March 21, 2012

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The author advocates mixing vegetables and  ornamentals. (Photo courtesy of Melinda Myers, LLC)

Flavorful landscapes, a growing trend

By Melinda Myers
Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist

Nothing beats the flavor of a fresh-from-the-garden tomato; warmed by the sun, plucked right from the plant and eaten in the garden. And the good news, you don’t need much space. Many gardeners have and more will continue to grow food in containers or mixed in with their flowers, shrubs, and other ornamental plantings.

Save the sunniest spots in your landscape for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers and other vegetables where you eat the flowers or fruit. They produce their best and have the fewest disease problems when grown in eight to twelve hours of sunlight. Root crops such as beets, radishes, and carrots can get by with about a half of a day of direct sun and leafy crops like lettuce and spinach can still produce in a shady location with only 4 hour of sunlight.

Get your garden off to a good start. Use a quality potting mix when growing in containers. It should have good drainage and retain moisture. In the garden, prepare the soil before planting. Add several inches of compost, peat moss or other organic matter to the top 6 to 12 inches of soil. This improves drainage in heavy soils and increases water holding capacity for sandy or rocky soils.

Add a slow release fertilizer to the soil or potting mix.

Jump start the season with the help of floating row covers. These polypropylene fabrics let air, light, and water through, while trapping the heat near the plants. The best part, you won’t need a hammer, nail, or other tools. Simply lay the fabric over your planting, leaving enough slack for the plants to grow and anchor the edges to the ground with stones, boards or other items.

Increase your harvest with intensive planting techniques. Succession planting, several plantings of short season crops in the same space, can double or triple your harvest. Interplant quick-to-mature crops like radishes and lettuce, in between longer maturing plantings of cabbage, tomatoes or eggplant. The short season vegetables will be ready to harvest just about the time the bigger plants are crowding them out.

Consider planting vegetables closer together in wider rows. You’ll waste less space for pathways, putting more room in plantings. Make sure each plant has enough space to grow and that you can reach all planted areas to weed and harvest

Provide proper care and get ready to harvest and enjoy a bountiful harvest from your own garden.

Melinda Myers has 30 years of horticulture experience and has written more than 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments, which air on TV and radio stations throughout the U.S., and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She hosted The Plant Doctor radio program for more than 20 years as well as Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Myers has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Visit her website at www.melindamyers.com.


Experts predicting 2012 to be one of the worst for lyme disease risk

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Forty thousand cases of lyme disease are documented in the U.S. alone every year and health experts are predicting 2012 to be the worst year for Lyme risk ever. Why? A warm winter and a decrease in rodent population. What happens with fewer rodents? Ticks need to look for other hosts — us!<

Here are some helpful tick-prevention strategies to keep you, your family and pet protected this summer:

YOUR YARD: Ticks are not out in the middle of your lawn, they live where yards border wooded areas, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. Place a layer of wood chips between your grass yard and the woods’ edge. Ticks are attracted to the wood chips because of the shade and moisture it provides.

TICK CHECKS: Do periodic tick checks (on yourself, children and pets) and carefully remove any found. (Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to find.)

OUTDOOR PURSUITS: When on a hike, bike, or walk, try to remain in the center of a trail in order to minimize your exposure. Remember — ticks cannot fly, they crawl up. Avoid sitting directly on the ground, woodpiles or fallen logs — areas where ticks love to live.

PERSONAL PROTECTION: Wear tick repellent clothing. Insect Shield repellent apparel is EPA registered to repel ticks (as well as a variety of other pesky and potentially dangerous insects.) The repellency is odorless, invisible and long-lasting. Insect Shield apparel is available for adults, kids and even your dog!

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Disaster assistance available to producers affected by wildfires

Texas Forest Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Salvador Salinas announced today that $4 million in disaster assistance is available to help with recovery after the 2011 historic drought and wildfire conditions across much of the state. Funds are being made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides both financial and technical assistance to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid in the rehabilitation process.

“Many parts of Texas were affected by wildfires over the last year,” said Salinas. “Loss of vegetation not only affects production, livestock and wildlife; it also makes the land vulnerable to erosion by wind and water.

“Our assistance will enable landowners and livestock producers to accelerate the recovery of the health and vigor of the affected grazing and forest land," Salinas said.

Although EQIP sign-up is continuous, applications for this first funding period will be accepted in the County NRCS offices through April 13. In order to apply, landowners must visit the local NRCS office to fill out an application. Applications will be ranked and those approved for funding will be offered an EQIP contract.

A priority will be placed on land affected by wildfires with an emphasis on conservation practices that will help restore plant health and condition, prevent soil erosion, and address soil quality and water quality.

For forest land, NRCS personnel can provide assistance for re-establishing trees, including site prep, seedling purchase, planting and thinning.

On grazing land, practices such as grazing deferment, cross fencing, reseeding and water development are effective post-fire strategies to help reduce erosion and re-establish wildlife.

Salinas suggests landowners consult with their local NRCS district conservationist to develop a conservation plan, which can be an effective strategy for forest and rangeland recovery and mitigating the effects of the prolonged drought Texas is experiencing.

NRCS services and programs are voluntary and offered without a fee to all agricultural producers. NRCS helps landowners and land managers protect and improve the natural resources on their property, including soil, water, air, plants, and animals.

For further assistance in evaluating your land and planning practices, or to address concerns following a wildfire, contact your local NRCS or Soil and Water Conservation District. USDA Service Center offices are located in almost every county and are listed in phonebooks under federal and state government, or online at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.


Gardening tips

Even though temperatures are rising, the soil temperatures in many areas are still on the cool side. When setting out new transplants and planting seed, be sure to pull existing mulch back to allow the soil to warm before planting.

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Did you know...

Along with spring comes snake season. All snakes are beneficial in some way. Unfortunately, some are poisonous, such as rattlesnakes and copperheads. To make your landscape and garden less desirable as a snake environment, keep weeds pulled, tall grass mowed and debris removed. If you do encounter snakes in your garden or landscape, don’t kill them in a fit of panic. If possible, contact a local wildlife expert for help in removing and relocating to another more appropriate environment.


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. 

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 http://www.wildflower.org. Additional centennial event information is available at http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org.

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 Sandy.Justice@bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

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 www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org 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 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.

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 www.texasfirestorm.org and www.texasfirewise.org.

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.

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, March 22, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Drive. Dr. David Morgan, horticulturist, will present “Growing Grapes in East Texas.” For more than 20 years, Dr. David Morgan was a horticulture professor at Texas A&M and Texas Tech universities. He taught 6 courses at Tech, including floriculture, herbaceous and woody plant materials, and plant propagation, and was the coach of the university’s Floral Arranging and Flower Judging Team. At Texas A&M, he had a research assignment, and he taught a graduate-level course in landscape horticulture. In 1992, he accepted a position as editor of a horticultural trade journal, returning to the editing and writing career he had enjoyed for 9 years after graduating in Agricultural Journalism. Among his professional activities, he was Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS) for 22 years, and was honored with its Sidney B. Meadows Award of Merit, and welcomed as a Fellow of the society. He has authored and co-authored many scientific and popular publications, three book chapters, and more than 350 popular articles. At Tarrant County College he has been an adjunct in Horticulture for 9 years, teaching Landscape Maintenance, Principles of Horticulture, and Plant Propagation. Plans are under way for him to offer a study of Viticulture within the college’s new vineyard. Born in Louisiana, Dr. Morgan moved to Texas early on, and spent his youth on a cattle ranch in Southwest Texas (Zavala County). He received his degrees from Texas A&M. 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. Because of Spring Break, it is being held a week later this month. 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.

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 http://travis-tx.tamu.edu/horticulture/ 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 www.tcmastergardeners.org.

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.

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 www.montgomerycountymastergardeners.org for more info.

Fort Worth: “Rainwater Harvesting and How to Make a Rain Barrel” is a hands-on class offered by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 24. Class fee is $15. If you want a rain barrel the total will be $45. Class is at the Community & Demonstration Garden at the Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Dr., Fort Worth. Register for class at merrymarylynn@sbcglobal.net. Class is limited to 20.

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 www.opendaysprogram.org 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 www.ccmgatx.org/thegardenshow 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 www.guadalupemastergardeners.org. To reserve your place, call 210-363-8380 or email jlbruno@gvec.net.

Houston: Susan and Peter Conaty will speak about the history of the Nash Prairie, the largest parcel of intact tall grass coastal prairie in Texas and Louisiana, with more than 300 species of native plants and 120 species of birds at the March 28 meeting of The Houston Chapter of the Native Prairie Association of Texas (HNPAT). The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston. For more information, contact hnpat@prairies.org.

Fort Worth: “How to Paint a Rain Barrel” is a hands-on class offered by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, March 30. Class fee is $15. To purchase a rain barrel, the total is $45. Class is at the Community & Demonstration Garden at the Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Dr., Fort Worth. Register for class at merrymarylynn@sbcglobal.net. Class is limited to 20.

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.

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.

Fort Worth: “Composting, Compost Tea and Worm Composting” is offered by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.-noon. Class fee is $5 or with composters $45 or $65. Class is at the Community & Demonstration Garden at the Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Dr., Fort Worth. Register for class at merrymarylynn@sbcglobal.net. Class is limited to 20.

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.

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 www.weAREroses.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.

Round Rock: Jeff Ferris will lead a Rainwater Harvesting Workshop from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 1, at Unity Park Community Garden, 2746 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock. his class will present an overview of basic rainwater collection techniques and storage systems. Class will include a discussion of water quality differences between tap, well and rainwater, calculating the potential quantity captured and storage issues. The hands-on portion of the class will include construction of a basic rain barrel and interconnecting multiple barrels. Handout included. One lucky attendee will receive a free rain barrel! $20 fee due at start of class (cash or check to Neighborhood Harvest Project). 20 seat limit. Registration required. Register at http://www.neighborhoodharvestproject.org/events.

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.

Magnolia: Residents in the Montgomery County area interested in learning how to protect themselves from wildfire are invited to a town hall meeting next month. The gathering is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department Training Center, 18215 Buddy Riley Blvd., Magnolia. Representatives from the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department and Texas Forest Service will be on hand to talk about what residents can do to protect their home, property and family from the devastation of wildfire. The subject matter hits close to home for many in the area. The Riley Road Fire in September 2011 burned almost 20,000 acres in Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties – destroying 73 homes. At the preparedness workshop, residents will be introduced to the Ready, Set, Go! wildfire action plan. The plan provides checklists for families to work through with each other so there is a clear understanding of what to do when a fire breaks out. More than 80 percent of wildfires in Texas occur within 2 miles of a community. The wildfire statistics from 2011 are staggering. Almost 4 million acres burned, destroying 3,017 homes. Almost 40,000 homes directly threatened by wildfire were saved through the efforts of local, state and federal fire resources. For more information, visit www.texasfirestorm.org and www.texasfirewise.org.

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.

Little Elm: The "Water is Life" Expo will be helped from 9:30 a.m. until noon, April 7, at the Little Elm Town Hall. Speakers include Dotty Woodson, Ed. D. on "Irrigation for Drought" at 9:30 a.m. and "Rainwater Harvesting at 11 a.m., and Janet Laminack, CEA-Horticulture, on "Texas Tough Plants" at 10:15 a.m. For more information, visit www.littleelm.org.

Seabrook: Skip Richter, a Harris County Extension Agent — Horticulture and contributing editor to Texas Gardener magazine, will lecture on "Super Stars and Other Blooms," from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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 www.tcmastergardeners.org.

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: http://travis-tx.tamu.edu/horticulture/ 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 www.tcmastergardeners.org.

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.

La Marque: From 9 a.m. until noon, April 14, Galveston County Master Gardener Propagation Specialists Anna Wygrys, Ann Lyon and Terry Cuclis will present “Propagation Techniques for the Home Gardener,” a program on various propagation techniques including rooting rose cuttings, bulb propagation by chipping, seed starting, begonia leaf cuttings and air layering. Plant propagation is a fun and inexpensive way to expand the numbers and types of plants in your garden. The seminar will be held at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

La Marque: From 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., April 14, Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer, Propagation Specialist, will present “T-Bud and Wedge Grafting for Fruit Trees and Citrus,” a program and hands on workshop on grafting. Attendees will leave the class ready to begin their own grafting projects with confidence. The two grafting methods presented will be T-bud grafting, used on many types of fruit and citrus trees about the size of a pencil, and the more commonly used wedge grafting. Additional grafting specialists will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance. Note:: Class is limited to 32 persons participating. You must pre-register in order to attend. Other persons may attend for observation only. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net. The seminar will be held at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque.

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.

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.

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, April 16, at The Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your 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.

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 www.weAREroses.com.

Seabrook: Betty Linderman will lecture on "Amaryllis" at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 18 at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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 www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Kemah: Kemah Gardenkids, A Junior Master Gardener Group, will present its first "Vegetable and Garden Show" at 9:30 a.m., April 21, at Kemah Community Center. The cost is free. Food will be available. See great displays of youth-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers. There will also be a garden art photo category. Enjoy a session on gardening in containers. All area youth are invited to show their produce. See the website for free registration and more information. The Kemah Community Center is located at 800 Harris Avenue (near Hwy 146), Kemah. For more information, call 281-334-7529 or visit www.Kemahgardenkids.org.

La Marque: From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., April 21, palm tree enthusiast and Galveston County Master Gardener O. J. Miller, who has over 15 years experience with palms in our area, will present “Culture and Care of Palms in Galveston County.” This program will include an introduction to palms, an overview of the exotics and commonly found palms at nurseries in our area, palm planting methods, palm fertilization, freeze preparation and proper care. The program will include a discussion on the better varieties of palms for Galveston County and the surrounding area. The seminar will be held at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

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.edu and click on “Arboretum” then “Garden Events.”

San Antonio: In "Pep Up Your Garden with Peppers," Cindy Meredith will share her knowledge of the wonderful world of spicy and not-so-spicy peppers. Be dazzled by the varieties, colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors available. This free lecture will be presented at 10 a.m., April 21, at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. For more information, visit www.weAreroses.com.

San Antonio: The Texas Rose Rustlers Spring Symposium will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., April 21, at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio. Speakers include Mike Shoup leading "Empress of the Garden" at 1 p.m.; Jerry Parsons leading "Texas Superstars" at 3 p.m.; and Robbi Will leading "Roses and the Company They Keep," a garden tour, at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.weAreroses.com.

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 www.tcmastergardeners.org.

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 sfagardens.sfasu.edu or call 936-468-4404.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu or call 281-855-5600.

Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call 361-790-0103.

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

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

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

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

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

Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August at The Library, 500 Bulldog, Marion. There is a plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

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

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda 361-729-6037, Ruth 361-729-8923 or Cindy 979-562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.org and http://rockportherbies.blogspot.com.

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office, 1225 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Beaumont. For more information, call 409-835-8461.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day 325-643-1077, or Mary Engle 325-784-8453.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at 512-863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

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

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

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

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 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.

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 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 each 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.

Houston: The Houston Chapter of the Native Prairie Association of Texas (HNPAT) meets from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston.For more information, contact hnpat@prairies.org.

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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