July 11, 2012

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The Rio Series Mandevilla, a new Texas Superstar, works better as a container ornamental than a landscape plant, say Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas AgriLife Research horticulturists. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Brent Pemberton)

Rio Series Mandevilla named new Texas Superstar

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

A new Texas Superstar selection, Rio Series Mandevilla, promises great color without the mess of older Mandevillas, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas AgriLife Research horticulturists.

“Rio displays a controlled, upright habit with little to no vining,” said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County, San Antonio. “So it’s easy to manage in production and creates a tidy, upscale presentation at retail. Consumers get steady color — large blooms in vivid shades — all summer long, even through extreme heat and humidity.”

Texas Superstars plants undergo extensive tests at Overton, Lubbock, San Antonio and College Station by AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension horticulturists, according to Rodriguez, who is a member of the Texas Superstar board. To be designated a Superstar, the plant must not just be beautiful but also perform well for consumers and growers throughout Texas. Superstars must also be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also are reasonably priced.

Though a sub-tropical plant like the other Mandevillas, the Rio Series can be grown throughout Texas, even in the Panhandle and Northern Texas, because it is well suited to container gardening, Rodriguez said.

“The standard Mandevilla for many, many years used to be a big blooming pink one called Alice Dupont,” he said. “It’s a big vining type and has been very popular.”

But because it’s a vining plant, Alice Dupont is more of a landscape plant. Though Alice Dupont thrives in heat and will take a lot of direct sunlight, it is too expansive to be grown in containers or on balcony gardens, Rodriguez said. Though a popular variety, it didn’t quality as a Texas Superstar because it wouldn’t survive winter conditions in many parts of the state or meet the needs of a wide array of gardeners.

“Over the last few years there has been a keen interest for small-scale patio garden or container gardening like on balconies,” he said. “What they’ve done is selected this one to be very compact. It doesn’t vine as much. It’s more of a bush so you don’t need a background trellis or structure to support it.”

The developers have also selected for three colors of the trumpet-shaped flowers, two shades of pink — one light, one hot pink — and deep red, Rodriguez said.

And because it is a sub-tropical plant like other Mandevillas, the Rio Series tolerates heat very well, he emphasized.

“They thrive in the heat of summer, but will benefit from some mid- to late-afternoon shade,” he said. “They will tolerate denser shade, but will actually try to twine and won’t flower as heavily when light becomes limited. Plants will tolerate substantial heat and some dryness, but regular water and fertilization keeps them at their best.”

The most recommended way to grow it is by putting it in a large container, preferably a 20- inch diameter one, using a premium potting mix that drains well.

“Gardeners might even consider using slow-release container fertilizer on it every three months,” he said. “A good one would be an 18-6-12 slow-release container fertilizer during the growth and blooming cycle.”

Rodriguez doesn’t recommend growing the Rio Series in the landscape, but it can be done, he said.

“We really think it looks much better as a container ornamental,” he said. “The foliage is very glossy, very shiny and attractive, which is another added feature. It would fit in with swimming pools plants, such as bougainvillea, Chinese hibiscus, ixora and allamanda to work with a Hawaiian or tropical scheme, give you real beautiful color from mid to late spring throughout the summer time to late fall.

“It does stand alone by itself or a lot of people are blending combination of planters putting an assortment of color in there. Its large trumpet shape-flowers attract hummingbirds as well as butterflies.”

The Rio Series’ only downside is that it is tropical so it will need some winter protection throughout most of the state, he said.

“Some people might grow it as a seasonal annual throughout the state and replant it on a yearly basis but some people will protect it and bring it into a hot house, greenhouse environment to protect it,” Rodriguez said.

Wholesale Growers can purchase plants from Syngenta Horticultural Services. More product and contact information can be found on the company’s website at http://www.sg-flowers-us.com/.


The compost heap
Pepper problems and gasoline dilemma

"I am losing my pepper plants to heat or something," writes Edwin Smith. "I have never had any trouble in the past carrying my peppers on into fall. This started last year. Any thoughts? I use drip irrigation, so it is not a lack of water."

If you have mulched and kept your pepper plants well-watered then most likely they are suffering from either pepper mosaic virus which is spread by insects or nematodes. Try planting your peppers in a different part of your garden next year and remove any diseased plants from your garden as soon as possible. — Chris S. Corby, publisher

"I appreciated your article on avoiding using gasoline w/ ethanol in lawn mowers," writes Carol de Lamadrid. "I was aware of that, but my problem is that I have gone to every gas station in the area and cannot find a single pump that has gas w/out ethanol. Does anyone have a solution, or do I just use the gasoline available until my lawnmower is ruined? (Actually, the problem may solve itself. We've had no rain and are now under Stage 4 water restrictions here in Uvalde, so the grass will probably die anyway.)"

Try buying small quantities of gasoline since storage of the fuel is what causes most of the problem.  Also, use Stabilizer or one of the other fuel treatments for gasoline. — Chris S. Corby, publisher


Gardening tips

"When planting in large pots, instead of using gravel or stones for drainage (which makes for heavy pots), use packing peanuts in the bottom couple inches," writes Denise Boyce. "This keeps roots healthy and makes for easier moving."

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...

Carrot roots fork as a result of damage to the growing tip and they split lengthways when water supplies are erratic. If you experienced either problem with your carrots this past spring, try growing the shorter, stubby varieties, plant in raised beds and keep the plants evenly moist.


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: "A Lot in Common," a movie in the garden, will be shown at dusk., July 12, at the Alamo Heights Community Garden, San Antonio. To register, visit www.greensatx.org/upcoming-events/register-for-a-workshop. For more information, call 210-222-8430.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society invites members and guests to hear Worm Wrangler Cassandra Truax, head of Wormilicious, talk about worm composting, Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m., San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels. For more information, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org. Free and open to the public.

Austin: “Identifying Good and Bad Bugs” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, July 14, at the Austin Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Wizzie Brown, integrated pest management specialist for AgriLife Extension in Texas, will lecture about how to manage pests in your yard through IPM. IPM is an environmentally responsible and minimal use of chemicals that may also kill beneficial insects, harm pets or possibly enter the water table. She will teach how to identify good bugs vs. bag bugs and the thoughtful, careful use of pesticides for control in our gardens and landscapes. This free class doesn’t require a reservation but if you want to ensure a seat, sign up online at http://travis-tx.tamu.edu/horticulture/. Any empty reserved seats are open seating at 9:50 a.m. Please note, the Zilker Park entrance fee is $2 per adult and $1 per child or senior. This seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County, www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call 512-854-9600.

Ft. Worth: A make and take class on Glass Totems will be offered by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. – noon, at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, Building 2300, room 2351 on Circle Drive. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Class fee is $20 and limited to 20 people. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 will host an Open Garden Day from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., Monday, July 16, at the Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. Tour the working and demonstration gardens. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer gardening lessons to children. This event is free and open to the public.

Seabrook: Master Gardener Jean Fefer will lecture on "Plants of the Bible" at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 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: “How to Plan and Install Home Drip Irrigation” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, July 19, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. Conserve water and reduce water stress to potted plants, landscaping or vegetable garden by using a drip irrigation system. Learn about the two most common drip systems available and how to utilize one or the other or combination of the systems. Discover how to test the water pressure to determine the length of the run. Gain knowledge by watching how the pieces are assembled. Take away the knowledge necessary to create your own system. 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, www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call 512-854-9600.

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, July 19, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Drive. Long time Houston area horticulturist Linda Gay will present “Thoughts on Having Survived a Life in the Public Garden World.” Before retiring, Linda Gay served as Director of the 325 acre Mercer Arboretum in Humble for 11 years. Prior to that, she was Assistant Director for three years, Chief Horticulturist for four years, and Horticulturist for seven years. Linda has long been a proponent of gingers, bamboo, and other heat-tolerant tropical plants adapted to the coastal South. She can now be found working at the Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball, Texas. The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is normally held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated. For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or e-mail grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

San Antonio: The Bexar County Master Gardeners General Meeting, will be held July 19 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Conference Room, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., San Antonio. The evening begins with a social from 6 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., followed by brief meeting with Ken Murth speaking about Home Greenhouses. Ken has worked for Greenhouses Etc., manufacturing, erecting both commercial and residential greenhouse. He has worked closely with clients selecting, purchasing or updating their greenhouses. For additional information, contact Sandy Justice at sandy.justice@bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

Seguin: Applications are now being accepted for Guadalupe Master Gardener classes starting August 15 and continuing through December 5. Generally, classes will be held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Seguin. Interested individuals are invited to attend a free informational meeting to discuss the application procedure and requirements at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Master Gardeners-AgriLife Extension Office, 230 East Live Oak Street, Seguin. Following will be a free, one-hour presentation on Keeping Your Trees Alive by Mr. Jim Johnson, of the Texas Forest Service. For more information, call Jose Contreras at 830-401-0800 or email him at elmerojose@gmail.com.

Burnet: Master Gardener and Earth-Kind Specialist Sheryl Yantis will present a free Green Thumb Program on "Tips for a Successful Fall Garden" at the Burnet Herman Brown Free Library on the Town Square at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Be sure to visit the Burnet Farmer's Market on the Square before and after the program. This is a free Green Thumb Program presented by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners in conjunction with Texas AgriLife Extension. For more information on the Green Thumb Programs go to www.yantislakesidegardens.com/greenthumb or call (325) 388-8849.

Ft. Worth: “Fall Vegetable Gardening” will be presented by Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.- noon, at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, Building 2300 gym, on Circle Drive. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Class fee is $5. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

Houston: Urban Harvest will celebrate the quintessential summer refresher, the watermelon, with the first Watermelon Week at three of its farmers markets: Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Village Farmers Market, 2720 Suffolk Street, behind JoS. A. Bank; Friday, July 27, 3 to 7 p.m. at HCC Farmers Market, 5601 West Loop South Freeway; Saturday, July 28, 8 a.m. to noon at Eastside Farmers Market, 3000 Richmond at Eastside. Events included at all markets will be Watermelon Variety Tastings, Watermelon Juicing Demo by Roots Juice; Watermelon Carving Demos and a Watermelon Seed-Spitting Contest. As always, there is free admission at the Farmers Market. The Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Highland Village is open every Sunday throughout the year and offers brunch items, locally-produced vegetables, fruits and farm products. The market supports family farms and boosts the local economy, and all items are grown or produced within 180 mile radius of downtown Houston. Vendors sell seasonal fruits and vegetables, yard eggs, duck eggs, goat cheeses, pasteurized goat milk, pastured chicken, pastured duck, grass-fed beef, honey, fair trade organic coffee, fresh cut flowers, fresh herbs, prepared foods and baked goods, healthy snacks, knife sharpening while you shop, and much more. Urban Harvest promotes healthy communities, sound nutrition and respect for the environment by educating children and adults and facilitating harvest and habitat gardens. For more information, visit www.urbanharvest.org.

Ft. Worth: Information on native and adapted ornamental grasses will be provided by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. - noon, at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, Building 2300, room 2351, on Circle Drive. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Class fee is $5. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

Ft. Worth: "Fall Vegetable Garden: The Best Season in Texas" will be presented from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., August 4, in Lonestar Room A & B at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St., Ft. Worth. Registration is $15. Advance reservations are preferred, but not required. For more information or to enroll, call 817-884-1945.

Nacogdoches: An "Estate Planning and Taxation Workshop," designed for forest landowners, consulting foresters, accountants, attorneys, and others who work with forest landowners in matters pertaining to estate planning and timber taxes, will be presented by Dr. Robert Tufts, an attorney and associate professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Friday, August 10 in Room 117, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University, East College at Raguet Street, Nacogdoches. Registration, which includes lunch and workbook: $35. For additional information, call the Texas Forestry Association at 936-632-8733.

Nacogdoches: Want to learn all the in’s and out’s of raising broilers in the backyard for what amounts to chicken feed? If so, at $20 the Small Flock and Vegetable Short Course, set Aug. 10 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Nacogdoches County, was made to order, said Aaron Low, AgriLife Extension agent for Cherokee County. Unlike other courses, attendees will also be treated to several presentations on home vegetable gardening, including growing heritage varieties and raising vegetables for organic markets. The registration fee will include a catered lunch, educational materials and break refreshments. To register, RSVP by Aug. 3 by calling 936-560-7711. The AgriLife Extension office in Nacogdoches is located at 203 W. Main St. Morning presentations will include: “Raising Broilers in the Backyard,” Dr. Greg Archer, AgriLfe Extension poultry specialist, College Station; “Backyard Laying Hen Facilities and Nutrition Management,” Dr. Craig Coufal, AgriLfe Extension poultry specialist, College Station; “Small Flock Diseases, Treatments and Biosecurity,” Dr. Morgan Farnell, AgriLfe Extension poultry specialist, College Station; “Selling the Goods Produced by Your Backyard Flock-Regulations,” Coufal; and “Brown Eggs, White Eggs, Red Chickens, White Chickens, Checkered Chickens — What Breed Do I Buy?,” an Ideal Poultry Co. representative. After-lunch presentations will include “Ducks, Geese, Guineas or Turkeys — Why or Why Not?” Ideal Poultry representative; “Home Gardening — Soil, Irrigation and Size and Type of Garden,” Dr. Joseph Masabni, AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist, College Station; “Insect Control in Home Poultry Flock and the Home Garden,” Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Stephenville; and “Heritage Gardening, Selecting What to Grow, Selling produce and Organic vs. Non-organic vs. Mixture,” Masabni. The program is jointly hosted by AgriLife Extension offices in Angelina, Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Shelby counties.

Austin: “Rainwater Harvesting in a Thirsty World” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, August 11, at Zilker Botanical Garden, Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Turn water scarcity into water abundance! New filtration and treatment technologies make rainwater harvesting relatively easy. Rainwater harvesting systems can be installed in existing buildings or incorporated into new construction. Master Gardener Ed Parken will discuss how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home and landscape. Parking and seating are limited so please register online to reserve your seat at http://travis-tx.tamu.edu/horticulture and click on “Public Seminar Registration.” This seminar is free; Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior. The seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call 512-854-9600.

Houston: The August meeting of Houston Urban Gardeners (HUG) will be Monday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Garden Center in Hermann Park, 713-284-1989. Mary and Roger Demeny will show us pictures of their extensive home garden and explain what to plant and do now in our veggie gardens.

Austin: “Planting the Fall Vegetable Garden” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, August 16, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. In spite of the warm temperatures, it is time to prepare for the fall vegetable garden. Discover which warm-season vegetables can be replanted now and which vegetables thrive in our mild winter temperatures. Learn the basics of soil preparation, how to plant seeds and transplants. Learn the varieties recommended for this area and the ideal times for planting. Novice and experienced gardeners will learn valuable information. 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, www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call 512-854-9600.

Ft. Worth: "Native & Adapted Plants" will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, September 1, in Lonestar Room A & B at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St., Ft. Worth. Registration is $15. Advance reservations are preferred, but not required. For more information or to enroll, call 817-884-1945.

Ft. Worth: "Landscape Design" will be presented from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., November 3, in Lonestar Room A & B at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St., Ft. Worth. Registration is $15. Advance reservations are preferred, but not required. For more information or to enroll, call 817-884-1945.

Ft. Worth: "Individual Consultations" will be available from 10 a.m. until noon, December 1, in Lonestar Room A & B at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St., Ft. Worth. Registration is $15. Advance reservations are preferred, but not required. For more information or to enroll, call 817-884-1945.

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.

Angleton: The Brazoria County Master Gardeners meet at 11 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Brazoria County Extension Office, 21017 County Road 171, Angleton. There is a general business meeting followed by a brief educational program each month. For further information call 979-864-1558, ext.110.

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 community room behind the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union,1300 N. Bell, Cedar Park, unless there is special event planned. Following a program and short business meeting, we share a pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call president Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email info@leandergc.org

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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