October 31, 2012

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Brad Stufflebeam of HOME sweet FARM to receive award

Brad Stufflebeam, Owner and Operator of HOME sweet FARM in Brenham, has been selected for the second annual Houston Mayor's Award: Recipe for Success Champion of Food Justice, in recognition of his progress in educating people on the importance of consuming locally grown food.

The annual award was designed by the Recipe for Success Foundation to raise awareness and encourage effective solutions to address food disparities by recognizing a Houston-area business executive who has made significant contributions.

Laura Spanjian, City of Houston Sustainability Director lauds, "Brad is a Lone Star State pioneer of the local food movement. His education programs on community-supported agriculture, sustainable foods and heirloom food varieties have transformed the area's knowledge of organic produce."

Stufflebeam feels that his life's work is more than just about food, "Food Justice is a two sided coin. On one side we work to bring the best food to the communities we serve and on the other side, we work to encourage and support our small family farmers. In the end, we have a healthy rural economy working with our urban neighbors to better secure our future local food supply for everyone."

Stufflebeam will be honored at the Blue Plate Special Cafe Harvest Market and Awards Lunch on November 19 at The Houstonian. Also recognized at the lunch will be Chef Peter Garcia, Chef/Owner of El Meson, as Blue Plate Special Chef of the Year, an award launched in 2010 to distinguish a member of the Recipe for Success Chef's Advisory Board who has engaged in educating children and their families about healthy nutrition and use of seasonal local produce.

"With Mayor Parker's amazing support, Houston has become a national leader in the fight against obesity by involving business to design and deploy practical, innovative solutions to address food disparities. In many states the obesity rate is still doubling. We have accomplished so much, but have so much more to do. These trailblazers are the engine of our success," said Gracie Cavnar, Founder and CEO of Recipe for Success Foundation. For information about Blue Plate Special Cafe tables and tickets, call Lauren Ballard at 713-520-0443, or see www.recipe4success.org.


Holidays are stressful enough: Consider hiring a professional to add a touch of elegance, with safety in mind, to your holiday decor

The Professional Landcare Network

Festive lighting is a huge part of the holiday season. Because the holidays are stressful enough, consider hiring a landscape professional to create a flawless seasonal look — with safety and power considerations in mind. Many do not realize that landscape professionals have the design expertise and creative vision to create the perfect outdoor and indoor holiday design and decor for your home and property.

Why should you consider hiring a landscape professional to hang your holiday decor?

Keep Safety First. Holiday decorating often requires climbing and landscape companies have the safety equipment ready and available. In fact, many landscape professionals are required to participate in safety training classes. According to the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission, during the two-month holiday season in 2010, more than 13,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating.

Avoid a Power Outage, or Other Power Mishap. Many of us remember the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” when thousands of lighting plugs were plugged into one outlet, blowing out the home’s circuitry! Landscape professionals will only use products designed and sized to not exceed the available power sources.

Many homeowners may not be familiar with power parameters, but landscape professionals know precisely how much power is necessary and will call an electrician if needed. They may also recommend using an exterior timer to alleviate the hassles of manual on-and-off controls.

Have Neighbors Admire Your Professional Touch. Landscape professionals offer staff who are meticulous about light placement with enhanced vertical display, creating a flawless design with symmetrical perfection and elegance for all to enjoy. They can successfully decorate any feature to uniquely showcase your home and property.

Convenience; Simply Flip a Switch. Rather than taking time away from your family’s busy weekend activities or hanging lights in the evening after a long day at work, consider hiring your landscape provider to take the injury risk and hassle out of the holiday season. They will design, install, maintain (give them a call if a bulb burns out and needs to be replaced), take-down (holiday lights are for seasonal use only, up to 90 days) and store the decor after the holiday season. All you will need to do is flip the switch to showcase your home’s holiday decorations.

Utilize Easy-install Techniques. Landscape professionals will only use property-friendly, non-invasive fasteners and clips (no nails or staples), ensuring there will be no permanent damage to the home, gutters or roofs. Their extreme care will protect the interior and exterior of your home.

To find a landscape professional to create the festive holiday decor for your home and property, visit www.landcarenetwork.com/findaprofessional.


Gardening tips

"One of the quickest, easiest, and cheapest ways to check soil moisture is to stick one of your fingers into the soil up to the second joint," writes Tom Harris. "If you can't get it in that deep, you need more compost."

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Did you know...

The insect world has its own version of the Night of the Living Dead. These bugs don’t just eat other bugs; they actually inhabit them and force them to do their bidding. Once these “Zombies” role in the predator’s life cycle is over, they go from being “undead” to simply “dead.” Among the predators in this small group are the emerald cockroach wasp, tongue-eating louse, phorid fly and parasitoid wasps. Source: Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart.


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.

NOVEMBER

Austin: Rosina Newton, Horticulturist and Education Coordinator at The Natural Gardener, presents “Natural Landscaping 101” at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 3, at The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. Learn the basics of soil building, and why this is the foundation of a healthy, beautiful, and self-sustaining landscape. Get tips on designing and planting in a way that suits your lifestyle. Learn to start small and tackle one portion at a time, or revamp everything at once. S. K. Rosina Newton is a 1984 graduate of Texas A&M in Horticulture, with more than 30 years’ experience in horticulture and environmental education, including removing invasive plants and planting natives in the wilds of New York City, children’s gardening education, and backyard experimentation. For additional information, call 512-288-6113 or visit www.naturalgardeneraustin.com.

Austin: Nationally-renowned author Sharon Lovejoy (SharonLovejoy.com) will discuss “Birding with Children” at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 3, at The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. Besides gardening, feeding birds is one of the easiest and most entertaining ways to introduce children to nature. Plus, you don’t have to go any further than your own backyard! For more than 20 years, Sharon Lovejoy has taught nature classes to students and teachers across the country and abroad. She is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots; Trowel and Error; Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars; and her latest: My First Bird Book and Bird Feeder, which combines a full-color illustrated field guide and activity book with a custom-designed sky blue window feeder. Lovejoy will be available to sign copies of her most popular books. For additional information, call 512-288-6113 or visit www.naturalgardeneraustin.com.

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. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.edu. At the end of the class, participants may sign up for individual consultations on December 1, 10 a.m. – noon, in the Lonestar Room A&B. Cost of the consultation is $15.

San Antonio: Register before Saturday, November 3 for Watersaver Landscape Design School, presented by Gardening Volunteers of South Texas in partnership with San Antonio Water System. The school is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, November 10 at San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels. Four different presentations on Design Ideas, Basic Principles of Contemporary Xeriscape Landscapes, 12 Months of Watersaver Landscape Color, and Introduction to DIY Drip Irrigation. Following the presentations, there will be time for one-on-one idea consultations on design and plants with experienced gardeners. Fee is $25 per person or $40 per household of two people. The fee includes three full color plant and landscape care guides, and a CD version of the book “Drip Line Gardening.” For more information, contact GVST at 210-251-8101 or visit www.GardeningVolunteers.org, where you’ll find an application form to print and mailing address.

San Antonio: Judit Green will discuss “Landscaping for Wildlife” at the regular meeting of the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, on Wednesday, November 7, at 9:30 a.m. Judit has been an Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. for the past 17 years, conducting outreach and technical guidance on conservation of natural resources that benefit wildlife, landscapes and water. She brings ideas about how to attract more birds, butterflies and friendly wildlife to your yard along with ideas on how to incorporate “wild creature comforts” into your landscape. SAGC monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and are free and open to anyone with an interest in gardening or floral design. For more information call 210-824-9981 or visit SanAntonioGardenCenter.org.

San Antonio: Hear the Juicer Heroes’ story of how juicing can improve your health and how they started their business, at the Herb Society meeting, Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 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. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Austin: Kristy Clagett of AustinWormFarm.com presents “Vermicomposting 101” at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 10 at The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. Composting with earthworms (vermicomposting) is an easy, economical, and fun way to turn kitchen scraps into the perfect fertilizer for all plants. Vermicomposting can be done indoors because there is no foul odor. Many people find it hard to maintain a regular outdoor compost pile because it is too much work, or they produce plenty of kitchen scraps but don’t have enough brown leaves to balance the system. This is just one reason why vermicomposting is a perfect solution; worms can eat their weight in kitchen scraps daily. “If you can take out the garbage, then you can take care of worms.” Kristy Clagett is proprietor of AustinWormFarm.com, supplying wiggly creatures, including black soldier fly larvae, for the contiguous U.S. Learn about the benefits of vermicomposting, how to get started, and how to maintain your own worm mini-farm at home, with just enough background science to reveal the adorable qualities of these unassuming pets and make you a successful worm farmer. For additional information, call 512-288-6113 or visit www.naturalgardeneraustin.com.

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.

Ft. Worth: “Bugs – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” will be presented by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA), Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. – noon, at Building 2300, Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, 2300 Circle Drive. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Class fee is $5. To register or for more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or blhammack@ag.tamu.eduu.

Jasper: Jasper County Farmers Market holds their last market of the year from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., November 10, and turns it into a holiday celebration. In addition to fresh produce, yard eggs, jams and jellies, local honey, original arts and crafts, the Holiday Market features food, music, demonstrations and free kids’ activities by master gardeners and master naturalists, a favorite desserts cook-off and more. Many churches and civic groups hold their annual fundraisers here. For more information or to download a vendor application, visit http://jasper.agrilife.org/ and click on the farmers market tab. The market is located in the Tractor Supply parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 96 and 190 in Jasper.

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.

Austin: Looking for medicinal herbs easy to grow here in central Texas? Cindy Burrows, both a Natural Health and a Certified Wellness Consultant, and co-president of the Austin Herb Society, will be sharing her 20+ years' experience as an herbalist on Monday, November 12. Learn how you can minimize trips to the doctor with your own organic herbs, some may surprise you! Don't forget to bring a few dollars for the raffle! The Austin Organic Gardeners Club meets at Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, 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 the guest speaker's presentation. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

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.

Humble: During a discussion of “What’s up with Natives” from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, Jaime Gonzalez of the Katy Prairie Conservancy presents information on the unique history, geology and wildlife community of each of the 14 preserves they own and manage. Participants can join in the “Great Grow Out” by growing and nurturing native seedlings at home for replanting in the prairie. For more information, call 281-443-8731, or visit www.hcp4.net/mercer.

Austin: “All About Bulbs” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, November 15, at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. Learn all about bulbs, whether planting in the ground or forcing the bulbs to grow indoors. This class will include a discussion of reliable varieties for our conditions, methods to success, and requirements for indoor growing such as containers and media. This seminar is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. For information, call 512-854-9600 or visit www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Austin: Jeff Ferris, Horticulturist at the Natural Gardener, ACC Instructor, and cofounder of Neighborhood Harvest Project (nhpnetwork.org), presents “Gardening for Bees (Bee a Better Gardener)” at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 17, at The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. For additional information, call 512-288-6113 or visit www.naturalgardeneraustin.com.

La Marque: Master Gardener Anna Wygrys will present “A Garden for Butterflies,” from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Saturday, November 17 at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Wygrys coauthored The Butterflies of Galveston County — What Every Gardener Needs to Know, a comprehensive, 36-page color publication that contains essential information about the 83 species of butterflies of Galveston County and the plants that nurture them. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email email GALV3@wt.net.

La Marque: Green House specialist and Harris County Master Gardener, Sid Kapner will discuss “Green House Management,” from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, November 17, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Kapner will discuss the different structures that can be used for hobby and commercial greenhouses and what materials are needed Also covered will be the cooling, heating, water management, water injection of fertilizers and sanitation systems that can be utilized in Green Houses. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

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.

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, November 19, at the Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Austin: Jane Tillman (Travis Audubon Society) will offer plant choices and other tips to make your yard more attractive to Austin’s birds when she leads “Cultivate Your Backyard Birds,” at 2 p.m., December 2, at It’s About Thyme Garden Center. 11726 Manchaca, Austin. Tillman was recently recognized as the National Volunteer of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation for her work creating wildlife habitats. Free. For more information, call 280-1192 or visit www.itsaboutthyme.com.

Humble: Mercer volunteer Sherry Cruse surprises and inspires participants with selections of plant materials and containers that bring color and style indoors during the winter months during her presentation about “Decorating for the holidays” from noon until 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. For more information, call 281-443-8731, or visit www.hcp4.net/mercer.

Humble: Join avid birders and novices from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, December 15, at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, as you take part in Christmas Bird Count, an annual national event sanctioned by the Audubon Society, Houston is on a major flyway for migrating species and this is a great way to see some amazing birds as they head south or spend their winters in Mercer’s gardens. For more information, contact Al Barr at albbarr@comcast.net or call 281-443-8731.

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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