County Master Gardeners is sponsoring speakers for the 15th Annual Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival at the Multi Purpose Events Center, 1000 5th Street, Wichita Falls. Hours for the show are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, February 25. Dr. William C. Welch from Texas A&M is the featured speaker, kicking things off at 9:30 a.m. with his presentation "Tough Perennials For Texas Gardens," after which he will be selling his latest book Heirloom Gardening in the South in the Master Gardener Booth. Local Meteorologist Bryan Rupp will present "Texoms's Climate: Past, Present, Future"; author and gardener Judy Barrett will present "Secrets of Garden Success with Herbs and Heirlooms"; and Julie Whitis will present "Square Foot Gardening."

Houston: The 3rd Semi-Annual Seed Swap Houson will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, February 26 at the Marcus Garvey Liberation Garden, 5317 Martin Luther King Blvd. Free. For more information, visit www.houstonurbangardener.org.

San Antonio: Learn how to include berries and fruit trees in your home landscape at the February “Essentials of Gardening” class sponsored by Gardening Volunteers of South Texas. After the “Backyard Bounty” talk by Dr. Larry Stein, Master Rosarian Ed Bradley will discuss the impact of last year’s drought and heat on our roses. The class will be held noon-3 p.m. Monday, February 27, at San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels. Free and open to the public. $5 donation appreciated. Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact GVST at 210-251-8101, or visit GardeningVolunteers.org.

Highland Lakes/Marble Falls: Join Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Linda O’Nan and have fun learning about the succulents that grow successfully in the area in “Succulents Are Fun to Grow.” This free program will be presented by the Kingsland Garden Club at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Marble Falls Library. Visitors are welcome to attend the Club meeting at 1 p.m. For information on upcoming gardening programs, visit www.yantislakesidegardens.com/events.

Ft. Worth: "Rainwater Harvesting" will be offered from 10 a.m. until noon March 3 in the fifth floor conference room at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St., Ft. Worth. $15 enrollment. There is an optional extra fee of $50 for materials to make a rain barrel during class. Advance reservations are preferred, but not required. Contact the AgriLife office at 817-884-1945 for more information or to enroll.

San Antonio: Learn to grow "Veggies in Your Backyard," Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m., at Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. From soil prep to harvest, Keith Amelung will share his expertise and recipes on growing the best veggies ever. Get out the bushel basket! Free. For additional information, call 210-651-4565 or visit www.weAREroses.com.

Austin: The Sunshine Community Gardens annual plant sale will be held March 3, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 4814 Sunshine Drive, Austin. The Sunshine Community Gardens annual plant sale is an outstanding source for organic starter plants, offering many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs and other items. Arrive early for the best selection of hard-to-find and popular varieties. Free admission. Visit http://www.sunshinecommunitygarden.org/ for a complete list of items.

Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners will hold their 2012 Spring Garden and Landscape Seminar, Saturday, March 3, at the First United Methodist Church, Faith Center, Whaley St. entrance, 7:45 a.m.-noon. The theme of the seminar is “Gardening in Drought Conditions.” Registration is 7:45-8:30. Program begins at 8:45. Dotty Woodson, Water Resource Program Specialist, Dallas, will present programs on “Landscape Water Conservation” and “Rainwater Harvesting.” Belinda McCoy McLaughlin, Native Plant Society member, Daingerfield, will speak on “No Drought About It: Native Plants are Texas-Tough.” Master Gardeners will be available during the breaks to answer gardening question at the “Ask a Master Gardener” table. Complimentary refreshments, door prizes, garden-related vendors and a raffle will be part of the morning’s activities. Advance tickets, $10 and $12 at the door. For tickets or more information, contact Gregg County AgriLife Extension Office at 903-236-8429 or visit gregg-tx.tamu.edu.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Garden Center will host their monthly meeting March 7, starting with a social at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Kip Kiphart will talk about “Monarch Butterfly Migration & Attracting Butterflies to your Garden.” Dr. Kiphart is a Texas Master Naturalist and volunteer for the Monarch Larvae Monitoring project at Cibolo Nature Center. Guests and new members are welcome to all SAGC meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Garden Center located at 3310 N. New Braunfels and Funston by the Botanical Garden. Please join us if you are interested in Butterflies or want to be involved with a group that loves flowers and plants. Don’t forget the 24th annual SAGC Plant Sale on Friday & Saturday, March 30th & 31st for quality plants and unique plants from the gardens of members. For more information, visit www.sanantoniogardencenter.org.

Mineola: The Wood County Master Gardeners 2012 Spring Conference — Today's Garden-Tomorrow's Food will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Saturday, March 10, at the Mineola Civic Center, 1150 Newsom, Mineola. Speakers will discuss Vegetable Gardening and Food Preservation, and there will be door prizes, raffle tickets, and refreshments. Free. For more information, call 903-473-8703, email ejswen@verizon.net, or visit www.mastergardenersofwoodcounty.org.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners will hold their Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 10, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds - Barn H, 4310 Highway 36 South, Rosenberg. An overview of plants at the sale will be given at 8 a.m. The program is open to the public, no reservation required. The sale will open at 9 a.m. and will run until 1 p.m. or until sold out. For more information, call 281-341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

San Antonio: "A Guide for Herbal Success," Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m., at Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. Cindy Meredith provides all the best information for raising herbs. Free. For additional information, call 210-651-4565 or visit www.weAREroses.com.

Marion: On Tuesday, March 13, Judit Green of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will present “Texas Wildscapes, Gardening for Wildlife.” This Program will center on landscaping with native plants, which support wildlife such as bees, birds, and butterflies. The Guadalupe County Chapter meets the second Tuesday of the Month at the Marion Library Meeting Room, 500 Bulldog Lane, Marion. There will be a plant/seed exchange and welcome at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Program by Judit Green at 7 p.m. It is open to the public and visitors are welcome. For more information, directions to The Marion Library or membership applications visit www.npost.org.guadalupecounty.

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.

Houston: Ohara Ikebana Grand Master Ingrid Luders will lead a workshop at the Houston Garden on Friday March 16, and Luders will create flower arrangements in a demonstration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 18, in the American General Room in the (new) Beck Building. This promises to be an inspiring event that will give you ideas for improving your own flower arrangements. The Ohara School of Ikebana uses traditional and modern arrangements. They originated the use of low, flat containers (moribana) to greatly diversity styles of flower arrangements. Cost: $40 for the workshop and optional $15 for a bento lunch. Preregistration is required at least 24 hours in advance so that the correct amount of floral material will be available. To preregister or obtain more information, please call Molly Rose at 713-854-2803 or Sushila Mathew at 713-932-8510. The demonstration is free and open to all with Museum admission. There will be a reception following the demonstration.

Lufkin: Texas Gardener Contributing Editor Greg Grant will speak on “Incorporating Native Plants into Your Landscape” on Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Angelina Extension Office, 2201 S. Medford Drive, Lufkin. Grant, a favorite speaker of gardeners all over Texas, will keep you entertained as you learn how to successfully include native plants in your landscape design. He has developed scores of plants for Texas, including Big Momma and Pam Puryear Turk’s Cap, Gold Star Esperanza and Henry Duelberg Salvia, all natives which thrived during last year’s extreme drought. Grant is a horticulturist, author, plant developer and SFA Gardens Research Associate for Garden Outreach. The co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens (2011) and Home Landscaping-Texas (2004), he writes for both Texas Gardener and Neil Sperry’s Garden magazines. In Greg’s Garden: A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature and Family, a collection of his columns from Texas Gardener magazine, was recently released in a Kindle edition. Greg has degrees in floriculture and horticulture from Texas A & M University and has experience with Texas Agriculture Extension Service, Lone Star Growers, San Antonio Botanical Gardens and Mercer Arboretum. Admission is $15 and includes the lecture, informational packets, door prizes and refreshments. For more information call 634-6414.

Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardener-Texas AgriLife Extension Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Preview Program at 8 a.m. at Brazos County office of Texas AgriLife Extension, 2619 Hwy 21, West, Bryan. More information is available at brazosmg.com or brazosmg@brazosmg.com or 979-823-0129.

McKinney: Collin County Master Gardeners will present their 2nd Annual Garden Show on March 24 & 25, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. The show is co-sponsored by Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney. It is a garden and horticulture related show only. It is an indoor event featuring many local vendors. Jimmy Turner from the Dallas Arboretum will speak on Saturday and Neil Sperry will speak on Sunday. There will be 31 educational presentations to help the public learn about gardening in Texas during a wonderful weekend of tours, presentation and garden shopping. For more information, visit www.ccmgatx.org/thegardenshow or call 972-547-4632.

San Antonio: San Antonio Garden Center 24th Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 30 & 31, 3310 N. New Braunfels @ Funston by the Botanical Gardens. The Plant Sale is a major fundraising project of the San Antonio Garden Center, providing customers with a variety of popular shrubs, landscape plants, bedding plants, succulents, cacti and herbs as well as a number of unique plants. A popular part of the sale is the Donation Station where members donate plants, bulbs, seeds, etc. from their gardens. For additional information, call 210-824-9981.

Burnet: The 14th Annual Hill Country Lawn & Garden Show sponsored by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Association, in conjunction with the Burnet Co. AgriLife Extension Service will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St., Burnet. Vendors feature plants for every garden, including native plants, exotic plants, herbs, vegetables, succulents and houseplants. The latest in lawn/garden equipment and yard decorations are also available for purchase. There will be informative speakers, demonstrations, and a special children’s area. Raffle tickets will be sold for a garden-themed quilt and many other prizes. Admission is free. For additional information, contact Val Klaudt, Chairperson, at 512-588-0696 or val.klaudt@gmail.com.

Granbury: Lake Granbury Master Gardeners will sponsor a Plant Sale on Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 400 Deputy Larry Miller Dr., Granbury, in the parking lot of Justice Center and Annex 1.

Huntsville: The Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society of America will host its first Herb Day at the Wynne Home on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will be held on the grounds of the historic Wynne Home, 1438 Eleventh St., Huntsville. The event will feature noted garden speaker, writer, and editor Judy Barrett, who will give a talk on Roses – Herbs with a little something extra! She will also sign her books, including What Can I do With My Herbs and Myths and Truths about Growing Roses. Master Gardeners Bonney Kennedy and Glenda Marsh will also speak on using herbs to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. The event will also include an herb, camellia and rose plant sale, herbal crafts and products, bake sale, art and music, kitchen and garden vendors, demonstrations and herbal workshop and tours of the Ella Ruth Herb Garden. For more information, contact Maryann Readal at mreadal@yahoo.com.

Waxahachie: The Ellis County Master Gardeners will host their 12th Annual Lawn & Garden Expo on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane, Waxahachie. There will be activities and door prizes throughout the day. Visit all of the 100 plus exhibitor booths focusing on lawn- and garden-related products and services. Children will love the workshops where they can make garden projects. Ellis County Master Gardeners will present workshops on herbs, perennials and vegetable gardening. There will be a huge master gardener plant sale area, as well as an information booth where specialists answer horticultural questions. Guests speakers include Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist for Chandor Gardens; Steve Woodward of The Wild Bird Center in Fort Worth; and Steve Houser, President of Arborilogical Services, Inc. Tickets at the door are $5.00; children under 12 are free. Free tickets are available from our sponsors after March 1. For a list of our sponsors, as well as further information on the Expo, visit www.ecmga.com or call 972-825-5175.

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.”

Ft. Worth: "Lawns & How to Irrigate Responsibly" will be offered from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. May 12 in the fifth floor conference room at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St., Ft. Worth. $15 enrollment. Advance reservations are preferred, but not required. Contact the AgriLife office at 817-884-1945 for more information or to enroll.


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.

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