October 17, 2012

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$1.8 million in federal grants to improve Texas production of fruits, vegetables, other specialty crops

Texas Department of Agriculture

Earlier this month Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced the Texas Department of Agriculture has secured and awarded more than $1.8 million in federal funding to promote and develop Texas-grown specialty crops. The grants, funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, will be awarded to 26 projects throughout the state.

“The specialty crop funding will further improve the ability of Texas consumers to access food grown right here in Texas while giving Texas farmers access to the tools and resources needed to grow their businesses and improve the quality of their crops,” Staples said.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Texas ranks among the nation’s leaders in the production of many specialty crops, including citrus, onions, watermelons, pecans, grapes and others.

The Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 authorized USDA to help states enhance specialty crop competitiveness. The 26 projects being funded were chosen through a competitive grant application process administered by TDA. The selected projects specialize in several key areas, including: improved food safety; increased development of the specialty crops industry; increased marketing and promotion of Texas-grown produce; increased promotion and consumer awareness of the nutritional benefits of produce consumption; and increased protection of Texas specialty crops from plant pests and diseases.

The following are some of the ways in which TDA will utilize the recent round of federal specialty crop funds:

  • Partner with Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association to establish a series of grape-growing workshops.
  • Partner with Texas Olive Oil Council to enhance consumers’ and growers’ awareness of Texas olives.
  • Prevent the spread of citrus greening in Texas through research and containment measures performed by Texas A&M Kingsville.
  • Partner with the Texas State Florists’ Association to increase awareness of local Texas florists through a high school design competition; and increase promotion and sales of local flower shops through increased media coverage.

For more information about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and to view a complete list of funded projects, click here, or visit www.TexasAgriculture.gov and click on Grants/Funding.


Garden Watering Woes

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin

Many visitors ask staff at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center whether they are watering their garden greenery appropriately. Although plants need more water in warm weather, they can die if their roots stay water-logged. Knowing how to water is key to helping gardens through the spring and summer heat, particularly for much of the Midwest and West struggling with a drought.

Watering tips: Many plants that are native to your region or adapted to its weather extremes are fine with watering once a week or less once they are established. Check out plants’ individual watering needs to guide your watering regimen. Regardless of the regimen, know that it’s better to give outdoor plants a deep soaking — about one inch on a rain gauge — rather than lots of shallower waterings. Having an in-ground watering system can help water reach plant roots and prevent water loss (more than 7 billion gallons of drinking water is used to irrigate landscapes across the U.S. every day, at least half of which may be wasted). If you water plants from above the soil, it helps retain moisture to put a few inches of mulch that water can percolate through around all but the base of your plants. Plants that look heat-stressed can benefit from a quick mist bath for short-term relief and a good soil soaking. Just remember to let soil dry out between waterings, and avoid spraying leaves with water or leaf-protecting chemicals during full sun.

To find native plants in your region that meet your gardening needs, use the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s searchable database. To learn more tips for protecting your plants during drought, visit the center’s Drought Resource Center, which includes a national list of low-water-use plants.


Gardening tips

October is a great time to plant perennial herbs such as oregano, marjoram, thyme, mint, rosemary and chives. This will allow the young transplants to develop a strong root system before winter hits.

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...

European earthworms came to this country with settlers in potted plants, soil used as ship’s ballast, embedded in wagon wheels and the hooves of livestock. They spread across the country as quickly as the setters themselves did. Today, the earthworm population in a typical American backyard is likely to be made up mostly of European worms. Source: Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart.


Upcoming garden events.

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OCTOBER

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.

San Antonio: The October 19 meeting of Bexar County Master Gardeners will feature Peggy Scott of R. Scott Enterprises, who will describe starting an aquaponics business from scratch 10 years ago with her husband Richard. She will discuss in detail how they grow and harvest tilapia as well as green, leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard, lettuce, etc. from four big greenhouses located on their home acreage. This presentation is free to the public and qualifies for 2 CEU credits. The meeting, held from 1-3 p.m., takes place at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio. For more information, contact Stan Winchester at 210-241-6017 or Lisa Nixon at lisa.nixon@bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

Spring: Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and The Mercer Society present their first Sustainable Landscape Conference on Friday, October 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., “Go With the Flow: Stormwater Management in a Challenging Environment.” The Greater Houston region is experiencing wild swings in rainfall that are generating both raging floods and severe drought, leading to catastrophic loss of property and productivity. How can we build infrastructure to protect from these disasters while conserving a precious resource? This conference, led by engineers, landscape architects, and public park and infrastructure managers, will offer first-hand insight into, and examples of, cutting-edge solutions being implemented in a diverse range of local projects. This event is geared for a wide audience, from professionals working with planning and land development, to the average homeowner. A total of 5.5 professional continuing education credits will be available to attendees who request them. The conference takes place at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center, 1300 Riley Fuzzell Road, Spring. Speakers include Charles Penland from Walter P. Moore, Christopher Browne and Katie Golzarri from EHRA, and David Batts of Construction EcoServices. Special lunchtime keynote addresses will be presented by Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Special Counsel Robert Collins, and Harris County Public Infrastructure Department Team Leader Nick Russo. The conference finishes with a visit to Mercer Arboretum to tour a new stormwater retention demonstration area. General Conference fee: $112 for TMS members, $125 for non-members. Professional CEU Credit seekers: $135 for TMS members, $150 for non-members. For more information call: -281-443-8731, email: msociety@hcp4.net, or visit www.themercersociety.org.

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.

Huntsville: The Walker County Master Gardeners are having their "3rd Annual Butterfly Festival and Fall Plant Sale" on Saturday, October 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 102 Tam Road, Huntsville. Celebrate butterflies with seminars, garden tours, face painting, children's activities and a noon Monarch butterfly tag and release event. There will also be several native plants, annuals, fall vegetables, seeds and other garden merchandise for sale. Entrance, seminars, tours and other events are free of charge. Plant sales proceeds benefit Master Gardeners community activities, scholarships and educational projects.

Nacogdoches: Join Elyce Rodewald, Education Coordinator, for “Gifts from the Garden,” a soap-making workshop, from 9 a.m. until noon October 20 in Room 118 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive, Stephen F. Austin State University. Participants will create a variety of herbal soaps, learn recipes and techniques of soap making and take home samples of luxurious soap they make themselves. The soap will be made from coconut and palm kernel oil, lye, essential oils, and dried herbs. Participants will learn the step-by-step process of soap making, so they have the skills to make soap at home on their own. Cost for the seminar is $25 for SFA Garden Members and $30 for non-members. Participants must pre-register before October 18. To register for the seminar, or for more information, contact the education office at 936-468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.

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.

Bryan: “From Milkweeds to Monarchs; from Corn to Corn Earworms; from Butterfly Gardens to Bats!” will be presented by Dr. Craig Wilson, Director USDA Future Scientists Program and Senior Research Associate, Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Texas A&M University, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., October 23 at Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Wilson’s special interest is in linking research scientists with science teachers to bring cutting edge science into classrooms and to enthuse students. Dr. Wilson will present an interactive presentation on tagging Monarch butterflies and how to create a butterfly garden. Also you will learn the role that bats play in control of the corn earworm insect that causes annual losses to farmers. For additional information, visit http://brazosmg.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/.

New Braunfels: Comal Master Gardeners will host an Open House on Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Comal County facility, 325 Resource Drive, New Braunfels, to welcome Chris Weimers, the newly appointed Comal County Extension Agent — Agriculture and Natural Resources. CMG members will conduct tours of the Vegetable Demonstration Garden, the EarthKind Rose Garden, and the Native and Adapted Plants areas. The recently published "Comal Gardening Guide" will be available for sale for $20, as well as orders for Poinsettia plants.

La Marque: Heather McKnight (City Arborist for the City of League City) will present “Shade Trees in the Home Landscape: Selection, Planting, And Care” from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., October 27, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Not everyone owns acres of forests (trees), but most homeowners have one or more trees in the landscape. Commonly asked questions to the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office are: What trees do best in this area? How far should I plant a tree from my house? Should this tree be removed? Should I have my tree topped? Do all trees have to be pruned? McKnight will answer these and other questions on caring for trees in the home landscape. Included in the presentation will be the use of Water Smart trees in the landscape, mulching and methods of preventing and reducing stress to trees due to drought conditions. For additional information, email GALV3@wt.net.

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.

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.

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.

Austin: Annie Welbes (Subsist to Resist) will demonstrate how to incorporate edible plants into an ornamental garden, adding subtle textures and flavors to your landscapes when she presents “A New Approach to Edible Landscapes,” at 2 p.m. November 11, at It’s About Thyme Garden Center, 11726 Manchaca, Austin. For more information, call 280-1192 or visit www.itsaboutthyme.com.

Houston: Dr. Ray Sher will present "What to Plant and Do Now"and discuss the Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale in January and how to select fruit trees at the Houston Urban Gardeners meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m., November 12, at Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Park. Houston. For more information, visit www.houstonurbangardeners.org.

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.

Austin: Expert Dwight Littleton will present “The Joy of Terrariums,” demonstrating how to plant a beautiful terrarium and how set it up to be maintenance-free at 2 p.m., November 18, at It’s About Thyme Garden Center, 11726 Manchaca, Austin. For more information, call 280-1192 or visit www.itsaboutthyme.com.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.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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