August 31, 2016
  
Texas tomato growers slicing into vegetable market with fresh fruit all fall

By Kathleen Phillips
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
 
Tomatoes are the Type B's of the vegetable world: Laid-back, creative, collaborative.
 
Want a slice on a burger? Fine. Chopped into a salad? Great. Pureed and slathered over a pizza crust? Yum. Steeped in a winter stew? Ahhhh.
 
But fresh is what most consumers covet, and that's what Dr. Kevin Crosby, Texas A&M AgriLife vegetable breeder in College Station, had in mind when he released a new variety called Hot-TY.
 
"It's very heat tolerant, so if you plant it now from San Antonio to College Station south, it will start flowering within a month," Crosby said. "And you can harvest from late October until after Thanksgiving or until there is a frost."
 
The fresh frenzy is tempting Texas tomato growers statewide, serving up potential for the industry to recoup some of its steady decline over the past 50 years, Crosby believes.
 
In 1960, Texas growers harvested 28,500 acres of tomatoes valued at almost $7.7 million, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Only an estimated 300 acres are grown in Texas now for commercial canning, Crosby said. But last year, Texas fresh tomato yields from about 900 acres were valued at almost $4.9 million.
 
Here's the catch, according to Crosby: Tomatoes are coming back for the small-scale and backyard farmers and organic growers, not large-scale commercial growers. And they are selling to grocery stores and farmers markets for consumers who want fresh, vine-ripe tomatoes.
 
"It's growing in those areas because the value of the crop is very high in that sector, especially around metropolitan areas," he said.
 
That can be seen when adjusting the 1960 price for inflation to 2016. Tomatoes in 1960 sold for $5.27 per hundredweight which would equal $42.09 in 2015, the latest year for which production figures are available. But the price per hundredweight in 2015 was about $60, almost 40 percent higher than what farmers were receiving more than 50 years ago when adjusted for inflation.
 
Crosby noted that vine ripe, organic tomatoes can gross $50,000 per acre these days.
 
Interest was obvious recently when Crosby invited Texas tomato enthusiasts - be they commercial, niche or backyard growers - to a workshop to learn the most recent tips for producing the high-dollar fruit. Crosby said that in working on a joint tomato project with the Texas Department of Agriculture, he found growers had lots of questions. More than 50 growers came to learn about the new variety, how to graft onto rootstock, what diseases are on the horizon, how to combat them and what researchers are finding about the human health aspects of tomatoes.
 
"Flavor and quality - that's what people want in a vine-ripe tomato," Crosby said. "Maybe that kind of tomato is less than 10 percent of the market, but it's very lucrative. So theoretically, though the acreage may be less than 1,000 acres, I guarantee you they're making a lot more per acre than when there were 40,000 acres.
 
"And there is a lot of interest in not just quality but in better farming practices when you're making a profit. There is no question tomatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables, and we consume a lot of them. They deliver a lot of nutrients and minerals and are important to a lot of cuisines, so it helps that you can add that to your diet and benefit from it."
 
Among the most recent research on the health aspects of tomatoes is the potential to prevent prostate cancer, according to Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M.
 
"Some vegetables might be slightly higher in levels of phytochemicals, but you may not like them as much," Crosby said. "Think about mustard greens. I mean, they are very nutritious, but I think people like tomatoes better."
Chickens in classrooms: How you can help
 
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
 
"What did you do in school today?"
 
"Fed some chickens, learned where eggs come from, designed a new chicken coop."
 
Sound like a conversation that could happen at a dinner table in New York City? What about San Francisco, Chicago, or Houston?
 
Today, these talks are more probable than you may think. As part of learning experience programs, many schools across the country - both urban and rural - have added chicken coops to their curriculum. Teachers praise their flocks for providing hands-on lessons to students, from responsibility and teamwork to biology and animal care. And students credit the chickens as one of their favorite reasons for going to school.
 
Realizing the benefits of backyard chickens in classrooms, Purina Animal Nutrition has started an initiative to help these programs thrive.
 
The program, launched along with an app called "Chick Flick by Purina," empowers flock raisers to share the fun of raising chickens through easy-to-create, short online videos. The new online video creation app makes it easy to share the joy of raising birds and collecting eggs in their own backyard.
 
"Chickens are a source of happiness to those that have them - from a gardener in Texas to a classroom in North Carolina," says Jodi Eineichner, backyard flock marketing manager with Purina Animal Nutrition. "Our goal is to share the joy of raising chickens to friends, family and students across the country."
 
To share this joy, Purina is partnering with schools nationwide. For every chick flick video shared through Sept. 2, Purina will donate five pounds of chicken feed to their network of coop-to-school programs - up to 25,000 pounds of feed.
 
Here's how it works:
  1. Chicken enthusiasts visit www.YourChickFlick.com.
  2. Visitors choose six photos from their chickens.
  3. The app creates a fun, shareable video from the photos.
  4. Fans share the created video on Facebook or Instagram.
  5. For each video shared, Purina will donate five pounds of chicken feed to a participating school - up to 25,000 pounds of feed.
Chicken owners are invited to create a chick flick at www.YourChickFlick.com . Fans can also view videos from other chicken raisers by using the hashtag #YourChickFlick.
Gardening tips

Many of the winter weeds that don't normally sprout until September have started to sprout after the generous rains we received this month. Watch for them in your growing beds and remove them when they are small. Of course, desirable wild flowers will sprout after the rain as well, so it is important to be able to identify the young seedlings. You don't want to hoe up Bluebonnets!   
 
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Upcoming garden events
 
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SEPTEMBER

Tyler: "Fall Color for the Garden" will be presented by Patsy Besch at noon, September 6, in the IDEA garden in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler. The lecture is approximately 30 minutes with a Q&A session following. Seating is limited; please bring a chair for your comfort. In case of inclement weather, program will be held inside of the Tyler Rose Garden Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/smith/coming-events/ or call 903-590-2980.

Houston: "Revisiting the Dutch Masters" will be the topic of the Houston Rose Society meeting, Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. The parking lot is Lot C, located at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street. This program will be presented by Dr. Jim Johnson, Director Emeritus of the Benz School of Floral Design. Dr. Johnson will discuss a number of famous still life paintings of roses done by Dutch Masters and replicate those arrangements before the audience. He will also discuss information on the proper preparation of floral stems and fruit for arrangements. Free admission. For additional information, visit www.houstonrose.org .

Nacogdoches:
Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens will host a soap-making workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10, in Room 101 of the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. The Gifts from the Garden workshop will be led by Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator. Participants will use the cold-press method of soap making and will take home samples of luxurious soap they create. The soap will be made from coconut and palm kernel oil, lye, essential oils and dried herbs. Participants will learn the step-by-step process of soap making, so they have the skills to make soap at home on their own. Cost for the seminar is $25 for SFA Garden members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminar or for more information, contact the SFA Gardens education office at 936-468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu .

Bryan: Brazos County Master Gardeners present A Rain Barrel Workshop, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 24, at Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan. $50 per barrel - all materials provided. Learn about the current state of our water supply needs and how to lower usage of municipal water supplies. Make and take your very own 55 gallon rain barrel. For more information, visit brazosmg.com.

San Antonio:
Shari Anderson, clinical herbalist and owner of Omni Star Farms in Boerne, will be speaking on the Herbal Remedies for Pain and Stress at the September 8 meeting of the
San Antonio Herb Society . She has been involved in the cultivation, study of, and teaching of herbal healing since 1979. Shari's formal Botanical studies include studies with the American Herbalist Guild, course work with the Rock Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Dr. Christopher's school of Natural Healing. Shari will bring a selection of special preparations to sell. Her presentation will provide an amazing wealth of remedies that plants and herbs can offer. The meeting will be held at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.
 
Seabrook: Lecture series, Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2, present O.J. Miller, Clear Lake City Councilman and palm enthusiast, who will speak on "Growing Palms," 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., September 8, at the Clear Lake Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. For more information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.

Conroe: Montgomery County Master Gardeners will offer "Bees: Raising and Caring for Bees"  at the Montgomery Co. AgriLife Extension Office,  9020 Airport Road, Conroe, 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., September 10. $5.00 per person (cash or check) is due at registration the morning of class. The fee covers costs of materials, supplies, coffee and snacks.  F or more info, visit   http://www.mcmga.com/  or call 936-539-7824.

Kaufman: The Kaufman County Master Gardeners will host a Keyhole Gardening Seminar on Saturday, September 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds, 4001 S. Washington Street, Kaufman. Join Dr. Debbie Tolman, keyhole gardening expert and author of Soiled Rotten: Keyhole Gardens All Year Round, for an exciting and informative hands-on workshop. A keyhole garden is a self-composting, raised bed garden. Learn how keyhole gardening can minimize your work while maximizing your results. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9:00 a.m. After lunch, Dr. Tolman, with the help of participants, will build a keyhole garden using recyclables, including cardboard, magazines, clothing, and other items, at the Garden Learning Center. The program cost is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. Registration must be pre-paid by Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Lunch is on your own, but food will be available for purchase on-site. Make checks payable to KCMGA and take the payment to the Extension office or mail to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 2471 N. State Hwy. 34, Kaufman, Texas 75142. For more information, call the Extension office at 972-932-9069.

La Marque: "Kitchen Gardening" with GC Master Gardener Mary Demny will be presented 9:00-11:30 a.m., September 10, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Free. Participants must pre-register: 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.
 
La Marque: "Composting" with GC Master Gardener Jim Gillian will be presented, 1:00-2:00 p.m., September 10, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Participants must pre-register: 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.

San Angelo: Concho Valley Master Gardeners proudly present their 5th Annual Landscape Symposium, Saturday, September 10. It will be held at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Center, 7887 N. US Highway 87, San Angelo. Pre-registration is required. Early registration is $30 until August 22. Late registration is $40 from August 23 through September 6. Registration fee covers refreshments and lunch. No refunds or cancellations. Three featured speakers: Mike Shoup, owner Antique Rose Emporium, will talk about "Lessons from a Texas Rose Rustler." Jerry Parsons, retired Extension Agent, will talk about "Concho Valley Superstars" and "The Colorization of Bluebonnets." Finally, Steven Chamblee, Garden Manager of Chandon Garden, will talk about "Texas Shade Gardens" and "Great Garden Ideas." To register with check and parking and hotel information visit: txmg.org/conchovalley. To register with a credit card visit: http://mkt.com/cvmg. No child care will be provided. Register early, last year sold out.

San Antonio: "It's More Than the Spring!" will be presented Saturday, September 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Milberger's Landscape Nursery, 3920 N Loop 1604 E., San Antonio. This free Earth-Kind Seminar will be presented by David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulturist. He will help you prepare for a Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden, and will answer your specific questions about your gardening issues. Bring a notebook. Earth-Kind combines organic and traditional principles that help homeowners create lush yet environmentally safe gardens and landscapes. These research-proven techniques are successful, and preserve and protect the environment. For more information, visit http://www.milbergernursery.com/event/its-more-than-the-spring/.

Austin: O n Monday, September 12, Kirby Fry will discuss "Sustainable Design and Perennial Food Gardens," how he and a group of volunteers have implemented many gardens through events called permablitzes. The Austin Organic Gardeners' Club meets at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, in Zilker Botanical Gardens . Doors open at 6:30 pm for the opportunity to meet, mingle, and ask questions with local gardeners; club business begins at 7 pm , followed by our guest speaker's presentation. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org  .

La Grange: "Turfgrass Management" will be presented by Brent Bachelor, 12:05 p.m.-12:50 p.m., September 13, at Fayette County AgriLife Extension Service, 255 Svoboda Lane, La Grange. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 979-968-5831.

San Angelo: Lunch 'n' Learn seminar will be on Friday, September 16, and will feature Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension Horticulturist talking about Herbs and Butterfly Plants. Fall is a great time to plant an herb garden and butterfly plants, too. Get ready for the monarch migration that will be coming through with both nectar and food plants. Learn what butterflies need to visit your landscape. The seminar is held at the Edd B. Keys Building, 113 W. Beauregard in San Angelo, in the AgriLife Extension Office, first floor. It starts at noon and goes until 1 p.m. Feel free to bring lunch. The cost is $5. All funds go toward the PPC garden projects.

San Antonio: Herbs Outside of the Box Work(ing)shop will be presented by Anne Macaulay, Garden Steward, Texas Master Gardener, 9 a.m.-noon, September 17, at High Country Community Garden, 16418 Cypress Park, San Antonio. Why attend a workshop when you can partake in a Work(ing)shop? Green Spaces Work(ing)shops always include a hands-on activity and are held at one of the 37 network community gardens. Participants get to try their hand at a useful gardening technique, witness an active San Antonio community garden, while gaining experience from San Antonio's local experts and community gardeners. Herbs are an amazing addition to the San Antonio garden. Many are drought tolerant, grow well from seed (often volunteering from year to year), and are very nutritious when added to your favorite dishes. Because they are so easy to grow in San Antonio, why not give them a try and then learn to create delicious and unique snacks, meals, and gifts that your family and friends will enjoy. Join Master Gardener, High Country Community Garden Guru and 2014 Green Spaces Garden Steward of the Year, Anne Macaulay, as she expertly presents fun uses of locally grown herbs.

Angleton: The September Fest Open House will take place 9:00 a.m.-noon, Saturday, September 17, at Brazoria County Master Gardner site-BEES, 585 County Road 443 (Hospital Drive) Angleton. Master Gardeners will give presentations for a successful Fall Veggie Garden and discuss Fall Landscaping to improve home landscape. A Plant Sale with heat-tolerant plants will be available. Demonstrations in the Enabling garden featuring low-profile raised-bed planters as well as garden tours emphasizing herbs and ornamentals,Texas Star plants and composting will be show cased. Plant propagation techniques and building a rain drum will be demonstrated for the home owner/gardener. Free to Public and door prizes galore!

La Marque: "A Passion for Plumeria" with GC Master Gardener Loretta Osteen will be presented, 1:00-3:00 p.m., September 17 at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Free. Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details  http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.
 
Houston: Open Garden Day, with Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2, 8:30-11 a.m., September 19, at the Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. FREE. Plants for sale every Monday in the Greenhouse. For more information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.

Smithson Valley: The Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold their monthly meeting on September 20 at the GVTC Auditorium located at 36101 FM 3159, Smithson Valley. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Bob Fields, Landscape Photographer. Bob will speak on "Native Landscape Photography". The meeting is free and the public is welcome. For more information call Martha Guethle, 830-438-5996.

Woodway: Master Gardener Steven Lovecky will share his knowledge and love of growing Cacti and other succulents. (He knows a lot!) The program runs from noon to 2:00 p.m., September 21. Join us at the Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd, Woodway, for an interesting afternoon. For more information, call 399-9204 or email jschaffer@woodwaymail.org.

San Antonio: "BEE Informed" will be presented Thursday, September 22, 6-8:30 p.m. at Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio. Hear all about the Life of a Commercial Beekeeper as Lived by Randy Verhoek. Randy, a South Dakota native, and his wife Roberta started keeping bees in 1990. What started as a smaller scale operation with around 750 hives transformed into a commercial business involving more than 4,000 hives in 1999. Roberta's grandfather provided valuable mentorship with his 60 years of experience, and by 2003 they founded IntegriBees, LLC in Danbury. The Danbury operation is now the base operation for raising queens and bees for Texas and North Dakota honey production, as well as wintering bees until they are sent to California for almond pollination. Randy is on the board of directors of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board, is a founding member of the Pollinator Stewardship Council, serves as the past President of the American Honey Producers Association (A.H.P.A.), and also is a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition as a representative for the A.H.P.A. Bexar County Master Gardner (BCMG) General Meetings are free to members and the public, and are usually held on the evening of the third Thursday every other month at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, Suite 208. Note: this meeting is being held on the fourth Thursday! The meeting will begin with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the BCMG President at President@bexarmg.org , call 210-631-0400, or visit: http://www.bexarmg.org/come-bee-informed/.

Canyon Lake: The NPSOT Linheimer Chapter will be offering The Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) Level1: Introduction to Native Landscapes on Saturday, September 24, at the Tye Preston Library, Canyon Lake. The certification program was developed by the Native Plant Society of Texas to teach the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes. The Introduction to Native Landscapes course teaches the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes, the differences between sustainable and conventional development, and an understanding of Texas vegetation regions and soils. Students will become familiar with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape and 5 invasive plants to avoid. The course includes a classroom session and a 2 hour outdoor plant knowledge walk. The Native Plant Society (NPSOT) offers two levels of certificates: Completion - attend the full day; Competency - attend the full day and pass a test at the end of the class. Students graduating with either certificate may progress to another class level. Registration cost is $37 plus $10 for lunch options from Jason's Deli. Visit https://s08.123signup.com/event/details/ntknk for registration and more information or contact the following: Registration questions: Meg Inglis, NLCP Coordinator, meg.inglis@npsot.org or 512-589-1316. Location and class specific questions: Sara Riggs, Host Chapter Manager, Riggs_571@msn.com, 571-236-8571.

La Marque: "T-bud Grafting of Citrus & Fruit Trees" with GC Master Gardener Sue Jeffco presenting this hands-on workshop, 9:00-11:30 a.m., September 24, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Free. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/, Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413. NOTE: Class size is limited to 24 person participating. You must pre-register in order to participate. Others are welcome to observe.
 
La Marque: "Unusual Edible Plants" with Montgomery County Master Gardener Ed Naspinski will be presented, 1:00-2:00 p.m., September 24, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. For additional information, visit details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.

Lufkin: 4th Annual Native Plant Sale will be held at the Farmer's Market, 2107 S Medford Dr., Lufkin, on Saturday, September 24, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until sold out. Featuring native and well adapted ferns, grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees. Angelina Master Gardeners. Call 634-6414 for more information.
OCTOBER

Flower Mound: Whether you prefer gardening, shopping, cooking demos or silent auctions, there will be plenty of activities at the 2016 Fall Garden Fest, held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Trietsch Memorial UMC Family Life Center, 6101 Morriss Rd., Flower Mound. Admission is free, and includes a variety of activities for youngsters. Educational presentations begin at 9:30 a.m., starting with Chef Charles Youts of the Classic Café in Roanoke, who will prepare dishes made from fresh, seasonal vegetables and herbs. Two additional one-hour programs will be presented twice that day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. They feature Janet Gershenfeld, Master Gardener, discussing "Edibles in your Landscape" and Steven Chamblee, chief horticulturist at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, presenting "Garden Harmony 101." Informational booths will address the following topics: bees, monarch butterflies, gourds, veggie gardening, herb growing, container gardening, Earthkind, landscape design, worm composting, water conservation, tree care and more. Dozens of craftspeople will be on hand to sell plants, yard arts, gifts and more. A silent auction will offer a variety of treasures. Refreshments will be available from the 4H club concession. For complete details, visit dcmga.com or look for the Denton County Master Gardener Association on Facebook.

La Marque: "Cruciferous and Other Favorite Vegetables for Fall Gardening" with GC Master Gardener Gene Speller presenting, 9:00-11:00 a.m., October 1, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.
 
La Marque: "Herbs in the Garden" with GC Master Gardener Cindy Croft presenting, 1:00-3:00 p.m., October 1, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.

Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale on Saturday, October 1, at the Gregg County AgriLife Extension auditorium, 405 E. Marshall. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon. All plants will be $5, except Earth-kind Roses which will be $10. Parking in back. Entry to the sale will be through the back door. There will be a variety of shrubs and perennials. For additional information call, 903-236-8429 or see on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/greggcountymastergardeners.

La Marque: "Easy Butterfly Gardening" with GC Master Gardener Phyllis Koenig presenting, 6:30-8:00 p.m., October 4, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.

Tyler: "Bulbs and More" will be presented by Anne Pattullo at noon, October 4, in the IDEA garden in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler. The free lecture is approximately 30 minutes with a Q&A session following. Seating is limited; please bring a chair for your comfort. In case of inclement weather, program will be held inside of the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more information http://txmg.org/smith/coming-events/ or 903-590-2980.

La Marque: "Bulbmania!" with award winning Houston Garden Club member Dodie Jackson presenting, 9:00-10:00 am, October 8, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.
 
La Marque: "Gardening for Jewels...Hummingbirds" with GC Master Gardener Deborah Repasz presenting, 1:00-2:30 p.m., October 8, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.

San Antonio: How to Attract Pollinators into the Garden Work(ing)shop, Oct. 8, at the Terrell Heights Community Garden, 670 Greenwich, San Antonio. Pollinators are a hot topic in San Antonio. Resident environmental groups, community organizers, teachers, policy makers and political leaders are passionate about creating local solutions. Come learn about how you can attract pollinators to your community garden or yard. Terrell Heights Community Gardeners have great experience to share about their plant selection process using native milkweed and nectar plants, site design and resource gathering for their Monarch Waystation. Participants will also learn about plants to attract hummingbirds, bats and lesser known helpful pollinators.   
Tyler: Brent Heath, of Brent & Becky's Bulbs will present two programs, "Bulbs for the Deep South" and "Bulbs as Companion Plants" at the Smith County Master Gardener Fall Conference and Bulb Sale, October 8, at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W Front St., Tyler. Bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs suitable for the local area will be offered. Registration: 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. Conference Fee $15. Bulb Sale opens at 11:00 a.m. and is free. For more information: http://txmg.org/smith/coming-events/ or 903-590-2980.

La Grange: Texas Gardener Contributing Editor Patty Leander will discuss "Cover-cropping & Crop Rotation" at the Fayette County Master Gardeners monthly Lunch-N-Learn, 12:05-12:50 p.m., October 11, at the Fayette County ArgiLife Extension Service, 255 Svoboda Lane, La Grage. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 979-968-5831.

La Marque: "My Favorite Perennials" with GC Master Gardener Jan Brick presenting, 6:30-8:00 p.m., October 11, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque. Fee/Free. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.

Denton: Denton County residents are interested in becoming a Master Gardener are invited to the organization's Round Up meeting from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St., Denton.
County residents wishing to apply for the 2017 Master Gardener training program must do so no later than Oct. 14. Attending the Roundup is not a requirement for applicants, but everyone must complete an application form, which is available online. For complete details, including all requirements for new members, visit www.dcmga.com.

Houston: The 74th annual Bulb & Plant Mart, sponsored by The Garden Club of Houston (GCH), will be held October 13-15, 2016 at St. John the Divine Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, Texas. The Mart will open Thursday, October 13, 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for Early Bird Shopping with a Party on the Patio featuring Live Music and Lite Bites (Admission $20). Nearby stores will be offering discounts to Bulb Mart shoppers. Sales continue Friday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. All sales are tax-exempt. Admission and parking are free. More than 500,000 top-quality bulbs from domestic and international suppliers from Amaryllis to Zephyranthes (Rain Lily) will be available at the Mart including over 200 varieties of Tulips, Iris, Daffodils and Hyacinths as well as small bulb favorites: Anemone, Crocus, Freesia, Ranunculus, and Watsonia. Experienced as well as beginning gardeners will find an expanded collection of hard-to-find and unusual Crinums, Daylilies, Gingers, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and citrus plants, including exclusive offerings from the gardens of GCH members grown specifically for the Mart. The Plants that Merit Attention Booth, hosted by Nancy Thomas, our horticultural award-winning Garden Club of Houston member and Garden Club of America Past President, will be featured on Saturday morning and will offer noteworthy selections collected specifically for the Mart. Additional special exhibits will include the live butterfly tent from The Museum of Natural Science Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Conservation Booth, which will feature a variety of native and drought tolerant plants curated by experts in ecological conservation and education. Shop NOW for your dazzling spring blooms. More than 100 different bulb varieties can be pre-ordered before the Mart. All pre-orders will receive a 10 percent discount and are sales tax free. Orders must be received by September 15 . Photos and planting information are also included. For additional information about the Bulb & Plant Mart and GCH, visit www.gchouston.org .

Hitchcock: "Galveston County Master Gardener Annual Fall Plant Sale." Presale presentation of sale plants by GCMG John Jons, 8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m.; Sale 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., October 15, at Galveston County Fair Grounds in Jack Brooks Park - Rodeo Arena, located at Hwy 6 and Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock. For details and updates, visit http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/.

Woodway: Master Gardener Louie McDaniel will share his knowledge of growing plants hydroponically October 19. McDaniel covers the latest innovations in growing plants and vegetables. Even apartment dwellers can enjoy growing vegetables on their balconies or patios. The program runs from noon to 2:00 p.m. at The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway. Free. For more information, call 399-9204 or email jschaffer@woodwaymail.org.

San Antonio: Harvest Blitz National Food Day, Oct. 22, at the St. Therese Community Garden, 906 W. Kentucky Ave., San Antonio. Green Spaces Alliance Community Gardens Program is hosting its annual event to celebrate National Food Day from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Gardeners, foodies, and healthy-eating advocates are invited to attend and enjoy the time-honored tradition of sharing food as a community. The event will feature the Chef led demonstrations, nutrition experts encouraging tastings, garden gurus sharing cultivation tips, and fun, informative films to cap off each evening. Activities will be offered for the entire family.
NOVEMBER

Woodway: Anecdotes from the Garden will be presented by Patricia Goaley, Master Gardener November 16. An amusing romp through the garden, discussing gardening influences on life from the dark ages thru the 1700s from England, some of Europe, and finally, to our survival in America. The program runs from noon to 2:00 p.m. at The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway. Free. For more information, call 399-9204 or email: jschaffer@woodwaymail.org.
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FIRST WEEK
  
Kaufman: The Kaufman County Master Gardeners meet the first Monday of each month at the First Community Church at 1401 Trinity Drive in Crandall. January through April and August and September meetings are at 9 a.m., with the remaining meetings beginning at 7 p.m. For additional information visit http://www.kcmga.org, call 972-932-9069 or email to sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.

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

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 bunny-williams@sbcglobal.net.
 
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.

Hempstead: The Waller County Master Gardeners usually mee tat 9 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Waller County AgriLife Extension Office, 846 6th St., Hempstead. For more information on the meeting schedule, visit http://txmg.org/wallermg or call 979-826-7651.

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

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 tom@deerfield-abbey.org.

Glen Rose: The Glen Rose Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (September through May) at the Somervell County Community Center in Glen Rose. For additional information, email stringer030@yahoo.com.

Glen Rose: The Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Somerville County Citizen Center, 209 SW Barnard St., Glen Rose. For additional information, email prairierose.npsot@gmail.com
 
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 wannagrow2@gmail.com.   
 
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 . Meetings are open to the public. For complete details, visit  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'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.or g 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.
 
THIRD WEEK
 
Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.com.
 
Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener's meet on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W Henderson, Cleburne. Meeting times are at 2 p.m. October through April, except December and at 6 p.m. May through September. An educational program precedes the business meeting. For additional information, contact Sue Matern at 817-517-9076.
  
New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month (except April and December,) at the  GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. An educational program precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For additional information, call 830-620-3440 or visit http://txmg.org/comal/ .

Texarkana: The Four Corners Chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Southwest Center, 3222 W. 7th St. (U.S. 67), Texarkana. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Belinda McCoy at 903-424-7724 or blackmtngardens@yahoo.com.

Bastrop/Lockhart : Texas Sage Master Gardeners meet the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Bastrop or Lockhart. Visit their Facebook page for location and educational topic of the month: https://www.facebook.com/TexasSageMG . For additional information, or to become a Texas Sage Master Gardener, email TexasSageMG@gmail.com .
 
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  6:30 pm at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. Meetings include an informative speaker and a Plant of the Month presentation. Meetings are free and visitors are welcome. For more information,visit www.npsot.org/w/lindheimer Note : there will be no meeting in June or December.
 
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 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 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) 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.

San Antonio: The Bexar County Master Gardeners (BCMG) meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio. During the months of Jan., March, May, July, Sep. and Nov., an evening meeting begins with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by a free presentation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. During the intervening months (Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.), afternoon educational seminars/general meetings are held from 1-3:30 p.m. Check http://www.bexarmg.org/ to verify meeting date for any given month, as circumstances could require a change, and to find information on the speaker and topic scheduled for each meeting.
 
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.
 
FOURTH WEEK
 
Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at 210-999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.
 
Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardeners, a program of Texas AgriLife Extension, meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. There is a public gardening program at each meeting and pertinent information may be found at brazosmg.com or 979-823-0129.
 
Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312.
 
Linden: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the senior citizens building at 507 S Kaufman St. in Linden at 6:30. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Karen Tromza at khtromza@yahoo.com.
 
Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Blvd., Ft. Worth. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-263-9322 or visit www.ogcfw.webs.com.
 
San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or email npsot.sanantonio@gmail.com.
 
Houston: The Houston 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 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 h ttp://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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