November 7, 2012

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The garden reader:
Gardening books for and about kids

By William Scheick
Book Reviewer

Whitney Cohen and John Fisher. The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun. Timber Press, 2012. 264 pp. $19.95.

Kathryn O. Galbraith. Planting the Wild Garden. Peachtree, 2011. 32 pp. $15.95.

Gardening parents can yield a bounty of fond memories featuring their children’s earliest encounters with homegrown veggies and fruits. I have plenty of my daughter, including memories of her with telltale berry-stained mouth and shirt.

Sure, those stains meant that, while my back was turned, she had raided the strawberry patch and the various berries vining the chain-link fence. Her delight was well worth the price, while a midnight looting possum or rodent would have paid me nothing in memory-value.

I know what she felt when her eyes spotted those berries — an intuitive sense that “found fruit” is especially exquisite. Many adults retain this primal sense, too, whenever they savor a randomly plucked berry in the garden or (even better) in the wild.

Whitney Cohen and John Fisher, organizers of the California garden education association known as the Life Lab, agree that children can be great gardening companions. They don’t mention berry-snatching in The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, but they do offer ideas for activities ranging from actual digging to craft-making.

There are, for example, sections on designing play-friendly gardens (including scavenger hunts), planting calendars or journals, creative containers, seed necklaces, birdseed wreaths, flower dolls and even potato stamps. Other sections detail theme gardens, such as a circular “pizza bed” with veggies and spices to be used for toppings.

Emphasizing mental and physical wellbeing maintained through fun activities, The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids provides a rich array of ideas sure to engage children’s interest. I wish I had thought of some of these activities when my daughter was young.

Also noteworthy is Kathryn Galbraith’s Planting the Wild Garden, a watercolor picture book written primarily (though not exclusively) for children aged six and older. This book has recently been awarded a “Growing Good Kids — Excellence in Children’s Literature” prize by the American Horticultural Society.

Planting the Wild Garden is nominally about a mother and son planting together in their garden. But it is really about how seeds function and spread with and without human intervention.

In beautiful images (with peeks underground, too) by Wendy Anderson Halperin, this children’s book celebrates the interactive role of wind, rain, heat, animals and humans (hands, clothing, footwear) in the scattering of seeds. Here’s an example of its child-accessible prose: “Under the afternoon sun, the pods of the Scotch broom grow hot and dry. Snap! Snap! Out pop their seeds, like popcorn from a pan.”

For various imaginative ideas on how to use this excellent book with pre-kindergarteners as well as grade-schoolers, visit The Classroom Bookshelf (http://classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/search?q=planting+the+wild+garden).



Five brightly colored petals form an open cup shape.


Sunset viewed through a stand of annual winecup. (Photos courtesy of Native American Seed.)

Annual Winecup

By Znobia Wootan
Native American Seed

Nothing can compare to the vibrant color of a field of Annual Winecup. I think they are one of the few wildflowers that can actually outshine our favored Texas Bluebonnet. Thank goodness that they bloom at different times so we don’t actually have to make a choice on which one we like the most.

Callirhoe leiocarpa or Annual Winecup, Cowboy Rose or Tall Poppy Mallow is an annual species that will grow from 1 to 3 feet high. It freely reseeds itself to ensure repeated blooming in following seasons, so if you don’t want it to come back, you can deadhead after blooming.

This wildflower can be found growing in pastures, prairies, mesquite groves, live oak motts and along the sides of the highways that didn’t fall victim to our state mowing program, throughout Texas and up through Kansas.

The leaves have very distinctive scalloped look and are in an alternate pattern. The flower has a dramatic color range from a reddish purple to fuchsia (my favorite) to a pink. Five brightly colored petals form the open cup shape of the flower which makes it particularly attractive to bees, butterflies and many other pollinators.

Annual Winecup has a blooming period from late spring starting right about the time the Bluebonnets are ending and will continue to bloom until midsummer. Even though Annual Winecup is an annual it develops a slender taproot that enables it to be drought tolerant and suitable for many xeriscaping projects.

One thing to keep in mind if using it in a landscape setting is its susceptibility to slugs. Slugs seem to love the new tender seedlings and can consume the whole planting in one night. Here on the farm we seed it directly outdoors in the field so we do not have the same problem with slugs as in a landscape setting because of the lack of suitable cover for the rascals during the day.

Annual Winecup doesn’t like to be disturbed after germinating because of the rapid development of the slender taproot so it doesn’t lend itself to transplanting very easily. Sowing seed directly outside into well drained soil will yield the best results. It thrives in dappled to part shade but does great in full sun in a wet area with a little extra water. Really the only problem that I can see is that deer find it pretty tasty. Nevertheless, I would still try some and, if you want to plant it with a striking companion, try Standing cypress and or Prairie Verbena. You will be thrilled.


Gardening tips

Do you want a winter crop of salad greens but are worried about a hard freeze setting it back, or worse, killing it completely? Try planting it in an old wheelbarrow. Drill several holes in the bottom to allow for drainage and use any good potting soil mix. Your wheelbarrow garden can easily be move from patio to garage when bad weather threatens.

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...

Ginkgo is a unique, rather slow growing tree that does well on sites with good drainage except for solid rock, the leaves of which are used in teas to improve memory. Buddhist monks believe the tree can restore youth and vitality. Ginkgo trees managed organically have been noted to have faster growth rates. Source: Plants for Texas by Howard Garrett.


Upcoming garden events.

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NOVEMBER

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.

Nacogdoches: Linda Lehmusvirta, longtime producer of the “Central Texas Gardener” PBS show in Austin, will present “Bulbs for Psycho Lighting Gardeners” at the upcoming Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by the SFA Gardens. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 15, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building located on Wilson Drive on the SFA campus. Lehmusvirta is producer, writer and editor of KLRU-TV’s “Central Texas Gardener.” The weekly show’s goal is to spare new gardeners mistakes and help them achieve beautiful, water-wise, organic and wildlife-friendly gardens. “Central Texas Gardener” is broadcast throughout the country and watched online by viewers around the world. Lehmusvirta has earned two writing awards from the Garden Writers of America, and the show has received several Lone Star Emmy awards. Her garden articles have been published in Garden Design, Organic Gardening, Neil Sperry’s Gardens, Austin Home & Living, Texas Home & Living, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s magazine Wildflower, and the Austin American-Statesman. “Central Texas Gardener” can be viewed online at klru.org/ctg, and gardeners can follow her blog about her east Austin garden and preview each week’s program at klru.org/ctg/blog. The show also is on Facebook at facebook.com/CentralTexasGardener. The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is normally held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Therea and Les Reeves Lecture Series endowed fund always are appreciated. For more information, call 936-468-1832 or e-mail grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

Round Rock: The Round Rock Public Library will host a presentation on Fruit Trees for Central Texas from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at the Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock. Trees are an important part of the landscape. They add value to our property, shade our homes from the Texas sun, provide habitat for our wildlife, and beauty throughout the year. But what if you could get all those things PLUS fruit? No matter how big or small your yard may be, there is a delicious fruit tree that can fit. Come learn about your options, how you can "customize" the tree to fit your needs, and how to care for it for many years of delicious production.

San Antonio: The Bexar County Master Gardeners will meet Thursday, November 15, at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio, beginning with the social hour at 6 p.m. The evening's key speaker will be Board Certified Entomologist Molly Keck, Integrated Pest Management Program Specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. Molly's subject will be "Bed Bugs — All You Ever Wanted to Know."  For more information, contact Stan Winchester at 210-241-6017 or Lisa Nixon at lisa.nixon@bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

Nacogdoches: The Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center will host a two-part garden seminar, “How to Identify and Attract Backyard Birds,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 16, and from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17. Participants will enjoy a Friday evening lecture with Cliff Shackelford, ornithologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, regarding identification of common local birds. On Saturday, Shackelford will lead a birding stroll through the plant center property and to the nearby Shackelford home to visit the family’s backyard made “for the birds.” Shackelford is a seventh-generation Texan and began bird watching at age 9. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in biology, with an emphasis in avian ecology, from SFA and has authored more than 60 publications on birds and birding. He is lead author of the book Hummingbirds of Texas (2005, Texas A&M University Press). Participants will meet for both sessions at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Comfortable walking shoes are binoculars are recommended. Cost is $20 for members of SFA Gardens Friends and $25 for non-members. To register, call the SFA Gardens Education Office at (936) 468-1832 or e-mail erodewald@sfasu.edu.

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.

San Antonio: Loris Garrett from Cypress will present "Health Care in the Garden" for daylilies along with a virtual tour of his garden called "Benvenuti." at the 2 p.m., November 18 meeting of The San Antonio Daylily Society in the Education Building at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Free of charge.

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.

San Antonio: Learn how to create a Japanese Garden using Texas Plants at the Essentials of Gardening class presented by Gardening Volunteers of South Texas from noon until 3 p.m., Monday, November 19, at the San Antonio Garden Center. 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. The talk will be presented by landscape designer Mike Pecen. Following this talk, Robert ‘Bob’ Beyer from Austin will discuss Fresh Color for Winter Landscapes.” For additional information, visit www.GardeningVolunteers.org.

New Braunfels: Judy Barrett, editor of Homegrown, speaker, author, herb and gardening expert, presents "What Can I Do With My Herbs?" from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, at the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common Street, New Braunfels. Using examples from her book, Barrett tells how to grow healthy herbs, provides a little of their history and gives creative, practical uses for them as well. Barrett will have copies of her book to sell and sign. This presentation, part of a monthly Library Gardening Series, co-sponsored by the Library and Comal County Master Gardeners, is free and open to anyone with interest in herbs and gardening. No pre-registration needed. For additional information, call 830-964-4494.

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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