April 11, 2012

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Did your tree survive the drought? How to assess your tree this spring

Texas Forest Service

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to take a look at your trees — and if you don’t see any green, it may be time to make some hard decisions.

Trees across the state began to wilt last summer as the Lone Star State underwent one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Some trees went into early dormancy, dropping their leaves and branches in a desperate act of self-preservation. Others died.

At the time, it was difficult — even for tree experts — to tell the difference between dormant and dead. But now that spring is here and many trees are flourishing with the recent rains, the distinction is much easier to make.

“Green is good,” Texas Forest Service Urban Forestry Manager John Giedraitis said. “If all the trees around you are green and your tree is still bare and leafless, it’s probably not going to make a comeback.”

Surviving shade trees — oaks, elms and other hardwood trees are common examples — will have shed all or most of last year’s leaves and will be breaking buds, flowering and sprouting new, green leaves. Pecan, hickory, ash and mesquite trees are often the last to sprout new leaves, but even these species should be turning green within the next couple of weeks.

Dead shade trees won’t have any new growth. Though they may still have dead, brown leaves, there won’t be any green leaves in the crown or at the ends of the branches, which will make them standout when compared with neighboring, living trees.

These trees also may have patches of bark that have fallen off the trunk and exposed a brown or gray fungus underneath. This fungus — known as hypoxylon canker — is common on dead or dying post oaks and water oaks.

Dead pine and cedar trees — as well as other needle-bearing conifer trees — will be covered in red or brown needles. Once all or most of the needles turn from green to red, the tree can’t recover.

If you have a dead tree that is close to a house or other structure on which it might fall, it is a safety concern and removal should be considered. If you‘re not sure if your tree is dead, check out The Texas Forest  Service’s Facebook photo album to see examples or contact a certified arborist.

Last year, Texas Forest Service tree experts estimated as many as 500 million rural forest trees and another 5.6 million urban shade trees had died from the drought. Foresters currently are studying aerial imagery to refine the number of trees killed by drought. Those results are expected later this year.


Reforestation assistance available for wildfire-damaged lands

Texas Forest Service

The Farm Service Agency will begin accepting applications April 9 from landowners seeking funding assistance to restore wildfire-damaged lands.

Owners of nonindustrial private forestland in 16 Texas counties may be eligible for assistance if their property was damaged by wildfire last year. Those counties include Anderson, Bastrop, Cass, Cherokee, Gregg, Grimes, Harrison, Houston, Leon, Marion, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Smith, Trinity, Upshur and Walker.

Landowners may receive up to a 75 percent cost share for implementing approved Emergency Forest Restoration Program conservation practices. Approved procedures include prescribed burning, riparian forest buffer, firebreak establishment, tree planting, site preparation and forest stand improvement.

“This is an opportunity for those landowners who suffered tremendous losses due to wildfires last year to begin the process of re-establishing their forestlands,” said Shane Harrington, staff forester and Farm Bill coordinator for Texas Forest Service.

Texas Forest Service was designated by the Farm Service Agency as the technical service provider to assist landowners with writing reforestation plans and implementing the FSA-approved practices.

Landowners interested in participating in the Emergency Forest Restoration Program should submit an application to their local Farm Service Agency office by April 29. Once an application is deemed eligible to receive funding, a Texas Forest Service forester will begin working directly with the landowner to re-establish their forestlands.

Landowners interested in learning more about the funding program can visit the Farm Service Agency’s website or contact their local Texas Forest Service office.

Contacts

Anderson County: Forester Buster Robinson
(903) 729-7738, rrobinson@tfs.tamu.edu

Bastrop County: Forester Daniel Lewis
(979) 968-5555, dlewis@tfs.tamu.edu

Cass County: District Forester Russell Lykins
(903) 756-5571, rlykins@tfs.tamu.edu

Cherokee County: District Forester Jason Ellis
(903) 586-7545, jellis@tfs.tamu.edu

Gregg County: District Forester Matt Wright
(903) 938-8712, mwright@tfs.tamu.edu

Grimes County: Forester Jake Donellan
(936) 295-5688, jdonellan@tfs.tamu.edu

Harrison County: District Forester Matt Wright
(903) 938-8712, mwright@tfs.tamu.edu

Houston County: District Forester Michael Easley
(936) 544-7798, measley@tfs.tamu.edu

Leon County: District Forester Michael Easley
(936) 544-7798, measley@tfs.tamu.edu

Marion County: District Forester Russell Lykins
(903) 756-5571, rlykins@tfs.tamu.edu

Nacogdoches County: District Forester John Boyette
(936) 564-9276, jboyette@tfs.tamu.edu

Rusk County: District Forester Clint Hays
(903) 657-0511, chays@tfs.tamu.edu

Smith County: District Forester Clint Hays
(903) 657-0511, chays@tfs.tamu.edu

Trinity County: District Forester Todd Nightingale
(936) 875-4400, tnightingale@tfs.tamu.edu

Upshur County: Forester Juan Merriweather
(903) 734-7007, jmerriweather@tfs.tamu.edu

Walker County: Forester Jake Donellan
(936) 295-5688, jdonellan@tfs.tamu.edu


Texas Master Gardener conference to be May 3-5 in San Antonio

By Paul Schattenberg
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The 2012 Texas Master Gardener Conference — River Walk and Garden Talk — will take place May 3 – 5 at the Norris Conference Center, 4522 Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, said event coordinators.

The conference is sponsored by Texas A&M University’s department of horticultural science and its Benz School of Floral Design, they said. It is hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County and the agency’s Bexar County Master Gardeners.

“We’re very excited to be hosting this year’s conference, which is open to only Texas Master Gardeners, but also has a plant sale the general public can enjoy,” said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County. “There will be lots of speakers, classes, events and tours during the conference. Master Gardeners should enjoy the awards banquet in the Oak Ballroom and our keynote speaker, Mary Sue Koontz-Nelson, who will present “Living and Loving It!”

Rodriguez said he expects about 500–700 Texas Master Gardeners from county Master Gardener associations across the state to attend, adding that the general public is invited to participate in the conference’s May 3–4 plant sale.

The plant sale will be at the conference center entrance at Wonderland of the Americas shopping mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3 and then again from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 4.

“Admission is free, and plant purchases must be made by cash or check,” Rodriguez said. “We’ll have a nice variety of plants at special event pricing, plus there will be about 20 vendors there from the green industry.”

He said the plant sale will highlight past and present Texas Superstar selections, with plants provided by Peterson Brothers, Color Spot and Monrovia nurseries. The sale also will introduce the new Orange Frost citrus plant — a Changsha and Satsuma cross.

“The Orange Frost citrus is currently exclusive to Greenleaf Nursery in El Campo and will not be available for general release until 2014, so this is a rare opportunity to obtain this unique citrus plant,” he said. “This winter-hardy citrus has its own root system, produces delicious, seedless fruit and can be grown in a container or planted into a landscape.”

Rodriguez said conference registration will begin at 10 a.m. on May 3, with presentations to follow from 1:15–5 p.m. An optional dinner will he held downtown during that evening. May 4 presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. May 5 is reserved for tour activities.

The conference will feature more than 20 speakers representing the green industry, AgriLife Extension, Master Gardener associations, Texas AgriLife Research, the Junior Master Gardener program and various businesses, agencies and utilities.

“There will be presentations by authors, lecturers, professors and other experts in horticulture, organic gardening, heirloom gardening, botany, landscaping, floriculture, plant breeding, plant pathology and diagnostics, resource conservation, urban forestry, farmers markets, fruit and vegetable production, and more,” Rodriguez said.

The regular conference registration cost of $210 includes eight hours of classes of the attendee’s choosing, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and a conference T-shirt. It also includes a raffle ticket for Friday night’s door-prize drawing.

The May 3 dinner and May 5 tours are in addition to regular conference activities, so there is an additional charge for participants.

“The Thursday dinner will be on the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio,” Rodriguez said. “The meal will be made using local produce — deliciously prepared and beautifully presented — and transportation is included from the Norris Conference Center to the restaurant. The cost is $35 per person and space is limited, so attendees should sign up for it as soon as possible.”

He said Saturday’s tours of cultural and agricultural sites in San Antonio will include a Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard tour and riverboat tour of Mission Reach, the newly landscaped portion of the San Antonio River. Tours are $50 and include lunch, transportation and shopping. Spouses may participate in tours at the same price and depending on space available.

Master Gardeners also can take advantage of additional workshops in citrus and flowers taught by renowned professionals for an additional fee, he said.

“But you must sign up for the conference to participate in any classes, workshops, or tours,” Rodriguez said.” Registration is limited to 700 participants, so reserve your spot at this amazing conference as soon as possible.”

Rodriguez said payment may be made by PayPal, credit card or, if necessary, by check.

“For expediency and reporting purposes, we prefer as many people as possible register online,” he said. “But if someone is unable to register online, a registration packet can be obtained by someone else through the conference website (http://www.2012tmgaconference.org/Reg_Print.pdf). The form can be filled in and mailed with a check, and registration will be completed once both of these are received.”

He said hard copy registrations and checks should be mailed to Bexar County Master Gardeners, Inc., 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio, Texas 78230.

There will be a $100 cancellation fee for any cancellation up to April 3 There will be no refunds for cancellations received after April 3. All cancellations must be emailed to conf@bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

For more information, visit http://www.2012tmgaconference.org or email the Bexar County Master Gardeners at conf@bexarcountymastergardeners.

“This conference is a great opportunity for Master Gardeners to meet, exchange ideas and experiences, learn and have a good time,” Rodriguez said.


Attention Tomato-Loving Texas Gardeners

Do you have a favorite, no-fail, wouldn’t-have-a-garden-without-it tomato variety? Texas Gardener wants to know and we will publish the top vote-getters in the January/February 2013 issue.

Please send us your name, along with your responses and favorite tomato photos, to info@texasgardener.com or mail to us at Tomato Survey, PO Box 9005, Waco, TX 76714. Please send photos as JPG or TIFF files if sending as e-mail attachments or color prints if sending by mail. Be sure to include your town or region in Texas. Deadline for inclusion in the survey is August 31, 2012.

What is your all-around favorite tomato and why?

Which variety is most productive?

Which variety has the best flavor?

What is your favorite heirloom?

What is your favorite cherry?

What is your favorite slicer?

Which variety has shown the best disease- and insect-resistance?

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(Photo by Chris S. Corby)
Gardening tips

With the rain many of us have had so far this year, our roses have really put on a show. Be sure to remove spent flowers and side dress with fertilizer to stimulate more growth and blooms.

Have a favorite gardening tip you’d like to share? Texas Gardener’s Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free Texas Gardener 2012 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did you know...

One of the biggest rose gardens famously belonged to Napoleon’s Empress Josephine, who began her collection at Malmaison in 1804. Hostilities between Britain and France were actually suspended on occasion to allow for the transportation of roses, and nurseryman John Kenned was given a passport to travel between the two countries during the Napoleonic Wars. Source: Hybrid, The History and Science of Plant Breeding by Noel Kingsbury.


Upcoming garden events.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events" or would like to make a change to a listed event, please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event. 

San Antonio: Cindy Meredith, master herbalist, will demonstrate how to maximize small spaces with container gardening, at the April 12 meeting of the San Antonio Herb Society. The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. For more information, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

Austin: The sixth annual “East Austin Garden Fair: A Passion for Plants” will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 14 at the Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 E. Gonzales Street, Austin. The fair, presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and city of Austin, is open to the public and has free admission and parking. “This year’s theme is ‘Grow Well-Grow Your Own,’ so we’ll have a lot of information on creating your own garden space,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Travis County. “There will be information and activities for adults and children.” The event will feature about 25 booths and displays with activities and information, said Manda Rash, the nine-year Travis County Master Gardener coordinating the event. “There will be information and hands-on demonstrations relating to planting seedlings, square-foot gardening, container gardening, irrigation, composting, how to create a school garden and more,” Rash said. “We’ll also have activities and offerings for kids, such as building a birdhouse, beekeeping (without the bees) and free popcorn.” Rash said she expects from 200 to 400 people to attend, and the show will be held “rain or shine” as there is an indoor option at the location. Richards said attendees will receive a free starter plant while supplies last, and will be introduced to volunteer opportunities for reaching out and making a difference in their community. Gardening information will be available in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org, or call Richards or the Travis County Master Gardener desk at the AgriLife Extension office for Travis County, 512-854-9600.

Austin: Wildflower Days, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s spring season of events, began Monday, March 12, and continues 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: 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.

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.

Ft. Worth: The Tarrant County Master Gardener Association’s (TCMGA) annual plant sale will be 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the TCMGA Community and Demonstration Garden at the Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. The sale includes hundreds of perennials, roses, herbs, annuals, vegetables, succulents, vines, containers, native plants and grasses and rain barrel and composting demonstrations, personal shoppers and advice from Master Gardeners. Bring your plant and gardening questions to the “Ask a Master Gardener” table. For more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

Ft. Worth: An Earth-Kind Symposium: How to make your landscape Earth-Kind will be offered by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Resource Connection, 2300 Circle Drive, Room 2315/Magnolia, Ft. Worth. The program is designed to give gardeners and landscapers the knowledge and skills to create a highly productive landscape that protects and preserves the environment. Cost of the class is $60. For more information or to register, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

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.

Stephenville: At the annual Native & Heirloom Plant Fair — from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, April 14 — vendors will be offering native and adapted plants, herbs, vegetables, arts & crafts, and more on the grounds of the beautiful Stephenville Historical Museum, 525 East Washington Street, Stephenville. There will also be an informational presentation by a landscape designer on how to incorporate native plants into the landscape. FREE admission. For additional information, visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txstephm/plantfair.htm. Vendor space is free; call 254-968-9761 or email pfau@tarleton.edu if interested.

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.

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardeners will conduct a Rainwater Harvesting Workshop for the public on Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is April 13; cost is $50. No registration at the door. This class will help homeowners learn and plan their rainwater harvesting for irrigation and other non-potable applications. The Workshop will be at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 9020 Airport Rd., Conroe. For information, call 936-539-7824 or visit www.montgomerycountymastergardeners.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: A hands–on drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting class will be offered by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, April 26-27, taught by Dr. Dotty Woodson, extension program specialist, and Steve Chaney, county extension agent. Participants will meet 9 a.m.– 1 p.m., April 26 at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St. Fort Worth, 5th floor Lonestar B Room, for basic instruction. From 1 – 5 p.m., students will apply what they have learned at Teen Challenge, 747 Samuels Ave. If project not completed, students will meet back at Teen Challenge at 9 a.m., Friday. The cost for the class is $45 and lunch and snacks included. There is a limit of 30 students. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296.

Ft. Worth: Learn how to make hypertufa pots from Tarrant County Master Gardeners, Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-noon, at the TCMGA Community and Demonstration Garden at the Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. The make and take class is limited to 20 people and the class fee is $15. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

Shreveport-Bossier, LA: The American Rose Center, 8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Greenwood, La., will host the next installment of their 2012 Green Thumb Educational Series on Saturday, April 28. Entitled “New and Old Roses for the Newest Gardeners,” the program is free to attend. Guest speakers include Mark Chamblee, owner of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery in Tyler, Texas., Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulture professor, and Peggy Martin, noted rosarian and founder of the New Orleans Old Garden Society. The program will take place 9 a.m.-12 p.m., with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Participants in the program, as well as members of the general public, are also invited to explore the Gardens of the American Rose Center during the organization’s annual Spring Bloom, which will take place, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 28. The American Rose Center is home to the American Rose Society, the oldest single plant horticulture society in America. Planned future installments of the Green Thumb Series include “Propagating and Hybridizing,” July 14, and “Climate Change and Plants,” September 8. For more information about the American Rose Society or the American Rose Center, visit www.ars.org or call (318) 938-5402.

Smith County: The Smith County Master Gardeners Association Garden Tour Committee has selected five gardens to feature in the 2012 Home Garden Tour set for Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event is an opportunity for the public to tour local home gardens ranging from formal to casual. The various gardens include wonderful plantings, statuary, fountains, winding paths and outdoor living areas. Each garden is sure to inspire with their different styles.  Tickets are $10 in advance and can be ordered by mail with a check payable to SCMG and mailed to 14605 Oak Hill Lane, Flint TX 75763. Tickets can be bought locally at Potpourri House, Horaney’s , Rubicon Too, and will always be available at Smith County AgriLife Extension Service at 1517 W. Front Street, Tyler. Tickets will also be on hand the day of the tour at any of the tour gardens for $12. Addresses of the Tyler gardens are as follows: Coody home - 1624 Holly Creek, Bozman home – 3428 Ridge Bluff Circle, Hipke home – 4213 Fillbrook lane, Stine home – 15974 Big Oak Bay Road, Lake Tyler East, Sample home – 14605 Northwest Road, Lake Tyler.

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.

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 guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Jacksboro: The Jacksboro Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) at the Concerned Citizens Center, 400 East Pine Street, Jacksboro. For more information, call Melinda at 940-567-6218.

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.

Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call 361-790-0103.

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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