October 3, 2012

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Milam County to recognize Edna Westbrook Trigg, century of service by AgriLife Extension

Texas AgriLife Extension Service

A centennial celebration of the first Girls' Tomato Club established by Edna Westbrook Trigg, the state's first home demonstration agent, will be Oct. 9 on the first floor of the Milam County Courthouse, 102 South Fannin St. in Cameron.

The program will begin at 10:40 a.m., with a recognition proclamation to be presented during the day's Commissioners' Court meeting. A welcome, 4-H pledge and motto, and introduction of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer sciences agents who have served Milam County will follow. The program will conclude after comments by honored guests, including AgriLife Extension and state 4-H officials and Dr. W. Cone Johnson, Trigg's grandson.

A Tomato Club exhibit and refreshments will be available at the Milam County Museum after the program's conclusion around noon. The museum is across the street from the courthouse at 112 W. 1st Street.

"Recipe booklets also will be available at the museum for a minimal donation," said Cheryl Walker, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent, Milam County. "This booklet has more than 180 recipes using tomatoes as a main ingredient, and those recipes have been collected from many people."

Walker said the primary responsibility of Trigg, who began her career in 1912 as a home demonstration agent for Milam County, was to coordinate, organize and supervise Girls' Tomato Clubs throughout the county, plus give practical demonstrations on the production and canning of tomatoes.

Trigg passed away in 1946 after a long and successful career with what is now the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. In October 1970, ceremonies were held at the Milam County Courthouse to dedicate a historical marker commemorating her as the first home demonstration agent. In December 1991, she was inducted into America's Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said he was proud the county would be "a part of this historical moment in Texas 4-H" and that he was glad Milam County was hosting the state celebration of this centennial milestone.

"Texas A&M AgriLife Extension programming in 4-H, family and consumer sciences and agriculture and natural resources is just as important now in 2012 as it was 100 years ago," Barkemeyer said.

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

"The Tomato Clubs, as well as the many home demonstration clubs and similar groups that later evolved throughout the state, helped primarily rural Texans by providing information and advice on vegetable gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, household management, family health, poultry-raising and other aspects of daily life," Walker said.

Along with their educational mission, these clubs also provided a social outlet for women in rural areas, Walker said. Early home demonstration agents were often viewed as community role models due to their knowledge and self-sufficiency.

According to state historical association documentation, Trigg and her successors played a key role in helping make Milam County agriculturally self-sufficient by working with area farmers. Trigg was also identified as a proponent of education, frequently encouraging Tomato Club members to start college savings funds and look for scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities.

In his foreword to the Tomato Recipe Booklet, Johnson wrote about Trigg: "Occasionally, she allowed me to go along in her Chevy coupe as she visited country families throughout Denton County. In these travels, Nana taught me, by example , basic rules of kindness, common decency, manners, and respect for all other human beings, no matter their circumstance. She no doubt ingrained these same lessons in all those with whom she came in contact, including her students in the Tomato Clubs, and it is hoped they passed her lessons on to their children."

He added that his grandmother would be "amazed at the breadth of outreach the Milam County Agrilife Extension Service successfully manages today."

"The mission, however, remains the same," he wrote. ".service to the community, helping residents make their lives better, healthier, and more productive."

"Today, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agents do some of the same things Edna Trigg did in her day, including working with youth, and giving food preservation programs and nutrition education," Walker said.

"But now we also provide information and instruction on child vehicle passenger safety instruction, parenting, financial literacy and a variety of other family-centered topics."

Walker said although AgriLife Extension has changed and expanded over the years, the profession will always owe a great debt to Trigg and the work she started with the first Girls' Tomato Clubs in Milam County.

"She set the bar pretty high for other home demonstration agents and those of us in the profession who came after them," Walker said. "By my count, I am the fortieth person to serve Milam County as an AgriLife Extension county agent or program assistant in family and consumer sciences."

The garden reader:
Time to harvest and to sow

By William Scheick
Book Reviewer

Ken Druse. Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation. Stewart Tabori & Chang, 2012. 256 pp. $27.50.

Sheri Ann Richerson. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Seed Saving and Starting. Alpha, 2012. 301 pp. $18.95.

Kelly D. Norris. A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts. Timber Press, 2012. 348 pp. $39.95.

The famous American painter Andrew Wyeth loved autumn and winter because, he said, during those seasons “you can feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it” as if “something waits beneath it” and “the whole story doesn’t show” yet.

Wyeth lived in Pennsylvania and Maine, where fall and winter are significantly different in their effects than they are in most of Texas. I suppose the closest I get to glimpse the bone structure of my landscape is noticing the winter-bare limbs of my deciduous trees.

I do get an autumnal close-up look at another natural pattern, however. Whereas Wyeth’s “Corn Harvest on the Brandywine” (1934) and “In the Orchard” (1973) acknowledge the traditional view of fall as the time to reap what has been sown, nature meanwhile is also invested in sowing — scattering seeds far and wide for next spring.

So fall isn’t just about harvesting; it’s also about propagation. Autumn is a good time for us as well as nature to make more plants.

As Ken Druse explains in Making More Plants, “dry brown pods should not be thought of as the detritus of fall, but as gems in intricate parcels.” Besides his tips on how to clean, store and germinate seed, Druse provides particularly helpful advice about moisture and temperature management related to the tricky phenomenon known as stratification.

Beautifully illustrated, Making More Plants also offers rewarding information on a wide array of propagation techniques, including rooting plants from cuttings — one of my favorite gardening activities. Fall is a perfectly good time to try: “a stem from an herbaceous perennial that is flowering will not be as easy to root as it would have been earlier in the spring, or as it might be if the plant produces a new soft side shoot after flowering.”

“Quite a few of half-hardy annuals seeds are ideal for winter sowing,” Sheri Ann Richerson writes in Seed Saving and Starting. In a handy utilitarian pulp format, her smart book offers an exceptionally convenient outline arrangement that instantly accommodates a reader’s curiosity about various types of seed harvesting and propagation, including crossbreeding.

One special feature of this step-by-step manual is a “Know Thy Seed,” an information-nugget that crops up frequently to add a bit of thoughtful complexity to the easy-to-follow nearby discussion. Another special feature is a 44-page plant directory listing specific seed-harvesting, sowing and germination data for numerous individual plants.

As an easy-to-use masterful guidebook, Seed Saving and Starting is hard to beat.

Another fall-to-winter project is planting or replanting bulbs and rhizomes. “Naturally, it would make sense,” Kelly D. Norris observes in A Guide to Bearded Irises, “to divide and plant irises after their physiological maturity, when active growth has suspended for the season.”

At once reader-friendly and authoritative, this new brightly illustrated how-to book opens invitingly with a chapter debunking several myths about irises: that they attract grass, have a lot of problems, don’t companion well, grow too big for small gardens and require too much work.

My favorite: the myth that irises change color. Understandably, Norris can’t explain away with certainty the peculiar hue-phenomena some people have witnessed in their iris beds, but he is absolutely correct that it is genetically impossible for irises to change color.

Even so, as Norris might have added, an iris’s capacity to express its color genes can be compromised. The successful floral expression of color requires certain levels of acidity in iris petal cells.

Besides acidity level, various chemical compounds (co-enzymes) in petal cell sap play an even a bigger role in the expression of color. These co-enzymes can be impeded by one or more mineral deficiencies, or by an excess of some mineral(s).

So soil environment is important to successful iris flowering and specifically to the expression of iris floral color. It is good to keep in mind, for instance, that bearded irises (in contrast to Siberian and Japanese irises) prefer a slightly alkaline to neutral soil pH, but much of Texas is way more alkaline than “slightly.”

How to create suitable soil conditions is addressed in A Guide to Bearded Irises, a first-class handbook highlighted by gorgeous photographs of a wide sampling of beautiful cultivars.

Gardening tips

"Most people water trees right beside the trunk," writes Tom Harris. "The best place is under the drip line; i.e., the feeding roots are out there and only a few inches deep. Coiling a drip-irrigation line around the tree in a large circle is the best way to water. Run it 2-3 hours."

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Did you know...

Did you know that since its arrival from Mexico in 1892, the boll weevil has cost cotton farmers in the United States $91 billion or over $2 million per day. A barrage of poisons have been tried on the boll weevil, including a mixture of molasses and arsenic that farmers could brew themselves, a dusting of calcium arsenate, and eventually DDT and other post-World War II insecticides. The weevils developed a resistance to those chemicals even before they were banned. Since 1980, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has under taken a nationwide boll weevil eradication program that involves every acre of cotton planted in the U.S. — fifteen million acres in total. Using integrated pest management techniques, the weevil has been eliminated from 87 percent of America’s cotton fields, and growers have reduced their pesticide use by at least half. Source: Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart.

Upcoming garden events.

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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.

Denton: “Gardening: DIY” is the theme of Denton County Master Gardener Association Fall Garden Fest 2012, Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on the Denton Bible Church campus at the corner of Nottingham and Mingo in Denton. There will be interesting speakers, lots of shopping, door prizes, and fun and educational activities for the kids. Admission is free. Workshops include: Vermiculture and Composting, Fall Vegetable Gardening, Herbs from Garden to Table and Rose Propagation. There will be more than 15 educational exhibits and 40 vendor booths. More information is available at www.dcmga.com.

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.

La Marque: The Galveston County Master Gardeners Ornamental & Perennial Sale will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., October 6, in the parking lot of the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For additional information, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12.

Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches. A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas> natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers. Arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu for a list of available plants.

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/.

Pasadena: The Precinct 2 Fall Plant Sale will be held in Campbell Hall at the Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 6. Attend an 8 a.m. presentation by Heidi Sheesley, Owner of Treesearch Farms, about the plants available at the sale. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free and open to the public. For additional information, visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu/ or call: 281-855-5600.

San Antonio: Annual Watersaver Landscape Tour Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Five unique yards, all different in their approach to low-water, low-maintenance landscaping. Homes featured include a Cottage Tapestry Garden in King William; Going Native in Alamo Heights; Hidden Garden in Hollywood Park; Shrinking Lawn in Brookhollow; and Small Space, Thin Soil, No Problem off Boerne Stage Road. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System, San Antonio River Authority and Gardening Volunteer of South Texas. For more information, including addresses, visit www.WatersaverLandscapeTour.org or call 210-251-8101.

Austin: Garden and food writer Renee Studebaker delves into an exploration of rare ‘forever’ onions, including Egyptian Walking Onions, Catawissas and I’tois, when she discusses “Onions All Year Long!” at 2 p.m. October 7, at It’s About Thyme Garden Center, 11726 Manchaca, Austin. For more information, call (512) 280-1192 or visit www.itsaboutthyme.com.

Seabrook: Skip Richter, Texas Gardener contributing editor and county extension agent will present "Selecting and Planting the Best Trees for Houston” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. For additional information, visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu/ or call: 281-855-5600.

Humble: “Mushrooms and other fungi” will be presented by Teri MacArthur on Wednesday, October 10, noon-2 p.m., at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. The Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center’s MacArthur, a Texas Master Naturalist and member of the Texas Mycological Society, shares information on local fungus/mushroom species and takes participants on a short nature walk after the lecture. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. For additional information, call 281-443-8731 or visit www.hcp4.net/mercer.

San Antonio: Learn about The Texas Olive Ranch from Abbie Rutledge, Thursday, October 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. 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.

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.

St. Francisville, LA: The 2012 Southern Garden Symposium will be held October 12 and 13 at various locations in St. Francisville, LA. Featured speakers include Dean Norton, Mount Vernon’s Director of Horticulture; Heidi Sheesley, owner of Treesearch Farms in Houston, Texas; and floral design instructor Lynette McDougald of Mississippi State University. The symposium will begin on Friday, October 12 with a series of workshops held at various locations in the St. Francisville area. The $75 cost per person includes admission to both morning and afternoon workshops and a gourmet picnic lunch at Afton Villa Gardens. The symposium continues on Saturday, October 13 at Hemingbough, a beautiful cultural arts and reception center just south of St. Francisville. The morning begins 8:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments on the terrace and time for guests to browse the book, plant, and garden tool sales. Lectures begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 2:15 p.m., with afternoon tea taking place at Evergreenzine, the private home of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Ferachi. The $75 cost per person includes refreshments, lectures, lunch and the afternoon tea. (Admission for both days is available at the discounted rate of $130 per person.) Always a highlight of the symposium weekend, the 2012 Speakers’ Gala will be held on Friday evening at Rosebank Plantation, the private home of Mr. and Mrs. David Walker. The cost for the gala is $50 per person. Friday’s highlights include a floral design demonstration by award-winning instructor Lynette McDougald of Mississippi State University, taking place against the picturesque backdrop of Afton Villa Gardens. Guests may also chose to attend workshops on rain garden design, edible landscapes, or tree care. St. Francisville is located about 45 minutes north of Baton Rouge. Registration at the Southern Garden Symposium is limited and required in advance. For additional information, visit www.SouthernGardenSymposium.org, email luciecassity@bellsouth.net, or call 225-635-3738.

Conroe: Montgomery County Master Gardeners are having their Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 13 at the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Office, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. Tom LeRoy will be speaking at 8 a.m. and the sale is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Fall vegetables, herbs, perennials, fruit trees, much more! Don't miss the camellias from the Coushatta Camellia Society. Bring your wagon and come early. Call 936-539-7824 or visit www.montgomerycountymastergardeners.org for more info.

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.edu. Deadline for registration, which is limited to 300 participants, is October 5.

Quitman: The Friends of the Arboretum will hold the annual scarecrow contest in conjunction with the Fall plant sale at Quitman Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Quitman, on Saturday, October 13. Entering the contest is free of charge, and participating creations add festive and colorful visual appeal to the gardens for the month of October. This year, the contest will feature three prize-winning categories, with a prize for both first and second placed in: Individual Adult, Business/Organization, and Individual Youth (18 and under). All are encouraged to enter the scarecrow contest free of charge and the only limitation is the artists’ imagination. The winners will receive $50 for first place, $25 for second place in one of each category for a total of six prizes. Judging will take place on the morning of the fall plant sale, October 13, with winners to be announced by noon. Participants may donate their scarecrow to the Arboretum to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Friends of the Arboretum. Silent auction bids will take place through the plant sale, with bids closing just before the winners are announced at noon. Scarecrows can be decorated in any style. The only criteria is that the scarecrow must stand on its own, and materials must be able to withstand outdoor elements to last for display in the Arboretum through Halloween. Individuals, civic groups, class rooms, businesses and other organizations are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Entry forms and rules are available at the Chamber or are downloadable at www.woodcountyarboretum.com. For more information about the contest or the sale, or for any other Arboretum related questions, call Pam Riley 1-903-466-4327 or visit woodcountyarboretum.com.

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: “How to Grow an Olive Tree in Central Texas” will be present at 2 p.m., October 14. Learn all about the wonders of these drought-tolerant beauties from master gardener Amanda Moon at It’s About Thyme Garden Center, 11726 Manchaca, Austin. For more information, call (512) 280-1192 or visit www.itsaboutthyme.com.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners Club members will celebrate the arrival of cooler weather with their annual picnic on October 14. at the Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd., Austin. Arrive early to shop. Gates close at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. Chicken and drinks will be provided by the club; take a side dish or dessert as well as your own plate & flatware to keep trash to a minimum. Don't forget to bring a few extra dollars for the raffle, which will be a gift certificate to our gracious host, the Natural Gardener! There will be no regular club meeting in October; meetings will resume in November. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

Houston: Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 open their working and demonstration gardens at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Road, Houston,  from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., Monday, October 15. For more information, visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu or phone 281-855-5600.

Bryan: Colleen Batchelor and Stephanie Foresythe-Sword, Master Gardeners, will present "Tree Selection and Survival, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., October 16, at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. For more information, visit http://brazosmg.org.

Linden: In celebration of Native Plant Week, the Caddo Wildflower Chapter of NPSOT will present Texas Gardener Contributing Editor Greg Grant, speaking on "Gardening Naturally with Native Plants," October 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Linden at the Cass County Law Enforcement Training Center, Co Rd off 1913 Hwy 59, Linden.

Seabrook: Suzanne Jurek from the Houston Zoo will present "The Benefits of Bats and How to Encourage Them to Your Neighborhood" at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 17, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. For more information, visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu or phone 281-855-5600.

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.

Humble: The Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, will host a “Sustainable Landscape Conference” Friday, October 19. Learn cutting-edge solutions for building infrastructure to protect property from floods and severe drought. Fee: $125 and $150 (for professional CEU seekers, 5.5 credits available), with 10% off each for TMS members. The all-day conference takes place at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center meeting room. Please call 281-443-8731 for details and reservations.

Austin: Travis County Master Gardeners will host "Inside Austin Gardens Tour: Edible Gardens" from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., October 20. Seven gardens will be open for touring. The tour will include educational seminars and other fun activities at each stop. Learn what vegetables to grow and why, let the children eat rainbows, or hear the thought-provoking story of the American Indian medicine wheel. Learn practical methods to add edibles to your landscape, how to eat the fruits of your labors, and recipes to spice things up with herbs! Books, plants and T-shirts will be available at each garden. 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, October 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.

Austin: “Backyard Rolling Chicken Coops” will be presented at 2 p.m., October 21. Learn all about the principles and practices of coop design and construction from master carpenter Tom Colwell at It’s About Thyme Garden Center, 11726 Manchaca, Austin. For more information, call (512) 280-1192 or visit www.itsaboutthyme.com.

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/.

The Woodlands: Gardening 102: Beyond Basics features Cherie Foster Colburn and Mark Bowen on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. With wit and wisdom homegrown gardening talents provide a guide to making landscapes more attractive, vibrant and sustainable. Cherie Foster Colburn, landscape designer, award-winning gardening author, shares “Bringing Your Garden Out of the Shadows.” Horticulturalist and gardening author, Mark Bowen, presents “Your Landscape Your Way, Naturally.” The free program and book signing will be held at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/gardeningevents to reserve a spot or call 281-210-3800.


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.

Bryan: Dr. Deb Tolman will present “Keyhole Gardening” at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 10, at SOS (Save Our Streets), 1700 Groesbeck Street, Bryan. Registration form: amgardenclub.com. Early registration is to be postmarked by October 20.

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.


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.



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 www.txmg.org/wichita 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.

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.


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 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 June and 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 Gene Bobo at gene.bobo@agnet.tamu.edu.

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.orgrg.

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.orgrg.

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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