May 14, 2014

Select the right tree for the right place in your yard


Energy Education Council


More than 140 years ago the first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. Now a national observance in most states, Arbor Day recognizes the importance of trees as well as tree selection, planting, and care. A properly selected and planted tree can add beauty and energy efficiency to your landscape. A poorly selected and planted tree can become high maintenance, dangerous, and short-lived. The Energy Education Council has advice to help you select the tree that is best for your yard.


"This is an excellent time of year for tree planting," says Molly Hall, executive director of the Energy Education Council. "With some research and preparation, your tree will be a healthy and beautiful addition to your home for years to come."


One of the first considerations is the purpose of your tree. Will your tree be needed for shade, a windbreak, or beauty? These considerations will affect what tree is suitable for you, and where it should be planted. Dense evergreens provide a good wind block, while leafy deciduous trees provide shade in the summer.


No matter what purpose the trees will serve, it is always best to choose native trees. They require less maintenance and will live longer. You can get more information about native growing trees from a regional university Extension office or a state department of natural resources. In addition, the Arbor Day Foundation has a free tree wizard tool that will help you select the best tree for your needs. It is available at


The next step is to decide where you will plant your tree. For a windbreak, plant trees to the north, northwest, and west. For shade, plant trees to the east and west of your home. Remember that fast-growing trees are more brittle and likely to be damaged in a storm. Plant these trees farther from your home to protect your home from damage.


If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, there are additional considerations to help keep your home and community safe. It is recommended that you limit the flammable vegetation and material around your home for at least 30 feet on all sides. Contact your local fire department for more information.


Also be sure to select planting locations that will not interfere with your utility lines or power poles. Power outages or interruptions occur when trees and branches come into contact with overhead lines. Electrical arcing and sparking from a wire to a nearby branch can cause fires.


Tall growing trees with a mature height of greater than 40 feet should be planted 50 feet away to avoid future pruning. A mature height of less than 25 feet is recommended for trees planted near power lines. Keep in mind that trees should never be planted directly under power lines, near poles, or too close to electrical equipment.


Tall growing trees near power lines must be pruned to maintain a safe distance from the wires. If you have trees that are growing into power lines, contact your electric provider. Never try to prune them yourself.


Before planting, take proper precautions to stay safe. Be sure to call 8-1-1, the national "Call Before You Dig" number, a few business days before you want to plant. It is a free service that gets your public underground utilities located and marked, so you can dig safely away from them.


For more tips on energy efficiency and safety, visit

Soils the subject of new blog


Soil Science Society of America


The Soil Science Society of America created a blog, Soils Matter, to help the public understand this precious natural resource. The blog can be found at


"We know that many people are interested in soils," says Jan Hopmans, president of SSSA. "We wanted to create a blog so our members can communicate real soil information and answer questions." The blog is averaging about 2,500 page views per month.


Recent topics have included tips about soil testing, how the recent harsh winter might affect this summer's growing season, and whether synthetic or natural fertilizers are the best plant nutrients.


Regular Soils Matter contributor Clay Robinson says, "naturally, soil scientists find soils interesting, but we want to help people understand that soils are so much more than dirt. The air people breathe, food they eat, water they drink, clothes they wear, and places they live, all depend on the soil. Soil scientists can help people learn how to use soil wisely, balancing conservation and productivity, so future generations can benefit from the soil as we do."


In addition, SSSA has public information about soils on their website, under the tab "Discover Soils." A K-12 committee of SSSA also updates a website for teachers,, and for students through 12th grade, .

Ribbon cut on organic fertility research center


The LSU AgCenter and the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate LSU AgCenter's organic fertility research project, located on property near the Convention Center. Dr. Rogers Leonard, Associate Vice Chancellor and Program Leader for Plant and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, and Dr.Bobby Fletcher, Jr., Assistant Director, LSU AgCenter, Convention Center officials, plus representatives from the local urban farming community were on hand for the event.

For the next two years, research on Bella Rosa tomatoes will be conducted on the one-quarter acre plot to evaluate the effectiveness and economics of organic fertilizer versus conventional fertilizer used in vegetable gardening, to monitor disease, and to study the microbial qualities of irrigation water over the growing season.


The tomatoes will be harvested in June, and a preliminary report of the findings will be presented at the 2nd Annual Farm to Table International Symposium at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Aug. 2-4. This annual event brings together the leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement to explore the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally. The event is presented by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and the LSU AgCenter.  

The compost heap
Painting cuts

"You may want to check this advice: This is not a good month to prune oak trees. If you must prune, be sure to paint with a latex-based paint immediately after cutting' ('May Gardening,' Seeds, May 7, 2014)," writes Bob Dailey.

"Both the Forestry Service and AgrilLife Extension warn against painting cuts, because it encourages water, fungus, bacteria and pests to get between the latex and the branch stump and could cause permanent and/or fatal damage to the tree."
Gardening tips


It has finally warmed up enough that those cool-season annual color plants are looking pretty ragged. It is best to remove them, rework the bad and replant with warm-season flowers such as zinnias, Blackfoot daisy, plumbago, salvia (many to choose from), lantanta and marigolds.  

Have a favorite gardening tip you'd like to share? Texas Gardener's Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free Texas Gardener 2014 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips. 

Upcoming garden events
If you would like your organization's events included in "Upcoming Garden Events" or would like to make a change to a listed event, please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.


Austin: "The Display and Showing of Bonsai and Accent Items including scrolls, kusamono, and suiseki " by the Austin Bonsai Society on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Zilker Botanical Garden, 2200 Barton Springs Road. Free lecture and demonstrations using all accent display items with Bonsai.   Hands-on is encouraged and members and guests should feel free to bring accent and bonsai items for lecture/demo. Free. Guests welcome. For information call Deborah Van Cleaf 512-694-6590 or visit


Humble: "Butterfly Gardening - If You Plant It, They Will Come," will be presented Wednesday, May 14, noon - 2 Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. Join horticulturist Zac Stayton of the Cockrell Butterfly Center as he discusses butterflies native to the Houston area, their favorite host and nectar plants, and how to create a backyard butterfly oasis. For additional information, call 281-443-8731 or visit


Seguin: The Guadalupe Master Gardeners will meet on Thursday, May 15, at the Justice Center on 211 Court Street, Seguin. The meeting will start at 7 p.m., after a social function starting at 6:30. The topic is Guadalupe County's Heritage Pecans: Tips for a Successful Harvest, presented by John Pape and Kevin McCormick, of Pape Pecan Company, Seguin. For further information visit or call 830-303-3889.


Humble: Bromeliad Sale & Show. Fri., Sat., and Sun., May 16, 17, and 18. Members of the Houston Bromeliad Society present "Bromeliads: Jewels of the Garden" during this local show, which is judged by international bromeliad experts. The show will be on display in the Visitor Center at at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The plant sale, which features every genus that performs well in the Houston area, is open on Friday noon to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 281-443-8731 or visit


Austin: "The Annual Bonsai Show and Sale by Members" at the Zilker Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin,  Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several variety of bonsai, accents plants (kusamono), accent stones (suiseki), and scrolls will be on display. Raffles, Demo each day at 2 p.m. Free Admission. Members available for questions.  For more information, visit    


Conroe: "Aquaponics System Design and Operation Workshop" will be presented from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Tom LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe.Topics include history of aquaponics, various system designs and terminology, planting and harvesting techniques, fish health and water quality, and pump selection and flow rates.In addition to classroom instruction, participants will learn the skills needed for PVC piping, pump installation, bulkhead and overflow pipe installation, and other skills needed to complete the installation of an aquaponic system. Workshop fee: $60. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 936-539-7824 or visit 


Dallas: A free Turfgrass, Landscape and Irrigation Expo will be presented, Saturday, May 17, at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Building E Auditorium, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas. Seminar topics include: Lawn Care Maintenance, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; Plant Selection and Landscape Design, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Getting to Know Your Sprinkler System, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon or 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.; Irrigation Quick Fixes, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Drip Irrigation DIY 1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m.; and What the Hell Grows in the Shade, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 972-952-9671 or visit


Kingwood: Experts from Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, will be on hand Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer gardening questions and offer advice at Kingwood Garden Center, 1216 Stonehollow Drive, Kingwood. Learn about the plants best suited to the local environment, how to plant and maintain them for optimal growth, and help support The Mercer Society (TMS) at the same time! TMS works to support, enhance, and enrich the gardens at Mercer. A portion of the day's sales will be donated to TMS. Visit the Garden Center before noon to meet Darrin Duling, Mercer's director. For additional information, call 281-443-8731 or visit


La Marque: Tour three orchards during the "Galveston County Fruit Growers Tour," 9 a.m.-noon, May 17. For further details, contact the Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; or email [email protected], or see full details and maps at Free.


New Braunfels: Enjoy the 2nd Annual Demonstrations Garden Open House. Free information and demonstrations on drip irrigation; composting and mulching; rain water catchment; and building a compost bin. Learn how to attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Free kids activities include building a hummingbird feeder. Tour the various demonstration gardens to see how you can transform your own back yard! Opportunity to purchase award winning Comal County Master Gardeners Guide that provides monthly "to dos" to keep your yard and garden in top shape. May 17, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Comal Count, 325 Resource Dr., New Braunfels. For more information, visit


San Antonio: Spend the May 17-18 weekend at the Olmos Park Terrance Community Garden, 201 W. Mandalay, San Antonio, for a free workshop on all things related to permaculture. The workshop runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.For additional information, visit, call 210-222-8430, or email [email protected].


College Station: Master Gardener Suzanne Milstead will present "Earth-Kind Gardens for Butterflies," 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., May 20, at Cypress Grove Intermediate School, 900 Graham Road, College Station. $15/person. register online at  


Kerrville: Susan Sander & Barbara Lowenthal will present "Wildflower Identification," 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., May 20 at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St., Kerrville. The RNC garden has more than 200 wildflowers and each season the mix is varied. Practice identification skills. Learn how to create a field guide for your property. $15 for RNC member/ $20 non-member. For more information, visit


Seabrook: Paul Fagala of Wild Birds Unlimited will present "Birds in Our Area" at 10 a.m., May 21, at Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. For additional information, visit


Kerrville: Cathy Downs, HC Master Naturalist will present "Gardening for Monarchs," 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., May 24, at Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St., Kerrville. The Native Plant Society of Texas is working with Monarch Watch to encourage gardeners to provide a Monarch Waystation in their garden. Learn how to grow milkweeds to ensure that there is a next generation. $15 for RNC member/ $20 non-member. For more information, visit


San Antonio: "Fallowing the Garden Work(ing)shop" will be presented 9 a.m.-noon, May 24, at the East Side Neighborhood Garden, 1719 Center St., San Antonio. Topics inlcude sheet mulching, solarization, cover crops, and ways to maintain perennial crops and herbs through the summer. Cost: $10. For more information and to register, visit


San Antonio: The 17th Annual Festival of Flowers will be held Saturday, May 24. Indoor garden event features retail and non-profit vendors offering plants, landscape materials and supplies, and garden accessories. Seminars on "Vegetable Gardening with Deer," "Growing Olive Trees," "Gardening Style SA-200 Square Feet at a Time," and "Indoor Gardening Décor" and book signing with co-author Jenny Peterson. Afternoon Organic Roundtable hosted by Bob Webster of Shades of Green and KTSA Radio; panelists include John Dromgoole of the Natural Gardener Austin and KLBJ Radio; Andy Chidester of Lady Bug Brand Natural Products; Stuart Franke of Medina Agriculture Products; Bruce Deuhley of KTSA "Organic Matters"; and Noel Garcia of Texas Plant and Soil Lab. The City-Wide Plant Exchange is the largest in the state. Enter plants in the Alamo Area Horticulture Show. San Antonio Daylily Society presents its 2014 Daylily Show and Sale. Cooking demonstrations in the Herb Kitchen. Floral Design challenge and how-to presentations. Ask the Expert Booth and Gardening Radio Shows. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., San Antonio Shrine (Alzafar) Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 West, San Antonio. Admission $6 adults, children under 10 free. Free parking. Co-hosted by San Antonio Water System. For more information, visit   


Bryan: Dr. Paul Nester, AgriLife Extension Program Specialist-Integrated Pest Management, will discuss integrated pest management at the May 27 meeting of the Brazos County Master Gardeners, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., in room 102 of  The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Bryan. For additional information, visit or call 979-823-0129.  


San Antonio: Gardening Volunteers of South Texas presents "Watersaver Landscape Design School" Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. Four presentations on Basic Principles of Low Water Landscapes, Design Ideas, Plants That Thrive in the San Antonio area, and Understanding and Scheduling Your Drip Irrigation System. $25 or $40 for household of two people. Includes three full color plant and landscape guides, and a CD version of the book "Drip-Line Gardening." After enrolling, you will receive graph paper to draw your yard and/or ideas to bring with you for one-on-one idea consultations after the presentations. Find more information and an enrollment form on the GVST website at or [email protected].



Austin: The Garden Club of Austin's annual show & plant sale will be held June 7 and 8 at Zilker Park Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. The juried plant, vegetable & flower show is open to all amateur gardeners. Show contest plants will be accepted Friday, June 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Plant sale hours will be Saturday from 9 until 5 and Sunday from 10 until 5. Enter your favorite plant or vegetable or buy some beautiful, very well priced items at the plant sale. More information is available at Click on events and scroll down to the garden show. 


Austin: The Austin Pond Society will host its 20th Annual Pond Tour in June and will feature ponds and gardens at more than 20 locations in North, Central and South Austin. Ponds of every size and description are included in the tour, along with waterfalls, streams, and fountains. Some gardens are Certified Wildlife Habitats, and most have native plants.Tour Dates and Times: Saturday, June 7 - South and Central Austin (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Saturday Night - Night pond locations (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Sunday, June 8 - North Austin (9 .am. to 5 p.m.) Wristbands for the three events are $15 in advance and can be purchased using PayPal at; at Emerald Garden, Hill Country Water Gardens, McIntire's Garden Center, Shoal Creek Nursery, and The Great Outdoors. Wristbands can be purchased at each site during the event for $20. Wristbands for children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Volunteers who work a four-hour shift on either day of the tour will receive entry to all of the tour sites, a tour T-shirt, and an invitation to the SPLASH! Party on May 31. Sign up at [email protected]. For more information visit


Dallas: City of Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Stormwater Management, City of Dallas Park & Recreation, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Dallas County Master Gardeners are teaming up to demonstrate the beauty of Water-Wise and EarthKind gardening with the 20th annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour. Dallas County Master Gardeners will be conducting free 30-minute talks on Water-Wise gardening every hour on the hour at each of the tour headquarters. Dallas County Master Gardener volunteers will also be assisting homeowners and helping answer questions about the plants and landscapes on the tour. The first 100 visitors at each of the three tour headquarters, June 7, will receive a free hose spray nozzle. For more information, visit or call the Water Conservation Hotline at 214-670-3155 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Maps for the self-driving tour are available at and at all tour headquarters. Tour Headquarters: Central: White Rock Pump Station - 2900 White Rock Rd., Dallas; North: Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center - 17360 Coit Rd., Dallas; South: Lake Cliff Park - E. Colorado Blvd. at N. Zang Blvd., Dallas.  


Rosenberg: Fort Bend Master Gardeners will present "Native Plants" at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Agriculture Center, 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg. The presentation will increase understanding of the appeal and value of plants native to Texas. Texas Native Garden and other demonstration gardens open for tours and Master Gardeners available for tips and advice from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Call 281-341-7068 or visit for more information.  

Marion: Matt Turner, author of "Remarkable Plants of Texas," will introduce some of Texas's most amazing plants, their little-known histories, and their medicinal, cultural and culinary uses during his presentation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, at St John's Lutheran Church, FM 465, Marion. Meetings are open to the public. Visitors are welcome. There is a plant/seed exchange and greeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program. For more information, directions to St John's Lutheran Church, or membership applications, visit


Seabrook: "Herbs - Garden to Table" will be presented at 6:30 p.m., June 10, at Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. For additional information, visit


Humble: Mark Klym, Texas Parks & Wildlife program coordinator, will present "Hummingbirds - Myth, Magic, and Mystery" noon-2 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westefield Road, Humble. For additional information, call 281-443-8731 or visit


Seabrook: Judy Jones, part-owner of Enchanted Gardens, will present "Fairy Gardens and Terrariums" at 10 a.m., June 18, at Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. For additional information, visit  

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. 




Kaufman:The Kaufman County Master Gardeners meet the first Monday 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].

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.


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


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

Smithville: The Smithville Community Gardens meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Smithville Recreation Center. 


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.


Evant: The Evant Garden Club meets on the third 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 254-471-5860.  


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 email [email protected].


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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