October 15, 2014
Pumped about pumpkins: Just hype about health, or the real deal?


Baylor University


Pumpkin purveyors have reason for grins as wide as those of jack-o'-lanterns this time of year. Pumpkin products are proliferating for autumn - and not just for standard pies, breads and Halloween décor, but also for whimsical goodies that may not live up to the pumpkin's healthy reputation.


Pumpkin spice cake donuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin latte - some chocolate candy manufacturers are even offering pumpkin filling. And mark it on your calendar: Oct. 21 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.


"All at a sudden, if you believe the sales pitch, the pumpkin is the happiest, healthiest food," said Suzy Weems, Ph.D., registered dietitian and professor of nutrition sciences in Baylor University's College of Health and Human Sciences.


But as is often the case with food, a balancing act is important, Weems said.


Pumpkin pluses:


Fiber? Check. Nice thing for dieters who want a full feeling.


Zeaxanthin? Check. Hard to pronounce, but a boon for Boomers. What 50-something doesn't want a weapon against age-related macular degeneration and impaired eyesight?


Low in cholesterol and high in Vitamin A? Yes, the better for healthy skin and eyes - and an aid in fighting cancer.


Heart-healthy phytosterols? They're in pumpkin seeds.


Magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, protein, zinc and iron? "On the USDA/FDA rating schedule, pumpkins are a good source of all those," Weems said. Add them up, and you've got a cocktail for energy, growth and a top-notch immune system.


On the other hand, Weems cautions, be aware of pumpkin pitfalls.


Pumpkin snacks: "Are you really going to benefit from pumpkin-laced candy? It's still candy," Weems said. "Pumpkin seeds are good for making you feel full, but the fat doesn't disappear when you roast and eat them.


Pumpkin desserts: "With pumpkin pie, it's important to notice how much pumpkin there really is in it - and that it's not just the flavoring," she said.


Pumpkin in coffee or for breakfast: "A pumpkin latte is not going to mean any fewer calories if it's made with a full-fat milk or syrup," Weems said. "And doughnuts still have sugar."


Pumpkin as a magic bullet. "Take a look at the total calories: If you have diabetes, you look at the sugar and total carbohydrates. And if you have cardiovascular disease, look at the fat."


All that aside, "pumpkin is delightful," Weems said. "Just be sure to read the container or the wrapper to know the details.  

Fall garden prep tips: Amending the soil


Jackson & Perkins


As fall arrives, the time is finally right for planting new beds, seeding the lawn, transplanting things around the garden, and potting up any herbs or tender plants that need to come indoors for the winter. There is a lot to get done before winter arrives, but the most important task is amending the soil. A garden is only as good as its soil, after all.


And fall is the best time to amend soil, because it will allow any amendments time to break down, ensuring that the nutrients in compost are readily available for plants when the growing starts next spring.


Often well-intentioned gardeners will throw unfinished compost in right before planting. The most common amendments that get tossed in are shredded leaves, eggshells (or even whole eggs), coffee grounds, and banana peels. These are all great things to add to the soil, but they need to be properly composted before the growing season is underway because 1. A lot of the nutrients in these materials aren't available until bacteria or worms have broken them down, and 2. When these materials first start composting, the bacterial activity can use up all the available Nitrogen, creating an even less fertile soil for a time.


This is why it is important to amend the soil well in advance of planting. For the best results, compost should either "finish" in its own pile or be thoroughly incorporated into existing soil in the fall. A sprinkle of an organic source of Nitrogen, like Blood Meal, Poultry Manure, or Alfalfa Meal, will help the compost break down faster and prevent that dreaded Nitrogen deficiency.


A lot of gardeners incorporate their amendments into the soil using a tiller, but this isn't usually necessary, and it also damages the soil's structure, interrupting decomposition and making the soil more susceptible to erosion. To keep the soil healthy, just pull the weeds, and then fold amendments into the topsoil using a garden fork.


Once the bed is prepared, a good way to lock in the nutrients is to add a layer of mulch to the top. This will keep the weeds out and keep the nutrients from being eroded or leached away. Leaves are a great way to top off your prepared bed, as they are readily available in the fall, they prevent weeds, and they slowly decompose to add their own nutrients to the soil.

Texas Tree Conference honors tree lovers


Texas A&M Forest Service


Hundreds gathered in Waco earlier this month to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have dedicated their talents to spreading a leafy green canopy over Texas.


The Texas Community Forestry and Tree Care Awards are held during the annual Texas Tree Conference, an educational and networking opportunity for people interested in trees in the state of Texas. The conference hosts around 850 tree enthusiasts who want to learn more and stay up-to-date with trees and tree care.


The awards program "is an opportunity to recognize those individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond and are really showing people through their actions what we need to do to care for our trees, forests and woodlands," Paul Johnson, the urban and community forestry coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service said.


"I have been blown away by all of the great work in arboriculture and urban forestry in the state and I consider it a privilege to honor those in the field," Johnson said.


The awards are sponsored jointly by Texas A&M Forest Service and the International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter.


2014 Award Winners


Arborist of the Year: Don Gardner. Don Gardner was selected for 2014 Arborist of the Year because of his long service to his clients, community and the state of Texas as a professional in the field of tree care. Gardner's love for and commitment to trees is shown in his service to his clients, his time on the radio and through his ongoing support of local non-profit organizations. He is a consulting arborist with vast knowledge, excellent communication skills and a heart of gold.


The Gold Leaf Award-Landscape Improvement: San Antonio River Authority. The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and their San Antonio River Improvement Project has proven to be more than an environmental restoration project. SARA has made significant contributions to reconnect the river and the community, increase ecological services, increase public use and maintain flood protection for local properties. This project is restoring a strong connection between people, water, wildlife and trees for years to come.


Arboricultural Project of the Year: City of Austin. The Tree Court Improvement Project at Barton Springs is a great example of arboriculture in action. Part of the major renovation of the springs included revitalizing the tree court by the main entrance, where the health of the heritage pecans growing there was a primary concern. A plan was put into action to care for the trees' immediate needs during the renovation and secure their health long term. The plan included alleviating the existing soil compaction, enhancing the soil with compost, expanding planting areas and creating an elevated walkway that appears to be at ground level. The walkway was placed on piers to minimize disruption of the critical root zone of the trees and will minimize tree roots disturbing the walkway in the future.


Outstanding Arbor Day Activities: Keep Denton Beautiful. Denton's official Arbor Day event, The Denton Redbud Festival, is a community-involved celebration of trees. In 2014 over 3,500 people attended the 21st year of this festival and participated in activities for all ages. Local music and food capped off a day of children's artwork displays, a TRASHion Runway show, educational workshops, and even a children's story time that featured "I Can Name 50 Trees Today" from the Cat in the Hat series. The Denton Redbud Festival is hosted by Keep Denton Beautiful.  

The Compost Heap
Marking shovels and more

"Much like Edwin Smith's tip in the last newsletter," writes Ron Knight, "I have marked my post hole diggers at 12", 18", and 24" to help me in estimating depth of digging holes for different projects around the yard, such as for a trellis, arbor, and various yard art."
Gardening tips

Now is a good time to make sure your shrubs and trees are adequately mulched. Apply a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch where needed. This is what they would have on the forest floor if they were growing naturally, and it provides many benefits including weed control and moisture conservation.           


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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Round Rock: The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock, presents "Fall: The Best Gardening Time in Texas," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16. After a long, hot summer, it's time to recharge and get ready for the fall garden. It's our best weather, our longest planting season, and has the fewest problems. Join us to learn how to prepare, what to plant, and how to care for the Fall Garden. The program will be conducted by Jeff Ferris, a gardener in Austin for more than 25 years, staff horticulturist and diagnostician at The Natural Gardener, certified Permaculturist, and instructor in the ACC Landscape and Horticulture program since 2008. Through Neighborhood Harvest Project, he co-founded the first public community garden in Round Rock - Unity Park Community Garden. Jeff is a frequent guest and occasional host of "John Dromgoole's Gardening Naturally" program on KLBJ radio, the longest running organic gardening show in the country. For more information, please contact Julie Chapa, 512-218-7014.


San Antonio: Mary Dunford, owner of Nature's Herb Farm and co-founder of the SA Herb Society, will speak about drying and arranging herbs for holiday use at the San Antonio Herb Society October meeting, Thursday, October 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels. Free and open to the public. For additional information, call 210-826-6860 or email mbelisle@satx.rr.com.


San Antonio: At the Bexar County Master Gardeners October Educational Seminiar, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., October 16, learn about succulents with Mary Irish from the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This free seminar will be held at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio. For more information, call 210-467-6575. 


Seguin: The Guadalupe Master Gardeners will meet on Thursday, October 16, at the Justice Center, 211 Court Street, Seguin. Kirby Fry will speak about "Food Forests: Perennial Forest Gardening Systems." Fry has been a permaculture teacher and design consultant for more than 15 years. He studied permaculture under Bill Mollison. He is also familiar with conventional agriculture and forestry, having studied these disciplines at Texas A&M. He offers permaculture design services via his firm, Southern Exposure Permaculture. In addition, he has extensive experience as a building contractor, including natural building. Mr. Kirby studied Natural Resource Conservation at Texas A & M University, and served in U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala, working in the area of agro-forestry. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. after a social function starting at 6:30. For further information visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org or call 830-303-3889.  


Huntsville: Walker County Master Gardeners 5th Annual Butterfly Festival and Fall Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., October 18, at 102 Tam Road, Huntsville (2 miles north of the Pilot Truck Stop on Hwy. 75N). Find out how butterflies are tagged and released at this annual event featuring a variety of activities for children and adults including: face painting, guest speakers, videos and displays on the migration of Monarchs, a treasure hunt, insect identification, learn about bees and how they make honey, etc. At the plant sale, find an extensive selection including natives, fruit and nut trees, roses, perennials, shade loving varieties, herbs, daylilies and a wide variety of seeds. For additional information, contact Brenda Lichtman at 936-435-2426 or hpe_bxl@shsu.edu, or Reggie Lepley at 936-435-2426 or r-lepley@tamu.edu.


La Marque: "The Fabulous Fragrant Frangipani" will be presented GC Master Gardener Loretta Osteen, 9:00-11:00 p.m. October 18 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.


Lufkin: The Second Annual Native Plant Sale will be held Saturday, October 18, 8 a.m., at the Angelina Farmer's Market, 2107 S. Medford, Lufkin. The sale is a joint effort of Angelina Master Gardeners and Angelina Beautiful Clean, brought to you by contributions from the Master Gardeners, Whataburger, and generous individuals. This year we will three times as many plants as last year, offering you native perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees and vines. To view a plant list with descriptions, visit lufkin/mastergardeners/ and click on the link.  


McKinney: Join the Collin County Master Gardeners Association on October 18 in the Stall Barn at beautiful Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about, and purchase, the best selections of bulbs and perennials for North Texas at the 2014 Bulb and Perennial Mart. The 2014 Annual Bulb and Perennial Mart is a one-day, one-stop shopping opportunity and an introduction to some of the best, hard-to-find heritage bulbs and drought-tolerant perennials for North Texas. CCMGA will be selling some of the beautiful, yet hardy perennials that are doing so well in the nationally award winning trial gardens at Myers Park; as well spring, summer, and fall blooming bulbs that are researched and proven to be suitable for our climate and soil extremes. This year they will also have a wonderful assortment of crinums. The Texas tough plants being offered at The Mart will add a splash of color to the garden throughout the year. Purchase these proven winners by cash, check, or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). The Bulb and Perennial Mart is an indoor event, so come rain or shine! Master Gardeners will be on hand to conduct tours of the trial gardens and answer questions.The event is free and no sales tax. Schedule of Events: 8:30 a.m., Early Bird Seminar; 9 a.m., Pick up August Pre-Sale Bulb Orders; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bulb and Perennial Sale; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tours of Myers Park Research & Demonstration Gardens; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Information Booth. Myers Park is located at 7117 County Road 166, McKinney. To learn more about the 2013 Bulb and Perennial Mart, visit www.ccmgatx.org, or call 972-548-4219 or 972-548-4232.


San Antonio: Texas Water Star Program Earth-Kind Landscape School will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon, October 18, at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio. Wildscaping, Rain Gardens and Yard Waste Reduction will be the topic, followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration: $20 per session. Cor additional information or to register, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575 or matorres@ag.tamu.edu.


Schertz: Join the Guadalupe Master Gardeners for their "Cooking in the Garden" Fair & Craft show. The show will be on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Guadalupe County Community Garden, 1101 Elbel Road, Schertz. There will be 3 garden workshops: "Drip Irrigation" with Master Gardeners Dale Odvody and Vince Vita at 9:30 a.m., then at 10:30 a.m. "Cooking with Fall Vegetables" with Master Gardener Denise Bonds, and ending at 11:30 a.m. with "A Pet Friendly Environment (What's Good, What's Not )" with Dr. Lori Stephens from the Friendship Pet Hospital. There will be craft tables with merchandise for sale as well as a raffle at the Garden site. For further information contact Bob at 210-289-9997. For more information about the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners, visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.


Lufkin: Chris Wiesinger, founder of the Southern Bulb Company will speak on "Southern Bulbs" on Monday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Angelina County Extension, 2201 S. Medford Drive, Lufkin. Learn about the flowering bulbs that will naturalize and thrive in our area. Chris will bring bulbs and books to sell. Admission is $10 at the door. This program is brought to you by the Angelina Master Gardeners. For more information call 936-634-6414.


San Antonio: The Growing Herbs Workshop, held at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., October 20, will cover which herbs grow best in Central Texas,and  how to use them in cooking and in other ways. Presented by Don Crites, Master Gardener and Master Wellness volunteer. $10 per person. To register, call Annette Pawelek at 210-467-6575 or email apawelek@ag.tamu.edu.  


Seabrook: Open Garden Day, with Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 will be held 8:30-11 a.m., Monday, October 20, at Genoa Friendship Garden,1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd. 9:30 a.m.: Educational Programs and Master Gardeners Q&A. Note: Gardens open and plants available for purchase every Monday, May-October. Free, children welcome. For more information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.


La Marque: "Wellness Gardening" will be presentedby GC Master Gardener Tim Jahnke, 6:30-8:00 p.m. October 21 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: Floral Design Classes will be held at the SA Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels, San Antonio, Oct 21, 28, and Nov. 4 from noon-3 p.m. Tuition: $75 - Make check payable to SA Garden Center. Learn how to design your own floral arrangements in these hands-on classes. Instructor is Melissa White of Botanika. Fresh flowers, greenery, and containers to take home a finished project each week. Tool kits available for $10. Further information at www.sanantoniogardencenter.org or call 210-824-0435.    


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.


Creedmoor: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co. will hold an Irrigation/Turf Maintenance Workshop on October 22 at Creedmoor Community Center, 12511 FM 1625, Creedmoor. This conference is in response to ongoing critical water issues. The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf and irrigation professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms as well as contractors; retail nurseries and other users of urban water resources. The goal of the workshop is to share new technologies and best practices for water conservation and drought survival. Four Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) licensed irrigator credits are available to attendees. Presentations and speakers will be: 9 a.m., Irrigation Scheduling, Brad Smith, Instructor, Irrigator Training, LLC; 10 a.m., Efficient Irrigation Practices, Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA; 11:15 a.m., Turfgrass Selection and Cultural Practices for Water Conservation; 1 p.m., Water Management for Sports Field Turf, Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist; 2 p.m., Evaluation, Wrap-up and CEU certificates. Cost: $50 (through 10/17), $60 (10/18 and on-site). CEUs: 4 Irrigation. Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone: 979-845-2604. For more information, contact: Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture, drichards@ag.tamu.edu, 512-854-9615.


San Antonio: Celebrate National Food Day with Green Spaces Alliance and area community gardeners from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 24 at Beacon Hill Community Garden, 1144 W. Gramercy Place, San Antonio. This evening event will be open to the public and recommended for both families and friends of all ages. The event includes kids' activities, a potluck, garden tours and tips, and screening of the film "Fed Up! "The event is free (donations invited) but Green Spaces asks that you bring a healthy food item to share at the potluck and chair or blanket for movie viewing. Register in advance. For additional information, visit www.greensatx.org/upcoming-events .


Bryan: Brazos County Master Gardeners 2014 Town and Country Garden Tour, Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and allow visitors into all six garden gardens. Tickets go on sale September 25 at the Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan. Checks only will be accepted at this location. 979/823-0129. Tickets On Site: On the day of the tour at any of the garden sites and checks or cash only are accepted. For more information, visit www.brazosmg.com or email brazosmg@brazosmg.com.


Fort Worth: Hortipalooza, a festival of fun, friends and horticultural enlightenment, and family day devoted to all things gardening, will be held Saturday, October 25, at the Resource Connection, Building 2300, 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth. The Resource Connection is located off Campus Drive, across from the Tarrant County College - South Campus. Sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, doors open at 8:30 a.m. and feature storytellers, vendors and talks on 20 Must Have Plants, Gardens in a Drought, Creating Herbal Combo Containers, Propagation Magic, Maple Madness and Success with Seeds, as well as hands-on classes on Papercrete Pots (beginner and advanced), Copper Rain Chains and Concrete Leaves. The event will end around 4:30 p.m. Speakers include area Master Gardeners, the Herb 'n' Cowgirl Ann McCormick, Steve Rosenbaum of Steve's Leaves, Tucker Reed, horticulture manager at Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden and Steve Chamblee, chief horticulturalist at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. Lee Coats, the Papercrete Potter from Missouri, will be teaching the papercrete container classes. Papercrete is made with portland cement, perlite and paper. Registration fee if purchased before the event is adults, $25; couples, $45; and children under 16, $15 which includes lunch, snacks and the talks. Fee the day of the event is adults, $35 and kids under 16, $15. There is an extra fee for the hands-on classes. Complete information on the schedule and registration is at www.tarrantmg.org.


Sugar Land: "Conserving Water in the Landscape" Saturday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the T.E. Harman Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. Learn about plant selection and planning to maximize a landscape's beauty while reducing water use, water efficiency practices, tips on managing irrigation systems and harvesting rainwater for outdoor use. The $25 registration fee incudes a rain barrel kit. Jointly presented by the City of Sugar Land, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend Master Gardeners. To download a registration form, visit www.fbmg.com, or call 281-341-7068.


Austin: Green Corn Project's 16th Annual Fall Festival, Grow Locally, Cook Globally, is October 26, 2013 from noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 in advance, $40 at the gate, and ticket sales will end at 3 p.m. that afternoon. The Fall Festival will be at Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road, Austin, and will feature many of Austin's best restaurants, live music on the front porch, cooking demonstrations on the back porch, and a silent auction.    


Bryan: Dwight Bohlmeyer, Program Manager for the Salter Farm Education Research,Institute for Quantum Physics & Engineering at Texas A&M University, will present "Fall Wildflowers of the Salter Research Farm" Tuesday, October 28, 7-8 p.m. at Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Room 102. Bryan. This program features the habitats, flora and fauna of the Salter Research Farm in Robertson County, Texas.  Biodiversity surveys are being conducted at this historical property and those results will be discussed with an emphasis on fall blooming wildflowers. For additional information, visit brazosmg.com.


Humble: The 3rd Annual Sustainable Landscape Conference will be held Friday, October 31, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. Learn from industry leaders about sustainable parking design and development during this year's conference at Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park. For additional information or to make reservations, call Mercer Botanic Gardens at 281-443-8731.


Dallas: A Fall Plant Sale and Garden Safari will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Enjoy native and adapted plants that are rare to find in local nurseries. Arrive at hor early, at 9 a.m., for a guided plant sale safari, and learn what plants are on sale. The tour is $10, $5 for members. Register in advance. For additional information, visit http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/events_and_classes.php.

Humble: Herb Gardening for Home Use will be presented Wednesday, November 12, noon-2 p.m. at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. Join Marilyn O'Conner, "The Herb Lady," to learn about the wide variety of herbs and their uses in homes and gardens. For additional information or to make reservations, call Mercer Botanic Gardens at 281-443-8731.


San Antonio: Join Green Spaces Alliance for lessons in Saving Water AND Growing More Food. It can be done in concert and they will demonstrate how from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 15 at Terrell Heights Community Garden, triangle at 120 Larchmont, San Antonio 78209. This workshop is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 non-members to attend the workshop or $50 members and $60 non-members for workshop and a prepared rainbarrel to take home. Register in advance; rainbarrels will only be supplied for attendees prepaying for item. For additional information, visit http://www.greensatx.org/upcoming-events/register-for-a-workshop .


San Antonio: Numa Laiche and Jamie Daily will discuss Heritage, Heirloom and Pass-along Plants at the November 20 meeting of the Bexar County Master Gardeners. The meeting begins with a social at 6 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m.-8 p.m. presentation, at Colonies House Meeting Room, 3511 Colony Dr., San Antonio. For additional information, call 210-467-6575. 



Bryan: Future use of water and its impact on agriculture will be the focus of the 2014 Texas Plant Protection Association conference scheduled Dec. 10-11 at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Dr. Travis Miller, interim director for state operations with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be one of the featured speakers during the opening general session Dec. 10. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist, and Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, will also be general session featured speakers. Nielsen-Gammon will discuss climate variability and Rubinstein will give a Texas water outlook. Other presentations during the general session will focus on water conservation, comparative irrigation methods, agricultural innovations from industry in dealing with climate change, and a Texas farmer's perspective on dealing with water management. Afternoon sessions on Dec. 10 will include a look at the Texas drought's impact on wildlife, unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture, and decision and precision applications of nitrogen. The second day of the conference will feature sessions on grain, cotton, horticulture/turf, and pasture and rangeland. A student poster contest will be held as well as an awards luncheon. For registration information, visit http://bit.ly/ZwpjOD.


Humble: Succulentarriums will be presented Wednesday, December 10, noon-2 p.m.

at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble.

Learn how to combine remarkable succulents, moss, and cacti with recycled glassware to create fun and fanciful display items for your home or office. These unique items also make great holiday gifts! For additional information or to make reservations, call Mercer Botanic Gardens at 281-443-8731.

MARCH 2015

Quitman: Wood County Master Gardeners will host a Spring Conference, "Time to Plant Smater," 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 28, at the Quitman High School. Vendors, speakers and mini garden-related demonstrations. For more information, contact Gloria Jean Rosewall at gloriajeanrosewall@gmail.com or Roy Culbertson at royculb@gmail.com.
Monthly meetings


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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.

New Braunfels: The Comal Garden Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Southbank Clubhouse, 222 Southbank Blvd., New Braunfels. 




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.




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.




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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