Bastrop is no stranger to the dangers and devastation that wildfire can bring to a community. One weekend proved how reducing overgrown vegetation and implementing other mitigating efforts can decrease the severity of wildfires - potentially saving a community from a destructive fire path.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, along State Highway 71 in Bastrop County, a roadside start ignited a brush fire along a fuel-loaded drainage area just to the west of the already fire-affected Tahitian Village subdivision.
The wildfire was burning in heavy pine, yaupon and cedar trees, exhibiting what fire experts call very active fire behavior. Flames ran through understory fuels and torched in the pine and cedar canopy of the trees. As the wildfire traveled west, rapidly consuming brush and needle drape, the fire encountered a mulched area of land, put in by the county as a buffer zone and line of defense against such wildfires. Without the heavy fuels to burn, the wildfire dropped down out of the canopy of the trees and burned along the ground as a surface fire. Here it lost intensity and was able to be contained by fire crews, a textbook example of what the buffer zone is designed to do.
"I am very pleased that we are able to be proactive in wildfire mitigation. It is my hope that never again will we have to face the tragedy of a repeat of the 2011 wildfire here in Bastrop County," Bastrop County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Fisher said.
The mulched area is part of a fuels treatment grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, administered by the Texas Department of Emergency Management and implemented by Bastrop County just one month ago. This is only the second such grant FEMA has awarded in Texas.
"This story exemplifies a battle-tested theory that proves the process works," Texas A&M Forest Service Task Force Coordinator Rich Gray said.
This process began with the county subscribing to the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program which helps communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. In this case, the Bastrop County Complex Fire in 2011, which burned 34,000 acres, destroyed nearly 1,700 homes and businesses and claimed two lives.
Bastrop County follows a Texas A&M Forest Service-supported, countywide, Community Wildfire Protection Plan and uses information garnered from the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal as guidance to focus hazard mitigation efforts. The county has also partnered with TFS on mulching projects over the past five years for endangered species habitat management and complementary fuels reduction.
"This is capacity building at its finest," said Tom Boggus, state forester and director of Texas A&M Forest Service. "We try to provide research, tools, resources and opportunities for local Texas governments to use and expand upon to protect their own communities. And Bastrop County takes care of its own."
Using funds from the HMGP grant, Bastrop County identified areas along key ignition corridors. The two main areas of concern happen along the west side of the Bastrop County Complex burn scar where wildland meets homes and population and there is still concern for large wildland fires.
This strategy helps the county pinpoint locations to prescribe fuels treatments. Bastrop County contracts with a pool of private companies for detailed fuel mapping, fire behavior modeling and fuel reduction.
Tahitian Village, having been identified as a high risk area for wildfire, recently conducted fuel reduction projects - potentially saving the subdivision from another damaging wildfire.
"Had the area not had the fuels treatment, the pre-fuel conditions coupled with the day's fire weather gave the wildfire the potential to reach more than 100 acres and get into the west side of the subdivision," Gray said. "Instead, due in large by the county's proactive mitigation, we were able to contain the fire to about 5 acres - none of which reached people or homes."
Innovation starts here
By Dee Ann Littlefield
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
When most people think about innovators, they think about technological advances in the industrial sector. The ranching industry has a group of innovators that are making headlines. This group of people are out in front making changes in their day-to-day operations, introducing new ranching methods and procedures and creating new ways to do business.
One such example is Blooming Grove, Texas, ranchers Gary and Sue Price. These stewardship-award winning ranchers are making history for the way they are guiding ranch management into the future.
What are they doing that is turning the heads of conservation professionals across the country? They raise highly sought-after beef, and their lush pastures are postcard worthy, but they have still another focus at the center of their operation.
"It all boils down to water," Gary says. "How we manage the rainwater we receive is the key to everything we do. We can't just pray for rain and everything will be fine; we have to be ready to receive the rain we do get. If we plan right, that rain will grow grass, water livestock and we won't lose any of it before it has served its purpose on this ranch. Our water ends up being drinking water downstream in Livingston or in Richland Chambers Lake to be piped back to Fort Worth."
The Prices have enrolled portions of their land into conservation programs offered through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Sand County Foundation's "Water as a Crop" program, Tarrant Regional Water District's conservation incentive program, as well as a stewardship program through Miller Coors.
The financial assistance they receive helps offset the cost of implementing conservation and management practices to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff on the Price's land, which in turn improves water quality leaving their land. They have utilized conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and cross fencing to achieve these goals.
"This is really a revolutionary idea," Gary says. "But it makes sense. We aren't just providing beef for America - we are providing other things like clean air and clean water, and people are willing to pay for that.
"Any source of income like that takes pressure off of cattle as being the only source of income on the ranch," he says. "If you take the pressure off, it can all work together better."
The Prices are just one of several agriculture industry innovators that will be featured at the upcoming 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands Dec. 13-16, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency DFW near Grapevine, Texas. Hosted by the National Grazing Lands Coalition, the conference brings together people who are passionate about innovation and the exchange of ideas, as well as information on grazing land environmental and economic practices and issues.
"The relationships we build and the people we connect ourselves with and learn from are the true sources of innovation," says Bob Drake, National Grazing Lands Coalition chairman emeritus. "This conference will feature experts in fields such as range science, range and pasture management, forage management and animal behavior. They have the building blocks for helping land managers create purposeful change for sustainably managing the 530 million acres of grazing lands in this nation."
This informative conference is open to the public. Early bird registration of $295 is available through Oct. 15, 2015, followed by regular online registration of $365 until Dec. 4, 2015. On-site registration is also available at $365. Visit www.grazinglands.org for more information.
Citrus trees are growing and ripening their fruit now, so be sure to keep them adequately watered if rainfall doesn't occur.
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Upcoming garden events
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Athens: The Henderson County Master Gardeners 2015 Interns present their Fall Seminar on Thursday, September 24, 6:00 p.m at the East Texas Arboretum, 1601 Patterson Road, Athens. Free and open to the public. Michelle McNeill from Tanglewood Creek Family Farm will speak on how to grow, harvest, and store garlic. She will explain which varieties grow best in Texas, and when and where to purchase seed garlic. Michelle will enlighten attendees on the culinary and medicinal benefits of garlic as well as the cooking, growing and medicinal use of herbs. Tanglewood Creek Family Farm, located in Bonham, Texas, is a Certified Naturally Grown farm, meaning they hold to organic standards. They grow 10 varieties of garlic for culinary and health needs, each with a different flavor. They also grow culinary herbs, make a variety of organic skin and haircare products, herbal jellies, herbal vinegars, and herbal teas.
Bryan: "A Beginner's Preview to Vegetable Gardening" will be presented 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, September 24, at Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan. If you want to grow vegetables but have questions, get the "low down and how to" from veteran Master Gardeners. The public is invited at no charge, however due to limited seating you must reserve a spot before Sept. 22 by calling 979-823-0129.
Nacogdoches: The Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University will be partnering with the Landowners Association of Texas and the Texas Small Farmers and Ranchers-CBO to conduct an Agroforestry Workshop that will focus on educating producers about options for managing timber for profit. The program will start with a series of field visits to see how local producers are managing their timber land. The second half of the day will feature speakers, including: John Boyette, Texas A&M Forest Service; Dr. Joshua Idassi, North Carolina A&T State University; representatives from the forestry department of Stephen F. Austin State University; and representatives from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Silvopasture Management, Alley Cropping, Controlling Timber Pests, Financing Options for Timber Production and Conservation Planning are topics that will be discussed. For those with pesticide licenses, we will be offering 1 CEU for this program. This workshop will be held at the Nacogdoches Courthouse Annex, 203 W. Main St., Nacogdoches, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, September 24, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be arranged for those participants coming from counties more than one hour away. A 30-passenger van will be available in each county (Smith Co., Houston Co. and Bowie Co) to transport participants to the program and back. To reserve a seat, contact the agent in the county closest to you: John Miles 936-560-7711 (Nacogdoches Co.); Brandon Hawkins 903-628-6702 (Bowie Co.); Corey Hicks 936-544-7502 (Houston Co.); or Ashley Pellerin 903-590-2980 (Smith Co.).
Canyon Lake: The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is presenting a Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) Level 1 workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 26, at the Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 Access Road, Canyon Lake. NLCP offers training about the sustainable use of native plants in the urban environment. This program will educate members of the Society, the public and landscape professionals about native plants; provide credentials for landscape professionals; promote the use of native plants in residential, public and commercial landscapes; and will increase awareness and stewardship of the natural Texas plant communities. This Level 1 workshop is an introductory course and will cover the value of including native plants in landscapes; teach the differences between sustainable and conventional development; explore Central Texas vegetation and soil types; and teach 45 native Texas plants recommended for the landscape. CEU hours are available for landscape professionals, and optional certificate of competency available to all registrants. For more info and to register, visit http://npsot.org/wp/nlcp or contact Meg Inglis at [email protected] or 512-589-1316.
Lufkin: Angelina Master Gardeners will hold the "Third Annual Native Plant Sale" on Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m. at the Angelina Farmer's Market, 2107 S. Medford Drive, Lufkin. We will have native bulbs, ferns, grasses, perennials, shrubs, trees and vines for sale just in time for fall planting. A plant list will be available at go-lufkin.com/mastergardeners/ in September before the sale. For more information call 936-634-6414 or email [email protected].
Sugar Land: The Great Grow, Children's Organic School Garden program presents Fall Kids Fest at the Museum. 13016 University Blvd, Sugar Land, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, September 26. Enjoy this fun filled fall festival. Explore the museum butterfly garden. See a live bee hive. Pumpkin patch sponsored by HEB. Habitat plant sale. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities. Info at www.TheGreatGrow.com or call Diana Miller 713-724-3113.
Houston: The Garden Club of Houston's 73rd annual Bulb & Plant Mart will be held October 1-3, at St. John the Divine Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. at Westheimer Road. The Mart opens Thursday, October 1, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for 'Early Bird Shopping' (Admission $20) with a party on the patio featuring a mariachi band and nearby stores offering discounts to Bulb Mart shoppers. Sales continue Friday, October 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All sales are tax-exempt. Admission and parking are free. The Bulb & Plant Mart offers more than 500,000 top-quality bulbs from domestic and international suppliers. Experienced as well as beginning gardeners will find an expanded collection of hard-to-find and unusual plants, perennials, trees, shrubs and vines, including unique offerings from the gardens of GCH members, grown specifically for the Mart. Visitors to the Bulb & Plant Mart will receive a free Horticultural Guide for Houston, prepared by the Club. For pictures of bulbs and plants that will be offered this year and for additional information, visit www.gchouston.org.
Seguin: "Fall Bulbs" will be presnted by Deedy Wright and the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners noon-1 p.m., Thursday, October 1, at the AgriLife Extension Office, 210 E Live Oak St , Seguin. Learn The best fall bulbs to plant in Guadalupe County, how to plant fall bulbs, and caring for your bulbs. FREE! - Just bring your own lunch (Optional!) For more information call Extension office at 830-303-3889.
Denton: The 2015 Fall Garden Fest will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, at the Trietsch Memorial UMC Family Life Center, 6101 Morriss Rd., Flower Mound. This year's event will be held both indoors and out, permitting the event to go on no matter what the weather may be. Admission is free. Educational booths will cover everything from bees, worms and Monarch butterflies to vegetable gardens, herbs, gardenscapes, trees, waterfalls and water conservation. Presentations begin at 9:15 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Topics include planting for the North Texas climate, composting, ponds, aquaponics gardening and propagation techniques. Dozens of booths will provide educational information and shopping opportunities. The event will feature a silent auction, and refreshments will be available from members of the 4-H Club. For details, visit dcmga.com, look for the Denton County Master Gardener Association on Facebook or call 940-394-2883.
La Marque: Master Gardener Deborah Repasz will present "Gardening for Jewels ... Hummingbirds," 9-11 a.m., October 3, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to [email protected], further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
La Marque: Master Gardener Sandra Devall will present "Texas Tuff Landscape Plants - Blooming & Beautiful," 1-3 p.m., October 3, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to [email protected]. Further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale on Saturday, October 3, at the Gregg County AgriLife Extension Auditorium, 405 E. Marshall, Longview. The sale will be from 9 a.m. until noon. All plants will be $5, except Earth-Kind Roses which will cost $10. Entry to the sale will be through the back doors of the building. Many different kinds of shrubs and perennials will be offered. For additional information call, 903-236-8429 or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/greggcountymastergardeners.
Nacogdoches: SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis. Parking is available at the nearby Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.
Fort Worth: The public is invited to explore seven of Fort Worth's best private gardens for the price of six on Sunday, October 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program. The gardens are located in the TCU and Oakhurst areas of Fort Worth - cottage gardens to an acre of multi-level landscapes. The Open Days are self-guided tours and you decide which gardens you want to visit and in what order. Information about each garden is at www.opendaysprogram.org. Admission is $7 for each house, plus a two-for-one combo. Tarrant County Master Gardeners are the hosts at each home with information and demonstrations to share. Purchase tickets at each house or online. The Garden Conservancy seeks to save gardens which are in danger of being lost.
La Marque: "The ABC's of Composting" presented by GC Master Gardener Ken Steblein, 6:30-8 p.m., October 6, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to [email protected], further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
Tyler: "Bulbs: Easy Spring Color Starts Now" will be presented at noon, October 6, in the IDEA garden at the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler. An informative lecture covering seasonal gardening topics held on the patio of the IDEA garden, the program begins at noon. The lecture is approximately 30 minutes with a Q&A session following. Seating is limited; please bring a chair for you comfort. In case of inclement weather, program will be held in Rose Garden Center. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/smith/coming-events/ or call 903-590-2980.
San Antonio: San Antonio Garden Center Clubs will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 7, at 3310 N. New Braunfels @ Funston. The program, "Harvesting Style: Floral Inspirations for Fall," will feature demonstrations by local floral designer John Romo, using traditional fall elements in fresh and surprising ways. You might even take one of his fabulous arrangements home! Join us for coffee at 9:30; meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.sanantoniogardencenter.org or call 210-824-9981.
Wichita Falls: The Texas Section Society for Range Management (TSSRM) will be hosting its annual meeting in Wichita Falls at the Multi Purpose Events Center on October 7-9. The theme for this year's meeting is "Rangeland Sustainability: Managing Toward an Integrated Future" and focuses on sustainable ranching operations. In 2014, McDonald's announced new goals for sustainability by 2020. These goals included "Supporting sustainable beef production and to begin purchasing beef from verified sustainable sources in 2016," "Will your operation qualify as a verified sustainable source?" and "How do others define sustainability?" These questions will be addressed by industry leaders, ranchers, and agency personnel. The meeting will kick off Wednesday with lunch followed by a tour of the Murray and Birdwell-Clark Ranches, two productive and sustainable ranches in the area. The tour will conclude on Wednesday evening with a reception and steak dinner at the Birdwell-Clark Ranch. Thursday's events will consist of presentations from industry leaders and ranchers. Each will discuss the ever-changing climate of marketing livestock with a focus on sustainability. On Thursday, there will be an awards luncheon, presentations, and an evening reception and banquet. Friday morning's program focuses on collegiate members, with presentations by graduate students and other young professionals. The meeting will conclude at noon, with the closing ceremonies. Three hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for Texas Pesticide Applicators License and 12 CEUs for Certified Professional Range Management will be given for attendance. Those interested in attending can contact Reggie Quiet ([email protected]) or by phone at 940-473-9624. Hotel reservations can be made at Days Inn and Suites (855-213-0582) or Baymont Inn and Suites (940-691-4200). Please request the TSSRM block for special room rates. Sponsorships and exhibitor space are still available. Those interested in sponsoring or reserving space for a commercial exhibit should contact Cody Scott ([email protected]; 325-486-6744) or Mandi Ligon ([email protected]; 940-733-0120).
Austin: "Plant Propagation" will be presented 10 a.m. to noon, October 8. Learn how to make new plants for your yard through propagation methods such as rooting slips and cuttings. In this workshop you will assemble a self-watering propagator and select cuttings to grow new plants. All supplies, instructions, and cuttings will be provided for each participant. Master Gardener Sue King, a Plant Propagation Specialist, is a retired school librarian, an avid soup-maker, and a life-long gardener. Master Gardener Carolyn Turman found propagating plants using cuttings as an easy and inexpensive way to add wonderful additions to her landscape. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road, Austin. Cost: $25 thru 9/28, $30 starting 9/29. Seating limited to 25. No on-site registration available. No cash accepted - checks and credit cards only. Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty, Register by Phone: 979-845-2604. Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or [email protected].
Houston: "Compost Tea - Nature's Elixir" will be the topic of the Houston Rose Society Meeting on October 8, at 7:30 p.m. Speaking will be John Ferguson owner of Nature's Way Resources, a composting company that specializes in high quality compost, mulch, and soil mixes. John will discuss how to make a home-brewed compost tea that is a great fertilizer for roses and all plants. The HRS has moved to the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004. The parking lot is Lot C, located at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street. Free admission. For more information, visit http://www.houstonrose.org.
La Grange: Wizzy Brown will present "Ants" at 12:05 p.m., October 8, at the Fayette County Agricultural Building, 255 Svoboda Lane, La Grange. Everyone has a home remedy or recommendation about controlling ants. Listen to someone who has real knowledge about controlling those pesky critters. For additional information, visit http://fayette.agrilife.org.
San Antonio: Brian Gordon from Roots of Change Community Garden will be presenting Hugelkultur, a German gardening method of layering of mounds for an ideal biosphere for organisms and a base for seedlings and seeds, at the October San Antonio Herb Society October meeting, Thursday, October 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels Ave. Free and open to the public. For additional information: 210-826-6860 or [email protected].
La Marque: "Galveston County Plant Sale Preview Presentation," presented by GC Master Gardener John Jons. 8-8:50 a.m., October 10, at Wayne Johnson Community Center in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
La Marque: The Annual Galveston County Master Gardener Fall Sale will be held October 10 at the Wayne Johnson Community Center in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. This popular annual fall sale will introduce and feature many outstanding and hard-to-find fruit and citrus trees, fall/winter vegetables, herbs and perennials that grow well in this area. New this year are bulbs and corms that grow well in the area, and a craft table, Seminar 8-8:50 a.m. Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ph 281-534-3413; further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.
Marshall: Beginning at 10 a.m., October 10, the Harrison County Master Gardeners are hosting a plant and seed swap on the grounds of the Starr Family Home Historical Site, 407 West Travis St., Marshall. The swap is free and open to the public. Bring plants or seeds to swap, and take home something new. Master Gardeners will be bringing homegrown plants and seeds to trade and give away. The Starr Home Site is located at the corner of W. Travis and S. Grove in Marshall. Come early, as this won't last long! For more information, contact [email protected].
Tenaha: On October 10, help celebrate King's Nursery's 100 years serving Texas and Louisiana gardeners. The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with a welcome and bit of nursery history followed by an entertaining lecture by well-known Texas horticulturist and Texas Gardener Contributing Editor Greg Grant at 11 a.m.. Hot dogs and fixings will be served at noon followed by a generous helping of musical talent. The nursery is located on US 84 just east of the US 59/US 96 interchange in Tenaha. For more information call the nursery at 936-248-3811.
Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardener Fall Conference and Bulb Sale will be held October 10 at the Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W Front St., Tyler. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9 a.m. Free and open to the public Skip Richter, Harris County Extension - Horticulture Agent and Texas Gardener Contributing Editor, will present "Building Soil & Controlling Pests Nature's Way." The bulb and plant sale will follow the conference. Bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs will be offered for sale. For more information: http://txmg.org/smith/coming-events/ or 903-590-2980.
Schertz: "Lawn Care" will be presented by Marvin Borth, Master Gardener, noon-1 p.m., Monday, October 12, at the GVEC Service Center Community Room, 908 Curtis Street, Schertz. Topics include: Turf Grass Types, Proper Maintenance, Fertilization, Weeds, and Pests Control. Free and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. For more information call 830-303-3889, AgriLife Extension Office or visit guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.
La Marque: "Buried Treasures...Bulbs & Other Hardy Perennials for Gulf Coast Landscapes," presented by GC Master Gardener Anna Wygrys. 9-11 a.m., October 17, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to [email protected], further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
Huntsville: A Texas Pollinators Garden Symposium will be held 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., October 16 followed by a Butterfly Festival and Fall Plant Sale October 17 at the Veterans Conference Center, 455 Hwy 75, Huntsville. Speakers include Felder Rushing, Henry Flowers, and Dotty Woodson.Registration: $75 until September 15; $95 after September 15. For additional information, visit www.walkercountymastergardeners.org or call Duane Robinson at 936-355-8215.
La Marque: "The Joy of Daylilies," presented by with Nell Shimek, 6:30-8 p.m., October 20, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to [email protected], further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
Woodway: Master Gardener Louis McDaniel will present "Hydroponics/Aquaponics" from noon until 2 p.m., October 21, at the Pavilion at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 1 Pavilion Way, Woodway. For additional information, call 254-399-9204.
St. Francisville, Louisiana: The Southern Garden Symposium, offering prestigious speakers amid gracious surroundings, will be held October 23 & 24, in St. Francisville, La. With featured speakers including LSU Ag Center's Allen Owings, award-winning floral designer Scott Hasty, and noted author Larry Mellichamp, no other gardening program brings together top quality speakers and historic plantation settings as well as the Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville, La. Known as much for its engaging social events and historic venues as for its outstanding gardening lectures and workshops, the Southern Garden Symposium - now in its 27th year - has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts from across the south. While the symposium's workshops and lectures provide ideas and inspiration for the gardener, the social activities surrounding the event are classic southern elegance at its best. From the home-baked breakfast breads served in the morning, to the sumptuous fare of the evening gala and the delightfully relaxed Saturday afternoon tea, not a single detail of southern hospitality is overlooked. Located about 45 minutes north of Baton Rouge, La., St. Francisville was established in 1809. Set in a unique location on a bluff of the Mississippi River and often described as a town "two miles long and two yards wide," the quaint community offers southern hospitality, fantastic shopping, and breathtaking scenery. Symposium events are held at several historic and picturesque locations, both public and private, including Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown Plantation, Grace Episcopal Church, Wildwood, Underwood Cottage, and more. For complete program information and registration forms, visit www.SouthernGardenSymposium.org, call 225-635-3738, or email [email protected]. For information regarding overnight accommodations in St. Francisville, visit www.stfrancisville.us or call 225-635-4224, toll free at 800-789-4221. Seating is limited and hotel rooms can be scarce in St. Francisville in October, so register now!
Bryan/College Station: The Brazos County Master Gardeners' Association will host the 3rd Annual Garden Tour, "Beyond the Garden Gate," on Saturday, October 24, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year's garden line-up will offer four diverse home gardens and the Master Gardeners' Demonstration Idea Garden (The DIG). The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG): "The DIG," the garden created and maintained by local Master Gardeners, is located at 2619 Hwy. 21 West, Bryan, and will offer fun-filled and educational addition to this year's tour. There will be a family pollinator hunt with prizes from 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Then from noon - 1 p.m. Chef Tai, owner of Veritas Wine & Bistro will hold a demonstration of garden cooking. From 1:30-2:30 there will be a demonstration by a local beekeeper and door prizes will be announced at 3:00p.m. Wildlife Habitat and Garden: This 5.5 acre property, located at 10100 White's Creek Rd., College Station, is certified as a Wildlife Habitat, a Texas Wildscape and Best of Texas Backyard Habitat and as a Butterfly Garden. The homeowner has augmented the natural setting with native Texas plant species selected to entice and sustain local and transient wildlife with food, water and shelter. The owner is a die-hard composter and loves to teach others the art and science of composting. Garden of Easing: The Garden of Easing, located at 11737 Durrand St., College Station, provides an inviting setting for relaxation, contemplation, and entertainment. The owners designed a long-term functional structure for the garden that protects the large post oaks, elms and other trees, shrubs and vines that are on the property. The lawn was reduced to a minimum to lower irrigation requirements while providing a drainage swale that directs water from front to back. Seasonal splashes of color are provided by annuals in the ground and in decorative containers. To avoid mud trails and increase the backyard entertainment area, a circular concrete paver patio is extended with connecting flowing cobble. As the name indicates, this gardener was looking for function, aesthetics and ease of gardening. The Rescue Garden of Hidden Dimensions: The Rescue Garden of Hidden Dimensions, located at 3927 Hawk Owl Cove, College Station, demonstrates the infinite dimensions possible in a small garden created from discounted plants lovingly resuscitated by the gardener. Hundreds of plants grow in a riotous beauty that brings joy to the beholder. Plants can be seen at many vertical levels and raised beds are framed by white stones. Water features and soft night lighting are embedded into garden environments. With careful nurturing in winter, the gardener has successfully grown an abundance of subtropical and potted tropical plants, rewarding visitors with a splash of leaf and flower colors and textures through most of the year. Sanctuary Rose Garden: Taking inspiration from Europe and Savannah, the homeowner of this garden, located at 4605 Oakmont Circle, College Station, has designed a tranquil, rose-filled, walled sanctuary, using classical elements of symmetry, structure, and stone. Roses, emblematic in Catholicism, predominate, but under, above and through the canes is a rich diversity of plants, including fruit trees and hard-to-grow specimens of camellia and hydrangea. A six-foot statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel surmounts the Italianate fountain at center stage. Bricked and gravel paths lead past the statue to roses and clematis climbing the fences. A compact vegetable garden is tucked in next to the rain capture system that waters the yard by means of drip irrigation. Ticket Information: Tickets may be purchased between September 1 -October 22, on-line at www.brazosmg.com, at Brazos Natural Foods, 4303 S. Texas at Rosemary, Bryan, or at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 2619 Hwy. 21 W, Bryan. They may also be purchased on-site at any of the five gardens on tour day. Tickets are $15 for adult admittance to all gardens. Tickets for "The DIG" only are $5 and there is no charge for children under 12 years of age with ticketed adult. Tickets purchased at the Extension Office or those purchased on-site at any garden on October 24 must be paid by cash or check only.
La Marque: "Garden Tool Care Presentation and Workshop," presented by GC Master Gardeners Tim Jahnke and Henry Harrison, III, 9 a.m.-noon, October 24, at Galveston County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to [email protected], further details see www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardener Association will hold its 2015 "Garden Tour: Nature's Beauty Beyond the Gate" featuring six home locations in Victoria Oct. 24-25. For more information call 361-575-4581.
Tyler: "Providing Winter Care for Wildlife" will be presented at noon, November 3, in the IDEA garden at the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler. An informative lecture covering seasonal gardening topics held on the patio of the IDEA garden, the program begins at noon. The lecture is approximately 30 minutes with a Q&A session following. Seating is limited; please bring a chair for you comfort. In case of inclement weather, program will be held in Rose Garden Center. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/smith/coming-events/ or call 903-590-2980.
Austin: "Bold and Beautiful Edibles" will be presented, 10 a.m. to noon, November 12. Learn about edible plants with ornamental potential for Central Texas landscapes. We're talking artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, herbs and more. Some are perennials, some are annuals, but all will beautify your landscape and satisfy your appetite. Master Gardener Patty Leander is a writer for Texas Gardener magazine and grows vegetables year round in her Oak Hill garden. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road, Austin. Cost: $10 thru 11/02, $15 starting 11/03 and onsite, No cash accepted - checks and credit cards only. Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty, Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or [email protected]. La Grange: Johnny Schroeder will present "Lawn & Landscape Equipment Management" at 12:05 p.m., November 12, at the Fayette County Agricultural Building, 255 Svoboda Lane, La Grange. Maintenance tips and schedules for all your outdoor power equipment. maintain your yard and garden like a pro with these handy operation tips and tricks. For additional information, visit http://fayette.agrilife.org.
Woodway: Master Gardener Patricia Goaley will present "Anecdotes from the Garden," an amusing romp through the garden, from noon until 2 p.m., November 18, at the Pavilion at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 1 Pavilion Way, Woodway. For additional information, call 254-399-9204.
Grapevine: The National Grazing Lands Coalition will host the 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands December 13-16, at the Hyatt Regency DFW near Grapevine. Conference organizers expect more than 1,200 ranchers, professors, land managers, researchers, public officials, conservationists and students to attend this national conference and participate in the exchange of ideas and information on grazing land environmental and economic practices and issues. The conference will feature experts in fields such as range science, range and pasture management, forage management and animal behavior. Speakers include Dr. Don Ball, professor emeritus, Auburn University; Dr. Garry Lacefield, professor of plant and soil science, Extension forage specialist, University of Kentucky; Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, forage product manager, Barenbrug, USA; and Dr. Rachel Gilker and Kathy Voth, who produce "On Pasture," an online grazing magazine which translates research and experience into actions graziers can implement on their own operations. The conference's unique format will provide grazing information and expert speakers along four "tracks" - Western, Midwestern, Eastern and Dairy. Some of the topics to be highlighted include grazing management, grazing land economics and marketing, public policy, soil health and the ag/urban interface. Session speakers also include everyday ranchers and land managers. This year's conference will also feature a "Texas Day" on December 15 that will feature sessions on prescribed burning and brush management, along with a Texas Social in the evening. Early bird registration of $295 is available through Oct. 15, followed by regular online registration of $365 until Dec. 4. On-site registration is also available at $365. For more registration information, or opportunities to exhibit or participate in poster presentations visit http://www.grazinglands.org.
Woodway: Peggy Cathey of Waco Iris will discuss Irises from noon until 2 p.m., December 16, at the Pavilion at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 1 Pavilion Way, Woodway. For additional information, call 254-399-9204.
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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 visithttp://www.kcmga.org, call 972-932-9069 or email to[email protected].
Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu
or call 281-855-5600.
Dallas: Garden Masters, Inc., meet the first Wednesday of each month at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas. The club hosts different speaker each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch! For more information, email Bunny Williams at [email protected].
Kerrville: Hill Country Master Gardeners meet the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Hwy 27. For more information visit www.hillcountrymastergardeners.org.
Midland/Odessa: The Permian Basin Master Gardeners meet at noon, the first Wednesday of each month, lternating between the Midland and Ector County's Extensions Offices. For more information about location, call 432-498-4071 or 432-686-4700.
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.
Atlanta: The Cass County Master Gardeners meet the first Thursday of each month at the Atlanta Memorial Hospital Conference Room, State Highway 77 @ S. Williams St., Atlanta. A business meeting is followed by an educational program. The public is welcome to attend. For additional information, call 903-756-5391 or visit http://cass.agrilife.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.
Fort Worth: The North Central Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. except (January and July) in the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Building at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth. For additional information, contact President Theresa Thomas at [email protected].
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 visithttp://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.
Jacksonville: The Cherokee County Master Gardeners meet on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Woodmen of the World, 1800 College Ave., Jacksonville. For more information, e-mail Tom Abbott at [email protected].
Harrison County: The Harrison County Master Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the Harrison County Annex building, 102 W Houston St. (south side of the square), Marshall. Meetings are held in the 2nd floor AgriLife Extension meeting room. For more information, call 903-935-8413, or email [email protected].
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[email protected].
Quitman: The Quitman Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Quitman Library on E Goode Street, Quitman. It is a diverse group that welcomes all visitors. For more information, e-mail[email protected].
Denton: The Denton County Master Gardener Association meets from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. the
second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. For complete details, visithttp://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's Learn at Lunch program meet the second Wednesday of each month. The business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program at noon, at the AgriLife Extension Office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview. The program is presented for horticultural education and is free to the public. For further information call 903-236-8429, visit www.txmg.org/gregg, or like us on Facebook at Gregg County Master Gardeners.
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 6 p.m. (social) 7:00 (meeting) the second Thursday of each month except in July in the AgriLife Extension auditorium, 1225 Pearl 2nd floor (downtown Beaumont next to the Court House). For more information contact: 409-835-8461 or txmg.org/jcmg.
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[email protected].
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.
New Braunfels: The Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. Meetings include an informative speaker, plant of the month presentation, and plant raffle. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/wp/lindheimer.
Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport. For additional information, e-mail [email protected] or call 361-790-0103.
Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Road, 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 [email protected] or call 817-454-8175.
Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas - Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) at the Houston SArboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park (4501 Woodway Dr.). For more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http:/npsot.org/wp/Houston.
Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, at the AgriLife Building, 210 East Live Oak, 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 [email protected].
Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Blvd., Ft. Worth. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-263-9322 or visit 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 [email protected].
Houston: The Houston Native Prairie Association meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. For more information, contact [email protected].
Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the community room behind the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union,1300 N. Bell, Cedar Park, unless there is special event planned. Following a program and short business meeting, we share a pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call president Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email [email protected].
Dallas: The Dallas County Master Gardeners meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For location and program information, visit 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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