March 14, 2012

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Women in rural Texas were not only expected to raise the children, cook and do household chores; their “women’s work” also often included planting and tending the family vegetable garden, preserving the family's food and raising poultry to sell or for the family table. (Photo courtesy of TAMU Cushing Memorial Library and Archives)

Women agents 'demonstrated' importance to Texas history — early home demonstration agents brought practical skills to families across Texas

By: Paul Schattenberg
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

An important but often overlooked part of Texas history can be found by following the footsteps of early Extension educators — home demonstration agents who began teaching practical information and household management skills to Texas families a century ago this year, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts.

"We owe a great debt to educational pioneers like Edna Westbrook Trigg, who was hired in 1912 to bring hands-on instruction to people who otherwise would have had little or no access to it," said Nancy Granovsky, AgriLife Extension family economics specialist in the family and consumer sciences program. "AgriLife Extension is an educational outreach agency of The Texas A&M University System. Today the agency and other system entities have hundreds of professionals and paraprofessionals who have followed in Trigg's footsteps and now serve hundreds of thousands of Texas residents each year." The education Edna Trigg and other home demonstration agents and their successors provided toward improving the quality of life for Texas families is significant and fits perfectly with this year's National Women's History Month theme of Women's Education — Women's Empowerment, she added.

Granovsky said the National Women's History Project has designated March as National Women's History Month. According to organization materials, the project is a "clearinghouse providing information and training in multicultural women's history for educators, community organizations, and parents — for anyone wanting to expand their understanding of women's contributions to U.S. history."

"Through the first half of the 20th century, these home demonstration agents went to homes throughout rural Texas and provided practical demonstrations and advice on vegetable gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, household management, family health, poultry-raising and other aspects of daily life," Granovsky said. "This all started with Edna Trigg, who served as the state's first home demonstration agent."

Granovsky said practical demonstrations in homes were often one of the only ways women in rural Texas could acquire the information and skills needed to improve their lives. "In those days, women were not only responsible for maintaining the household and raising the children, but also taking care of other chores, maintaining family health, tending the vegetable garden, feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs," she said. "Some women were able to apply skills they learned from home demonstrations toward starting a home-based business, like selling eggs, in order to supplement household income. This gave them an even greater sense of accomplishment and self-worth." According to the Texas State Historical Association, Trigg, who passed away in 1946, was a teacher and principal of the small rural Liberty School when approached in 1911 by a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve as a home demonstration agent for Milam County, west of Bryan.

The duties of the position, which would start the following year, were to be conducted during evenings and weekends in addition to her existing school responsibilities. Her salary would be $100 per month, out of which she would pay work-related expenses, including room and board.

"Much of Edna's work involved traveling alone to remote areas of the county by horse and buggy and staying overnight in strangers' farmhouses," said Dr. Jennie Kitching, who retired as AgriLife Extension's associate director for human sciences in 1998. "A lot of what she demonstrated was self-taught or came through personal experience."

Kitching said over the years Trigg served as a role model for numerous home demonstration agents and their successors with the present-day Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Trigg's appointment as "collaborator" for Milam County was approved and signed by Dr. Bradford Knapp, who would later become president of Texas Technological College, now Texas Tech University. Knapp was the son of Seaman K. Knapp, known as the architect of the national cooperative extension movement. Trigg's appointment by the USDA and New York Board of Education preceded by two years the official establishment of the Cooperative Extension Service by an act of Congress — the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.

Her primary duty as collaborator was to coordinate, organize and supervise Girls' Tomato Clubs throughout the county and put on practical demonstrations about the production and canning of tomatoes. Club members, consisting of girls 10-18 years of age, grew tomatoes on small plots of land and sold or canned them.

Initial efforts were so successful that in the summer of 1912 the Milam County girls' clubs coordinated with area Boys' Corn Clubs — both clubs precursors to present-day 4-H clubs — and presented the first-ever exhibit in Texas to show girls' agricultural products, which included tin cans and glass jars of tomatoes and peaches. The exhibition drew more than 3,000 people, and the following year the girls exhibited their agricultural products at the state fair in Dallas, as well as at the Waco Cotton Palace.

"One of the biggest challenges for early home demonstration agents was being accepted by the families and the community," Kitching said. "But since Edna Trigg was a married adult and a mother, as well as a school teacher and principal, she was finally accepted as a respected and trustworthy individual."

Kitching said demonstration agents also provided a social outlet for many women who lived in rural Texas by visiting their homes and forming home demonstration clubs and organizations in which women throughout the community could participate.

In 1918, Maggie Barry, an Extension specialist in rural women's organizations developed the first clubs of home demonstration women. In 1926, club women attending a farmer's short course at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Texas A&M University, formed the Texas Home Demonstration Association. The home demonstration association was reorganized in 1931 with the mission to promote and provide community instruction on diet and health, food production and preservation, landscaping, fitting garments, poultry production, millinery and sewing. According to Humanities Texas, at their zenith around 1940, these clubs boasted more than 57,000 women in almost 3,000 clubs statewide.

Kitching noted that early home demonstration agents were often viewed as community role models due to their knowledge and self-sufficiency.

"They did the same thing today's family and consumer sciences county agents do, which is to teach families how to make the most of their time, money and resources," she said. "But they had to do it by themselves, independently, and often under difficult circumstances. For example, Edna Trigg was also raising a family while traveling and providing home demonstrations and classes, some of which took her away from home the entire week."

The role of Trigg and other early home demonstration agents was highlighted in a traveling exhibit called "Rural Texas Women at Work: 1930-1960," which was displayed in museums, universities and other venues across Texas for several years. The display, which used archival information and photographs from AgriLife Extension, was developed through the Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M and funded by Humanities Texas.

"Mrs. Trigg also was a proponent of education, frequently encouraging Girl's Tomato Club members to start college savings funds and look for scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities," Kitching said. Historical documentation notes that after Trigg's first year of working with these clubs, four members started bank accounts and began saving for their education. All four received their degrees and became teachers, and two held important positions at Texas universities.

Trigg's daughters also took her advice about education, and one of them, Eloise Trigg Johnson, followed in her mother's footsteps by becoming a home demonstration agent in Eastland County. In her 20-plus year Extension career, Johnson also served as a family life education specialist at Texas A&M headquarters.

In 1915, funding ran out for the Milam County position. In 1916, Trigg was hired by Extension as a home demonstration agent for Denton County, at which time she relinquished her additional duties at the Liberty School.

Some of Trigg's most important work in Denton County was during World War I, when she played a key role in helping make the county agriculturally self-sufficient by working with area farmers to grow more vegetables She also did in-home demonstrations and held canning schools to show rural residents how to properly preserve and protect the food they had grown. Trigg later added nutrition education to her efforts, developing a fill-in card that allowed women with limited resources to schedule the foods they planned to serve to ensure their children received adequate nutrition.

"During the 1920s and '30s, proper nutrition was a problem for many rural Texas families," Kitching said. "By the mid-1930s, home demonstration agents also started providing information and instruction on parenting, family resource management, child development and family life. As society and conditions changed, Mrs. Trigg and other home demonstration agents adapted and taught the knowledge and skills needed to help families function more effectively and efficiently using their own resources and strengths."

Kitching added that home demonstration agents also helped rural Texans get through The Depression when more families were forced to produce and preserve more of their own food, stretch their financial resources and make their own clothes.

"During World War II, they were often out in the community helping with scrap drives and assisting with establishing home victory gardens, food budgeting and promoting sound nutrition," she said. "In the 1960s, they were in the forefront of addressing senior issues and helped start many community groups and partnerships with the objective of improving senior care."

Kitching said home demonstration agents also frequently obtained books, pamphlets and other educational materials and made them available to rural residents through county offices, which often served as ad hoc community lending libraries working in cooperation with local mail carriers.

"Today, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agents still do some of the same things Edna Trigg did in her day, including working with youth, providing food preservation and safety programming and nutrition education," said Cheryl Walker, the current AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Milan County, where Trigg began her career. "We also provide instruction on diabetes awareness and education, child vehicle passenger safety instruction, parenting, financial literacy and a variety of other family-centered topics," Walker said.

Walker said today's AgriLife Extension programs are designed for both rural and urban audiences but still focus primarily on community-based, small-group learning. Most programming is done in community centers, churches, schools, businesses and at AgriLife Extension county offices, but also through webinars and other means of distance learning.

She added that even though Extension education has changed and expanded over the years, the profession will always owe a great debt to Trigg.

"She set the pattern for other home demonstration agents and those of us in the family and consumer sciences profession who came after them, setting the bar pretty high for the rest of us," Walker said. According to current data, there are 169 AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agents in counties throughout the state who serve both rural and urban communities, as well as dozens more associated specialists and paraprofessionals within agency. In addition, the Texas Extension Education Association, formerly the Texas Home Demonstration Association, has more than 3,700 members statewide and are a key group among the 100,000 trained volunteers who today help extend the reach of AgriLife Extension agents.

"In my opinion, the value of the home demonstration agent to Texas history cannot be calculated," Kitching said. "They were instrumental in the development of a middle class in the state, as their work was vital in showing families how to improve their everyday lives. You also can't underestimate their self-confidence in traveling alone to rural areas to bring information, social contact and a better way of living to women and families throughout the state."

In October 1970, ceremonies were held at the Milan County Courthouse to dedicate a historical marker commemorating Trigg as the first home demonstration agent. In December 1991, Trigg was inducted into America's Agricultural Hall of Fame.

UNT designated Tree Campus USA for 4th consecutive year

University of North Texas

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated the University of North Texas as a 2011 Tree Campus USA University. This is the fourth year in a row UNT has earned the honor.

Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities for their dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota.

To obtain this distinction, University of North Texas has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. The entire campus community should be proud of this sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.

“Students throughout the country are passionate about sustainability and community improvement, which makes UNT’s emphasis on well-maintained and healthy trees so important,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “By achieving Tree Campus USA recognition, the University of North Texas will continue to set an example for other colleges and universities and give students a chance to give back to both their campus community and the community at-large.”

“We’re honored to earn designation as a Tree Campus USA for the fourth year in a row,” said Lanse Fullinwider, UNT’s grounds manager. “The abundance of trees on our campus are an immediate, visible reminder of UNT’s history of strong environmental programs. Trees provide innumerable environmental benefits, and they bring great distinction to our campus.”

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motors North America, Inc., honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at:

“Herbs Made Easy” includes an illustrated wheel with information about growing, preserving and using 10 common herbs, as well as a recipe booklet with examples of herb-laden foods. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kathleen Phillips)
"Herbs Made Easy" gives new twist on homegrown spices

By Kathleen Phillips
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Herbs can be fun to buy and easy to grow, but how to use them sometimes puzzles home gardeners, Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialists note.

Now a new set of informational materials called “Herbs Made Easy” may help. The set includes an illustrated wheel with information about growing, preserving and using 10 common herbs, as well as a recipe booklet with examples of herb-laden foods.

“We created this herb wheel to help us do a couple of things,” said Dr. Jenna Anding, AgriLife Extension nutrition and food sciences program leader. “It gives us ideas for how we can use the herbs in everyday cooking, and it gives us ideas on how we can preserve these herbs so we have them available after the growing season is over.”

The wheel works like this: turn the inner circle until the cutout meets with the picture of an herb of choice. Inside the cutout appears a list of foods in which the herb might be used.

“Let’s say I had some oregano. When I turn the wheel to oregano, it tells me that Mediterranean food, meats, tomatoes, poultry, stews, soups and seafood are good combinations with oregano,” Anding said. “And it can help add some flavor, without having to add some extra salt or fat which is something that many of us are trying to watch the intake of.”

A 23-page recipe booklet was created to accompany the wheel, Anding said, because often a herb plant will produce so much that the gardener doesn’t know how to make use of the product.

“The booklet was put together to inspire budding cooks or even seasoned cooks on different ways to use the herbs that they are growing,” Anding noted. “It is just a starting point, but it does give some good ideas and tips on how to use herbs in everyday dishes.”

Each recipe has the complete nutritional value per serving. The booklet also includes information on drying and freezing herbs so they are available after the growing season, she said, adding that this helps save money versus purchasing these herbs retail.

The 10 herbs featured on the wheel and in the booklet are those most commonly available from garden centers, home improvement stores and farmers markets, and are among those easiest to grow, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist who co-authored the material with Anding. They include bay, chives, basil, Italian parsley, oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, cilantro and mint.

Masabni said people need to consider space, soil and sun requirements of each plant when growing herbs.

“Many herbs can be grown in small areas,” he noted, adding that all 10 of the herbs need full sun. He said most herbs do not need to be saturated with water and that few pesticides are needed because the plant parts will be eaten.

“Hand-pick caterpillars and wash off other small insects or use a safe, organic insecticide to remove bugs,” he said.

“Herbs Made Easy” wheel and cookbook are available from the AgriLife Bookstore by ordering B-6202 at $15 for the set.

Gardening tips

Those fall planted ornamentals like bluebonnets, sweet peas and various poppies like California, Iceland, bread seed poppy, corn poppy should have survived and even thrived through our mild, wet winter. For the best show from these plants, be sure to keep the weeds out. The best time to remove weeds is after a good rain when the soil is still damp.

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Only about 5 percent of plant species in the world are dioecious. Dioecious plants need both male plants and female plants to reproduce. Most hollies are dioecious.

Upcoming garden events.

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Austin: Wildflower Days, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s spring season of events, begin Monday, March 12, and continue through Thursday, May 31. The center grounds are open every day, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is located at The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center celebrates the 2012 centennial of the birth of its founder by opening 16 new acres and holding special celebrations this spring. The main gardens have hundreds of Texas bluebonnets prepping to put on a great show, and bluebonnets and Indian blanket will be among the offerings in surrounding meadows. Enjoy the peak of wildflower season at upcoming public events that include: Artists & Artisans Festival, Saturday & Sunday, March 17 and 18 — 25 artists sell their wares in ceramics, wood, metal and more. Origami master Robert J. Lang demonstrates folding of a monumental piece Saturday at noon in advance of his summer exhibit on site; A Bouquet for Mrs. J, Saturday, March 17 through Monday, May 28 — sculptor Logan Stollenwerck exhibits giant metal wildflowers on the center’s grounds; Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival, Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 — gardening tips from experts and plenty of wildflowers and other drought-tolerant native plants for purchase; Wildflower Gala, Friday, April 27 — the most fun — and most sustainable — garden party ever; National Wildflower Week Photo Exhibit, Monday, May 7, through Sunday, May 13 — Texas Highways and the Wildflower Center present a portfolio of wildflower photographs. Sponsored by Canon; National Public Gardens Day, Friday, May 11 — free admission through Better Homes & Gardens online offer; Gardens on Tour, Saturday, May 12 — a tour of five private native plant gardens plus the beautiful landscapes at the Wildflower Center on Mother’s Day weekend; Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum Opening, Saturday, May 19 — come celebrate Texas trees at the new, 16-acre arboretum. Ceremonies begin with an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting, followed by refreshments, guided tours and more. Daily admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children, and free for members and children under 5. For more information on events, call 512.232.0100 or visit Additional centennial event information is available at

San Antonio: Mark Peterson, Conservation Project Coordinator for San Antonio Water System, will discuss Patio and Container gardening at the Bexar County Master Gardeners, General Meeting, at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 15. The meeting will be held at 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr, San Antonio. Peterson has a wealth of knowledge of water saving plants, plants that do well in San Antonio and surrounding areas and strategies to have an attractive landscape utilizing patio and container plantings. Guests are welcome. For more information contact

Seguin: Ms. Andy Chidster, who works for The Natural Gardener Inc., manufacturer of Lady Bug Products, will present Mel Barthalomew’s method of square foot gardening, which is growing more with less space at the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meeting Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Bldg., 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 830-303-3889.

Round Top: Plant Sale and Gift Shops sponsored by the Pioneer Unit of the Herb Society of America will offer many seldom found herbs and other garden plants well adapted to South Central Texas on Friday, March 16, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Located on the grounds of The Round Top Festival Institute at Jaster Road, just north of Round Top off Hwy 237.

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 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

Seguin: Peggy Jones, Guadalupe Master Gardener and San Antonio Rose Society member, will give a free seminar on “Pruning and Rose Care” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at Maldonado Nursery, 3011 U.S. Highway 90 W, Seguin. For further information call 830-372-3879.

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.

Houston: Tour the working and demonstration gardens maintained by the Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., Monday, March 19, at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions during this free event. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free and open to the public.

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.

Bandera: Residents in Bandera and Kendall counties interested in learning how to protect their homes from wildfire are invited to attend a preparedness workshop at the Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera on Tuesday, March 20. The meeting will begin with a meet and greet at 6 p.m. The program will follow at 7 p.m. Representatives from the fire marshal’s offices in Bandera and Kendall counties, area volunteer fire departments and Texas Forest Service will be on hand to talk about the upcoming 2012 fire season and what residents can do to protect their home, property and family from the devastation of wildfire. Residents will be introduced to the Ready, Set, Go! wildfire action plan. The plan provides checklists for families to work through so there is a clear understanding of what to do when a fire breaks out. Local officials also will talk to residents about current wildfire mitigation efforts in a proactive effort to reduce wildfire risk for the community. More than 80 percent of wildfires in Texas occur within 2 miles of a community. The statistics from 2011 are staggering. Almost 4 million acres burned, destroying 3,017 homes, while almost 40,000 homes directly threatened by wildfire were saved through the efforts of local, state and federal fire resources. For more information, visit and

Kingsland: Join Master Gardener Violet Carson for a free Green Thumb Program from the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners to learn about "Spring Gardening in a Drought." The program is Wednesday, March 21, at noon at the Kingsland Library.

Seabrook: Margaret Lloyd-Binham, Master Gardener and Entomology Specialist, will provide a lecture on "Insects in My Garden/Butterflies" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Seven Points: Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will join with the Tarrant Regional Water District to present the half-day Large Area Landscape Management Workshop in Seven Points. The free workshop will be from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 23 at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway. Continuing education credits will be available for participants. The workshop will be beneficial to landscape managers, city parks and recreation personnel, school district facility and athletic field managers, golf course superintendents and landscape service providers. Workshop presenters are experts from AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the water district. Program topics will include turf grass management and irrigation techniques, water conservation and quality improvement measures, landscape plant selection and tips for managing landscapes during drought, nutrient management to save money and prevent water pollution, and controlling storm water to prevent erosion. Seating for the workshop is limited, and attendees are asked to register as soon as possible by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Kaufman County at 972-932-9069.

Austin: “Firewise Landscaping” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, March 24, at the Austin Fire Department Training Center, 4800 J. Shaw Lane, Austin. The wildfires of 2011 underscore the importance of landscaping for fire safety. This informative seminar will help you understand the Wildland Urban Interface, teach you how to improve your home’s survivability should a wildfire occur and describe the benefits of early evacuation. Fire professionals from the National Fire Protection Agency, Texas Forestry Service and Texas AgriLife Extension Service will lead you through a series of visual presentations and interactive discussions to arm you with the tools you need to help protect your home and your family from wildfire. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Signup at and click on seminar registration. Empty, reserved seats will become open seating at 9:50 a.m. 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 information, call 512-854-9600 or visit

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 or or 979-823-0129.

Conroe: Montgomery County Master Gardeners are having their Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 24 at the AgriLife Extension Office, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. County Horticulturist Tom LeRoy will speak at 8 a.m. and the sale is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Drift roses, vegetables, much more! Bring your wagon and come early. Contact 936-539-7824 or for more info.

Houston: Explore six private Houston gardens, open one day only to benefit the Garden Conservancy, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations required; rain or shine. The tour features a variety of gardens in the River Oaks, Montrose, and Heights neighborhoods. Special highlights include views of Buffalo Bayou, a striking pond and overflow basin used as a means of storm water management, a walled parterre garden where mature boxwood frames the lush plantings beyond, and a sunken oval lawn ringed with layered flowering trees and shrubs. Visitors may begin the tour at either of the following Houston locations: 1405 South Boulevard or 831 Cortlandt Street. Directions to additional properties will be provided. $5 per garden or $25 for all six gardens; children 12 and under free. The $25 discounted tickets are available in advance and on the day of the tour at Houston retailers Cornelius Nurseries, Buchanan’s Native Plants, and The Garden Gate. For more information, visit or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

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 or call 972-547-4632.

Schertz: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will host a Raised Bed Workshop on Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (a lunch is included). Deedy Wright, Master Gardener & Certified Vegetable Specialist, along with Linda Bruno, Dale Odvody, Joe Bruno, and other Master Gardener volunteers will present the program. It will be held at the Guadalupe County Community Garden, 1101 Elbel Road, Schertz in the County Annex Building. The seminar will cover what and how to plant spring vegetables, a tour of the garden, why use raised beds, and a construction demonstration with hands-on experience. The cost is $65.00 and each participant will take home a kit with predrilled lumber, screws, and screwdriver tip. Extra kits or larger kits for a raised bed are available at the seminar. For more information, visit To reserve your place, call 210-363-8380 or email

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

Gonzales: The Gonzales Master Gardeners’ second annual Spring Plant Sale will be held Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. downtown at Texas Heroes Square. Plants of all kinds, shapes, colors will be available for shoppers to select from and children will have the opportunity to plant some seeds in their very own decorated pot. Other activities include an “Ask the Master Gardener” booth which will include renowned horticulturalist Dr. Calvin Finch for those with gardening questions, a silent auction, and the Girl Scouts and Odd Fellows selling food and drink. Proceeds from the silent auction and the sale of plants will be used to continue improvements at the Eggleston House Children’s Garden, the Fair Street Exploratorium and other ongoing community projects and educational programs.

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

San Antonio: The San Antonio Rose Society will be at The Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31, to answer "rose-y" questions. For more information, call 210-651-4565 or visit

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 or call 972-825-5175.

San Antonio: Robbie Will, Manager of the San Antonio Antique Rose Emporium, will discuss “Things You can do with Roses & Herbs of the Year” at 9:30 a.m., April 4, at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels, at the corner of Funston & New Braunfels by the Botanical Garden.

Highland Lakes: The Kingsland Garden Club Annual Plant sale will be held at the Kingsland House of Arts & Crafts Spring Sale behind Wells Fargo Bank on Chamberlain St. in Kingsland on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 & 8, on the East side. Get good homegrown Hill Country plants at reasonable prices. Arrive early for best selection. Open Saturday 10-4 and Sunday after 11 a.m.

Austin: Texas AgriLife Extension and the City of Austin are partnering to present the East Austin Garden Fair. This year’s theme is “Grow Well — Grow Your Own,” offering lots of information on creating your own garden space. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 E. Gonzales Street, Austin. Informational and activity booths will be offered for adults and children on various topics such as composting, rainwater harvesting, school gardens, insects and pests, nutrition and exercise to name a few. Information will be available in both English and Spanish. Attendees will be eligible for a free plant. This event is open to the public and parking and admission are free. For information, call 512-854-9600 or visit

Austin: Who is that perched on your birdbath? Jane Tillman, Master Naturalist, Chairperson of the Travis Audubon urban habitat committee and a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Host, will help attendees get acquainted with common backyard birds and visitors during “Cultivate Your Backyard Birds” from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 14, at the Hampton Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd., Austin. Basic bird identification will be covered along with ways to make your yard/greenbelt more attractive to these feathered creatures. Space is limited at this location and reservations are required to ensure a seat is available. Sign-up online at: Please note that any empty reserved seats will become open seating at 9:50 a.m. 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 information, call 512-854-9600 or visit

Cleburne: The Master Gardeners of Johnson County will hold The 4th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cleburne Senior Center, 1212 Glenwood Dr., behind the Cleburne Conference Center. Texas Tuff perennials, Earthkind Roses, ornamental grasses and the best tomato and pepper plants will be available. Also check out the day-long demonstration of the ins & outs of installing your own drip irrigation for flower beds or vegetable gardens.

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 and, email, or contact Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 254-697-7045.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Garden Center will sponsor a Judged Standard Flower Show Saturday, April 14, using the theme “Let’s Go to the Movies.” Floral Design, Horticulture specimen and Special Exhibits will be judged. The show will feature designs in Sougatsu technique and Jerry Parsons’ display of “12 months of watersaver landscape color.” See how floral designers have communicated their ideas and memories of top favorite movie titles to the viewers through creative use of plant materials. Viewing is available free to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels, San Antonio.

San Antonio: Robbi Will will lead "Roses: The Ultimate Garden Plant" from noon until 2 p.m. and Jerry Parsons will lead "Texas Superstars: Easy Plants for Your Garden" from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 at The Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. These sessions are free. For more information, call 210-651-4565 or visit

Austin: Learn “How to Construct Compost Bins,” Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. Learn how to build a simple wire enclosure and a three bin compost station. Go away with building plans and the knowledge to complete your project. 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 information, call 512-854-9600 or visit

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.eduduu 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.

Austin: “Preparing Your Landscape for Summer” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, May 17, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office. 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. There are numerous things to do to ensure healthier, bushier, plants with increased blooms. Learn when to fertilize which plants, which plants to pinch back and other tips from a pro. 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 information, call 512-854-9600 or visit

Nacogdoches: SFA Gardens will host its sixth Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference May 18-19, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in historic Nacogdoches. SFA is home to the Mast Arboretum, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, the Gayla Mize Garden, and the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, all part of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. In addition to great local field trips and a native plant sale, the conference will feature workshops and lectures on many timely topics including drought-tolerant ornamental plants, firewise landscaping, birding by ear, invasive species, wildscaping, native perennials, and landscape design. Join home gardeners and Master Gardeners alike to learn more about uniquely adapted native plants and various Texas ecosystems. For more information visit or call 936-468-4404.


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

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 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 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 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

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

Houston: The Spring Branch African Violet Club meets the second Saturday of each month, January through November, at 10:30am at the Copperfield Baptist Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston. Call Karla at 281-748-8417 prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.

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 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

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

New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. For additional information, call 830-620-3440.

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 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

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 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

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 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

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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