August 6, 2014
  

The garden reader:
True or false and in-between

 

By William Scheick

Book Reviewer

 

C. L. Fornari. Coffee for Roses and 70 Other Misleading Myths about Backyard Gardening. St. Lynn's Press, 2014. 146 pp. $17.95.

 

Bill Adler, Jr. Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels. Chicago Review Press, 2014. 220 pp. $19.95.

 

I am always on the lookout for discussions that correct, revise or complicate repeated (sometimes trendy) gardening beliefs. Sometimes the beliefs turn out to be neither true nor false, but fall somewhere in-between.

 

Two of my favorite myth-busting books are The Truth about Garden Remedies (2006) by Jeff Gillman and The Informed Gardener (2008) by Linda Chalker-Scott. Now we also have C. L. Fornari's Coffee for Roses.

 

Fornari's digest-sized book is pleasantly designed for the busy gardener. If you budget yourself to one entry per day, there are enough handy, bite-sized lessons here - each requiring less than five minutes - to last over two months.

 

Topics include using marigolds or cedar mulch as insect repellants, adding sugar to soil to sweeten tomatoes, bending onion tops for larger bulbs, burying rusty nails to turn hydrangeas blue and positioning stones for drainage at the bottom of containers.

 

Fornari's prose is companionable and her observations make sense. In Texas, however, the so-called myth of planting clematis with their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade is simply a smart strategy.

 

Bill Adler, Jr. also sorts fact from fiction in Outwitting Squirrels. This book is presently in its third edition, and for good reason: it is honest, funny and wise.

 

In an interview appearing in the New York Times (April 10, 2014), Adler explained how he was driven to create this book in 1988: "all day long I started figuring out ways to get rid of that squirrel. I didn't get any writing done; my social life went down the tubes: I'd be on the phone with somebody, I'd see the squirrel and yell, 'Get the blank out of here!' and the person would think I was talking to them.

 

"So I decided to do the only thing I knew how to do, which was to write about it. The first 20 publishers turned me down, and the 21st said yes; the editor there fed birds."

 

Adler evaluates currently available feeders in detail and also describes many inventive squirrel-deterring structures. Some of these anti-squirrel contraptions are extraordinarily clever.

 

If you are a bird-lover vexed by squirrels, these devices will allow you to once again believe that the filching, ever-adapting rodents can be outwitted - at least until a fourth edition of Adler's book is needed. 


August gardening

  

By Tom Harris, Ph.D.

The Hill Country Gardener


August is deep summer in San Antonio. Good Xeriscape plants will make it through the month without supplemental watering; others will need conscientious watering to stay prosperous.  

Generally no fertilizing or planting is done during this month.

 

Birds and Wildlife

 

Move the hummingbird feeders to the patio.

 

Change your sugar water every week. Pour the old liquid in a shallow dish for the butterflies.

 

Color

 

It's time to plant mari-mums, zinnias and sunflowers this month. Lantanas, firebush, purslane, portulaca and periwinkles are prospering in the heat.

 

Lantana bloom can be rejuvenated with a string trimmer.

 

Bougainvillea loves the Texas summer heat; if they're root-bound in the pot, even better.

 

Prune the roses back.

 

Trim back petunias and impatiens to encourage new growth.

 

Thin spring-blooming bulbs.

 

Fruits and Nuts 
  

Pecan trees need 1 inch of water per week over the entire root area.

 

Apply borer spray to the peach trees this month.

 

Early apples are ready for harvest.

 

Ornamentals

 

Moy Grande hibiscus produces 12-inch blooms in full sun.

 

Gold Star Esparanza produces fragrant yellow flowers clear up until frost.

 

Stake or support larger-growing plants that have become heavy or are leaning over.

 

Shade Trees and Shrubs

 

Shade trees can reduce the heat gain in a home by 40-80 percent.

 

Cotton root rot is stimulated by hot soil temperatures.

 

This is the second-best time to prune live oak trees.

 

If you have scale problems on your shrubs, use light summer oil.

 

Fall webworms may appear on pecan, mulberry, ash, persimmon, and other trees. Spray Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

 

Windmill palm, Mexican fan palm and Sabal palm are especially well-adapted to this area.

 

Mulch, mulch, mulch.

 

Remember that newly-planted trees need watering once per week for the whole first season.

 

Turf Grass

 

In August, all grasses require water to stay green.

 

When you see your footprints in the grass, it's time to water.

 

Grub worms eat the roots of grass plants.

 

Chinch bugs do their damage in the hottest part of summer, in the hottest part of the lawn.

 

There is still time to establish a new lawn.

 

Remember when laying new sod; roll the turf to ensure good soil-root contact.

 

Vegetables

 

Early August is the best time to start planting the fall garden. Use transplants for tomatoes and peppers and direct seed corn and beans later in the month.

 

Plant pumpkins in early August. Get the 90-day variety.

 

Other vegetable crops to plant in August are cucumber, eggplant, lima beans, black-eye peas, peppers, and squash.

 

Write me at gardener@gvtc.com to get the recommended vegetable varieties for the state of Texas.

Gardening tips

"I have used the light, clear plastic containers that berries and tomatoes come in as mini greenhouses for starting new seeds," writes Lynn Burkhardt. "They are lightweight, clear, with built in drainage, air holes and a lid. I simply fill the bottom inch or so with moistened potting medium, plant the seeds and close the lid. When they have grown to the right size for transplanting, I move them to little pots. They are so portable and easy to move about for just the right light. This is recycling at its best." 

   

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.
AUGUST

 

Woodway: Dr. Larry Stein, Extension Horticulturist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, will demonstrate how to properly prune fruit and nut trees for maximum production at 1 p.m., August 6, at Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. $10 admission. For more information, visit http://www.mclennanmastergardeners.org.  

 

Dallas: "Garden to Table: Organic Food 101" will be presented 2:30-4:30 p.m., August 9 at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Flavors are at their peak with locally grown, organic vegetables from garden to table. Learn the value of eating fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. Donelle and Marilyn Simmons with Garden Inspirations and The FarmGirls Organic Radio Show will present this workshop. $25; $20 for TDG members. Register in advance. For more information, visit http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/events_and_classes.php.

Rockwall: "Save Your Landscape for Better Days," a conference on water solutions, will be presented 10 a.m.-1 p.m., August 9, at the Rockwall County Courthouse. $10 admission before August 6; $15 at the door. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.rockmga.org.

Austin: Paula and Glenn Foore from Springdale Farm will discuss their urban farm and what they're doing this fall at the August 11 meeting of the Austin Organic Gardeners' Club at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road, in Zilker Botanical Gardens. The doors open at 6:3 p.m.  with the meeting and presentation beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

Houston: Gary Edmondson, former director of education at Urban Harvest, will discuss what to plant and do now in home vegetable gardens, at the Houston Urban Gardeners meeting, 6:30 p.m., August 11, at the MultiService Center, 1475 W. Gray, Houston. For additional information, call 713-528-1104.

Seabrook: "Texas Super Stars" will be presented by Master Gardener Ginia Keen-Mattern at 6:30 p.m., August 12, at the Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. For more information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu/Public/pubP2.aspx.

Austin: "Demystify the Tropical Bonsai," a panel discussion with Q&A, will be held at 7 p.m., August 11, at the Zilker Garden Center, Austin. For more information, visit www.austinbonsaisociety.com.

Humble: "Orchid Growing 101" will be presented noon-2 p.m., August 13 at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. Bruce Cameron of The Houston Orchid Society and Orchid Obsession Nursery will teach the basics of orchid care and informa participants of the best varieties to grow in yards and homes. For more information, visit www.hcp4.net/mercer or call 281-443-8731.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners Class #26 will be held in Sequin  from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday, August 13 through December 10. Attendees will receive superior gardening instruction from faculty and staff of Texas A&M University and Texas AgriLife Extension, as well as from Certified Mater Gardeners. The cost is $190 and the registration deadline is July 31. For more information, contact Cindy Waechter, assistant class coordinator, at 830-624-1114 or cindy.waechter@gmail.com.

Diboll: The long-term plan for a privately-owned estate can be as individualized as the property owner. That includes how the land is managed both now and into the future. Texas A&M Forest Service can help landowners explore options to develop a plan that is right for you. The state agency that works to conserve and protect the natural resources of the state - including assisting landowners in managing their own piece of Texas - will be featured at the Woodland Owners' Workshop August 14 in Diboll. Agenda items include eminent domain, planning for the future, inheritance and property transfer, and what tools and resources are currently available to property owners for making management decisions. TFS has a longstanding practice of providing such assistance to landowners. The workshop is free to the public and will be held at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included and continuing education credits are available. Please RSVP by Aug. 8 to Shane Harrington at 936-546-1470 or sharrington@tfs.tamu.edu.

 

Nacogdoches: SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Ethan Kauffmann will present "Green Roofs, Green Walls, the South Carolina Way." Kauffmann grew up in Lancaster, Penn., before attending Clemson University and earning a B.S. in Biology. In 2007 he joined Moore Farms Botanical Garden after eight years at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden where he managed the zoo horticulture program. In his current position as Garden Director at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, he has led the transition from a private pleasure garden to a non-profit botanical garden. Kauffmann has collected plants across the country and abroad but is always excited to return to the wild places of South Carolina. He feels that horticulture connects us to the natural world and that exploring this relationship is vital to understanding and defining our place in it. Ethan currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture's SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series fund are always appreciated. Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building. For more information, call 936-468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

 

San Antonio: Natalie Cervantes from AgriLife will discuss teaching children about herbs and about starting a classroom garden, at the August 14 meeting of the San Antonio Herb Society, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. For more information, call 210-826-6860 or email mbelisle@satx.rr.com.

La Marque: "Successful Fall Vegetable Gardening" with long-time GC Master Gardener Luke Stripling, 9-11:30 a.m., August 16, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413; email reservations to galv3@wt.net, further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston . Free.

 

La Marque: "Gardening by The Square Foot" with GC Master Gardener John Jons, 6:30-8 p.m., August 19, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413; email reservation to galv@wt.net, further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.

 

San Antonio: "It's Not Too Early to Start a Fall Garden"--Backyard Gardening Series will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., August 19, at Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge Suite 208, San Antonio. Learn how to prepare for a fall garden: soil and planting preparation and getting rid of weeds; types of soil amendments and fertilizers; variety of warm and cool season crops; do's and don'ts of fall gardening; successes and challenges of having a fall garden. Presented by David Rodriguez, County Extension Agent-Horticulture, Texas A&M AgriLife Ext Svc. 2 CEUs for Master Gardeners. Cost is $10. RSVP to Angel Torres, at 210-467-6575 or matorres@ag.tamu.edu.

 

Seabrook: Jim Bundscho, a Montgomery County master gardener, will present a program on aquaponics at 10 a.m., August 20, at the Clear Lake Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. For more information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu/Public/pubP2.aspx.

 

Seguin: The Guadalupe Master Gardeners will meet on Thursday, August 21 at the Justice Center, 211 Court Street, Seguin. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. after a social function starting at 6:30. Join Master Gardener Specialists for a Round Table Discussion: Just-in-Time Gardening Refresher for Fall. Attendees will choose 3 small discussion groups to attend. Master Gardener specialists will lead each small group, discussing challenges, solutions, and successes in areas such as: plant propagation; growing herbs, vegetables, and native plants; efficient irrigation, composting; and tree care. For further information visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org or call 830-303-3889.

 

La Marque: "Strawberries" with GC Master Gardener Robert Marshall, 6:30-8 p.m., August 26, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413; email reservation to galv@wt.net, further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.

 

Woodway: Dr. David Appel, head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, will discuss important tree problems, including oak wilt and drought, at 1 p.m., August 27, at Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. $10 admission. For more information, visit http://www.mclennanmastergardeners.org.
SEPTEMBER

Austin: "Visiting Artist Series of Lone Star Bonsai Federation - Peter Tea of California," a bonsai demonstration and lecture, will be held at 7 p.m., September 10, at the Zilker Garden Center, Austin. A dontation of $5 is appreciated. For more information, visit www.austinbonsaisociety.com.
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. 

 

FIRST WEEK

 

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 http://www.kcmga.org, call 972-932-9069 or email to sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.


Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu
or call 281-855-5600.

 

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 www.allengardenclub.org.

 

Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

 

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

 

SECOND WEEK

 

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

 

Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July, August and December at St. John's Lutheran Church in Marion. Directions to St. John's Lutheran Church: From FM 78 turn south onto FM 465 and the church is just past the Marion School on the right. From IH-10 go north on FM 465 towards Marion. The Church will be on the left, just before you get to town. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

 

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

 

Denton: The Denton County Master Gardener Association meets from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. the

second Wednesday of each month at 401 W. Hickory St., Denton. Meetings are open to the public. More information is available at: http://dcmga.com/.

 

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

 

Jacksboro: The Jacksboro Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) at the Concerned Citizens Center, 400 East Pine Street, Jacksboro. For more information, call Melinda at 940-567-6218.

 

Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program preceding the business meeting. For further information call Cindy Gill at 903-236-8429 or visit www.gregg-tx.tamu.edu.

 

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the

second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda 361-729-6037, Ruth 361-729-8923 or Cindy 979-562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.org and http://rockportherbies.blogspot.com.

 

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

 

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office, 1225 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Beaumont. For more information, call 409-835-8461.

 

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at 512-863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

 

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners Association holds their monthly meeting on the

second Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the 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 http://txmg.org/orange for more information.

 

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

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 http://www.amgardenclub.com/.

 

Houston: The Spring Branch African Violet Club meets the second Saturday of each month, January through November, at 10:30am at the Copperfield Baptist Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston. Call Karla at 281-748-8417 prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.

  

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 www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

 

THIRD WEEK

 

Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.com.

 

Cleburne:The Johnson County Master Gardener's meet on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W Henderson, Cleburne. Meeting times are at 2 p.m. October through April, except December and at 6 p.m. May through September. An educational program precedes the business meeting. For additional information, contact Sue Matern at 817-517-9076.

  

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 http://txmg.org/comal/.

 

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 aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call 361-790-0103.

 

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

 

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call 940-382-8551.

 

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 254-897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardeners.org.

 

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call 817-579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

 

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

 

Brownwood: Brownwood Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  The club meetings are at Southside Baptist Church, 1219 Indian Creek Road, with refreshments and a speaker presentation. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email boeblingen@centex.net or call 817-454-8175.

 

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas - Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

 

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 www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

 

FOURTH WEEK

 

Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at 210-999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.

 

Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardeners, a program of Texas AgriLife Extension, meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. There is a public gardening program at each meeting and pertinent information may be found at brazosmg.com or 979-823-0129.

 

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 hnpat@prairies.org.

 

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

 

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

 

Dallas: The Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. For more information, call 214-824-2448 or visit www.gdogc.org.

  

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at 817-483-7746.

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