August 20, 2014
  
 

Winter Garden water issues 'big time serious'   

 

By Robert Burns

Corn crop in drought-stricken Medina County. Note pecan trees in the background dying from extended drought.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

 

"Little showers aren't going to do it. We need a flood," said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist who works closely with vegetable, fruit and nut growers in the Winter Garden region.

 

Faced with limited irrigation water because of low aquifer levels and little to no surface water this summer, Winter Garden growers are abandoning hopes of planting traditional August crops such as cabbage, said Dr. Larry Stein, Uvalde.

 

The Texas Winter Garden region is one of the major U.S. production areas of irrigated vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, onions, cucumbers and melons, along with pecans. The region lies southwest of San Antonio and is comprised mainly of six counties, Medina, Uvalde, Dimmit, Frio, La Salle and Zavala, but also includes parts of Atascosa, Maverick and McMullen counties.

 

The area has been particularly hard hit by drought over the last seven years, he said. Like much of the state, the region has seen the drought rolled back somewhat by substantial rains of 3 inches, 5 inches or greater. While this has helped dryland crops such as wheat and cotton, the rains haven't been enough to recharge groundwater sources such as the Edwards or the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifers or the rivers.

 

All the vegetable crops require a lot of irrigation water, but the Edwards Aquifer has had to cut its allotments to growers by 44 percent in some areas this year, Stein said.

 

"The Carrizo-Wilcox is not in too bad of shape, but the Edwards is being taxed heavily by urban sprawl as well as agriculture."

 

To recharge the aquifers and rivers at this time would "require a flood," Stein said, by which he means a hurricane, a tropical storm or a stalled out low-pressure area that would dump several feet of water on the region.

 

"They always say be careful what you wish for, but that's what's needed to recharge these aquifers and refill the rivers," he said.

 

What growers may opt to do this year is to greatly limit planting August crops like cabbage and save their limited irrigation water for crops in the late fall or winter, such as spinach.

 

"It's cooler that time of year, and crops will require less water," Stein said.

 

More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/ .

 


Beat the heat

 

Birds & Blooms

 

Every summer we are faced with extra-hot, extra-dry conditions that can wreak havoc on our plants. Following are five ways to allow drought-resistant flowers to add color to your garden in any type of weather.

 

Check out these top tips for beating the heat:

 

Choose the right site. Even sun lovers need a little relief, especially at midday. So avoid growing them in a full sun, especially on south-facing exposures. Part-day shade minimizes stress and also preserves flower color longer.

 

While you can't turn down the heat, you can change the soil. Dig in plenty of organic matter prior to planting. This improves the soil's texture, fertility and ability to retain any moisture. Plus, the soil stays cooler. This should be an annual task.

 

Group plants with similar moisture needs in the same area. This cuts down on the special trips you'll need to make to water just one or two plants.

 

One of the best ways to prevent drought stress is proper watering. Instead of giving your plants frequent, shallow waterings, water less often and more deeply.

 

Try spring bulbs! Many spring-flowering bulbs will survive in hot, dry locations, since the most extreme weather hits after they've already flowered and are resting. Mulch or cover them with other plants to keep them safe and cool.


America in Bloom and CN announce partnership on Community Greening Projects

 

CN and America in Bloom announced their new partnership and the launch of a new sustainability program in the United States supporting community greening projects along the CN rail corridor.

 

The CN EcoConnextions From the Ground Up program in the United States aims to create sustainable community greening and beautification projects that will contribute to a community's environmental, economic, social and health benefits. From the Ground Up also provides opportunities for CN and the communities along its network to work together towards shared goals of environmental stewardship.

 

"CN is proud to bring this innovative program to promote tree planting in communities along the CN network to the United States," said Claude Mongeau, CN president and Chief Executive Officer. "We have been amazed by the From the Ground Up projects we've seen across Canada and look forward to extending that record of success to cities and villages across the U.S."

 

Marvin Miller, America in Bloom's immediate past president and program coordinator, added, "We are very excited to be working with CN on this grant program, helping to bring more greening to American communities. From our experience with more than 200 towns across America, we know that quality landscaping is a necessity rather than a luxury, and that green spaces and plants create places that people are proud to call home."

 

This year, CN will be opening the program to the United States with a limited scale launch to assess community interest along the rail corridors.

 

Selected municipalities, townships, other local governments and locally active non-profit groups in communities neighboring CN rail lines in the US are being invited to apply. CN's EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program will provide grants of up to $25,000 to communities amongst that group based on their project's ability to match CN's grant, level of community engagement and the long term sustainability of the plantings.  

Gardening tips

"For many years, at this time of year I've cut stems from my favorite tomato plants and let them root in water before planting," writes Ruth K. Mattox. "Only takes a couple of weeks and you have free plants for more tomatoes up until frost."     

   

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
 
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AUGUST

 

San Antonio: The Bexar County Master Gardeners General Meeting for August will be held at the AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive Suite 208, San Antonio, 1 p.m.-3p.m. on Thursday, Aug 21. Fall Gardening 101 will introduce gardeners to the flowers, grass, trees, shrubs, and veggies that do well with fall planting. Dr. Tom Harris, Master Gardener, Gardening Columnist, and frequent contributor to Seeds, will discuss bed preparation, selecting the right varieties of plants including planting, watering, and fertilizing them. The meeting is free and open to the public. Master Gardeners and Interns will receive 1.5 CEUs for attending.

 

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.

 

San Antonio: Do you have (or know of) a child or children, age 8 to 13, interested in learning how to grow a vegetable garden and how to become a good steward for the environment? If so, The Children's Vegetable Garden Program is the place to be this fall!  This program, held on 16 consecutive Saturday mornings, is hosted at the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, San Antonio. The Fall session starts on Aug. 23 and concludes Dec. 6 and applications are being accepted until Aug. 18, but hurry as space is limited. Fee: $50 per child or $60 for two children to share a 3.5' x 28' garden plot (non-refundable). For more information and to register, visit https://www.sabot.org/?nd=vegtable . Or, contact Timothy Roan at 210-207-3278 or timothy.roan@sanantonio.gov. 

 

Hempstead: Waller Co. Master Gardeners will host a "Fall Gardening" program presented by Tom Leroy, retired extension horticulture agent from Montgomery County, on Tuesday, August 26, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at a location to be announced later. Call 979-826-7561 to reserve a spot. On-site registration: $15. Light refreshments will be served. 

 

San Antonio: An Earth-Kind Education Seminar on Fall Vegetable Gardening will be presented by David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturalist, 10:30 a.m.-noon, August 23, at Milberger's Landscape Nursery, 3290 N. Loop 1604, San Antonio. 1.5 CUEs. Free.

 

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.

San Antonio: An Earth-Kind Education Seminar on Fall Vegetable Gardening will be presented by David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturalist, 10:30 a.m.-noon, August 30, at Fanick's Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Road, San Antonio. 1.5 CEUs. Free.
SEPTEMBER

San Antonio: The Colorization of Texas Bluebonnets--Backyard Gardening Series will be held on September 2, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge Suite 208, San Antonio. Dr Jerry Parsons will discuss: Classifying of the Texas Bluebonnet; History of the Alamo and the Pink Bluebonnet; Efforts from Carol Abbott and John Thomas; Seeds vs. Transplants; Collection of Seeds; and Maintaining Strand of Future Bluebonnets. 2 CEUs. Cost is $10. RSVP to Angel Torres, at 210-467-6575 or matorres@ag.tamu.edu.

 

San Antonio: San Antonio Garden Center Clubs will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at 3310 N. New Braunfels @ Funston, San Antonio. Fall program features celebrity designer David Garcia, owner of Statue of Design, who will create fabulous floral arrangements - and you could win one! Coffee at 9:30; meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://sanantoniogardencenter.org/ or call 210-824-9981.


Austin: With its warm days and cooler nights, along with more stable weather patterns, fall just may be the best season for vegetable gardening in Central Texas. On September 4, Master Gardener and vegetable specialist Tommie Clayton will share her many years of experience in gardening, with details on planting schedules, proven varieties for our area and other helpful resources. The program will be held at the AgriLife Extension office at 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin; cost is $10 for early registration and $15 for late or on-site registration. Register online: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty. Register by phone: 979-845-2604. For more information, contact Daphne Richards at 512-854-9600 or drichards@ag.tamu.edu.


Humble:
Tony Avent, founder of Juniper Level Botanic Gardens and owner of Plants Delights Nursery, Inc., in Raleigh, N.C., discuss "Exploration to Exploitation - The Road from Plant Discovery to Market" at 6:30 p.m., September 4, at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. For ticket information, call 713-639-4629 or visit http://www.hmns.org.lectures.

New Braunfels:
Comal Garden Club will have Susan Savana present a program on how to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in a tower garden, September 4, 9:30 a.m. at the Southbank Clubhouse, 222 Southbank Blvd, New Braunfels. Business meeting to follow.

Humble: "Backyard Beauties: In Search og Overlooked and Exceptional Natives" will be presented at 10 a.m., September 5, at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. Learn about some little-known perennial favorites that are well adapted to thrive in U.S. regions during this presentation. For more information, call 281-443-8731.

La Marque: "Propagation of Plants by Cuttings" by GC Master Gardener Bill Cummins, 9-11 a.m., September 6, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to galv3@wt.net, further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Pre-registration is required. Limit class of 30. Free.

 

Rosenberg: Saturday, Sept. 6: Backyard Basics: Grilling - Learn how to select beef by grade and cut and proper cooking techniques. Cooking demonstration and taste test included. Presented by Fort Bend Master Gardeners, 9 a.m. Fort Bend County Extension Office, 1402 Band Rd, Rosenberg. $15 ($25 couple). Details: Call 281-342-3034, email brandy.rader@ag.tamu.edu , or visit http://fortbendagrilife.org or www.fbmg.com.

 

San Antonio: Texas Water Star Program Earth-Kind Landscape School, A Four-Part Series for Homeowners, will be held at Texas A&M AgriLife Ext Svc, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio, on four Saturdays (Sept. 6 & 20 and Oct. 4 & 18) from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This four-part workshop that will target new homeowners in the Alamo area interested in learning the best practices for home landscaping and gardening. 3.5 CEUs per session for Master Gardeners. Registration fee:  $60 for all four Saturday sessions or $100 For a Couple (same household) or $20 per session; RSVP and registration & fee due Aug 27. Contact Angel Torres, 210-467-6575, or matorres@ag.tamu.edu.

 

San Antonio: The Fall Youth Gardens Educator's Training class will be held Saturday, September 6, 8:30 a.m.-3: p.m., at the Education Service Center Region 20, 1314 Hines, San Antonio. This program is designed for teachers, educators, and volunteers in support of youth gardening in the classroom and community. Training and lunch is provided at no cost to participants. 5 CEUs for Master Gardeners and Interns. For more information, contact Ruby Zavala, Youth Gardens Coordinator, at 210-467-6575 or ruby.zavala@ag.tamu.edu.

 

Seabrook: "Container Gardening" will be presented by Master Gardener Will Isbell, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 9, Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. A Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 event. Free. Details: https://hcmga.tamu.edu/Public/pubP2.aspx .


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 donation of $5 is appreciated. For more information, visit www.austinbonsaisociety.com.

San Antonio: Mike Bolner from Bolner's Fiesta Spices will discuss creating spice blends, things consumers should know about herbs and spices, and the process of getting herbs and spices from the plants to the consumers, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 11, at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, Free and open to the public. For more information, call 210-826-6860 or email mbelisle@satx.rr.com.

Houston: The Greater Houston Plant Conference will take be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, September 12, at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Road, Houston. Several industry experts will be among the speakers and lunch will be provided. Registration before Sept. 4: $50. Registration Sept. 4 or later: $75. For more information or to register, call 979-845-2604.

 

La Marque: "Growing Onions and Garlic "by GC Master Gardener Ken Steblein, 9-11 a.m., September 13, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. For more information, phone 281-534-3413; email reservation to galv@wt.net, further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.

 

La Marque: "Kitchen Gardening"by GC Master Gardener Mary Demeny, 1-3:30 p.m., September 13, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. For more information, phone 281-534-3413; email reservation to galv@wt.net, further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.

 

San Angelo: The Concho Valley Master Gardeners in San Angelo, Texas will present their 3rd Annual Fall Landscape Symposium, Saturday, September 13. The Symposium will be held at the Stephens Central Library Community Room, 3rd floor, 33 W. Beauregard, San Angelo. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. Four presenters will be speaking throughout the day. Mike Mosman, owner of Cactus Unlimited for the past 15 years, will present "How to Affect All of Your Senses in a Low Water-use Landscape." Pam Smith, a horticulturist by passion and profession, will present "Roses for the Landscape." Debbie Frost, a horticulturist working as a landscape designer and garden coach, will present "Best Plants...Best Garden" and "Enhance the Garden Experience." Pam Penick, author of Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternative for Your Yard, and a landscape designer in Austin, will present "Lose the Lawn: Design Tips for Drought-Proof Gardens." The cost for the Fall Landscape Symposium is $20 per person or $30 per couple. The cost includes refreshments and lunch. Call 325-659-6522 to register. Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 10 to assure seating and handout materials. No childcare will be provided.

 

Schertz: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will present a seminar on Propagation of Plants on September 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. The seminar will be held at the Guadalupe County Community Garden, 1101 Elbel Street (behind the Guadalupe County Office Building), Schertz, Texas. Kathy Carroll, a Master Gardener for six years as well as a Propagation Specialist for the Master Gardener Program will lead the program. The cost of the program will be $10.00 at the door.

  

Smithville: The Smithville Community Gardens will hold its annual fundraising dinner at the Smithville Recreation Center on September 13. Funds are used to provide seeds, plants and equipment needed to maintain the network of gardens. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 512-988-9886. 

 

Seabrook: "Fall Vegetable Gardening", presented by Chris Hammen, Master Gardener. 10 a.m., Sept. 17, Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook.A Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 event. Free. Details: https://hcmga.tamu.edu/Public/pubP2.aspx.

 

La Marque: "Texas Tuff Landscape Plants"by GC Master Gardener Sandra DeVall, 9-11 a.m., September 20, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413, email reservation to galv@wt.net, further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.

 

La Marque: "Grafting Workshop - T- Budding"by GC Master and Propagation Specialist Gardener Herman Auer, 1-3 p.m., September 20, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservation to galv@wt.net, further details  www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Pre-registration required. Limit Class of 24. Free.

 

Rosenberg: Saturday, Sept. 20: Backyard Basics: Freezing & Dehydration - Learn how to extend your backyard food production through freezing and dehydration from Anne Ondrusek, Owner, Honeys Homemade Jams & Jellies. Demonstrations included. Presented by Fort Bend Master Gardeners, 9 a.m. Fort Bend County Extension Office, 1402 Band Rd, Rosenberg. $15 ($25 couple). Details: Call 281-342-3034, email brandy.rader@ag.tamu.edu, or visit http://fortbendagrilife.org or www.fbmg.com.

 

La Marque: "Irises for the Gulf Coast" by GC Master Gardener Monica Martens, 6:30-8 p.m., September 23, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413, email reservation to galv@wt.net , further details www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.  

OCTOBER

San Antonio: October  21 is the evening to learn all about Home Aquaponics. Join David Rodriguez at 6:30 p.m. when he introduces Steven Sumrow from Aquaponic Systems USA at Texas A&M AgriLife Ext Svc, 3355 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. During this two-hour presentation, learn how to create your own Home Aquaponics to grow plants and vegetables in a water environment along with aquatic fish. Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. No chemicals or soil needed, thanks to its automatic recirculating system, Aquaponics does not require much monitoring or measuring. 2 CEUs for Master Gardeners and Interns. Fee:  $10. RSVP to Angel Torres at 210 467-6575 or matorres@ag.tamu.edu.

Monthly meetings

 

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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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