February 27, 2013

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Spotty fall rains mean moderate displays of early wildflowers

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Drier than normal conditions since last fall mean early wildflowers won’t fare as well in many Texas regions, but intermittent rains since January will help those plants and boost later blooms, according to the senior botanist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

“Indian paintbrush, bluebonnets and other early spring bloomers won’t likely be as plentiful along state roadsides this year,” said Damon Waitt, who also is the center’s senior director. “Winter rains should help late-spring and early summer wildflowers to develop, though, such as horsemint and Indian blanket.”

Waitt noted that seeds left in the soil from last year’s abundant wildflower season could boost the late spring-early summer show of wildflowers. Parts of San Antonio and cities like Del Rio also experienced average rainfalls late last year that bode well this spring. And long-living, perennial wildflowers such as winecup and pink evening primrose should fare better than bluebonnets and other single-season flowers because perennials depend less on fall rain.

Among the early wildflowers already blooming in Central Texas are: baby blue eyes, giant spiderwort and prairie verbena on land in eastern Travis County near FM 969; blackfoot daisies at a ranch east of Marble Falls; a mass of stiff greenthread along U.S. 281 near Evans Road in north San Antonio, and solitary sightings there of windflowers, Texas star and baby blue eyes.

Rosettes of Texas bluebonnets are growing well along roadways in the Brenham, Texas, area, with a mid-March prediction for the start of blooms without significant warming. Near Marble Falls, bluebonnet rosettes in warmer spots are starting to grow.

In Houston, Carolina jessamine has been spotted along Townsend Road from FM 1960 to Highway 59. Spring cress and windflower have also being seen in nearby Kingwood along the East End Park trail. In West Texas, many Big Bend bluebonnets (which bloom earlier than Texas bluebonnets) are putting on a show along the River Road south of Presidio and near Terlingua, Texas. Globe mallow and wild mustards joined the bluebonnet blooms last week.

Carolina jessamine, plains fleabane and several bluebonnets have opened on the grounds of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where irrigation means abundant displays with large flowers will begin in a few weeks. The center also provides picture spots for families to gather in front of bluebonnets. “We recognize how important these photos are to Texans,” Waitt said, “so the center provides that opportunity in a safe environment where you don’t have to pull off a road to get a keepsake.”

To test your skill at identifying Texas’ wildflowers, try the Wildflower Quiz at: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/quiz.php. And take a sneak peak at bluebonnets developing at the center via live broadcast at: http://www.wildflower.org/bbcam.

For bloom updates, look for the second wildflower forecast by early April at www.wildflower.org, and visit: http://www.wildflowersightings.org/ or http://www.texasbluebonnetsightings.com/. Or call the Texas Department of Transportation in March at 1-800-452-9292.


Aggies converge on Bastrop State Park replacing trees destroyed in 2011 wildfire

Texas A&M Forest Service

Fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park and its fabled Lost Pines area got a big boost beginning Saturday, February 16, on a quest to regain its lost beauty and ecological vitality, thanks to hundreds of Texas A&M University students who came to plant pine seedlings — thousands of them — under the watchful eyes of Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) personnel.

“Bring back the Lost Pines” was the theme of the day, and the Aggies quickly showed they are willing to do their part.

The student volunteers are being led by Aggie Replant, a Texas A&M environmental organization formed more than two decades ago to replace trees cut down when Aggie Bonfire was still conducted on campus. The recognized student organization has continued its founding mission even though Bonfire is no longer a sanctioned university activity.

The first contingent of about 800 Aggie volunteers arrived in a four-bus caravan from College Station Saturday morning, and another made the trip the next day. Two-day program was repeated the following next weekend, February 23-24.

At the conclusion of the four sessions, Aggie Replant leaders estimate the 6,600-acre park located some 30 miles southeast of Austin will have about 30,000 new drought-hardy loblolly pines in its horticultural inventory. The Aggies are planting the seedlings — which are about eight inches tall — along Park Road 1C in what is called the facility’s “historic scenic corridor.”

Tarek Abbassi, a senior biomedical engineering major from Houston and one of the Aggie Replant leaders, said he welcomed the opportunity to expand the organization’s service impact.

“Every year we bring trees to the Bryan/College Station area, but I've always felt that Replant could and should do more for the environment around Texas,” Abbassi said. “Replant's involvement in the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign is important because it represents the growth and change that Replant has made over the years.

“That is why I'm so happy that we were given this opportunity to help out Bastrop State Park. Over the two weekends, we will get to demonstrate our Aggie core values of leadership, excellence and selfless service while helping the Bastrop community bounce back from the wildfires of 2011.”

Another student, Jackie Brem, a sophomore, said she is a volunteer on her first planting. “I’m a farm girl, so this is great,” observed the chemical engineering major who, despite her farming heritage, claims Waco as her home town.

After the Aggies received safety and planting instruction, they were provided a batch of seedlings and dibble bars to break through the hard-scrabble soil. Not too long afterwards, little wire-bound pink flags started dotting the area, each signifying a newly planted seedling—against a backdrop of hundreds of pines estimated to have been at least 60 years old before being killed by the wildfire.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp, who was instrumental in bringing the Texas A&M students, TFS and TPWD together to carry out the newest Bastrop planting initiative, said that while all universities can claim academics, Texas A&M’s credentials include academics, research and service — and it’s the latter that is personified by the volunteer service at the state park.

“I am so proud of these Aggie students who are here today to help reforest the park,” Sharp added.

Sharp was joined in kicking off the massive Aggie replanting by State Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Tim Kleinschmidt, Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, Bastrop Mayor Terry Orr, TPWD Commissioner Bill Jones and TFS Director Tom Boggus, among others.

Sen. Watson, whose District 14 includes the Bastrop area, joined in expressing gratitude to the students. “For those of us who care so deeply about this place, thank you,” he said, adding that, as a Baylor graduate, it might be the first time he had ever thanked Aggies.

Rep. Kleinschmidt, a 1979 Texas A&M graduate who represents District 17, which also includes Bastrop, called the volunteer work “neighbors coming to help neighbors” and thanked his “fellow Aggies for coming here and getting your hands dirty.”

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commissioner Bill Jones of Austin, a 1981 Texas A&M graduate and former regent for the A&M System, underscored that the park ”is sick,” adding, “it’s trying to heal itself — and just needs a little help” — and he joined in thanking the Aggies for their help.

Texas A&M Forest Service Director Tom Boggus said “it’s a great day for Texas and Texans” and cited the overall private-public effort being manifested in the effort to restore Bastrop State Park.

Aggie Replant is said to be the first student-led university organization to participate in the Bastrop recovery campaign — certainly on the scale being undertaken.

It was through a fortuitous series of circumstances that the Aggies have the estimated 30,000 seedlings available for their planting service. The seeds that produced the seedlings — 1,100 pounds of drought-hardy loblolly pine seeds and 6,000 more of assorted varieties of the same species — were part of a TFS tree improvement program begun in 1951. However, demand for the seeds declined over the decades so the surplus was stored in an industrial freezer at the Brookshire Brothers Grocery in Lufkin.

They had been stored so long that in August of 2011, plans were in the works to toss them into a landfill. That plan changed after the Bastrop fire. Officials say the first priority for TFS was to germinate and grow the seed into seedlings. Nursery partners — including state facilities in Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as the private seedling nursery, ArborGen, in Bullard, Texas — were asked to grow-out the seedlings.

Texas A&M Forest Service foresters are helping facilitate the Aggie planting events and training the students on proper planting technique, working alongside Bastrop State Park rangers.

The 2011 wildfire destroyed more than 1,600 homes and burned 32,400 acres, including 95 percent of the 75-year-old park, the heart of the Lost Pines ecosystem and critical habitat for the endangered Houston Toad.

Texas A&M Forest Service, TPWD and the Arbor Day Foundation launched the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign last fall as a public-private partnership to raise money to plant more than 4 million trees. Since then, more than $2 million in donations has been raised to aid Bastrop wildfire recovery. Tree plantings this season are being paid for by the Apache Corporation, Friends of the Lost Pines, The Nobelity Project and many other donors. Wildfire recovery replanting in the park formally started in December.

The park has reopened with all campgrounds and cabins available — and almost all trails. See the Bastrop State Park web page at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/bastrop for complete visitor information and the latest on wildfire recovery.



Grub worm from Geneda Schwanke's flower garden. (Photo by Geneda Schwanke)
The compost heap
Grubs

"I was digging in my flower garden and found several of these grub worms," writes Geneda Schwanke. "A few weeks ago I found two and they were much larger than this one. Can you tell me what I can do to get rid of these worms?"

Grub worms are the immature forms of several species of beetles. Small populations of grubs will not cause any significant damage to your landscape. We suggest that you ignore them. — Chris S. Corby, publisher


 

Gardening tips

Now is a good time to divide clumps of perennials. Take care not to damage any new shoots that may be emerging through dead growth from last season.

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Did you know...

Plants, animals and people can not live without nitrogen. The major source of nitrogen is the atmosphere where it exists as a colorless, odorless, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen makes up about 78 percent of the atmosphere. It is also found in the earth’s crust as part of organic matter and humus.


Upcoming garden events

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FEBRUARY 

Seabrook: From 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 will host a Preview of Plants available at their March 9, Perennial and Tomato & Pepper Sale. Heidi Sheesley, Treesearch Farms, will lead the presentation.

MARCH

Austin: The Sunshine Community Gardens Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at 4814 Sunshine Drive, Austin. Fill your spring garden with organic and heirloom vegetable starts and herbs. Choose from more than 120 colorful varieties of tomatoes, 64 varieties of peppers, a wide selection of herbs, ornamentals and more. Nourish those babies and the rest of your garden with bag-your-own compost. Local arts and crafts vendors and live music round out this annual rite of spring for the whole family. Check out the plant varieties that will be available and find additional information at http://www.sunshinecommunitygarden.org/.

Ft. Worth: Tarrant County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA) is sponsoring a “Spring Vegetable Gardening” class for families at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) children’s vegetable garden, Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon. FWBG is located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Taught by TCMGA vegetable specialists, learn about how to select, tend and harvest warm season vegetables, square foot gardening and tips to build your own raised vegetable bed. Fees are $10 per person; $15 for parent and 1 child; $20 for parent and two children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for 5 years old and up. Class limit is 20. To register, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Ft. Worth: Learn about rainwater harvesting and make a rain barrel at a lecture and make-and-take class sponsored by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA) Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – noon, at the TCMGA demonstration garden at the Fort Worth Resource Connection. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr., north from I-20 in Ft. Worth. The class will be at the garden pavilion. Lecture alone is $5; class fee with rain barrel is $45. Class is limited to 20. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Jasper: "Bees, Burgers & Butterflies," two workshops and a great lunch Saturday, March 2 at the Fire Hall, 205 Water St. Jasper. 9 a.m. to noon will be a beekeeping basics workshop, including what equipment is needed, start-up costs, where to buy bees and more. Burgers for lunch and then a butterfly garden workshop, 1 to 3 p.m.; tour the master gardener greenhouse, butterfly garden and Outdoor Learning Center. Program includes seed starting and transplanting seedlings. Learn what plants attract butterflies and why it's important to plant milkweed for monarchs. Jasper County is the butterfly capital of Texas. Either or both workshops and lunch, $20; RSVP to Texas A&M AgriLife Ext. Service in Jasper, 409-384-3721.

Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners will host their annual Spring Garden and Landscape Seminar, Saturday, March 2, at the First United Methodist church, Faith Center, Whaley Street entrance, Longview, from 8 a.m. until noon. Greg Grant, horticulturist, conservationist and writer will be the speaker. Greg’s topic for the first session will be “Home Landscaping: Right Plant, Right Place.” For the second session, Greg’s topic will be “Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Garden.” Greg is a lecturer at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, a graduate from Texas A&M University, and a columnist for Texas Gardener magazine. Advance tickets are $10, available from the Gregg Co. AgriLife Extension Service or at the door for $12. For more information, call 1-903-236-8429 or visit www.gregg-tx.tamu.edu.

Floresville: On Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist David Rodriguez will present a free Earth-Kind Educational Seminar entitled "Growing A Spring Vegetable Garden and Some Spring Gardening Recommendations" at Cooper's Garden Place located off Hwy 181 South (Exit CR 221) in Floresville. Master Gardeners who attend will receive 1.5 CEU credits. All attendees should bring lots of questions! Call 830-393-8847 for driving directions.

La Marque: Galveston County Master Gardener Ken Steblein will present “50 Ways to Live a Greener Life” from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. What does it mean to live green? Join in on this interactive presentation and learn how to integrate environmentally positive changes into your lifestyle. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

San Antonio: Jerry Parsons, Ph.D., will discuss Texas Superstars at the San Antonio Garden Center’s monthly meeting March 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is free and anyone interested in gardening is welcome and urged to join the Members at Large. The Garden Center is located at 3310 N. New Braunfels, next to the Botanical Gardens. As the horticulture specialist with the Texas Cooperative Extension in San Antonio, Parsons is responsible for educating and entertaining the Alamo City about the new plants called “Texas Superstars,” which he helped test and bring to the market. These plants were tested to do well in our South Texas climate of little water and hot summers. For example, Greg Grant, Texas plants man extraordinaire, introduced ‘Laura Bush,’ a new type of petunia that could take our torrid conditions and is one of the first Texas Superstars. Then join SAGC Friday & Saturday, March 22 and 23 for the San Antonio Garden Center’s Annual Plant Sale where you will find these special plants for sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The Woodlands: Discover habitat gardening at Where Have All the Hummingbirds Gone? on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. with Mark Klym, coordinator of Texas Hummingbird Roundup for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In the past, recommendations for luring hummingbirds relied on planting red tubular flowers. “It’s about more than nectar,” Mark Klym says. He will reveal the latest research on the wide variety of hummingbirds that visit the region, and the habitat that attracts them at the next Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. A free program of The Woodlands Township, the presentation will be held in the L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Junior High School, 3800 S. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands. For more information, visit Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture or call 281-210-3800.

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 9, at 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. Program is at 8 a.m.; sale is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 936-539-7824 or visit www.mcmga.com for more information and a plant list. Bring your wagon!

Forney: The Kaufman County Master Gardener Association will host “Earth-Kind Environmental Landscape Management: The Low-Maintenance, Water-wise Way to a Beautiful Yard” Saturday, March 9. Learn Earth-Kind principles from Dr. Steve George, the creator and National Coordinator of the Earth-Kind Environmental Landscape Management System. Dr. George has served as Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist since 1988 and is based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. The workshop will be held at the First Baptist Church at 1003 College Ave (FM 741), Forney, and it will be in two parts. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dr. George will explain the system and provide examples of its use. Beginning at 2 p.m., Dr. George and other landscapers will provide 30-minute landscape consultations. The cost for the workshop is $60 per couple, and each couple may have a consultation on either their front or back yards based on a photograph and a scale drawing (plat or survey) of the area. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register by March 1. For more information, contact Sharon Burden at 972-932-9069 or email her at sbburden@ag.tamu.edu. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn this locally-developed and tested system that conserves water and energy, reduces water requirements and decreases the amount of yard material going into landfills.

Ft. Worth: Paint your rain barrel at this make-and-take class sponsored by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA), Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the TCMGA demonstration garden at the Fort Worth Resource Connection. The Resource Connection is off Campus Dr., north from I-20 in Ft. Worth. The class will be at the garden pavilion. Class Fee for instruction only is $5; class fee with materials is $20 (bring your own barrel); class fee with materials and barrel is $60. Class limit is 10. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296. 

Pasadena: Precinct 2 Harris County Master Gardeners will host their Spring Perennial, Tomato, Pepper & Herb Sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Campbell Hall - Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena. At 8 a.m. Heidi Sheesley, Treesearch Farms, will present a plant preview.

Rosenberg: Fort Bend Master Gardeners will host their Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 9, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds - Barn H, 4310 Highway 36S, Rosenberg. The sale will open at 9 a.m. and will run until 1 p.m. or until sold out. There will be a Pre-Sale Program on Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bud O'Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. It will include an overview of plants at the sale. For additional information, call 281-341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

San Antonio: On Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. until noon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist David Rodriguez will present an Earth-Kind Educational Seminar on "Growing a Spring Vegetable Garden" at Fanick's Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Drive, San Antonio. Attendance is free, but donations to the Children's Vegetable Garden Program will be accepted. Master Gardeners who attend will receive 1.5 CEU credits. Contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575 for more information.

Austin: Looking for an 'apprentice' or volunteer opportunity where you can get dirty and feel good about it? David Huebel will host a panel representing Austin based non-profit organizations bringing local food production into our homes and neighborhoods on Monday, March 11. Panelists include Paige Hill from Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farm, Randy Jewart from Austin Green Art, Suanne McLellan from Green Corn Project, and Steven Hebbard from Genesis Gardens. Each panelist will briefly describe their organization and then there will be a discussion. The Austin Organic Gardeners Club meets at Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., in Zilker Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to meet and mingle with local gardeners; club business begins at 7 p.m., followed by the presentation. Don't forget to bring a few dollars for the raffle! For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardener Association will hold a "Lunch and Learn With the Masters" program Monday, March 11, with master gardener Kathy Chilak discussing "Rainwater Harvesting." The event will be noon until 1 p.m. at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. The public may attend free, and participants may bring a sack lunch and drink.

Ft. Worth: Learn about seed propagation from the Tarrant County Master Gardeners Association (TCMGA) propagation team at a hands-on class Tuesday, March 12, 10 a.m.-noon. The class is at the greenhouse at the TCMGA demonstration garden at the Fort Worth Resource Connection. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr., north from I-20 in Ft. Worth. Fee is $5 and class limit is 20. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Seabrook: Precinct 2 Harris County Master Gardeners will present “Planning and Planting the Spring Vegetable Garden,” at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook.

Herb Society: Learn about Elder, the 2013 herb of the year, March 14, 6:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. This meeting was postponed from January. Learn from people who know the most about herb gardening, cooking, sniffing, crafting and infusing...anything and everything is herbal. For more information, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org Free and open to the public.

Humble: Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, will hold March Mart Volunteer Training, Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Saturday., March 16, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Attend one of these sessions and join in the fun by volunteering at this lively annual plant sale. New and experienced volunteers learn about the March Mart process and what to expect at the event. This class is required for ticket writers, cashiers, gate monitors, and wagon masters. Call 281-443-8731 for reservations.

Humble: Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, will present March Mart Preview, Wednesday, March 13, noon - 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. – noon. This annual PowerPoint program will whet your gardening appetite for the biggest and best fund-raising plant sale in the gulf coast area. Plant guides will be available at the Saturday talk to plan your garden purchases. Call 281-443-8731 for reservations.

Austin: “Understanding Soil and Soil Amendments” will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, March 14, at Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 B Smith Rd., Austin. Get to know your soil so you can improve its ability to retain moisture and improve plant growth. Your soil may be blocking vital elements your plants need to grow. Ascertain how and when to add missing elements to improve plant health and production. Learn the type of soil on your property and its corresponding strengths and weakness. (Bring a cup of your soil in a plastic bag and a glass jar with lid.) Discover changes you can make to improve the soil structure and water storage capacity. Organic matter, cover crops, soil microorganism and mulching will be discussed. This class is part of The Green Thumb series. Registration required at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu or by phone 979-845-2604. Keyword Search: Green Thumb. One class is $15, with price discounts for signing up for 3 or more classes at the same time. The class is limited to 40 people. It is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County.

Ft. Worth: A lecture and demonstration of composting and compost tea is offered by the Tarrant County Master Gardeners Association (TCMGA) Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.-noon, at the TCMGA demonstration garden at the Fort Worth Resource Connection. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr., north from I-20 in Ft. Worth. The class will be at the garden pavilion. Class fee is $5 or $70 with a shepherd’s bin composter. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Ft. Worth: Learn prevention techniques for West Nile Virus from Tarrant County Master Gardener Jaime Hart on Saturday, March 16, 1-3 p.m. at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, Building 2300, Mesquite Room, 2300 Circle Drive, Ft. Worth. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr., north of I-20. Fee is $5. Class limit is 40. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation will be open for garden tours and plant sales March 16, 17, April 6, 7 and May 11, 12. Garden Tours are $10 per person, and are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. each day. Students over 12 are admitted free with student ID. Due to the nature of the garden, no children under 12 will be permitted unless carried by an adult. Please check the website for cancellation notices due to inclement weather. Garden-grown plants, many of which are not commonly available from local nurseries, will be on sale during open weekends. The Plant Sale runs from noon to 5 p.m. Located just south of the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead on the west side of Hwy 359, and just north of FM 334, the garden is easy to access from Hwy 290 or I-10. Further information about Peckerwood Garden may be found at www.peckerwoodgarden.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peckerwoodgarden.

Huntsville: The Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society of America will host the second annual Herb Day at the historic Wynne Home on Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. until -2 p.m. The event will be held on the grounds of the Wynne Home, 1438 Eleventh St., Huntsville. Master Gardener Bonney Kennedy will give a talk about growing citrus. Master Gardener Jean Marsh will demonstrate herbal pestos. A talk on growing camellias is also planned. The event will include an herb plant sale, camellia sale, herbal crafts and products, kitchen and garden vendors, art, music and food. For more information, contact Maryann Readal at mreadal@yahoo.com.

La Marque: Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer, propagation specialist, will present “Grafting Your Own Fruit Trees” from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. The two grafting methods presented will be T-bud grafting, and the more commonly used wedge grafting. NOTE: Class is limited to 32 persons participating. You must pre-register in order to attend. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

San Antonio: On Saturday, March 16, 10:30-noon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist David Rodriguez will present a free Earth-Kind Educational Seminar "Lawn Basics 101" at Schulz Nursery, 3700 Broadway, San Antonio. Master Gardeners who attend will receive 1.5 CEU credits. For more information, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575.

Marion: On Saturday, Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist David Rodriguez will present a free Earth-Kind Educational Seminar "Lawn Basics 101" at Schulz Nursery, 100 Huebinger, Marion. Master Gardeners who attend will receive 1.5 CEU credits. For more information, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575.

Lufkin: Dr. David Creech, Director of SFA Mast Arboretum and Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, will present “Best Native Plants for East Texas” on Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. at Angelina County AgriLife Extension Office, 2201 S. Medford Drive, Lufkin. Admission is $10. Door prizes and refreshments provided. Hosted by Angelina Master Gardeners and Angelina Extension. Call 936-634-6414 for information.

Houston: Tour the working and demonstration gardens maintained by the Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2, from 8:30-11:00 a.m., Monday, March 18, at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, and a program on Propagation will be offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public; children welcome!

La Marque: Master Gardener Linda Brown will present “Vermiculture-Worm Castings for Your Garden, 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Details on how to build your own worm box, where to get your worms, how to care for your worms, and how-to’s of harvesting the castings and using them in your garden will be topics covered in the program. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

San Antonio: Bexar County Master Gardeners will meet on Wednesday, March 20, at 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 208, San Antonio. The social begins at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation "Fire & Water: Ideas to Incorporate into Your Landscape this Spring," which is open to the public and is free. BCMG's own specialists will provide valuable information on fire-wise safety landscaping and water-wise landscaping. For more information, contact Lisa Nixon at lisa.nixon@bexarcountymastergardeners.org or Vince Vita at vince.vita@bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

Seabrook: Evan Siemann, a professor at Rice University, will present “Invasive Trees in Our Area,” at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook.

Seguin: Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in the AgriLife Extension Bldg., 210 East Live Oak, Seguin. Michael Warriner, a member of Texas Parks and Wildlife, will talk about the Role of the Bumble Bee in Nature. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org or call at 830-303-3889.

Humble: Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, will present March Mart, Friday, March 22, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brought to you by volunteers at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and The Mercer Society; this is the place to find all your year-round garden plants. Special treats also entice the discerning plant collector! Whether you are new to gardening, new to the Houston area, or very experienced there is a new treasure awaiting the perfect spot in your heart and garden. Knowledgeable volunteers will inspire you with their amazing plant options. The Members Only Plant Sale is Thursday, March 21; call 281-443-8731 for details.

Round Top: The 18th annual Herbal Forum will be held Friday, March 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on the grounds of Festival Hill Festival Institute at Jaster Road just north of Round Top off Hwy. 237. The plant sale will offer many seldom-found herbs and other garden plants well adapted to South Central Texas. For additional information, visit www.herbsocietypioneer.org.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Garden Center's 25th Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., March 22 and 23, at 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. Admission is free. For additional information, call 210-824-9981.

Angleton: Spring Plant Sale by Brazoria County Master Gardeners at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds, 901 S. Downing Rd, Angleton, March 23. Featured speaker at 8:00 a.m. is Heidi from Treesearch, Inc. Sales includes plants from Treesearch plus those cultivated by BCMGA. New venue and new ideas on gardening in the Brazoria County area. Sale is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and includes all kinds of plants for the landscape and vegetable gardening. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/brazoria.

Burnet: The 15th Annual Hill Country Lawn & Garden Show, sponsored by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Association in conjunction with the Burnet Co. AgriLife Extension Service, will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St., Burnet. Vendors feature plants for every garden, including native plants, exotic plants, herbs, vegetables, succulents and houseplants. The latest in lawn/garden equipment and yard decorations are also available for purchase. There will be two speakers: at 10 a.m. Richard Ashton, author of several books and a frequent contributor to Texas Gardener magazine, will present "Growing Fruit in the South," and at 2 p.m. George Cates will speak about "Creating Diverse, Drought Tolerant Native Outdoor Living Spaces." The Master Gardeners will have demonstrations, and there will be a special children’s area. Raffle tickets will be sold for a garden-themed quilt and many other prizes. Admission is free. For additional information, contact Val Klaudt, Chairperson, at 512-588-0696 or visit http://www.yantislakesidegardens.com/mghome/show.

Gonzales: The Gonzales Master Gardener 3rd Annual Plant Sale will be held Saturday, March 23, at Texas Heroes Square from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Hundreds of plants will be available for purchase propagated and grown by the master gardeners as well as other local growers. Master Gardeners will be present to answer questions, offer suggestions, and give advice on the various plants being sold. Other activities include a silent auction and food and drink will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the silent auction and the sale of plants will be used to continue improvements at the Eggleston House Children’s Garden, 623 Fair Street, and other ongoing community projects and educational programs. For more information, contact Cindy Turner at 830-263-1363.

Ft. Worth: Make and take a clay pot wreath at a class sponsored by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association, Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-noon at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, Building 2300, Mesquite Room, 2300 Circle Drive, Ft. Worth. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr., north of I-20. Fee is $30. Class limit is 20. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Ft. Worth: Learn about perennials at a lecture and tour, Saturday, March 23, 1 – 3 p.m., sponsored by Tarrant County Master Gardener Association. The class will be at Fort Worth’s Resource Connection, Building 2300, Magnolia Room, 2300 Circle Drive, Ft. Worth. The tour will be at the nearby TCMGA demonstration garden. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north of I-20. Fee is $5. Class limit is 40. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

La Marque: Galveston County Master Gardener Susan Roth will present “Drip Irrigation-Easy and Efficient” from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park,4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Learn how to design, install and maintain a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is not only highly efficient but is also inexpensive and an easy project for do-it-yourself individuals. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

San Antonio: Tuesday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, visit with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist David Rodriguez during the Backyard Gardening Series presentation "Having a Successful Spring Vegetable Garden." This presentation is open to the public and will be held at 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 208, San Antonio. Registration fee of $10 can be paid at the door. For more information, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575.

Austin: “Care of Ornamental Trees” will be presented Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Austin Community College, South Campus, rm 1130, 1820 W Stassney Lane, Austin. Oak wilt, one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States, is killing oak trees in central Texas at epidemic proportions. Dr. David Appel, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Texas A&M, will teach which trees are affected by oak wilt, how to identify the disease, how it is spread, and how it can be managed. We will discuss preventative measures that can help you avoid this devastating disease. Register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu keyword: Trees, or by phone at 979-845-2604. Class fee is $25 (water and snacks provided). Free parking available. Sign-in at the security desk with your vehicle license number. This class is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County.

APRIL

Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardener's Spring Fundraiser - Plant Sale & Preview will be held Saturday, April 6, at the Demonstration Idea Garden, at the Brazos County office of Texas AgriLife Extension, 2619 Hwy 21, West, Bryan. The sale is open from: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A Plant Preview and Educational Booth will open prior to the sale at 8 a.m. Plants offered at the sale focus on heat and drought tolerant perennials suitable for Brazos County weather and climate; herbs and recommended vegetable varieties for this area; pass-along plants from Master Gardeners private collections; and bulbs selected for Brazos County growing conditions. The Plant Preview includes an opportunity to walk through sale area to view plant offerings, and Master Gardeners will be available during the sale to answer your plant and gardening questions. Come early, Join the fun, and bring your wagon! For additional information, visit brazosmg.com, call 979-823-0129, or email: brazosmg@brazosmg.com.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardener Association will host their annual spring plant sale, Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. until noon at their greenhouse located at Jewel Cormier Park (8235 FM 1442) in Orangefield. There will be a large selection of plants, including Texas Star & Native Texas plants, along with bedding, annuals, perennials, tropicals, house plants, vines, shrubs, trees, roses, succulents, herbs and some vegetables and many more. or directions and more information, visit http://txmg.org/orange.

Schulenburg: The Schulenburg Garden Club is holding its annual Flower Show celebrating 75 years of community service Tuesday, April 16, at the Schulenburg Civic Center, 1107 Hillje Ave., Schulenburg. Open to the public from noon until 4 p.m. Free Admission. Food, drink and plants for sale. For additional information, contact janetmurphy@cvctx.com.

Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches. A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers. This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach over 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu and click on “garden events” for a list of available plants.

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.

New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month (except December) at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. An educational program preceeds the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For additional information, call 830-620-3440 or visit http://txmg.org/comal/.

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 hold their monthly meeting at noon on the first Thursday of each month at 623 Fair Street, Gonzales. Bring a bag lunch, drinks provided. Contact AgriLife Extension Office at 830-672-8531 or visit http://gonzalesmastergardeners.org for more information.

SECOND WEEK

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

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.

Quitman: The Quitman Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Quitman Library on E Goode Street, Quitman. It is a diverse group that welcomes all visitors.For more information, e-mail quitmangardenclub@gmail.com.

Humble: The Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, hosts a Lunch Bunch the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. Take a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Starbucks when you call 281-443-8731 to reserve your spot. Master Gardeners and Masters Naturalists may earn CEU credits by attending.

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.

Woodway: The McLennan County Master Gardeners meet on the second Wednesday each month at noon at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway.; Educational programs follow the business session. For more information, call 254-757-5180.

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 7:30 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

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.

Linden: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the senior citizens building at 507 S Kaufman St. in Linden at 6:30. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Karen Tromza at khtromza@yahoo.com.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Blvd., Ft. Worth. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-263-9322 or visit www.ogcfw.webs.com.

San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or call Bea at 210-999-7292.

Houston: The Houston Chapter of the Native Prairie Association of Texas (HNPAT) meets from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston. For more information, contact hnpat@prairies.org.

Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the community room behind the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union,1300 N. Bell, Cedar Park, unless there is special event planned. Following a program and short business meeting, we share a pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call president Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email info@leandergc.org.

Dallas: The Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday 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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