September 11, 2013

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Win a yard makeover from DIY Network's Yard Crashers

DIY Network's hit TV show Yard Crashers is coming to the Arbor Gate in Tomball on Thursday, September 19. The host, Matt Blashaw, will pick one lucky Houston-area homeowner for the yard makeover of a lifetime.

Hopeful homeowners should be prepared to tell their story. They can bring photos, sad plants, or other interesting objects that will make a compelling case and let Matt know why their yard is most deserving of a makeover. The Yard Crashers crew will immediately go to the selected Houston-area resident's home to begin the transformation process.

"We are thrilled to have Matt and the DIY team at The Arbor Gate," said owner Beverly Welch. "And for those disappointed homeowners who can't make it or aren't selected, we'll be sure to stock all the plants used in the makeover and help you achieve your own transformation."

Anyone wishing to be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity should arrive at The Arbor Gate at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 19. The Arbor Gate is located at 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. For more information, visit www.arborgate.com.


  Five hot tips to beat the heat in the garden and “firescape” your landscape

Tesselaar Plants

With wildfires and record-high temperatures the cause of so much damage out West, and wildfire damage in all 50 states, Tesselaar Plants went to the experts for tips on how to beat the heat in the garden and help prevent wildfires.

“This trend of heat and drought is why ‘firescaping’ — or fire-safe landscaping — has become so popular,” said Anthony Tesselaar, cofounder and president of international garden plant marketer Tesselaar Plants. “It’s also why we’ve rounded up this list of expert strategies for helping your garden deal with the heat and risk of fire.”

Pros offering the following tips include Dave Egbert, a California firefighter and gardener who runs the website FiresafeGardens.com; JoAnne Skelly, a firescaping educator with the “Living with Fire” program run by the University of Nevada’s Cooperative Extension in Carson City; and Scott Cohen of Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Los Angeles.

“Fire safety at home has become a hot topic for rural and suburban gardeners as the number of homes destroyed by raging wildfires has increased,” said Egbert in “Fire-Safe Favorites,” an article in the fall 2012 issue of Pacific Horticulture magazine. “The fire-safe garden can be a rich and colorful landscape, offering year-round interest and beauty while doubling as an important tool in the fight against wildfires.”

1. Remove fire hazards

While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to continually check for and remove easily-flammable and ignitable materials on and around your house — especially anything within 30 feet. “Doing this will greatly minimize the chance of a burning ember setting your property ablaze,” said Skelly.

This means removing any dead or drought-stressed vegetation from your landscape, gutters and roof as well as plants, shrubs and trees that produce combustible materials like dead branches, needles, pinecones and leaves. Skelly also recommends regular prunings at the appropriate times and, when planting trees, keeping in mind their mature height and width so limbs are kept at least 15 feet away from power lines, chimneys and other structures.

Likewise, said Egbert, flammable materials on or around your house — like wooden shingles, outdoor furniture and mulch — should be replaced with nonflammable ones. Stacked wood and scrap lumber piles should be moved at least 30 feet away from the house.

Egbert also suggests installing fire-resistant surfaces and finishes, minimizing roof eaves and removing overhanging decks and fencing. Any trees within 100 feet of the home should have limbs removed up to 10 feet off the ground.

2. Choose the right plants

“When temperatures hit the high 90s and even three digits,” said Tesselaar,“it’s wise to have some drought- and heat-resistant plants in your garden. He recommends sedum, stonecrop, verbena, coneflowers, lantana, ornamental grasses, phormiums (New Zealand flax), salvia, yucca (Adams Needle from plant developer Monrovia is a great choice) and Festival cordyline. Easy-care, drought-tolerant shrubs include potentilla, barberry, buddleia, boxwood, cotoneaster, juniper, and witch hazel. Easy-to-grow annuals that survive in drought conditions include geraniums, ageratum, calendula, cosmos, snapdragons, and Dusty Miller.

Flower Carpet roses are also drought tolerant once established. “Even though we had temperatures of 113 degrees for several days and no rain, all I did was water them very well once a week, and they performed beautifully,” reported Carrie Glenn of Howe, Oklahoma (Zone 6b), a Tesselaar Plants home garden tester.

As firescaping becomes increasingly popular, so too, have the number of plants identified or marketed as fire-safe. But Skelly warns that such proclamations come via anecdotal evidence, not scientific testing, and that lists of such plants vary from state to state.

“We try to encourage people to use plants that are deciduous instead of evergreen, shorter instead of taller, herbaceous instead of woody and free of waxes, oils and resins,” she said.

“Traditional firescaping plants have included succulents like cacti, sedum and ice plant,” said Tesselaar, “but there are many more fire-safe plants than you may realize.” Monrovia, he noted, lists 812 firescaping or “firewise” varieties on its website — from agapanthus (or Lily of the Nile) to cannas to fragrant phlox.

Egbert, who lives on the Big Sur coast of California, recommends ‘Roger’s Red,’ an especially red form of the California grape, California fuchsia (hummingbird trumpet), ‘Catalina’ epilobium, agastache (hummingbird mint), garden asters, groundcover roses, buffalo grass, spreading prickly pear and seasonal flowering bulbs.

Cohen likes new twists on old standbys, like ‘Hummel's Sunset,’ a colorful variegated version of Crassula ovata (jade plant or money tree); ‘Sunburst’ aeonium and ‘Kitten Ears’ tradescantia (which works well as a groundcover or in a hanging basket).

3. Open it up

Another sure-fire firescaping strategy involves designing more open space into the landscape. Throughout the property, Cohen recommends vegetation-free strips as fuel breaks to slow or stop a blaze. “These can be decorative rock gardens, faux riverbeds, water features or decomposed granite walkways.”

Similarly, Skelly advises maintaining a separation between layers of vegetation, to eliminate a “ladder of fuels.” Less is better, she says: “Simplify visual lines and groupings. Create islands of plants with lots of open space between.”

But Egbert cautions against clearing vegetation all the way down to bare soil, which can encourage erosion and the growth of weeds.

“A bonus to opening up your landscape is that you’ll find you’ve simplified things,” added Tesselaar. “The breaks in vegetation can add interesting elements to the landscape and overall, it can become more peaceful and relaxing to look at and maintain.”

4. Get in the “zone”

Some plants are wired by Mother Nature to withstand the heat. “I call them the ‘ultimate fighters’ of the horticulture world,” said Tesselaar. “It’s also a good idea to simply pay attention to what works in your hardiness zone.”

“If you’re looking to add some ‘ultimate fighters’ to your garden, the first step is to look at neighboring gardens to see what seems to be holding up well and what’s struggling,” added Tesselaar. “Your local garden centers can also provide advice about tried-and-true plants that perform best in your area, especially in harsh conditions.”

Cohen creates fire-safe landscapes by dividing the area around the home into concentric zones. These self-designed zones provide a strategy for planning your landscape. The closer the zones are to the structure, suggested Cohen, the stricter the fire suppression guidelines should be.

For example, Cohen calls the 30-foot area closest to the house “Zone 1.” This area is reserved for the heaviest landscape editing, the most vigilant pruning and cleanup and the most fire-resistant plants (in his area, this includes agapanthus, ‘Pixie’ gazania, red hot poker, California fuchsia and pittosporum in addition to a well-watered lawn of creeping red fescue). The next 30 to 100 feet — “Zone 2” — should have low-growing ground covers and succulents (he uses colorful drifts of dwarf oleander, sedum, jade plant and miniature ice plant) to prevent ground fires from racing to Zone 1.

Zone 3, says Cohen, should be a 50-foot-deep area with drought-resistant, reduced-fuel shrubs like rock rose and well-watered flowers like yarrow and California poppies. In Zone 4, about 150 feet away from the house, Cohen focuses more on selective removal of fire-prone plants and the cleanup and pruning of what remains: “Trim plantings in order to create groups of native plants 20 feet apart.”

5. Keep it watered

As temperatures rise, keeping up with watering is the ultimate firescaping strategy.

“While we want to conserve this valuable resource, it can be helpful to use drip irrigation systems that are inexpensive to set up and that can get water where it matters most — right at the base of plant,” said Tesselaar. “This curbs fungal disease by keeping water off foliage. Also, since you’re only watering the roots, you aren’t encouraging weeds.”

“Watering is a necessary deterrent to fires,” said Skelly. “Keep plants lush. The closer you get to the house, the more vigilant you must be.”

Sprinkler systems, added Cohen, also play a major role in reducing fire risk: “A combination of drip systems and low-precipitation overhead irrigation will keep plants filled with water and less likely to burn.” On the other hand, he warned, you should monitor irrigation to prevent the drowning of any drought-tolerant plants.

“So remember — keep your landscape watered, lean, clean and green,” said Tesselaar, “but don’t be afraid to experiment with color and texture and choose plants that offer you season-long interest.”


  Dos & don’ts for freezing your harvest

Birds & Blooms

Summer is drawing to an end, and your garden is chock full of ripe fruits and vegetables. You can’t possibly eat all the produce this week, so what should you do with it?

Freeze it! Thankfully, the gardening experts at Birds & Blooms have pulled together a list of Dos & Don’ts for Freezing Your Harvest to help you pack away your bountiful yield to eat throughout the coming months:

DO blanch most veggies before you freeze them. Blanching time will vary from just 1-2 minutes for zucchini and spinach to 7-9 minutes for artichokes.

DON’T store your food in cheap plastic bags. Use freezer bags, which offer more protection.

DO make sure your bags and containers are tightly sealed, and try to eliminate excess air from freezer bags. Your produce will last longer.

DON’T forget to label! You might easily be able to tell carrots and peas from beets and beans right now, but in a few months from now, all bets are off. Be sure to put the date on the label, too.

DO use parchment paper to layer veggies like broccoli and cauliflower in containers.

DON’T freeze veggies that are too ripe or mature. You’ll get best results when you freeze younger ones — small potatoes, crisp-tender peppers, young corncobs.

DO ask at the farmers market if you can buy in bulk when it comes to freezing. A vendor will probably be happy to sell you a whole bushel of tomatoes to make puree.

DON’T think frozen veggies will last forever. It’s best to use them within six to eight months.

DO take a class. This time of year, many garden clubs, rec departments and Master Gardener groups offer classes on food harvesting and preservation. Look for one to learn the ropes from a local expert.

DON’T be afraid to try freezing in jars. Freezer jam is a nice way to preserve fruit. Instead of sealing the jars, you just freeze, thaw and serve. But fruit isn’t the only thing you can do this with. We recommend finding a good book for a little more guidance. You can also get some good resources online at the Ball website.

DO store your foods in a freezer that maintains 0° and is two-thirds full for the best quality.


Manure and fly larvae might be recipe for eco-friendly animal feed

Cornell University

As we head for a future with billions more mouths to feed, two oft-maligned negatives — cow manure and houseflies — just might make a very positive contribution to animal, human and environmental sustainability.

It is in that hope that Cornell University animal science, entomology and business professors will examine the environmental impact and commercial potential of quickly processing dairy cow manure with fly larvae — and then using the dried larvae to feed other farm animals. With support from Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the professors hope to exploit the housefly’s life cycle and hasten manure’s decay process, conceivably making it into a usable fertilizer in as little as eight days.

The residual larvae might then be dried and made into meal — high-quality protein supplements for aquaculture and livestock.

“Manure is a natural substrate for fly larvae. We can decrease manure volume, control for nutritional content and decrease its potential for leaching heavy doses of nutrients in water bodies,” said Vimal Selvaraj, assistant professor of animal science and the principal investigator on the grant.

Co-researchers on the project are Patricia Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Animal Science; Jan Nyrop, professor of entomology and senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Mark Milstein, clinical professor of management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and director of the school’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise.

Nyrop will examine larval-growing density. Johnson will study how the larval proteins affect the diets of broiler chickens. Milstein will examine the larvae meal’s market potential and the costs of scaling up commercial operations.

The work is designed to look toward midcentury, by which time the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warns the world must double its food output — in part by reserving more grain for humans, exploiting insect proteins and supplementing animal feed without dipping into the human food supply.

The researchers believe cow manure and houseflies may be the perfect marriage to meet that challenge. Female flies can ovulate up to 700 eggs during a life cycle, and the larvae thrive on decaying waste. An army of flies can reduce manure mass by half, concurrently lowering manure’s nitrogen and phosphorus content. Meanwhile, the residual larvae harvested as farm feed would be teeming in protein and essential amino acids — which could be dried and ground into meal to replace soybeans or fishmeal in animal feed.


The compost heap
Mari-mums

"I can find no source for the Mari-mums you feature ('Mari-mums: chrysanthemum color lasting two or three times longer,' Seeds, Sept. 4, 2013), except nurseries in Texas," writes Ann Lamb. "A disappointment. Granted, I am not in Texas, but it is frustrating to have something I can't obtain promoted."

Sorry for the disappointment. Short of moving to Texas (we would love to have you, by the way), you may want to try some of the marigold varieties offered by seed companies such as George Park and Burpee. Look for the large flowering or African marigold varieties. Be sure to plant them early enough to bloom before frost occurs in your part of Tennessee. — Chris S. Corby, publisher


Gardening tips

"We drink a pot of coffee daily so I recycle the used coffee filter and grounds at the bottom of all newly potted plantings," writes Debbi Harris. "Just plop them into the bottom of the planter then add soil and plant. The coffee filter helps lessen the amount of soil that comes through the planter holes too. If I have any egg shells, I add crunch some of them up too and add them after placing in the filter and grounds."

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 2013 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did you know...

Webworms are a common pest that attack pecans in the fall. If you have a serious infestation in your trees, spray the trees with one of the products that contain bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a biological worm killer that does not hurt humans, pets or birds. Since Bt is not a contact killer, it needs to be ingested by the worms to become effective. Once the worms ingest leaf material covered with Bt they will slowly die so be patient. For best results, add a little dish soap to your mix for better coverage.


Upcoming garden events

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SEPTEMBER

San Angelo: The Concho Valley Master Gardeners will present their Fall Landscape Symposium, Saturday, September 12, at the Stephens Central Library Community Room, 3rd floor, 33 W. Beauregard, San Angelo. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue through 4:15 p.m. Guest speakers include Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension Horticulturalist for Tom Green County; John Begnaud, AgriLife Extension Agent, retired; Dr. William Welch, professor and landscape horticulturalist for Texas A&M; and Alan King, landscape architect. The cost: $20 per person; $30 per person includes lunch and refreshments. Call 325-659-6522 to register. RSVP by Wednesday, September 18, to ensure seating and handout materials. No childcare will be provided.

The Woodlands: Researchers and co-authors of A Dazzle of Dragonflies, Dr. Forrest Mitchell and James Lasswell, will take the audience from garden pond into the secret world of one of our most beneficial insects on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at McCullough Junior High School, 3800 S. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands. Discover the beauty and fascinating behaviors of the insect predator and learn about water gardening. Plus, book signing of A Dazzle of Dragonflies, a widely acclaimed volume released by Texas A & M Press. Free program. Call 210-210-3800 or more information or visit Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture.

Austin: The Green Corn Project Fall Dig-ins will take place over three weekends in September. This is our primary mission of installing and refurbishing vegetable gardens for the under-served communities in Austin. Participating in a dig-in is a great way to share your gardening knowledge or learn to garden yourself while helping to bring nourishing food to others. The 3 weekends are September 14/15, 21/22, and 28/29. For more information and to register, visit http://www.greencornproject.org/.

Conroe: Montgomery County Master Gardeners are presenting an Aquaponics System Design & Operation Workshop 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, September 14, at the Thomas LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. Aquaponics is the growing of plants in a symbiotic relationship with fish. Learn everything needed to set up and maintain a system; and by attending have the opportunity to win a system. Registration is $60 per person, due by September 6. Lunch provided. For the registration form or for more information, visit www.mcmga.com or call 936-539-7824.

Dallas: The Texas Discovery Gardens Fall Plant Sale will take place at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rare native pollinator-friendly plants are our specialty. Enjoy native and adapted plants that are hard to find in local nurseries! Members get to shop Friday, September 13, and they also receive 10% off plants. Discover how to incorporate native plants into your landscape one hour before each sale. The Plant Sale Safaris are $15, $10 for members. Admission to the Friday safari allows you to shop at the member sale. For more information, visit http://texasdiscoverygardens.org.

Dallas: Take a family-friendly guided tour of Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, with our monthly Garden Explorers Walk, September 14. Take a garden tour with our garden docent and search for squirrels’ nests, hungry caterpillars, frogs and butterflies in the great outdoors. It ends in time for you to catch the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Admission is $8/person, $6 for ages 60+ and $4 for ages 3-11. For more information, visit http://texasdiscoverygardens.org.

Ft. Worth: Learn about “Ornamental Grasses” at a lecture and tour, Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. – noon in the Magnolia Room of the 2300 Building, 2300 Circle Drive, at the Fort Worth Resource Connection. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Look for the Resource Connection signs on Campus Drive . Cost is $5 and class limit is 40. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Ft. Worth: Children, parents and grandparents are invited to learn about “Backyard Chickens” from Master Gardeners at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Backyard Vegetable Garden pavilion, Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. This is a free class. Class limit: 20. Children must be five years or older and must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

La Marque: “Growing Onions and Garlic,” Saturday September 14, 9-11 a.m. Because fall is the ideal time to plant onions and garlic in our area, Galveston County Master Gardener Ken Steblein will be presenting a program on what you need to know to grow your own onions and garlic. Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

La Marque: “Kitchen Gardening,” Saturday, September 14, 1-3:30 p.m. Presented by Galveston County Master Gardener Mary Demeny, Mary will cover various techniques of vegetable gardening in your own backyard. She will include gardening near the back door, where Mary recycles, mulches and compost her garden. Mary will also cover how she makes use of an interplant technique of growing vegetables among the flower beds and in pots she has. Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

Nacogdoches/Arcadia: Naked Ladies and Oxbloods: SFA Gardens Arcadian Fall Bulb Bus Tour, September 14. Visit Texas Gardener columnist Greg Grant’s Emanis House dogtrot in Shelby County’s rural community of Arcadia. Depending on the weather, see red oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala), several different colors of spider lilies (Lycoris), or assorted rain lilies (Cooperia, Zephyranthes, and Habranthus). Unfortunately their display depends on the first fall rains so a grand naturalized bulb display isn’t guaranteed. Visit Grant’s old family home with an open breezeway running through it, along with his small cottage garden, chickens, and bluebird houses. Dress comfortably for potentially hot weather. The bus tour will be from 9 a.m. until noon. All participants will meet at the SFA Ag building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacognoches, at 9 a.m. $25 for Friends of SFA Gardens members, $30 for non-members. For more information and reservations contact Elyce Rodwald at 936-468-1832 or erodewald@sfasu.edu. Other SFA Gardens events and information can be found at sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

San Antonio: The Backyard Basics Expo will be held at Madison High School AgriLife Program Campus, 5005 Stahl Road, San Antonio, on Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Event will feature a variety of activities and hands-on demonstrations related to home-grown foods. Education sessions include: making soft cheeses, raising backyard poultry, rainwater conservation, food preservation, garden basics, backyard rabbits, beekeeping and more! $25 per person until September 6, $35 per person thereafter. Children under 16 are free. Lunch on your own; food available onsite. For more details, visit http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/backyardbasics/.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardener Association will celebrate its 10th anniversary for Victoria Educational Gardens September 14 in Victoria. There will be a "Festival in the Gardens" symposium with food and nursery vendors, children's activities and speakers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be a plant sale free to the public from 8 a.m. until whenever all plants are sold. The event will be at the VEG facilities across from Victoria Regional Airport control tower on Bachelor Drive.

Houston: Organic Container Gardening. Don't have enough space to grow your favorite herbs and vegetables? Container Gardening may be your answer. Sunday, September 15. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. $36 non-members. Wabash Feed, 5701 Washington Ave, Houston. For more information, call 713-880-5540 or visit www.urbanharvest.org.

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 will host Open Garden Day at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston, on Monday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions and will present an educational program about container gardening 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 am. For more information, visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu.

Lufkin: “Heirloom Plants and Gardens for Texas” will be presented Monday, September 16, 6:30 pm., by Dr. Bill Welch, retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist and author of “Heirloom Plants and Gardens for the South,” “Antique Roses for the South,” and “Perennial Garden Color.” Books will be available for sale and signing. Hosted by Angelina County Master Gardeners at Angelina County Extension Office, 2201 S. Medford Drive, Lufkin. Registration is $10 at the door. Door prizes and refreshments. Call 936-634-6414 for more information.

Midland/Odessa: At 6:30 p.m. on September 16, 17, 25, and 26, Permian Basin Master Gardeners will present a 4-part EarthKind Home Landscape School at Commemorative Air Force, 9600 Wright Dr., Midland-Odessa Airport. $150. For additional information, call 432-498-4071.

Houston: Planting the Fall Vegetable Garden (hands-on). What better way to gain expert knowledge than to see how it is done firsthand through our fall gardening course. Tuesday, September 17, 6-8:30 pm. $24 Urban Harvest members. $36 non-members. Westbury Community Garden, 12601 Fonmeadow, 77035. For more information, call 713-880-5540 or visit www.urbanharvest.org.

San Antonio: Learn more about Planning and Preparation for a successful fall vegetable garden. The Backyard Gardening Series is open to the public and presented by David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist, on Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio. Registration fee is $10. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angel Torres at (210) 467-6575.

Kerrville: Seeds contributor Tom Harris, Ph.D., will lead "You're in Texas Now, Gardening is Different Here" from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and again from 6:30-8:30 p.m., September 18, at the Dietert Center in Kerrville. For additional information, visit www.clubed.net.

Seabrook: Gudrun Opperman, a Harris County Master Gardener and a Clinical Biologist, will discuss Shade Gardening at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 18, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. has been a volunteer at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden for 20 years. For more information, visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu.

Midland: Permian Basin Master Gardeners will present Irrigation Efficiency Made Easy at 6:30 p.m., September 19, at Midland Extension Office, 2445 E. Hwy 80. Midland. Free. For more information, call 432-498-4071.

San Antonio: Bexar County Master Gardeners will meet Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Conference Room, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio. This meeting is open to the public and is free. Learn the benefits of drip irrigation and put your hands on some of the key components. Learn how you can save money, time, and water while you beat the heat!" For more information, contact Lisa Nixon at 210-364-7844 or email lisa.nixon@bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

San Antonio: Seeds contributor Tom Harris, Ph.D., will lead "Gardening 101" September 19, at the Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio. For registration information, contact Carrie Smith at www.communityed.neisd.net.

Dallas: After many years of research and construction, the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas will open the Rory Meyer's Children's Adventure Garden on Saturday, September, 21. The 8-acre garden will feature over 150 interactive exhibits including areas to explain how energy comes from water, the sun and wind; a wetland where children will learn to do pond dippings and read animal tracks; a Texas Skywalk will feature a look at life in the tree tops and inside a tree itself; a Discovery Center that will include a 30ft globe that will show Pangaea, the solar system and major weather events. Autumn at the Arboretum will also open on Saturday, September 21.

Dallas: Landscape designer and author Bonnie Reese will lead two free seminars on Saturday, September 21: “Water-Wise Landscape Design 101” and “Fantastic Plants for North Texas.” Ms. Reese has more than 20 years experience designing, installing and maintaining landscapes in North Texas and is the owner of her own landscape design and consulting company, Beautiful Landscapes. Attendees at each session will receive a copy of Bonnie’s book, Common-Sense Landscaping (hard copy or electronic version - limit one per household). Attendees can enter a drawing to win a bag of Green Sense organic fertilizer from Rohde’s Nursery & Nature Store (BeOrganic.com). There will be 3 drawings per session. “Water-Wise Landscape Design 101”: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Whether you have a new landscape or plan to update an existing area, it is critical to begin with a good design. This program teaches the principles of landscape design with an emphasis on how to create a beautiful landscape that will save resources, natural and financial! “Fantastic Plants for North Texas”: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Using colorful photographs, Bonnie demonstrates the natural beauty of native and adapted plants that thrive in the North Texas region. Learn when, where and how to plant each of the recommended plants, their size and height at maturity, seasonal color, texture and more. This program provides information on trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and turf grasses. Space is limited, so register online at SaveDallasWater.com or by calling (214) 670-3155. Both seminars will be presented at Performance Hall (Building E) at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Avenue, Dallas. Seminars sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities Conservation, City of Dallas Stormwater Management, and Mountain View College.

Ft. Worth: “Perennials” will be discussed on Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. - noon at the Fort Worth Resource Connection, Building 2300, Magnolia Room, 2300 Circle Drive. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Dr, north from I-20. Look for the Resource Connection signs on Campus Drive . Class fee is $5 and the class is limited to 40. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Glen Rose: Register now for the Native Plant Society's Native Landscape Certification Program 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. September 21, at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose. The Native Landscape Certification program is a four level certification program that teaches the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes. Level 1 class sponsored by the Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas: Learn the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes; Discover the differences between sustainable and conventional development; Understand your Texas vegetation region and soil; Learn 50 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape; Receive your Level I Native Landscape Certificate. Level I Certification requirements: 1. Participate in the 7 hour Level I course program. 2. Pass the Level I native plant identification exam. Participants completing the Level I requirements will receive a certificate and be registered with the Native Plant Society of Texas. Registration fee is $35. For more information or to do paper registration: send a request to mwalterslagle@yahoo.com or call 214-701-1253.

Houston: Constructing the Home Fruit & Vegetable Garden (hands-on). This class is outdoors and is for anyone who wants to build a vegetable or fruit garden at their home. Saturday, September 21. 9-11:30 a.m. $24 Urban Harvest members. $36 non-members. Westbury Community Garden, 12601 Fonmeadow. For more information, call 713-880-5540 or visit www.urbanharvest.org.

La Marque “Grafting Workshop Using the T-Budding Method,” Saturday, September 21, 9-11 a.m. Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer, Propagation Specialist, will present a program and hands-on workshop on T-Bud grafting. Attendees will leave the class ready to begin their own grafting projects with confidence. The grafting method presented is used on many types of fruit and citrus trees usually about the size of a pencil. Class is limited to 24 participants and you must pre-register in order to attend. Other persons may attend for observation only. Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

Sugar Land: A Plethora of Perfect Plants! The Sugar Land Garden Club hosts its 15th Annual Garden Art and Plant Sale on Saturday, September 21, at the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exciting and must-have plants that are native or well-adapted to our climate and soils will be available. Profits from the sale support the club’s charitable projects which include providing horticultural scholarships and community beautification. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org or call GAPS Chairman Terri Hurley at 281-491-9609.

La Marque: “The Fabulous Fragrant Frangipani (Plumeria),” Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Galveston County Master Gardener Loretta Osteen, the program will include information on the history of the Plumeria and tips for growing and caring for them in Galveston County. Also included will be information about different flower shapes, fragrance and colors of the different varieties of Plumeria successfully grown in our area of South Texas. Incorporated in the presentation will be methods of propagation, proper winter storage and care. There will also be a demonstration on how to make the popular Plumeria Lei. Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

Bryan: Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC will present “Gardens for Health and Well-Being” at 7 p.m., September 24, at Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Event Details: "As gardeners, we know how important nature is. Sachs, a landscape architect and a PhD student at TAMU’s Center for Health Systems and Design, will share her knowledge about healing gardens and other landscapes for health. This program is free to the public. For additional information, call 979-823-0129 or visit brazosmg@brazosmg.com.

Houston: Organic Pest Control. Come observe how one dynamic garden actively uses common plants to attract beneficial insects that will help your garden prosper. Thursday, September 26, 6:30-9 p.m. $24 Urban Harvest members. $36 non-members. University of Houston Main Campus, 4361 Wheeler St. Bldg & Room TBA. For more information, call 713-880-554 or www.urbanharvest.org.

Fredericksburg: At the 13th annual Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair (The Roundup) David Foster, State Director of Clean Water Fund, will discuss water issues and offer some solutions. Fair goers will find several other speakers and a panel of representatives from universities, land management organizations and business leaders addressing the topic Saving Water Inside and Outside Your Home and in Your Community. Several businesses will be offering water conservation measures and rainwater harvesting alternatives in their exhibits. The Roundup takes place at Market Square, 126 West Main St., Fredericksburg, September 27-29. The 13th Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair offers a great reason to plan a fall road trip to the Texas Hill Country. Organizers of The Roundup are acutely aware of concerns about continuing drought, stress on finite resources, and challenges to the environment. In response The Roundup offers fairgoers the opportunity to see the latest eco-friendly home ideas in action. And they can taste, test, explore and secure a wide range of healthier and self-sufficient lifestyle products and services. For more information, visit http://theroundup.org.

Ft. Worth: Learn about gourds and make a gourd birdhouse at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden/Tarrant County Master Gardener classes for families, Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. at the FWBG Backyard  Vegetable  Garden pavilion. Cost is $5 per family (up to four family members). Class limit: 20. Children must be five years or older and must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information/directions, contact Billie Hammack at blhammack@ag.tamu.edu or call 817-884-1296.

Humble: Garden Faire will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic, located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. Enjoy Mercer’s free outdoor festival for gardeners of all ages. Stroll along the wooded trails and purchase new plants or crafts while learning about community-based horticulture and environmental activities. Kids can take part in nature-inspired crafts in Kid’s Korner or enjoy rides around the picnic loop with Stan the Train Man. For more information, call 281-443-8731 or visit www.hcp4.net/mercer.

La Marque: “Perennials for the Gulf Coast — Plant Sale Preview” Saturday, September 28, 9-11 a.m. Heidi Sheesley of Treesearch Farms will give a presentation highlighting the plants that will be available at the October 12th Galveston County Master Gardener Ornamental & Perennial Sale. Seminar will be held at the Wayne Johnson Community Center. Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. For course reservations, call 281-534-3413, ext. 12 or email GALV3@wt.net.

The Woodlands: Meet the experts and discover trends in water-wise gardening at Woodlands Landscaping Solutions, on Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at 8203 Millennium Forest Dr., The Woodlands. Booths and demonstrations spotlight water-saving methods, rainwater harvesting, lawn care, vegetable and habitat gardening, easy care techniques and more! Native plants, herbs, heirloom bulbs, compost bins, garden gifts and organic products will be for sale. Free event. For more information, call 210-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/gardenevents.

Houston: Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1: SLTP 1. The design principles of Permaculture (PC) are explained, observed and illustrated in a series of breakout sessions at a home and garden remodeled to reflect PC sustainability principles. Sunday, September 29. 2-6 p.m. $50. NE Loop Residence. Location to be provided to enrolled students. For more information, call 713-880-5540 or visit www.urbanharvest.org.

OCTOBER

Midland: Permian Basin Master Gardeners  will present Growing Beautiful Roses in West Texas on October 3 at Midland Extension Office, 2445 E. Hwy 80, Midland. For more information, call 432-498-4071.

Burnet: On October 5,the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas chapter will present their 4th annual Native Plant Festival and Garden Tour, featuring Cathy Downs from Comfort, Texas, Chairman of the "Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas" (BBMT) Program. Cathy is also a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project educator and teaches Monarch biology, habitat, and migration at various locations throughout Texas. Since certifying as a Texas Master Naturalist with the Hill Country chapter in 2005, she has been teaching children and adults about native Texas butterflies and their host plants with an emphasis on Monarch biology and migration. Cathy raises Monarch caterpillars for education and also propagates native milkweed. She hosts live Butterfly Pavilions at Nature Centers and State Parks throughout the Hill Country area. The free festival will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery near Burnet. Cathy Downs will give her presentation at 10:30 a.m. Other activities include a native plant sale, native tree adoptions, information booths about butterflies, plants, and other nature-related topics, a bird blind, nature walks and hikes, a watershed demonstration, activities for the kids, and much more. The tours of three lovely native plant gardens in the region will be from noon - 4 p.m. and will cost $5 for adults. In addition to the Native Plant Society, members of the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Birding & Wildflower Society, and Friends of the Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery are sponsoring and will be volunteering at the festival and tour. For more information, visit http://www.yantislakesidegardens.com/npsot.

Denton: Join the Denton County Master Gardener Association at its annual Fall Garden Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. at the Denton Bible Church campus, 2300 E. University Dr., Denton (corner of Nottingham and Mingo). Learn more about water-wise landscape practices while touring booths filled with local crafts and gardening information. Adults can enjoy presentations on water conservation, landscaping and home and garden decorating and listen to live music by local choral groups. Children's activities include a bounce house, a petting zoo and face painting. Food and drinks are available at the 4H concession stand. Don’t miss the opportunity to win door prizes or bid on silent auction items. More information is available at: http://dcmga.com/events/.

Jasper: Master Gardener plant sale at the Butterfly Festival & Fall Fest in downtown Jasper, October 5. Butterfly Festival includes free programs on how to attract pollinators to your garden, the monarch migration and more; free children's activities, scavenger hunt and several butterfly releases. In the butterfly garden learn about host plants for different species and organic control methods for unwanted pests. For more information contact the Texas A&M AgriLife office at 409-384-3721 or visit jasper.agrilife.org.

McKinney: The Collin County Master Gardeners Association will hold their 10th Annual Exclusive Bulb Sale with  a new twist this year. Tried and true heirloom and naturalizing bulbs will be available by pre-order only from August 1-31, with the event to be concluded with a Bulb and Perennial Mart on Saturday, October 5, at Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney. CCMGA will be selling a selection of perennials, and more spring, summer, and fall blooming bulbs at the Bulb and Perennial Mart. The perennials offered at the sale have been proven to be winners in the research and demonstration gardens at Myers Park. These Texas tough plants will add a splash of color to the garden throughout the year. The bulbs are researched and proven to be suitable for our climate and soil extremes. These lovely bloomers are perennial, do not require pre-chilling, are drought tolerant, and are excellent choices for water-wise gardens. Many of these hard to find bulbs are not available for purchase at local nurseries. Information about the Bulb and Perennial Mart, and a color brochure with descriptions of bulbs available for the pre-sale and an order form are available for downloading at the CCMGA Website: ccmgatx.org. Mailed orders must be accompanied by a check or money order payable to CCMGA and must be received by August 31, 2013. Visa and Mastercard accepted for online orders only. Please call the Collin County Master Gardeners Association at 1-972-548-4219 or 1-972-548-4232 for questions, additional information, and presentation schedule.

Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 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 Greg Grant and SFA introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers. 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 more than 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 two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.

Dallas: “Trees for North Texas” will be presented October 8, 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 17360 Coit Road, Dallas. This program teaches proper tree selection and planting for North Texas. Selecting the right tree and planting it properly helps improve the sustainability of your home or business landscape. Tree list provided. For more information and to register, visit http://dallas.tamu.edu or email urbanwater@tamu.edu.

Seguin: The Guadalupe Master Gardeners will meet on Thursday, October 8, at the AgriLife Building, 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. with Liz Palfini, Texas Parks and Wildlife, speaking on “Weeding through Heirlooms, Historic and Just Plain Good Old Days Gardening Propaganda.” The meeting is free and open to the public. The regular business meeting will take place at the end of the program. For further information visit, www.guadalupemastergardeners.org.

Conroe: Montgomery County Master Gardeners will present "Landscaping with Texas Natives" 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, at the Thomas LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. "Landscape Design with Texas Natives" will be presented by Wm. Alan King, Registered Landscape Architect. "Why Choose Natives?" and "Native Alternatives" will be presented by Diana Foss, Texas Parks and Wildlife. Registration is $20 per person, due by October 1. Late Registration will be $25. Door prizes! Registration form and more information available at http://www.mcmga.com/, www.facebook/montgomerymastergardenerassociation or by calling 936-539-7824.

Bryan/College Station: Brazos County Master Gardeners present an Autumn Garden Tour from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, October 12. The gardens include: Versatile Suburban Garden with Edibles and Ornamentals, 3913 Lienz Lane, College Station; Resourceful Native Plant and Wildlife Haven w/Harvested Rainwater, 11785 Durrand, College Station; Charming, Old-Fashioned Cottage Garden, 201 Hensel Avenue, Bryan; Ambitious Vegetable, Fruit and Native Garden, 3198 Golden Trail, College Station. Gardens may be visited in any order but are NOT stroller or handicap accessible. $10 per adult-Good for all four gardens and are available at Brazos County Master Gardeners‘ exhibit at Brazos County Fair and Expo 9/5-8 (cash or checks); Brazos County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service (checks only); on the day of the tour at any garden home (cash or checks). For additional information, call 979.823-0129 or visit brazosmg.com.

Houston/Ft. Worth: A total of 10 Texas gardeners will share their private gardens with the public in 2013 through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program, America’s only national private garden-visiting program. Open Days in Texas take place on the following dates. Sunday, October 13: Visit four private gardens open in Fort Worth, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features include a country estate with formal spaces and an organic orchard, an urban garden using earth-friendly methods and native plants, sculptural pieces and unusual container plantings, and a cottage garden focused around a fountain and large planting beds. Each of these Open Days Program dates is self-guided and no reservations are required. A $5 admission fee collected at each garden supports the national preservation work of the Garden Conservancy. The Open Days program features hundreds of magnificent spaces not normally open to the public. From April through October, garden hosts across the country welcome the opportunity to learn and exchange gardening ideas, and give the public access to explore and enjoy their private gardens. For a complete list of the more than 300 private gardens participating in eighteen states, visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days program online at www.opendaysprogram.org or call toll-free weekdays, 1-888-842-2442. The 2013 Open Days Directory ($21.95 including shipping and handling) is the only comprehensive source for details on the 2013 season. The Directory provides descriptions, visiting dates and hours, and driving directions to each private garden. The Directory also includes one free admission ticket to any private garden participating in the program, a $5 value. To purchase a Directory or to join the Garden Conservancy as a member and receive a free copy, call 1-888-842-2442 or visit www.opendaysprogram.org.

Seguin: The Guadalupe Master Gardeners will meet on Thursday, October 19, at the AgriLife Building, 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. with Liz Palfini, Texas Parks and Wildlife, presenting “Weeding Through Heirlooms, Historic and Just Plain Good Old Days Gardening Propaganda.” The meeting is free and open to the public. The regular business meeting will be held at the end of the program. For further information visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

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, August and December at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marion. Directions to St. John’s Lutheran Church: From FM 78 turn south onto FM 465 and the church is just past the Marion School on the right. From IH-10 go north on FM 465 towards Marion. The Church will be on the left, just before you get to town. 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.

Denton: The Denton County Master Gardener Association meets from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at 401 W. Hickory St., Denton. Meetings are open to the public. More information is available at: http://dcmga.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.

Corpus Christi: The Nueces Master Gardeners meet at noon the third Tuesday of each month, except December, at Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Dr., Corpus Christi. An educational program precedes the business meeting. For further information call 361 767-5217.

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 Dallas County Master Gardeners meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For location and program information, visit http://www.dallascountymastergardeners.org/ or contact The Helpdesk, M-F, 8 to 4:30 214-904-3053.

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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