August 29, 2012

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Texas communities empower residents to prepare for wildfires

Texas Forest Service

Following a record-setting 2011 wildfire season, Texans are taking steps to prepare for dangerous blazes. The Lone Star State recently became the first in the nation to register more than 100 communities in the Ready, Set, Go! wildfire preparedness program.

In fact, Texas has 125 registered Ready, Set, Go! communities — significantly more than any other state.

Ready, Set, Go! was introduced by the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2010 as a tool that fire departments could use to teach citizens how to prepare for wildfire and be ready to evacuate, should the need arise. Texas was one of nine states selected to assist with the program in its developmental stages.

Texas Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface and Prevention Coordinator Justice Jones worked closely with the Huntsville Fire Department, leading it to become the first Ready, Set, Go! department in Texas. Other communities quickly followed suit, and town hall meetings were scheduled across the state to share wildfire preparedness principles.

Lucian Deaton, IAFC’s Ready, Set, Go! program manager, said Texas has produced tremendous results in empowering communities to prepare for wildfire.

“Reaching this milestone shows that the fire service in Texas has taken ownership of educating its citizenry using the Ready, Set, Go! program,” Deaton said. “It’s significant because it raises awareness about wildfire danger and could save lives.”

The program has a three-pronged approach:

  • Ready addresses what can be done in and around a home before a fire ignites. This includes clearing brush, leaves and firewood away from the home to create an area of “defensible space.” Families also are encouraged to develop an evacuation plan to ensure everyone knows how to get out safely and where to go.
  • Set explains what to do around the house if there is a fire in the area. This could include removing lightweight curtains, moving flammable furniture to the center of the room and shutting off gas and pilot lights.
  • Go refers to how to exit safely and what supplies an evacuating family might need.

Bruce Woods, prevention and mitigation department head for Texas Forest Service, said it’s a tremendous accomplishment to have 125 communities working with residents to share the program’s important preparedness messages.

“It truly is a testament to their dedication to making communities safer,” Woods said. “We hope that the use of programs like this one will continue to grow and allow Texans to be as prepared as possible for the next wildfire.”

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! program, visit texasforestservice.tamu.edu and click on the Are You Prepared? icon or download Texas Forest Service’s Personal Wildfire Action Plan. Agencies and organizations interested in signing up for the program should visit wildlandfirersg.org.


2012 Autumn at the Arboretum Sept. 22-Nov. 21

Dallas Arboretum

Visit The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden for Autumn at the Arboretum September 22 through November 21, when the entire garden transforms with thousands of blazing-colored florals and 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The Arboretum is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas.

"Our fall festival, Autumn at the Arboretum, is the most dramatic time of the year," explained Dave Forehand, Vice-President of Gardens. "The color and texture of the large, mature fall plantings, contrasted with our thousands of pumpkins, creates breath-taking vistas."

Featured Daily

  • Internationally acclaimed Chihuly exhibition
  • Tom Thump Pumpkin Patch
  • Small Houses of Great Artists exhibit
  • The Great Pumpkin Search scavenger hunt
  • Hay Bale Maze in Pecan Grove
  • Pumpkin Village displaying 4 houses decorated with pumpkins, gourds and squash in the theme of Cinderella's Ballroom, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother's tiny house, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Dr. Pompo's Nose

Weekdays

  • Keith Schmorr, Classical Keyboardist on the Loggia, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Harvest Tea, September 22-November 21. Three course seated tea service including a demi-tasse of seasonal soup. $47 per person. Reservations required: 214-515-6511
  • Wednesday garden tours, 11 am (limited to 20 guests)
  • AT&T Senior Citizen Thursdays ($11.00 admission, 65 & over)
  • Chihuly Nights featuring the magical sculptures illuminated. September: Tuesday–Thursday. October: Monday–Thursday. 6-10 p.m.
  • Fall Concerts every Thursday September 6 through October 25. Show begins at 7 p.m.

Weekends

  • Keith Schmorr, Classical Keyboardist on the Loggia, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Rhett Butler Classical Duet on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage, Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
  • Saturday garden tours, 11 am (limited to 20 guests)
  • Fall Adult Education classes every Saturday from Sept. 29-Nov. 17 on everything from gardening to wine.
  • Cafe on the Green featuring the Oktoberfest Garten with a variety of fabulous fall flavors including brats and beverages.
  • Beginning Sept. 2, a delicious Sunday brunch buffet will be served in Restaurant DeGolyer. $24.95/per person. No reservation required.

Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

  • Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, and Petting Zoo in Pecan Grove, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Kindermusik with Miss Lisa in Pecan Grove, Noon-12:30 p.m.

Eddie Coker Columbus Day Children's Concert October 8

  • Eddie Coker on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage, 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m.
  • Petting Zoo, Face Painting and Arts & Crafts 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family Fun Weekend October 27 & 28

  • Magician, Petting Zoo and Face Painting in Pecan Grove, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Trick-or-Treat throughout the garden at each of the Small Houses of Great Artists, Noon-4 p.m.

The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $9 for children 3-12, and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. On-site parking is $10. The Arboretum is wheelchair accessible and tram service is available during the day. For more information, call 214-515-6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.


Gardening tips

Now is a good time to plant some fall color plants in your flower beds and containers. Mexican mint marigold, Salvia leucantha, Salvia regal, fall aster and copper canyon daisy are examples of fall bloomers that do well in most of the state.

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...

The best way to control mosquitoes in your landscape is to eliminate their breeding grounds by dumping standing water and keeping tall grass and weeds cut. Children’s toys, empty containers, pet bowls and, of course, old tires are a few of the places that will collect water and serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Contact insecticides should be avoided since they only kill the mosquitoes that are present at the time of application and do nothing to break the cycle of development. They also kill beneficial insects like honey bees and ladybugs.


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.

SEPTEMBER

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.

Guadalupe and Lindheimer counties: Native Plant Chapters Announce NICE Program Leaders of the Guadalupe County and Lindheimer Chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) announce a new public education and nursery partnership program to encourage the use of native plants. Called NICE: Natives Instead of Common Exotics, the program will educate about the advantages of choosing native plants over exotics. Area retail nurseries are partnering with NPSOT to increase the availability of the recommended native plants. The program begins September 1. Six nurseries have signed on thus far. Spanning both counties, they are Hill Country Gardens in New Braunfels, South Texas Growers in Bulverde, Canyon Lake Ace Hardware in Canyon Lake, Schultz Nursery in Marion and Maldonado Nursery and Green Gate Nursery in Seguin. Each quarter, the combined chapters will promote four easy-to-grow native plants and offer free in-nursery seminars, color posters, plant care handouts, and feature presentations for gardening, homeowner and civic groups. "Many common landscape plants originated in Asia, Africa or Australia," said Monta Zengerle, president of the Guadalupe County NPSOT Chapter, "but we can help preserve our state's rich botanical heritage by planting more natives." Texas native plants are nice on the wallet, too, said Lindheimer NPSOT president David Wilson. "Native plants require less water and care, so they are economical. People don't realize how many colorful, attractive native plants are available." The first four plants featured will be the Cedar Elm tree, American Beautyberry, Fall Aster and Gulf Muhly grass. For more information, call David Wilson at 830-899-5339.

San Antonio: “Growing a Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden” will be presented from 10:30 a.m. until noon, September 1. Texas AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist David Rodriguez will guide you and your family in growing fresh backyard vegetables during the cooler months of the year. This is a free presentation at Fanick’s Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Road, San Antonio, but donations to support the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program would be appreciated. For more information, call Angel Torres at 210-467-6575.

San Antonio: Mike Pecen, landscaper, will share his belief to “design the future without destroying the past” as the featured speaker at 9:30 a.m. September 5, at 3310 N New Braunfels and Funston. The Garden Center is dedicated to educating the community about plants, floral design and gardening. The meetings are open to everyone. Pecen will speak about the “Lessons We Can Learn from Historic Texas Landscapes.” He designs landscapes to “deliver satisfying places to nourish the human spirit as well as the earth.” He works as an associate of Dixie Watkins III & Associates, a local landscape architecture and land planning firm that specializes in preserving cultural and natural resources. He co-designed the roof garden of the Austonian, which won an “Austin Business Journal “Going Green” award in 2011. For more information call 210-824-9981.

San Antonio: Melissa White will lead the annual Floral Design School sponsored by the San Antonio Garden Center beginning September 6. A speaker on the local and national level, White has spoken on topics such as color trends and influences; specializing in marketing and floral arrangements. As the owner of Bonika, she has exercised her distinctive eye for the extraordinary to design bouquets, centerpieces and other beautiful arrangements for brides. At the Floral Design School you will learn to create your own beautiful centerpieces which you will take home. The School starts Thursday, Sept. 6, and continues each week until October 18 from noon until 3 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center, by the Botanical Gardens. Tuition for all six classes is $140 and includes instructions from White as well as flowers and greenery to complete a take-home project each week. This year’s chairman, Lillie De Los Santos, will be happy to answer your questions. Call 210- 824-9981 or 210-416-2826 for  a registration form or send your check for $140 payable to the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX 78209. For more information, visit www.sanantoniogardencenter.org or email sagc2004@sbcglobal.net. Enrollment is limited.

Georgetown: Williamson County Native Plants Education Day will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, September 8, at the AgriLife Building, 3151 Inner Loop, Georgetown (about 1/2 mile south of intersection of Hwy 29 and the Inner Loop). Admission is free. Lectures will focus on natives, extreme drought-resistant natives, and substitutes for common exotics or invasives. Discussion groups will be led by experienced native plant gardeners and will be open to your questions. There will also be a small sale of native plants in 4-inch pots.

Victoria: The Victoria County Master Gardener Association will hold its annual fall plant sale Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., or until all plants are sold, whichever comes first. The event is free to the public at the VEG Pavilion, 283 Bachelor Dr., Victoria, located across from the old flight tower at Victoria Regional Airport. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Victoria Educational Gardens located adjacent to the pavilion.

Austin: On September 10, Texas Gardener Contributing Writer Patty Leander — Master Gardener, vegetable specialist, speaker, author, and gardener for more than 30 years (the last 14 in the rocky soil of Oak Hill) — will discuss the selection and planting of cool-season vegetables. There will also be a raffle featuring a Miteyfine Sprayer. The Austin Organic Gardeners Club meets at Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., in Zilker Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to meet and mingle with local gardeners; club business begins at 7 p.m., followed by our guest speaker's presentation. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

Houston: Kevin Topek will speak about landscaping, edible vegetables, fruits and herbs from 6:30 until 8 p.m., September 10, at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Dr. in Hermann Park, Houston. For more information, visit http://www.houstonurbangardeners.org.

Seabrook: Skip Richter, Texas AgriLife Agent and Texas Gardener Contributing Editor, will provide "hands on" workshop on "New Plants from Seeds & Cuttings” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. Open to the public. $25 fee. Space is limited so please call 281-855-5600 to register.

San Antonio: Learn about raw foods with the only trained Raw Food Chef in San Antonio on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., September 13, at San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels. Learn from people who know the most about herb gardening, cooking, sniffing, crafting and infusing...anything and everything is herbal for this meeting! For more information, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org. Free and open to the public.

Ft. Worth: Tarrant County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA) offers a class on Perennials, Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.-noon, at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, Building 2300 gymnasium, 2300 Circle Drive. The class will also visit the nearby TCMGA demonstration garden. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Class fee is $5 and limited to 20 people. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

La Marque: “Gardening by the Square Foot” will be presented from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., September 15, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. This program is an introduction to the gardening methodology of gardening by the square foot. Discover this unique way of planning the bed, selecting plants, building the bed, maintaining the bed and renewing the bed. This is an ideal program for anyone who would like to learn a simple, productive method of gardening that will enable them to teach children or adults with limitations how to learn and enjoy gardening. Class is limited to 32 participants so please sign up ahead of time. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

La Marque: “Kitchen Gardening” will be presented from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., September 15, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Presented by Galveston County Master Gardener Mary Demeny, Demeny will cover various techniques of vegetable gardening in your own backyard. She will include gardening near the back door, where she recycles, mulches and compost her garden. Demeny will also cover how she makes use of an interplant technique of growing vegetables among the flower beds and in pots she has. For more information, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

San Antonio: Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas will host a "Natural Garden Stewardship Workshop" at 9 a.m., September 15, at Beacon Hill Community Garden, San Antonio. For additional information, call 210-222-8430.

Houston: Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 open their working and demonstration gardens and answer gardening questions from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., Monday, September 17, at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. This event is free and open to the public.

Midland/Odessa: Texas AgriLife Extension Service and PBMGs will host an Earthkind Home Landscape School, September 17, 18, 26 & 27. For more information, call 432-498-4071 or 432-686-4700.

Bryan: “Earth-Kind Gardening 101 – Reliable Plants for the Brazos Valley” will be presented from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., September 18, at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Can it stand the cold, the heat, the drought, the water, the soil, my brown thumb? Come to Gardening 101 to learn about plants you can count on in the garden. Some old, some new, some you may have never thought about planting. Presenting Texas Superstars, Earth-Kind friendly plants and a few surprises! Presented by Master Gardeners Donna Seelig and Nilah Wright. For additional information, visit www.brazosmg.org.

Seabrook: Harris County Master Gardener Ginia Keen Mattern will provide a lecture on Herbs at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This event is free and open to the public.

Austin: “Divide and Transplant Perennials” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, September 20, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. Perennials tend to increase in density and size over the years which diminish the vigor of the plants. Solve this problem by learning to properly divide and transplant these plants. Learn which plants need to be periodically divided and how to correctly perform the task. Discover what is needed to appropriately transplant the plants into new beds. Gain an understanding of how to prepare the plants to pass on to friends. This seminar is free and open to the public and 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.

Seguin: Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will meet Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m. in the AgriLife Extension Bldg., 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. Mike Dobrovosky, from Soil Menders, will present “Improving Your Soil.” Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org or call 830-303-3889.

Ft. Worth: Learn about Water Features in the Garden from the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA), Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.–noon, at the TCMGA demonstration garden at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, 1800 Circle Drive. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Class fee is $15 and limited to 20 people. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu.

La Marque: “The Fabulous Fragrant Frangipani (Plumeria)” will be presented from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., September 22, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Presented by Galveston County Master Gardener Loretta Osteen, the program will include information on the history of the Plumeria and tips for growing and caring for them in Galveston County. Also included will be information about different flower shapes, fragrance and colors of the different varieties of Plumeria successfully grown in South Texas. Incorporated in the presentation will be methods of propagation, proper winter storage and care. There will also be a demonstration on how to make the popular Plumeria Lei. For more information, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

La Marque: “Fall T-Budding of Citrus & Deciduous Fruit Trees” will be presented from 1 until 3 p.m., September 22, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer, Propagation Specialist, will present a program and hands-on workshop on T-Bud grafting. Attendees will leave the class ready to begin their own grafting projects with confidence. The grafting method presented is used on many types of fruit and citrus trees usually about the size of a pencil. Class is limited to 24 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.

San Angelo: The Concho Valley Master Gardeners will host a Fall Landscaping Symposium, Saturday, September 22, in the Community Room on the third floor of the Stephens Central Library, 33 W. Beauregard, San Angelo. The Symposium will be from 9 a.m. until noon with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The featured speakers are: Tony Huston, owner, A.G. Huston Landscape Architecture, who will speak about residential design principles; Bill Neiman, owner, Native American Seed Co., who will speak about eco-logical approaches to creating outdoor living spaces for responsible beauty; and. Chris Wiesinger, owner, The Southern Bulb Co., who will speak about his experiences as "The Bulb Hunter: A story about seeking out botanical treasurers." All three speakers are specialists in their fields and will deliver valuable information for the gardener, whether large or small. The cost is is $20 per family, $15 for Master Gardeners. Please call 325-659-6522 to R.S.V.P. by September 19. This will ensure your seating and handout materials. No child care will be provided. For information about parking and hotels, visit txmg.org/conchovalley.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society presents its first Scholarship Garden Tour, benefitting St. Philip’s Culinary Arts Program, on Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The self-guided tour features nine differently-themed gardens, for only $10 per ticket. Themes include: Texas Eclectic, Cacti and Containers, Xeriscape, Re-Purposed, Budget, Square-Foot, Wildscape and Butterflies, Urban Chick(en) and Urban Chic. Each garden is proudly sponsored by a locally-owned garden center or nursery, and each offers unique take-home tips for your own gardens and yards. Tickets are available from any San Antonio Herb Society member or online at www.sanantonioherbs.org. Attendees will also be eligible for garden-related prizes to be drawn at the San Antonio Herb Market on October 20.

Sugar Land: Sugar Land Garden Club is hosting its 14th annual Sugar Land Garden Art & Plant Sale on Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive. Admission is free. For more information, visit sugarlandgardenclub.org or call 281-491-9609.

Bryan: “Birds in the Brazos County Backyard” will be presented by Jim Anding, Master Naturalist and retired educator, at 7 p.m., September 25, at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. What are the commonly found bird species in Central Texas? Learn about them from bird enthusiast, Jim Anding who will tell how to attract and enjoy birds in your own backyard. For additional information, visit www.brazosmg.org.

Seabrook: At 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 invite you to attend a Preview of Plants available at their October 6, Perennial Sale at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook.

Austin: “Compost Tea 101” will be presented from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29, at Hampton Branch Library at Oakhill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd., Austin. Compost Tea is a great fertilizer for your garden. This seminar will cover what you need to know for setting up a simple "do-it-yourself" compost tea brewer, what goes in it, how to avoid problems, and recipes for using compost tea in your garden! 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. Please note that any empty reserved seats become open seating at 9:50 a.m. 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.

La Marque: “Ornamental & Perennial Plant Preview” will be presented from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., September 29 at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Heidi Sheesley of TreeSearch Farms will give a presentation and discussion on a number of ornamental and perennial plants that will be available to the public on October 6 at the annual Galveston County Master Gardeners Ornamental & Perennial Sale. For more information, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.nett.

OCTOBER

Dallas: The Dallas County Master Gardeners’ annual Fall Garden Tour, held Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (rain or shine), includes six unique gardens conveniently located in central north Dallas. Tickets will be available for sale in eight Dallas area Calloway’s Nurseries nearest the tour from September 1-October 5 at a discounted pre-tour price of $15. Tickets also can be purchased from the Master Gardeners Help Desk  located inside the Dallas County AgriLife Extension office at 10056 Marsh Lane, Dallas. Tickets will be sold at the regular price of $20 at any tour garden on the day of the tour. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 214-904-3053.

Jasper: Jasper Master Gardeners team up with Lakes Area Hospice and the Chamber of Commerce for the first Butterfly Festival, held in conjunction with Fall Fest, Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fall Fest features music, crafts and food on the courthouse lawn, but Butterfly Festival expands the fair one block south to showcase the new Master Gardener greenhouse and butterfly garden at the Arboretum. Master Gardeners will host children’s activities in the potting sheds, and hold educational programs for adults in the courthouse, plus Master Gardeners will hold their semi-annual plant sale on the northeast corner of the festival.

Odessa: Permian Basin Master Gardeners will present a Water Wise Landscape Seminar from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, October 6, at the Odessa Regional Medical Center, 520 East Sixth Street, Odessa. $50 admission includes catered lunch. For more information, visit http://westtexasgardening.org/.

Houston: The Garden Club of Houston, a member of the Garden Club of America, is hosting its 70th annual Bulb and Plant Mart on October 12-13 at the Holly Hall Retirement Center, 2000 Holly Hall Street @ Fannin, across from Reliant Center. Admission is free, and sales both days are tax-free. The Mart will feature the widest selection of top quality bulbs from domestic and international suppliers, and an expanded collection of hard to find and unusual plants, perennials, trees, shrubs and vines. Many of the plants and bulbs are unique offerings from the gardens of Club members, grown specifically for the Mart. The free Horticulture Guide is a valuable reference year-round for planting and growing tips. For more information, visit www.gchouston.org/bulbplantmart.aspxx.

Fort Worth: Registration is underway for the Fall Regional Conference, "Floods to Drought — Gardening in North Texas," sponsored by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., October 13, at the Resource Connection's Building 2300, 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth. The event is open to the public. Cost is $45, lunch included. Complete information on agenda and registration form is at www.tarrantmg.org. For more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or at blhammack@ag.tamu.eduu. Deadline for registration, which is limited to 300 participants, is October 5.

Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardener Association Bulbs and More Fall Sale and Conference will be held October 13 at the Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Open to the public. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Program begins at 9 a.m. Enjoy featured speaker Dave Whitinger, owner and operator of All Things Plants. Whitinger is a member and former president of the Cherokee County Master Gardeners, and is the creator of many popular websites, most notably Dave's Garden and AllThingsPlants.com. He lives outside Jacksonville on a 90-acre farm with his wife and 6 children. The annual sale, which begins at 11:30 a.m., has been expanded to include bulbs, grasses, perennials, trees and hand crafted yard art. To see a list of available plants, visit http://scmg.tamu.edu/coming-events/.

Austin: “Planting for Winter Color” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, October 18, at Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. Perk up the winter landscape by incorporating the principles learned at this seminar. Understand the best times and conditions required to ensure success with the plants and seeds. Bulbs, dramatic vegetables, flowering annuals and perennials, shrubs and trees are all part of the selection mix and will be discussed. This seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tcmastergardeners.org or call 512-854-9600.

Austin: Travis County Master Gardeners will host "Inside Austin Gardens Tour: Edible Gardens" on October 20. Seven gardens will be open for touring. Visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org/what/gardentour.html for more garden tour information.

San Antonio: Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas will host a "Gardening for Wildlife Workshop" at 9 a.m., October 20, at Beacon Hill Community Garden, San Antonio. For additional information, call 210-222-8430.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Market Association’s 21st Herb Market will be held October 20, at Pearl, 200 E. Grayson, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking is free and open to the public. This year’s herbal theme is Roses, the International Herb of the Year. The program for this year’s Herb Market will include Robbi Wills from The Antique Rose Emporium, speaking about why Roses are considered herbs, their growing and care, varieties of antique and earth kind roses, and some of the lore associated with them. Also slated on the program are a cooking demonstration, presentations on aromatherapy, medicinal qualities and crafting ideas. Plan for a whole day of fun! For more information on events and scheduling, visit www.sanantonioherbmerket.org.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardener Association will hold its 2012 "Nature's Beauty Beyond the Gate" Garden Tour Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring six beautifully landscaped yards in Victoria. Ticket sales will begin Tuesday, Aug. 28, and will cost $15 per person. A plant sale will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Victoria's historic Hiller House grounds, 3003 N. Vine St. To obtain tickets and more details about the tour, call 361-575-4581.

Lake Charles, LA: Southwest Louisiana Master Gardeners are hosting the 2012 State Master Gardener Conference in Lake Charles, LA, October 24-26, at L'auberge Resort. This event will bring together Master Gardeners, vendors, horticulture professionals and others with a common interest in all aspects of gardening. For more information and to register, visit http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/master_gardener/LMG+State+Conference/.

NOVEMBER

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.

San Antonio: Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas will host a "Garden Design & Maintenance Workshop" at 9 a.m., November 17, at River Road Community Garden, San Antonio. For additional information, call 210-222-8430.

DECEMBER

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

FIRST WEEK

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.

SECOND WEEK

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.

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 a.m. in the training room of the College Station Waste Water Facility building at the end of North Forest Parkway, 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.

THIRD WEEK

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.

Brownwood: Brownwood Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.  The club meetings are at Southside Baptist Church, 1219 Indian Creek Road, with refreshments and a speaker presentation. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email boeblingen@centex.net or call 817-454-8175).

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.

FOURTH WEEK

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 Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Blvd., Ft. Worth. 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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