March 12, 2014

7 easy steps to grow herbs indoors
Don't let winter's dreadful temperatures keep you down. To add a bit of greenery and pizazz to your life, try growing an indoor herb garden!


Start your indoor garden with these seven basic steps:


Choose the right location: Although many think that herbs need direct sunlight, indirect sunlight will also work fine. Look around your house and make sure to choose the best location - don't limit yourself to the kitchen. East, South and West-facing windows should all give your herbs more than enough light.


Buy the right pot and soil: One of the most important steps in growing herbs is choosing a high-quality potting soil. Buy soil that feels nice and moist when you take a handful. The type of pot you use is also extremely important. Clay pottery or unglazed ceramic pots seem to be the best for growing plants.


Plant with loose soil: It is very important to loosely fill the pot with soil and not to press down too hard. Once the soil is in place, remove the starter herb plant from its pot and gently loosen the soil around the bottom inch of the roots. Scoop out a hole in the planting pot and settle the plant in its new home.Carefully fill soil back around the roots and water the plant moderately.


Learn how to water: Learning to water herb containers is what takes the most practice. Until you get used to how fast your plants dry out, check them every couple of days.To keep plants and soil from drying out too fast, avoid placing them near furnace vents or hot, sunny windows. Plan to water plants every three to five days.


Add organic fertilizer: Fertilize herbs once a month with organic fertilizer. You'll probably be using the plants for cooking or tea, so you don't want to be eating chemical fertilizer residues.


Prevent insect pests: Whenever you grow plants indoors, insects can come calling. You can prevent most problems by making sure your soil doesn't get soggy. If you notice a few pests on your herbs, take action right away by spraying with a soap- or neem oil-based plant product.


Harvest for good health: Be sure to pinch back or harvest your plants regularly. Pinching back the top couple of inches of growth helps plants stay bushy and healthy, and the harvest is perfect for cooking, making tea or adding to your bath.

Tips for starting an aquaponics garden

The Aquaponic Source


Increasingly, people are looking for ways to have more control over the source of their food. They are also looking for ways make their food supply more sustainable. The answer, for many, is found in aquaponics, a fairly new method of gardening that is quickly becoming popular. Aquaponics gives people a sustainable way to grow their own food at home, regardless of what the soil in their yard may be like.


"Aquaponics is an environmentally friendly route to growing food right at home, in schools, or pretty much anywhere," explains Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponic Source, and author of the book Aquaponics Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together (New Society Publishers, October 2011). "Based on the idea of raising fish to create your own plant fertilizer, it creates a natural food source that can't be beat."


Aquaponics is easy enough for anyone to get involved. Here are some tips for getting started:


Get Educated. Find a trusted source of information, such as Bernstein's book, to make sure your experience is successful, the first time.


Get the right fish. Although you can use a wide variety of fish, you want to stick to freshwater varieties. Determine whether you want to raise the fish for the fun of it or whether you plan to eat them. If you want to include eating the fish in your plans, you may want to opt for raising tilapia. They are the most commonly used fish for aquaponics, they are easy to grow, reproduce readily in captivity, and most people like the way they taste.


Pick your plants. When choosing the plants to include, opt for ones that are not acid-loving varieties. Be sure to plant them with their ultimate growth size in mind, so they can each get the sunlight they need.


Establish the microbes. Every successful aquaponics system must have a good beneficial bacteria source. This is an essential step that must not be overlooked, or the fish and plants will not be able to live.


Add the worms. After a couple of months of having the system up and running, you should add some red worms in order to help break down the fish waste that will be used for fertilizing the plants.


Consider other elements. There are other things that need to be considered, including the temperature of the water, which will depend on the type of fish you are raising. Lighting is also important when it comes to growing your plants, although it is not needed for your fish. You will also want to take the size of your tank into consideration, as that will determine just how much you can comfortably grow.


Get expert help. When you have questions about getting started, or about maintaining an aquaponic garden, be sure to speak with an expert. The information will be invaluable, helping to ensure that everything is set up correctly and that each garden is successful.


"We love to help people get their system set up," added Bernstein. "Knowing that someone is getting started on this route to sustainable gardening is a step in the right direction for them, as well as for the planet."


Bernstein is owner of The Aquaponic Source center, located in Longmont, Colo. The center focuses on all things Aquaponics, and features a retail store, education center, and research and development lab.

Gardening tips

Before you start planting the vegetable garden, take time to spread a couple of inches of quality compost over your garden and rototill it into the soil. Compost will improve any garden soil from heavy clay to sugar sand.

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Upcoming garden events
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Dallas: "Drip Irrigation DIY" will be presented 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 13, at Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension Center at Dallas, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas. Convert your spray heads and watch your sprinkler system save you money. Register at


Nacogdoches: SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches. SFA Gardens horticulturists Dave Creech, Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present a "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Garden Gala Plant Sale."Their combined program will present information and images of many of the new, popular and more unusual plants available at the upcoming sale. The Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The sale features a wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of these are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers. Parking for the sale is available at the nearby Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. Parking for the lecture is available there, as well. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon for their plants. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email


San Antonio: Loretta Van Coppenolle, environmental activist with an interest in nutrition and natural health, will present "Natural Means of Addressing Cancer" 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 13, at San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. For additional information, visit


Humble: March Mart will be held Friday, March 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, March 15, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. One of the Texas Gulf Coast area's largest and most anticipated horticultural events, March Mart features a huge selection, more than 2,000 varieties, of quality plants rarely found at local retail nurseries. Many of these plants are grown by Mercer's volunteers, who will be on-hand to help with selection and offer advice on the cultivation and care of plants offered at the event. Proceeds from the sale benefit the gardens and programs at Mercer.


Brady: Central Texas Master Gardeners Association will host a workshop on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will focus on fighting invasive species and protecting Texas from their negative effects. The training will be presented by Justin Bush, the Invasive Species Program Manager at the University of Texas - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. The workshop will be held at Brady Housing Authority, 405 E. Main St., Brady. Lunch is provided by CTMGA. There is no charge for the workshop, but space is limited and advance registration is required.To register, call McCulloch Extension Office at 325-597-1295, contact, or visit


College Station: "Be Earth-Kind - Compost" will be presented by Master Gardener/Composter Molly Harris, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., March 18, at Cypress Grove Intermediate School, 900 Graham Road, College Station. 


Dallas: "Saving for a Rainy Day, Making a Rain Barrel" will be presented 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 18, at Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension Center at Dallas, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas. Learn the basics of rainwater harvesting and the effects stormwater has on the environment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel. Register at

Houston: John Berry will discuss chickens at 7 p.m. March 19, in the Bear Creek Auditorium, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston. Refreshments begin at 6:30.

Seabrook: Gene Spiller, Galveston City Master Gardener, will present "How to Grow Peppers in the Southeast Region" at 10 a.m., March 19, in the Clear Lake Park meeting room (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. For additional information, visit

Dallas: Savor Dallas at the Arboretum will be held March 20, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Tickets: $65, $59 for members). Last year's event sold out, so be sure to purchase tickets today. Savor Dallas and the Arboretum invite guests to delight in the breathtaking beauty of spring by strolling through the garden sampling premium wines, beers and spirits. There are also delectable food samplings from some of Dallas' finest kitchens. Each guest receives a crystal tasting glass as a memento of this wonderful evening in the garden. Proceeds benefit the Dallas Arboretum's Education Department. The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, offers a plethora of adult education programs ranging from landscaping classes to jewelry making courses. Day or night, there are programs for everyone. Members receive a 10% discount on classes. Programs fill quickly, so register today by calling 214-515-6540. For general inquiries, email

Seguin: Mary Ruona will discuss Xeriscaping at the March 20 meeting of the Guadalupe Master Gardeners, at the Justice Center, 211 Court St., Seguin. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a business meeting after the program. For additional information, visit or call 830-303-3889.

Round Top: The 19th Annual Herbal Forum will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22 at Round Top Festival Hill, 248 Jaster Road, Round Top. Plants and gifts will be for sale. Admission is free. For additional information, visit

Dallas: Enjoy a tour of the Texas Discovery Gardens Herb Garden to learn how to correctly clip herbs, then leanr how to use them to infuse olives oil and vinegars. Leave with your own infused oil and an herb plant. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas, Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. $25; $20 for TDG members. Register online or by calling 214-428-7476 x 343. For additional information, visit

McKinney: Learn about North Texas gardening and Earth-Kind gardening principles at The Garden Show, presented by The Collin County Master Gardener Association. Now in its fourth year, The Garden Show has become a perennial favorite with gardeners everywhere. The Garden Show will take place on March 22 & 23 at beautiful Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney. The fun two-day event features local vendor booths, a children's discovery area, adult interactive education, tours of the International Award Winning Earth-Kind Perennial Research and Demonstration Gardens, and more. Collin County Master Gardeners with decades of collective experience will offer educational and informative presentations throughout the show on a variety of topics that include vegetable gardening, herbs, creating great container gardens, Earth-Kind perennials, propagation, trees, rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, and water conservation. The Garden Show will feature two speakers at this year's show. Steve Huddleston, author and senior horticulturalist at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens will discuss Outstanding Plants for North Texas on Saturday, and keynote speaker Neil Sperry will wrap up the show on Sunday. The Garden Show is an indoor event, so come rain or shine, hot or cold! Make time to grow and dig up some education and inspiration at The Garden Show. Hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. Entry on both days is a donation of $2 per person. Parking is free. All proceeds benefit the Children & Community Health Center and Meals on Wheels. Visit, or call 469-682-6375 for up-to-date information.


Nacogdoches: The 13th annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the newly opened Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building location at Stephen F. Austin State University's Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Matt and Tim Nichols of Nichols Nursery in North Carolina and will present "Heat-Tolerant Maples for the South" based on their 35 years of experience propagating and growing more than 1,000 kinds of Japanese maples. They will share information about growing maples in a southern climate, demonstrate how the trees are grafted and assist in a guided tour of the nearby Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, which features more than 200 varieties of the ornamental tree. Cost, including lunch and garden tour, is $35 for SFA Gardens members and $40 for non-members. To register, call (936) 564-7351 or email Participants may also register the morning of the event. For more information, email


Rosenberg: The 2014 Backyard Basics series of programs featuring topics about growing, preparing, and preserving nutritious foods begins on Saturday, March 22, with Vegetable Production. Participants will be instructed by Master Gardener Vegetable Specialists on proper bed preparation, fertilization, irrigation, pest control, and seasonal vegetable varieties for Fort Bend County. The program will be held at the Fort Bend County Extension Office, 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple and pre-registration is required by contacting Brandy Rader at 281-342-3034 or Backyard Basics is an educational series brought to you by the Fort Bend County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners, Inc. Information about the other programs in the series will be available soon at and


San Antonio: San Antonio Garden Center Spring Plant Sale, Saturday & Sunday, March 22 & 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3310 N. New Braunfels @ Funston. Shop for Beautiful, quality plants along with an assortment of unique plants at the Donation Station contributed by members from their own yards and gardens. For more information visit or call 210-824-9981.


Tyler: The third of seven seminars on the finer points of gardening in East Texas will be held March 22. Registration is $15 per individual lecture. The next two lectures will be held in April and May. After a summer hiatus, the series will begin again with lectures in September, October and November. All lectures will have registration at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9 a.m. Ending will vary depending upon how many questions are asked, but should usually end by noon. For more information, call 903-590-2980 or visit http:// The lectures will be held at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. The remaining 2014 East Texas Garden Lecture Series are: March 22 - "Location, Location, Location: Right Plant/Right Place and Ask The Designer." Tyler Rose Garden Center. Hansen will discuss selecting the right plants for landscaping projects for long-term success. Laurie Breedlove of Breedlove Landscape Nursery and James Willhite of Willhite Landscape will answer landscape design questions. April 12 - "A Warm Welcome - Landscape Tips for Curb Appeal." Dee Bishop, Smith County Master Gardener and longtime landscape professional, will share ideas on how to easily set out a colorful and inviting welcome mat to your home with plants. Demonstration planters will be offered as door prizes. May 17 - "Saving Water With Drip - Drip Irrigation Basics and Applications." Dr. Dotty Woodson, AgriLife Extension water specialist, Dallas, and Brad McCullough, state licensed irrigator with Ewing Irrigation, Tyler, will demonstrate how to design and install a drip irrigation system. They will also show how easily an existing spray irrigation section can be converted to a drip system. Sept. 13 - "Enjoy Your Home Landscape - Make Your Yard Fit Your Life." David Gary, Smith County Master Gardener, has learned to continue gardening despite being confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy. Gary will show how to design a landscape to fit anyone's physical limitations. Oct. 25 - "Forgotten and Underutilized Plants For East Texas." Greg Grant, research associate at the Piney Woods Native Plant Center, Nacogdoches, and Texas Gardener contributing editor, is co-author of "Heirloom Gardening in the South." He'll discuss choice plants for use in the home landscape. Nov. 15 - "Japanese Maples and Adapted Trees for Every Landscape." Dr. Dave Creech, regent's professor at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, and director of the university's Mast Arboretum, will be the featured speaker. The arboretum has one of the largest collections of Japanese maples in the region, and Creech will share details of his favorite selections. He'll also discuss a wide selection of other trees adapted to the East Texas region, many of which are not frequently seen in our area.

Dallas: Discover Metroplex-worthy plants for your garden and learn about the Dallas-area ecosystem requirements from 10 a.m. until noon, March 29, at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas, Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. $25; $20 for TDG members. Register online or by calling 214-428-7476 x 343. For additional information, visit

Bryan: At their March 25 meeting, the Brazos County Master Gardeners will preview the plants for sale at the March 29 Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale. The meeting, held 7 p.m.-8 p.m., takes place in room 102 of The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Bryan. For additional information, visit, email, or call 979-823-0129.


San Antonio: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Water Star Program will present the Spring Grounds Maintenance Workshop from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. March 28 in San Antonio. Program instruction will be in Room 190 of the Performing Arts Building at Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret. This workshop is designed for professional groundskeepers, turfgrass and landscape managers, landscaping service providers, grounds technicians and foremen, but members of the general public who are also interested in saving water and money through proper turfgrass care and irrigation are welcome. Registration is from 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. The morning program will focus on turfgrass selection and use, turfgrass "cultural" practices, water use, and the benefits of soil and water testing. Afternoon instruction will address primarily irrigation, including rules and regulations, scheduling, coupons and rebates, and system maintenance. There also will be instruction on soil and water management, as well as a tour of the Palo Alto grounds and demonstration plot.The program will offer seven Texas Nursery and Landscape Association continuing education credits. There are also six Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and six Texas Department of Agriculture credits pending approval. The Texas Water Star Program is an AgriLife Extension umbrella program with the goal of increasing resources and knowledge about conserving water in urban landscapes through education and training. Registration for the program is $40. Attendees should RSVP to Angel Torres at the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County at 210-467-6575 or by March 25 to reserve a spot. Participation is limited to the first 50 registrants.


Angleton: Brazoria County Master Gardeners will host their 16th Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 29, at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds, 901 South Downing, Angleton. The sale, which is all indoors, will feature perennials, herbs, shrubs, natives and vegetables. This Event will kick off from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a guest speaker, Ms. Heidi Sheesley of Treesearch Farms. The indoor sale will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. There will also be a raffle, door prizes and BBQ. For more information, call 979-864-1558 x110.


Bryan: Join the Brazos County Master Gardener Association at their Spring 2014 Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, with 8-9 a.m. pre-sale talk and walk-through, Saturday, March 29, at Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan. A wide selection of unusual and unique plants adapted to Brazos County will be offered. Heirloom plants, pass-along plants and more from the gardens of local Master Gardeners will be available. A preview talk, highlighting the choicest plants and their growing requirements, will be presented from 8-9 a.m. in the garden pavilion. Seating for this special event is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund community education programs of the BCMGA, a non-profit organization of Extension volunteers. For additional information, contact Susan Smith at or 832-428-4632.  


Burnet: The 16th Annual Hill Country Lawn & Garden Show sponsored by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Assn, in conjunction with the Burnet Co. AgriLife Extension Service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 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. This year, throughout the day, Master Gardeners will have demonstrations of current gardening techniques, including Container Vegetable Gardening, Hill Country Grasses, Rainwater Harvesting, Compost Tea, Worm Casting Compost, Texas Native Bulbs and Square Foot/Keyhole Gardens. There will be a special children's area and food for sale. 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


Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners of Hood County will host their annual plant sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Demonstration Garden (behind Annex 1), 1410 Pearl St., Granbury.  


Houston: Jump start your garden by attending Spring Gardening Seminar, 9-11 a.m., March 29, featuring timely talks and how-to demonstrations at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office and Gardens, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston. Harris County Horticulture Extension Agents and Harris County Master Gardeners will give four informative presentations: "Lawn Tune Up" by Extension Agent-Horticulture and Texas gardener Contributing Editor Robert "Skip" Richter; "Success with Flowers" by Extension Agent-Horticulture Paul Winski; "Bountiful Vegetables" by Master Gardener Jean Fefer; and "Successful Propagation" by Master Gardener Cathy Preator. Cost of the event is $15 and will include several giveaways. Participants can register at the door or prior to the event. There will also be opportunities for self-guided tours of the demonstration gardens and an Ask-A-Master Gardener booth to answer any gardening questions. For details about this and other upcoming events, visit, call 281-855-5600 or like HCMGA at


Houston: If your garden has too much of something and needs something else, a plant swap may be the solution. Some members of Houston Plant Swap, a Yahoo! users group, are planning a first-time swap event for the Northwest side of Houston on Saturday, March 29, in Pavilion 6 of Bear Creek Pioneers Park. The park address is 3535 War Memorial Dr., Houston, but the pavilion is off Bear Creek Drive. The plant swap is only for trading and swapping plants no money is to change hands and nothing is for sale. Set up for the free event starts at 8:30 a.m. Participants can turn up to claim a table space under the pavilion or set up outside the pavilion. Swapping commences at 9:30 a.m. and continues through 1:30 p.m. Organizers hope to attract people interested in trading house plants, vegetable and ornamental plants, seeds, cuttings, bulbs, tubers, shrubs, trees and garden paraphernalia - so long as it's legal and desirable. Serious swappers arrange pre-trades on the group's website, posting "have" and "want" lists along with photos in the photo album section to aid in identification. Anybody is welcome to join. More details can be found at The swap also includes a potluck lunch and door prizes. An added activity at the Bear Creek event is a free tour of the nearby Harris County Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens behind the Bear Creek offices of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek Dr. The Bear Creek demonstration gardens include raised vegetable beds, an herb garden, a butterfly garden, a fruit orchard, a meditation garden and a bog garden. Flower and perennial beds include Texas Superstars, All American Selections, border plants, roses, shade plants, day lilies, drought tolerant varieties and more. All are selected to show area residents what plants perform well in our area. The Master Gardeners are testing new plant cultivars in several beds. Visitors can also learn about cylinder/container gardening, composting and projects in the Master Gardener greenhouse. Sign up for a reserved space and lunch plate at the swap. For more details, contact Daryl at 832-877-7387.  


La Marque: "Minimize Tomato Stress Factors to Maximize Yields"with GC Master Gardener Ira Gervais will be presented 9-11:30 a.m., March 29, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension, Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. Email reservations to, For additional information, call-534-3413 or visit Free.


Orangefield: The Orange County Master Gardener Association of Orange will hold their annual Bloomin' Crazy Plant Fair Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Jewel Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield (about 1.5 miles south of IH10 (Exit 869S). Available will be a large variety of plants from annuals, perennials, Texas SuperStars, Natives, vines, butterfly, house, tropical, lilies, citrus, shrubs, trees, vegetables including herbs and a huge selection of tomato and pepper plants. There will be many hard-to-find plants available also. Vendors selling bromeliads, and unique gifts will be available along with Master Gardeners to answer horticulture related questions. Concessions will be available. For additional information, visit


Waxahachie: The Lawn & Garden Expo will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 29, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Speakers include Jenny Wegley, director of research & greenhouse for the Dallas Arboretum discussing "Trial by Flower"; Alene Hamilton & Susan Clark discussing "Food & Flavors of the Southwest"; and Dr. Ridlon "Kip" Kiphart discussing "Invite a Monarch to Lunch." For additional information, visit www,


Midland/Odessa: Beginning March 31, Permian Basin Master Gardeners will hold their Spring 2014 Earth-kind Landscape Design School. the course consists of four evening classes, the final two taught by Dr. Steve George. Classes are March 31 and April 1, 7 and 8 at the CAF Museum, 9600 Wright Drive - at the Midland Odessa Airport off I-20, between Midland and Odessa - from 6:30 to 9:30 each evening. In addition to instruction, participants receive design templates, lists of appropriate trees, annuals, perennials and other plants, a 30-minute design consultation and 2 admissions to the Commemorative Air Force Museum. Fee of $145 covers 1 or 2 members of the same household. Contact Wanda Roberson at 432-498-4071 or



Woodway: The McLennan County Master Gardener Intern Class Orientation will be held 2 p.m.-4 p.m., April 2, at the Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, #1 Pavilion Way, Woodway. For additional information, call 254-399-9204. 


Austin: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Travis County and Travis County Master Gardeners is presenting a series of five monthly drought-related programs in Austin, which began with a composting program on Feb. 6. The three remaining Dealing with Drought Conditions programs will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on their respective dates at the AgriLife Extension office in southeast Austin, located at 1600-B Smith Road. Each program is $10 for early registration and $15 for late or on-site registration. To register, go to Still to come: April 3 - Landscaping to conserve water. Learn proper techniques for watering, feeding and maintaining healthy grasses and landscapes. May 1 - Drip irrigation for the garden. Learn how to install an effective water-wise drip irrigation system and how to monitor its efficiency. Includes an explanation of the irrigation system at AgriLife Extension's demonstration garden. June 5 - Alternative methods of gardening and irrigation. People with time, space or physical limitations can learn how to raise vegetables, herbs and flowers using self-sufficient grow boxes, as well as keyhole gardening and "hugelkultur," to expand their gardening repertoire. For more information, contact Richards at 512-854-9600 or


Cleburne: Metro Beekeepers President Roger Evartt will discuss "Herbs & Bees" at The Johnson County Herb Society's April 5 meeting held at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, 101 Chisholm Trail, Cleburne. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and the lecture follows at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 817-793-4625 or visit


Huntsville: The Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society of America will host its third annual Herb Festival at the Wynne Home on Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held on the grounds of the beautiful, historic Wynne Home, 1428 Eleventh St., Huntsville. The event will feature a vast selection of herbs, camellias, hummingbird and butterfly plants for sale. Local artists, herbal, garden and kitchen vendors will also be selling their products. Area musicians will perform and there will be speakers on using and growing herbs. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 936-891-5024 or visit


Midland: The Permian Basin Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at the Midland County  Horseshoe on I-20 at the south end of Midland. Hundreds of drought-tolerant plants, from herbs to perennials to trees, will be available. For more information, contact Kathy Lee at


Nacogdoches: 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 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., 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 public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.

Monthly meetings


If you would like your organization's events included in "Monthly Meetings" or would like to make a change to a listed meeting, please contact us at Monthly Meetings. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details. 




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
or call 281-855-5600.


Kaufman:The Kaufman County Master Gardeners meet the first Tuesday of each month at the First Community Church at 1401 Trinity Drive in Crandall. January through April and August and September meetings are at 9 a.m., with the remaining meetings beginning at 7 p.m. For additional information visit, call 972-932-9069 or email to


Wichita Falls: The Wichita County Master Gardener Association meets at 5:30 p.m. at Rolling Meadows, 2nd floor Media Center, 3006 McNeil Ave., Wichita Falls, on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit or call 940-716-8610.


Midland: The Permian Basin Master Gardeners meet at noon, the first Wednesday of each month at the Permian Basin Readiness Center at the Midland International Airport. For more information, call 432-498-4071.


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


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 for more information.




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


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 or contact


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


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:


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


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 and


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


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 new Orange County Expo Center on Hwy 1442 in Orangefield. Enter the building in the front entrance, first door on the right, Texas AgriLife offices. Pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Visit 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


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


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.


Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.


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




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


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.


New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month (except April and December,) at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. An educational program precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For additional information, call 830-620-3440 or visit


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 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


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


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


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


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 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


Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, at the Justice Center, 211 Court Street, Seguin. After a brief social hour, the meeting and guest speaker begins at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 830-303-3889 or visit




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


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 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


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


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 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 Thursday of each month at 3015 Richmond Ave., Houston. For more information, contact


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


Dallas: The Dallas County Master Gardeners meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For location and program information, visit 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


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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