March 26, 2014

5 reasons to get youth active in gardening
The Aquaponic Source


April is National Gardening Month, making it an ideal time to consider starting a garden. In fact, those who do will be joining some 43 million other homes in the country whose owners maintain a garden, according to the National Gardening Association. It is also a good time to consider getting children active in gardening since they are increasingly spending more time indoors, with their faces turned toward electronics. There are many benefits that children can gain from getting into gardening.


"Getting kids away from the electronics and introduced to gardening is a great way to get them involved in a positive habit that can last a lifetime," explains Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponics Source, and author of the book "Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together" (New Society Publishers, October 2011). "The skills they learn gardening will remain with them well into adulthood. They will also make a connection to and appreciation for the process of how food gets to their table."


Gardening can provide many benefits, including being a calming experience. Here are five other reasons to get youth active in gardening:


Health. Many children who help to grow food will end up eating what they have grown. This is a great way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables. They will have a better appreciation for foods they have gardened.


Environmental awareness. There are many benefits of children learning about the environment. Getting them involved in gardening, will help them make a connection with the environment and nature. In addition to gaining an understanding of food systems, they will learn how everything is inter-connected.


Something new. Many children do the same things over and over. Gardening is an activity that most children are probably unfamiliar with. This gives them a new activity and exposes them to something completely new, thus expanding their horizons and experiences.


Hands-on experience. Schools today primarily have children learning from books and computers, rather than from hands-on experiences. A garden gives a child the opportunity for tactile learning. They can see that what they do has an impact and watch their efforts pay off with edible results.


Academic enrichment. There are academic benefits children can gain from gardening. Without realizing it, through gardening children will learn about science, math, nutrition, health and more. It will help to enrich their academic experience overall.


Because of the many benefits that gardening and aquaponics provides children, there are even classrooms now setting up aquaponic gardens. Children can actively participate in the aquaponics process and see how the fish produce nutrients that nourish the plants, while the plants filter the water for the fish. Aquaponic gardening is also becoming more popular because this form of sustainable gardening can be done anywhere, is easy to do, and is a fun process.


"We see kids come into our center and witness how excited they get about aquaponics," added Bernstein. "That's where real, sustained learning takes place. It starts there. Keep them active with the garden and they not only will food grow, but they will, too!"

American Agri-Women launches 'Call to Power' membership campaign


American Agri-Women (AAW) kicked off its membership campaign, "Call to Power," on March 25, National Agriculture Day. The campaign's theme urges women to join the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, which includes more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliates.


"Since 1974, women across the country have banded together to network with each other, educate consumers and policy makers about agriculture and participate in leadership development opportunities. Our combined power has made a difference and we invite others to join us," says Sue McCrum, AAW president.


The campaign runs through May 31 and includes these benefits:

  • Three new members will be selected to receive free second-year memberships.
  • The affiliate that signs up the most new members will receive an award to go toward their own advocacy efforts.

Go here to learn more: Members of all segments of agriculture, agri-business and consumers interested in food production are encouraged to join their state or commodity affiliate as well as the national association. Dues for the national association are just $30 and affiliates also have affordable memberships.


The "Call to Power" theme is based on a paper developed by Sr. Thomas More Bertels (1918-2000). Sr. Bertels was a long-time advocate for women in agriculture. Sr. Bertels wrote, "The most important task facing farm entrepreneurs today is capturing a significant degree of influence over the policy-making function as it relates to food, feed, fiber, forest products and flora."

Gardening tips

Wait unit you have mowed your lawn twice before you fertilize it. If you fertilize earlier, you will be boosting the vigor and growth of winter weeds, not your warm-season turf grass.


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Upcoming garden events
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected], For additional information, call 281-534-3413 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 w[email protected].



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 [email protected].


Austin: Trowel and Error, Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium, will be held Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Mayfield Park, 3505 W. 35th Street, Austin (next to Laguna Gloria Art Museum). Historic Mayfield Park combines topics dear to the heart of Central Texas gardeners in a series of "must hear" lectures: 10 a.m. Amanda Moon, horticulturist, landscape designer and consultant "Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants You May Not Have Heard Of (or Thought About Using)"; 11 a.m. Jay White, avid gardener and contributing writer for Texas Gardener, "The Masters of Horticulture blog Fence Me In -Selecting the Proper Support For Tomatoes"; Noon Patty Leander, contributing writer for Texas Gardener, Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist, B.S. in Food and Nutrition, "Go Vertical in the Garden With Climbing, Vining and Twining Vegetables." What's a garden event without a plant sale? Mayfield has the best deals in town for hard-to-find heirlooms and other perennials perfect for the April garden. A "garden goodie" raffle for the discerning gardener will round out the day. As always, Trowel & Error benefits one of Austin's favorite and enchanting parks, historic Mayfield. Guests tour the restored Mayfield-Gutsch home, surrounded by stone-walled gardens patterned in the 1920's after the cottage gardens of England. Towering palms, flowering trees and perennials line meandering paths set among ponds filled with water lilies and fish. Gregarious peacocks supervise overflowing flower beds planted and maintained by community volunteers. Sponsored by Friends of the Parks of Austin, a non-profit organization, Trowel and Error is the solitary fund-raiser for historic Mayfield Park. Although admission is free, a $5.00 donation is requested. For more information, call 1-512-453-7074, email [email protected], or visit


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


Dallas: Join The FarmGirls, Marilyn and Donelle Simmons, at Texas Discovery Gardens Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, and learn how to make your own herb garden. Discover which herbs grow well in our area and how to plant them. The FarmGirls have designed many organic herb beds and would love to teach you, too! Bring home herbs to plant in your garden. $25; $20 for TDG Members. Register online or at 214-428-7476 x343. 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas. For more information, visit


Deer Park: Satuerday, April 5, A Prairie Celebration of Lawther-Deer Park Preserve. Free hourly tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from birding, butterflies, wildflowers, history or special tours for children. Dinner at Monument Inn at 7 p.m ($40) to benefit future plans for the prairie.  Details/registration (required) at or or email [email protected]. 


Gonzales: The Gonzales Master Gardeners' 4th Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in downtown Gonzales at Texas Heroes Square (St. Louis and St Joseph). There will be vegetables, herbs, annual and perennial plants, succulents, cacti, and houseplants available for shoppers to select from and children will have the opportunity to plant some seeds in their very own decorated pot. Other activities include an "Ask the Master Gardener" booth for those with gardening questions, a silent auction, food and drink. Proceeds from the silent auction and the sale of plants will be used for our education projects for the school children, adult education programs and other community projects. For more information, contact Fran Saliger at 830-672-2953.


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


Jacksonville: Texas A&M Forest Service and the Cherokee County Master Gardeners club will host a free workshop to educate residents on the importance of having homes ready in the event of a wildfire. The workshop will include an outdoor tour of the Firewise Demonstration Garden and cover a variety of topics including: East Texas wildfire history, Firewise landscaping, fire resistant plants, fuels reduction, and wildfire preparedness. The course is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April 5 at the Ruth Bowling Nichols Arboretum, 1015 SE Loop 456 Jacksonville, TX. It is located behind the Texas A&M Forest Service District office. There is no cost to attend the workshop, but space is limited to 60 participants. For more information or to register, contact Jason Ellis at [email protected] at the Texas A&M Forest Service office at 903-586-7545.


La Marque: "Gardening for Jewels - Hummingbirds" with GC Master Gardener Deborah Repasz. 9-11:00 a.m., April 5, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to [email protected], further details Free.


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 [email protected]


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.


Rosenberg: Fort Bend County Master Gardeners open their Demonstration Gardens, give advice about plants suited to Fort Bend County and offer tips on preparing for the growing season on Saturday, April 5. Park in front of the Agriculture Center, 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg, and take one of the sidewalks to the area behind the building. Master Gardeners will be in the gardens from 9-11 a.m. Call 281-341-7068 or visit for more information.


San Antonio: Join Green Spaces Alliance on April 5 for an exclusive bike ride to tour up to eight community gardens during the second annual SicloVerde! Several tour options will be offered including a 14-mile group tour, a shorter tour to include four amazing gardens, and a walking tour. Participants will gather at the Eastside Sprouts Community Garden, 1023 N Pine, San Antonio, in the morning and travel in groups from garden to garden, visiting with gardeners and taking part in fun garden-themed activities before completing the loop. Route maps and bags of sponsored gifts will be provided to registered participants. Sign-up online today at 


Seabrook: "Landscape Maintenance/Lawns," 6:30 p.m., April 8, at Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 event. Free. Details:


Austin: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the 8th annual East Austin Garden Fair to be held Saturday, April 12, at Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales St., Austin, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free and open to the public, this fun, hands-on fair involves community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit to improve their family diet as well as information about Earth-Kind landscaping. Get expert advice from Master Gardeners on all aspects of gardening and composting, as well as backyard chickens and beekeeping. The fair will feature an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including garden planning, kids' activities and container garden building. Free vegetable, herb and ornamental plants offered to participants while supplies last. For more information, please call 512-854-9600.


Cleburne: On Saturday, April 12, a host of select plants for North Texas will be on hand at the Johnson County Master Gardeners' Spring Plant Sale. This annual event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the rodeo grounds of Johnson County Sheriff's Posse, 1315 S. Main, Cleburne. Visitors will find a variety of sustainable plants, including drought-tolerant perennials, Earth-Kind Roses, shrubs, blooming annuals, herbs, tomatoes and peppers. And for the first time peach trees, released by Texas A&M, will also be offered. Photos and descriptions of Plant Sale perennials can be viewed online at [email protected]. For information about this event and other Master Gardener activities, contact the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 or email Johnson County Extension Agent Zach T. Davis at [email protected].


Dallas: Texas Discovery Gardens presents its annual Butterfly Gardening Workshop Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Discover how easy it is to garden and attract native butterflies with Horticulture Director Roger Sanderson & Entomologist John Watts. Bring home a starter flat of butterfly host and nectar plants, valued at $60. $60, $48 for TDG Members. Register in advance. 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Details are at


Dallas: Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk at Texas Discovery Gardens Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. Search for early spring blooms. It ends in time for you to catch the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Included with admission. 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Details are at


Fort Worth: The Tarrant County Master Gardeners Association's (TCMGA) annual plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the TCMGA Community and Demonstration Garden at Fort Worth's Resource Connection. The garden is located off Campus Drive, north of I-20 at 1801 Circle Drive. The sale will include hundreds of perennials, annuals, roses, herbs, succulents, vines, native plants, grasses and hanging baskets. Demonstrations on rain barrels, composting, sharpening tools and container gardens will be featured. Bring your plant and gardening questions to the "Ask a Master Gardener" table.


Stephenville: Native & Heirloom Plant Fair, Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Numerous vendors offering native and adapted plants, herbs, garden products, arts & crafts, and edible goodies. Free admission. Stephenville Historical House Museum, 525 E Washington Street, Stephenville. For more information, visit


Tyler: The fourth of seven seminars on the finer points of gardening in East Texas will be held April 12. 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: 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.  


La Marque: "The Culture and Care of Palms" with GC Master Gardener O.J. Millar. 6:30-8:00p.m., April 15, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. Ph 281-534-3413; email reservation to [email protected], further details Free.


Seabrook: "Crazy Ants" by Paul Nester, Extension Specialist, 10 a.m., April 16, at Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 event. Free. Details: .


Dallas: The annual Butterfly Plant Sale at Texas Discovery Gardens is a three day event. Members are invited to enjoy a pre-sale at 10% off on Friday, April 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sale opens to the public April 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy native and adapted plants that are rare to find in local nurseries! It's at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park - 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Find a plant list at


Rosenberg: Fort Bend Master Gardener Deborah Birge will present a "Backyard Basics" talk on Fruit Production on Saturday morning, April 26, at the Fort Bend County Extension Office, 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg. Ms. Birge, who earned the designation of Citrus Specialist in 2011 and National Plant Diagnostic Network First Detector in 2013, will discuss elements of fruit tree maintenance ranging from planting bare root trees to pruning, pest control, harvesting, improving production, and varieties that are best suited for Fort Bend County. Her talk, from 8:30 - 11 a.m., is presented by the Fort Bend Master Gardeners and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Fort Bend County. Registration for each class is $15 for individuals, $25 for couples. Kids under 10 accompanied by parents are free. For more information or to register, contact Brandy Rader at [email protected] or 281-342-3034. Or visit or


La Marque: "The Joy of Daylilies" with Nell Shimek, 6:30-8 p.m., April 29, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. Ph 281-534-3413; email reservation to [email protected], further details Free.

Monthly meetings


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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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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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