February 15, 2017
  
New champion tree has ties to forestry of the past
 
Texas A&M Forest Service
 
A loblolly pine on the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Boggy Slough Conservation Area west of Lufkin was recently confirmed by Texas A&M Forest Service to be the largest of its kind in the state.
 
Located within 200 feet of Cochino Bayou, a prominent waterway, the champion loblolly stands as a symbol of the oldest forest growth in Texas. Due to the presence of an old abandoned tram right-of-way, it is believed that this area was last logged for both hardwood and pine more than 100 years ago. This tree was likely one of the first to regenerate following logging in the late 1800s.
 
"Although all trees have value as they provide many environmental, economic and social benefits to Texans, big trees have big value," said Texas A&M Forest Service Partnership Coordinator Gretchen Riley. "This big loblolly pine stands in a place that could arguably be called the birthplace of Texas forestry and connects past industry with present conservation values. I'm thrilled to crown it the state champion."
 
When a potential champion tree is located, a precise measuring process is utilized to determine a tree index number. The number is found by combining the trunk circumference in inches with the total height of the tree in feet, plus one-quarter of the average crown spread in feet. The former champion, located in Rusk County, was most recently measured in May 2013 and has an index of 309 points.
 
The new champion, standing at 138 feet, was nominated by Robert Sanders, Director of Forest and Wildlife Management at the T.L.L. Temple Foundation's Boggy Slough Conservation Area. With a circumference of 178 inches and a crown spread of 65 feet, the new champion has a tree index of 332 points.
 
Originally purchased in the early 1900s as part of the Southern Pine Lumber Company, Boggy Slough is an approximately 20,000 acre tract located in east Texas along the Neches River. The Southern Pine Lumber Company would become the Temple-Inland Corporation and was purchased by International Paper in 2012. Ultimately, the tract would be purchased by the T.L.L Temple Foundation in 2013.
 
After the tract was purchased by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, management priorities shifted from a focus on commercial timber production to a more balanced approach that promotes ecosystem health while maintaining the land as a working forest. In 2016, a conservation easement was placed on the property in cooperation with the Conservation Fund, allowing the property and its conservation value to be protected in perpetuity.
 
"The Boggy Slough Conservation Area aspires to be a model for conservation and land management that connect nature to our communities," said Wynn Rosser, President and CEO of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.
 
Originally, loblolly pine, known officially as Pinus taeda, was commonly found along banks of streams in virgin forests of Texas. Today, this large, fast-growing tree species is now the dominant pine across the state, and is considered to be the most commercially valuable of the southern pines. The wood has a wide range of uses including lumber, pulp, boxes, crossties, posts and fuel.
 
Upon proclamation as a champion, this tree was added to the latest edition of the Texas Big Tree Registry, a listing of the largest specimen of every native or naturalized tree species found in the state.
 
The purpose of the Big Tree Registry is twofold - to stimulate a greater public appreciation of trees and to recognize owners and nominators of the state's largest trees. The registry is published quarterly on the Texas A&M Forest Service Big Tree Registry page.
 
Currently, Texas A&M Forest Service recognizes 320 native or naturalized tree species that qualify for the list. Of these, 85 are current national champions or co-champions listed in the 2016 National Register of Big Trees published by the conservation group American Forests. The largest loblolly in the nation, with an index score of 343, was crowned in 2016 and is located in Northampton, Virginia.
Challenges of breeding "VIPeas"
 
Crop Science Society of America
 
The small but mighty chickpea packs a dietary and environmental punch. They are an important source of nutrition, especially protein, for billions of people across the world. Additionally, bacteria that live in root nodules of chickpea plants pull in atmospheric nitrogen, increasing soil productivity.
 
But breeding new varieties of chickpeas with desirable traits - such as increased resistance to diseases and pests - is difficult. In fact, it is "tedious and inefficient," says Thomas Stefaniak, a researcher at North Dakota State University.
 
In a new study, Stefaniak and his colleague Kevin McPhee evaluated four combinations of breeding methods and tested whether they increased the success rate of crossing chickpeas.
 
Crossing uses two individual plants to create a more desired offspring. Ultimately, this allows breeders to select for plants with beneficial traits, such as higher yields.
 
Chickpea plants are particularly difficult to cross. It is unclear what causes most crossing attempts with chickpeas to fail. "A common assumption is that chickpea flowers simply do not like to be touched by human hands," says Stefaniak.
 
But researchers often have to touch the flowers when they are trying to cross chickpea plants. That's because chickpea flowers have both male and female reproductive organs. When pollen from the male organ lands on the female organ of the same flower, it can lead to self-pollination and inbreeding.
 
To reduce the chances that chickpea plants self-pollinate, researchers can remove the male part of the flower that contains the pollen - the anther. They use a pair of forceps to cut the anther before the pollen has a chance to land on the female organ.
 
Stefaniak and McPhee found this process - called emasculation - does not increase cross-pollination in chickpeas. In fact, it seemed to lower rates of successful pollinations, which would impede breeding progress.
 
The researchers also tried applying a cocktail of hormones to chickpea flowers. Previously, these hormones had been shown to increase the crossing efficiency between wild and cultivated species of chickpea. But Stefaniak and McPhee found no significant increase in crossing success when they used the hormones.
 
The researchers also tried a combination of emasculation and hormone treatment. Again, they did not find any increase in crossing efficiency.
 
According to the authors, "The results of this study do not support using emasculation, hormone treatment or a combination of the two to improve crossing efficiency in chickpea."
 
These results are important. Emasculation and hormone treatment require a lot of time and effort. This study shows that investing in these methods may not pay off. 
 
Stefaniak is now turning his attention to other factors that may increase crossing efficiency. "I would like to test different environmental conditions, both in the field and greenhouse," he says.
 
Future studies will examine how ambient light, temperature, and humidity may be influencing the efficiency of crossing chickpea plants.
 
Developing new and efficient ways to cross chickpea plants will help farmers in regions where it is currently grown. It may also lead to the expansion of chickpea cultivation and consumption in new areas.
 
The vast majority of chickpea produced globally is consumed in the developing regions of Asia. People in other parts of the world would benefit by incorporating more chickpea in their diets "due to its relatively high fiber, low fat content, and high quality protein," says Stefaniak.
Masabni receives Blue Ribbon Award for latest gardening book

By Adam Russell Texas
A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  
Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Overton, and contributor to both Texas Gardener and Seeds, received an award for his latest how-to book for Texas gardeners titled Easy Gardening for Texas.
 
Masabni was awarded the Blue Ribbon for Extension Communication by the American Society of Horticultural Sciences-Southern Region for the book, which was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2016.
 
The award is presented for outstanding printed or online extension publications as judged by a panel of extension colleagues at universities from the society's southern region. The award was presented during the society's annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama, Feb. 3-5.
 
Masabni received a Blue Ribbon award in the same category for Organic Vegetable Production Guide in 2011.
 
Easy Gardening for Texas offers basic information on how to maximize a vegetable garden's production in the Lone Star State. The 224-page book explains the fundamentals of planning, planting, watering, and pest and disease control in gardens. It lists more than 30 recommended varieties that grow best in different regions of the state and provides tips for growing, harvesting, and storing vegetables.
 
"It's an honor to be recognized for the work I do serving Texas vegetable growers," Masabni said. "It's good to know that my work is making an impact in other states as well."
Gardening tips

Cut perennials back to a few inches high and remove all the cold-damaged growth. If you have perennials that were not damaged by cold, now is a good time to trim them back to encourage new growth and maintain size. They will resume growth once warmer spring weather arrives and will look much better with the dead growth removed.

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FEBRUARY

Woodway: Sandy Katz, Master Gardener, will present "Using Earthkind Plants in a Home Landscape Design " at noon, February 15, Carleen Bright Arboretum, 1 Pavilion Way, Woodway. For more information, call 254-399-9204 or email jschaffer@woodwaymail.org.

La Marque: "Pruning Roses" with GC Master Gardener, Consulting Rosarian, and American Rose Society member John Jons presenting, 9:00-10:00 a.m., February 16, at Galveston County Master Gardeners' Research & Demonstration Garden in Carbide Park, 4102 Main St., La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, further details see http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/. Free.

San Antonio: Rosarian Ed Bradley will present "Roses for 2017," Thursday, February 16, 1-3 p.m., at 3355 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. Free. Bexar County Master Gardener (BCMG) Educational Seminars/General Meetings are held on the afternoon of the third Thursday every other month at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, Suite 208. Bradley will share his expertise his wealth of knowledge on growing roses in San Antonio. For more information email President@bexarmg.org, or call 210-699-0663.

Seguin: Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 pm Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will meet at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. Joe Urbach, a Hays County Master Gardener who has written several books on gardening, will present "Phytonutrient Gardening". Sure, you know how nutritious raising your own food is, but Urbach takes you back to how that happened, how certain varieties are more nutritious than others and how that came to be. A fascinating history of some of the foods we eat, how to get the most nutrition from them, and which to eat for certain health conditions. Free. Open to the public. For more information, visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Hempstead:
Peckerwood Garden presents Evening at Peckerwood Lecture Series: Friday, February 17, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd. Hempstead. Learn about late winter interest plants in the garden with Director of Horticulture, Adam Black. Wine and refreshments provided. $10 admission and parking, $5 for members. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/ or email info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

Houston : "Daylily Sale" offered by Lone Star Daylily Society at the Texas Home & Garden Show February 17-19 at the NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston. Times for the sale are Feb 17, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Feb 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Feb 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Offering 55 varieties, ranging from oldie-goldies, to newer releases by well-known hybridizers, such as Bell, DeVito and Trimmer. Prices range from $5-$12. For more information, visit lonestardaylilysociety.org and see a copy of our color flyer to see samples of what you can expect to find. Any questions, call Debbie Pike at 979-236-1478.

Conroe:  Montgomery County Master Gardeners will offer Spring Gardening - a two session class  at the Montgomery Co. AgriLife Extension Office,  9020 Airport Road, Conroe .  Session 1: Preparing for Spring Gardening -  9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Session 2: Vegetable Gardening in Spring - 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. February 18. $5.00 per person per session (cash or check) or $7.00 for both is due at registration the morning of each class. The fee covers costs of materials, supplies, coffee and snacks.  F or more info visit   http://www.mcmga.com/  or 936-539-7824.

Hitchcock: "Galveston County Master Gardeners 2017 Spring Plant Sale" with pre-sale seminar 8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m., plant sale 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., February 18, at Jack Brooks Park Rodeo Arena, 10 Jack Brooks Rd and Hwy 6, Hitchcock (Galveston County Fairgrounds).

Kaufman: Kaufman County Master Gardeners host Home Landscape Design, Saturday, February 18. Dr. Whitney Griffin of Texas A&M University in College Station will discuss landscape design principles, plant selection criteria and landscape maintenance. She will also discuss living walls and green roofs and how they can be incorporated into a landscape design. The seminar will be held at Grace Christian Church, 504 S. Houston Street, Kaufman. Registration, the silent auction, the plant sale and vendor booths open at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon. Light refreshments will be provided. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 972-932-9069 or go to kcmga.org

La Marque: "Galveston County Master Gardeners Annual Spring Fruit & Citrus Tree, Vegetable, 'Texas Tough' Perennials, Bulb, and Craft Sale," 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., February 18; pre-sale seminar 8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m., at Jack Brooks Park Rodeo Arena, 10 Jack Brooks Rd and Hwy 6, Hitchcock (Galveston County Fairgrounds) For a complete list of plants included in the Sale, visit aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/Galveston/index.htm.

Pasadena: Harris County Master Gardener "Fruit Tree and Tomato" Sale will be held February 18 at Campbell Hall, Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff RD., Pasadena. 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 February 21 at the GVTC Auditorium, 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 Kathryn Bryant, Management Chair, Lindheimer Chapter Plant Sale. Kathryn will speak on "Plant Sale Primer." Kathryn will review native plants of interest for the sale and propagation techniques. The meeting is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call Martha Guethle, 830-438-5996.

Bryan: Brazos County Master Gardeners will present "Blue is the New Gold," a water conservation program, February 25, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Learn methods to efficiently manage your outdoor use of this limited natural resource! Experts will give information and guidance related to rainwater harvesting, efficient home irrigation systems, how soils capture water and plant selection to conserve water. John Ferguson , owner of Nature's Way Resources (NWR), Conroe, will present "Soil, Your Ultimate Water Reservoir" in which he will discuss how soils capture and use water for low maintenance and environmentally friendly landscapes. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Dr. Dotty Woodson, a water resource program specialist at the Dallas Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, will present "Rainwater Harvesting" and "Irrigation Efficiency," covering rainwater collection for irrigation, provide mathematical formula for rainwater collection, design ideas, filtration options, irrigation pressure issues, efficient irrigation methods and prevention of cross contamination. 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Amy Uyen Truong, an extension assistant with the Texas Water Resources Institute and the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, will present "The Drought Survivability of 97 Ornamental Landscape Species," in which she discusses how drought-prone areas can benefit from ambitious landscaping strategies to allow consumers to properly manage their outdoor water use. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. $45 per person. Visit brazosmg.com for registration form and additional information.

Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd. Hempstead. Visitors enjoy 1-hour guided tours of the garden led by knowledgeable docents. Guided tours are offered approximately every 30 minutes, leaving between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Purchase Tickets. $10 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/ or email info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

Online: "Connections between People and Nature - Invasive Species," will be presented online at 6 p.m., Sunday, February 26. Professor Scott Solomon from Rice University, Biosciences, who will speak on Invasive Species. In his talk, he will examine one specific way in which humans affect the natural world: by transporting species around the world, we are creating powerful adversaries that impact not only native species but ourselves as well. Professor Solomon is a biologist and science writer who teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication. He recently published his first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution. Professor Solomon will address Connections between People and Nature from the perspective of biosciences. After his talk, there will be time for Q&A. If you would like to join this online conversation, please register at eventbrite.com (search for "Connections between People" in Houston) and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting. For more information about this event, contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.

Bryan: Alan M. Day, General Manager of the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District, will present "Brazos Valley Groundwater Issues: Facts and Challenges" at 7:00 p.m., February 28, at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan. Learn about the issues and challenges related to groundwater in Brazos and Robertson counties-joined in the Groundwater Conservation District because of their geographical, economic and hydrological connections. Get the facts about the BV Groundwater Conservation District's role in water conservation. The public is invited at no charge. Day holds a BS & MS in Animal Science from TAMU and was an Extension Agent in Agriculture for 7-1/2 years. The BVGCD is a not-for-profit agency that protects and conserves the groundwater resources of Robertson and Brazos counties through local authority and management, balancing the rights of private landowners and the need to protect the area's groundwater resources. See brazosmg.com for more details.
MARCH

Angleton: Dr. Kevin Ong, director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, will present "Canker and Greening: Two Citrus Diseases That Have Some Folks in a Tizzy," at 7:00 p.m., March 1, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 21017 County Road 171, Angleton. For additional information, visit http://txmg.org/bell/.

Galveston:
The Friends of Moody Gardens will host the
5th annual Gulf Coast Herb Fair and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 1, in the Visitors Pyramid at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston. The featured speaker during the luncheon will be Alicia Cahill, owner of The Kitchen Chick. Activities being planned include exciting vendors in the Visitors Pyramid, a Garden Blessing accompanied by music and the story of the Tussey Mussey, plus a lovely luncheon for $35/pp. Checks can be sent to Ellen Perry, 2903 Dominque Drive, TX 77551. For more information, phone 409-740-6842 or email e.l.perry@att.net. For additional information, visit https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/f706afb5-3856-4a07-8ce2-9223dd12981b.

Navasota: The Navasota Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m., March 1, at First Baptist Church, 300 Church Street, Navasota. The Program will be "Tea for Two" Simple and Exquisite. Ladies are asked to wear their Sunday hats for "Afternoon Tea" in the English Tradition. The program will be on Table Decorations from whatever you have on hand or in the yard. For additional information, contact Charlotte@moodyranch.com.

Austin: Locally raised heirloom veggies and herbs make their big debut 9 a.m. at Sunshine Community Garden (SCG), 4814 Sunshine Dr., Austin, March 4. The sale is the largest Certified Organic Non-Profit Plant event in Texas. More than 150 tomato varieties, 72 wicked hot and sweet bell pepper varieties, 15 kinds of eggplants, 5,000 herbs and other plants ready for spring planting. The first bite of a delicious and juicy home grown organic tomato will make you beg for more. Improve your health with regular gardening exercise. Save big money by growing your own organic vegetables. For complete list of plants on sale and varieties to grow visit http://www.sunshinecommunitygarden.org/.

Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Insider's Tours: Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd. Hempstead. Pre-Registration Required. Tours will highlight a focused subject each month, ranging from Peckerwood's specific plant groups, garden design strategies, seasonal interest and more. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to see sections of the garden never visited during the general tours as we explore "Early Interest Winter Plants." $15 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/ or email info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

Ruston, LA: The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their fifth annual seminar on Saturday, March 4, from 8 a.m. until noon at Lomax Hall of Louisiana Tech University. The theme for this year's seminar is Daffodils: Bring Your Best Buds. This presentations include: "Daffodils for Southern Gardens" presented by Greg Grant, county agent in Smith County (Tyler), Texas, contributing editor to Texas Gardener magazine, and an award-winning horticulturist, author and garden speaker. He lives in his grandparents' dogtrot farmhouse and gardens on his ancestral land in Arcadia, Texas. "Not Just Daffodils: Other Bulbs and Companion Plants " presented by Kathie Rowell, who wrote gardening articles at The Shreveport Times where she was features editor. Many of the plants in her Shreveport garden came from her grandparents' garden in Ashland. She writes about gardening on her website www.LouisianaBlooms.com. "The Legacy of Annie Lou's Daffodils," led by Celia Jones, a tireless promoter of daffodils who carries on the tradition of growing heirloom daffodils on her grandmother Annie Lou Holstun Jones' farm in Bienville Parish. The farm has been featured on HGTV, in Southern Living, Fine Gardening and other magazines and newspapers. Admission will be $15.00 at the door. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and speakers will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be door prizes and refreshments. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/nclmg

Houston: "Chemical Safety in the Garden" will be the topic of the Houston Rose Society meeting on Thursday, March 9, at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. The parking lot is Lot C, located at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street. Donald Burger, an American Rose Society master consulting rosarian and the Houston Rose Society garden chemical safety expert will present the program. Donald is the well-known teacher of "Bee Keeping in Your Backyard." He will be addressing the effects of chemicals on our bee population. Honey from Donald's hives will be given away as door prizes! Free admission. For more information, visit www.houstonrose.org.

Houston: "Current Plant Trends" by Paul Winski, Harris County Texas AgriLife Extension Agent. 10:00-11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 9, Genoa Friendship Garden Education Bldg., 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. Free. For additional information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.

Tyler: Smith County Master Gardeners at the library, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. "Azaleas: New, Old, Native, and Exotic," with Keith Hansen, retired Smith County Horticulture Extension Agent. Presentation with Q&A to follow. Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, Tyler. Free and open to the public. For additional information, call 903-590-2980.

La Marque: "Bonsai": with GC Master Gardener Clyde Holt presenting 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., March 11, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, further details see http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/. $25 fee to cover cost of materials; you keep your tree. Class limited to 10 participants; must pre-register.
 
La Marque: "Composting": with GC Master Gardener Jim Gilliam presenting, 1:00-2:30 p.m., March 11, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, further details see   http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/. Free.

Round Top: The 22nd Annual Herbal Forum will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, March 17, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 18, on the grounds of The Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road, Round Top. The Herb Society of America, Pionee Unit, will host the "Thyme Well Spent" Gift Shop and Plant Sale. For additional information, visit www.herbsocietypioneer.org or email henryf@festivalhill.org.  
 
La Marque: "Tomato Stress Management": with GC Master Gardener Ira Gervais presenting, 9:00-11:00 a.m., March 18, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to   galvcountymgs@gmail.com, further details see http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/. Free.
 
La Marque: "Culture & Care of Palms": with GC Master Gardener OJ Miller presenting, 1:00-3:00 p.m., March 18, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, further details see http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/. Free.

McKinney: The Garden Show will be presented by the Collin County Master Gardeners Association March 18 and 19 at Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney. The two-day event will feature vendors offering garden wares that range from whimsical to practical, and engaging educational programs. Collin County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer ideas for more successful gardening experiences. Demonstrations and presentations will run throughout the show on a variety of gardening topics. Dynamic speakers will discuss subjects will include: Vegetable Gardening, presented by Linda Hornbaker; Monarchs to Mexico, resented by Steven Chamblee; Pollinator Garden Certification, presented by Nancy Payne; Indian Marker Trees, presented by Steve Houser; The History of Franconia Brewery, presented by Dennis Wehrmann; and "What is Farm to Table," panel discussion featuring renowned Chef Andrea Shakelford from Harvest & other local chefs. The Garden Show is an indoor event, so come rain or shine! Hours are from 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday. Entry on both days is a donation of $2 per person. Parking is free! All proceeds will benefit Hope's Door. Visit www.ccmgatx.org/TheGardenShow , or call 972-548-4232 for up-to-date information.
 
Orangefield: The Orange County Master Gardeners are having their 4th Annual Bloomin' Crazy Plant Fair Saturday, March 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield. Hundreds of nursery and member-grown plants will be for sale, including many varieties of citrus, stone fruit, berries, cold-hardy avocados, LSU gold & purple figs, Texas Superstars, perennials, natives, annuals, house and tropicals along with succulents, lilies and many other hard to find and unusual plants. Plant specialists and members will be available to answer questions and help you select your plants. Specialty booths will be set up with unique gardening items. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/orange.

Pasadena: Harris County Master Gardener Perennial Sale, plant overview 8-9 a.m. Sale hours 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Campbell Hall, Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena. For additional information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Houston: Open Garden Day, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. Master Gardeners available to answer your questions. Free. For additional information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.

Flower Mound: Monarch Butterfly Flight School will be offered Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound. Help Monarch butterflies take flight this spring! Learn simple steps to create a Monarch Way Station in your backyard. Carol Clark, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, presents the Monarch life cycle, its magnificent migration through Texas and actions you can take now to support conservation of this threatened butterfly. The event will include representatives from Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Native Plant Society of Texas/Trinity Forks chapter, Denton County Master Gardeners Association, Texas Master Naturalists, Monarch Watch and Monarch Way Station owners from the community. These representatives will be available before and after this program to answer questions, provide resources and a free step-by-step guide to start your butterfly garden in North Texas. To register for this free event, email fmpl@flower-mound.com   or call 972-874-6165.

Huntsville:  Herb Festival at the Wynne Home, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, on the grounds of the beautifully restored Wynne Home Arts Center, 1428 Eleventh Street, Huntsville.  Sponsored by the Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society of America. Herb plants galore; Pollinator plants; Camellias; Vegetables, Kitchen, garden and herbal vendors; speakers; music; Children's Crafts; Artists and more! Free admission. The Wynne Home will be open to visitors. For information call, 936-891-5024.

La Marque: "Turning Dirt Into Soil": with GC Master Gardener Jim Gilliam presenting, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., March 25, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, further details see http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/. Free.

Lufkin: Angelina Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale, 8:00 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 25, Angelina Farmer's Market, 2107 S. Medford Dr., Lufkin. Annuals, perennials, herbs, roses, shrubs and trees. Bring a wagon and come early for best selection. Proceeds used to fund educational projects of Angelina Master Gardeners. Visit Angelina Master Gardeners on Facebook for a plant list close to sale date. For additional information, call 936-634-6414.

Athens: New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart will speak at Henderson County Master Gardener's Spring Conference on Wicked Plants: the weed that killed Lincoln's mother and other botanical atrocities at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 30, at Hart-Morris Convention Center, 5601 CR 4812, Athens. Tickets are $25 each, seating is limited. Dinner is included. Advance purchase of tickets is encouraged. Doors open 5:30 p.m. A table may be reserved with the purchase of 8 tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 903-675-6130 or email HendersonCMGA@gmail.com.
APRIL

Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Insider's Tours: Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd. Hempstead. Pre-Registration Required. Tours will highlight a focused subject each month, ranging from Peckerwood's specific plant groups, garden design strategies, seasonal interest and more. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to see sections of the garden never visited during the general tours as we explore "Early Interest Winter Plants." $15 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/ or email info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

Navasota: The Navasota Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m., April 5, at First Baptist Church, 300 Church Street, Navasota. The meeting will include the annual Club Flower Show starring whatever is blooming in your yard and a program entitled "A Glance into Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation." For additional information, contact Charlotte@moodyranch.com.
 
Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Evening at Peckerwood Lecture Series: Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd. Hempstead. Topics will include various aspects of horticulture, botany, garden design, plant collecting adventures, conservation and many other related fields of interest. Wine and refreshments provided. $10 admission and parking, $5 for members. For more info, visit   http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/ or email info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

Tyler:  Smith County Master Gardeners at the library, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. "Flower Arranging from the Garden" with Master Gardener Neysa Mueller. Presentation with Q&A to follow. Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, Tyler. Free and open to the public. For additional information, call 903-590-2980.

Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, April 22, 10 am.-3 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd. Hempstead. Visitors enjoy 1-hour guided tours of the garden led by knowledgeable docents. Guided tours are offered approximately every 30 minutes, leaving between 10 am and 2 pm. Purchase Tickets. $10 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit   http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/ or email info@peckerwoodgarden.org.
Monthly meetings
 
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FIRST WEEK
  
Kaufman: The Kaufman County Master Gardeners meet the first Monday of each month at the First Community Church at 1401 Trinity Drive in Crandall. January through April and August and September meetings are at 9 a.m., with the remaining meetings beginning at 7 p.m. For additional information visit http://www.kcmga.org, call 972-932-9069 or email to sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.

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

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.

Navasota: The Navasota Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 10:00 a.m., usually at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 Church Street, Navasota. If not meeting at the church, a change of meeting notice will be placed on the door at the North entrance. Guests are welcome. Members are from Grimes County and surrounding counties.
   
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
 
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.

Hempstead: The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, 20559 F.M. 359, Hempstead, hosts a special Peckerwood Insider's Tour at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Spaces are limited so pre-registration is required. $15, free for members. For more information, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/.
 
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 Kathy Henderson at kshend@verizon.net or visit http://www.npsot.org/wp/wilco.
 
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
 
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.

Hempstead: The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, 20559 F.M. 359, Hempstead, hosts the Evening at Peckerwood Lecture series at 7 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Tickets are available online. Tickets are $10, $5 for members.For more information, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/.

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.

Austin: The Garden Club of Austin meets at Zilker Botanical Gardens auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. 7:00-7:30 p.m. Refreshments and Social, followed by a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Free. For additional information, visit http://thegardenclubofaustin.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.

Hempstead: The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, 20559 F.M. 359, Hempstead, holds an Open Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tours start at 10 a.m. and the last tour leaves at 2 p.m. Tickets available online or at the gate. $10, free for members. For more information, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/.
 
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