March 15, 2017
  
Grow an abundant tomato harvest in a pot
 
By Melinda Myers
 
Harvest and enjoy the garden-fresh flavor of tomatoes right outside your kitchen. Grow them in containers set on your patio, balcony, deck or stairs. You'll enjoy the convenience of harvesting fresh tomatoes just a few feet away from where you prepare your meals. And your guests will enjoy harvesting fresh tomatoes to add to their salad or sandwich.
 
Tomatoes need warm air and soil to thrive. Containers give you the ability to jump-start the season. Plant tomatoes in containers earlier than in the garden and leave them outdoors when it's warm (but bring them inside whenever there's a danger of frost).Protect your plants with the help of season-extending products like cloches, red tomato teepees or garden fabrics. These will help warm the soil and air around the plants, reducing the number of days to your first harvest.
 
Select flavorful and disease-resistant varieties for your container gardens. Consider 'determinate' tomatoes that are more compact and generally less than four feet tall. But don't eliminate your favorite indeterminate tomato. Just provide a strong tall support for these plants that continue to grow six feet and taller throughout the season.
 
Grow your tomatoes in a sunny spot that receives at least eight hours of direct sunlight. You'll grow the biggest harvest and reduce the risk of disease.
 
Fill your container with a quality well-drained potting mix. Add a slow release organic fertilizer to your potting mix if needed. This type of fertilizer feeds the plants for several months. Give the plants an additional feeding midseason or as directed on the fertilizer package.
 
Check soil moisture daily, water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Maintaining consistent soil moisture means healthier plants and fewer problems with blossom end rot. This disorder is not a deadly disease, but it causes the bottom of the first set of fruit to turn black.
 
Reduce your workload by using self-watering pots. Some pots have a 5-gallon reservoir for holding water that moves up into the soil to the plant roots as needed. This means you'll be filling the reservoir less often than you would normally water other planters.
 
Stake or tower your plants to save space, increase air circulation around and light penetration into the plant. You'll further reduce the risk of disease and increase productivity by growing vertically.
 
So start gathering your favorite tomato recipes now, as soon you'll be harvesting armloads of tomatoes to use in salsas, salads, sauces and of course BLTs.
 
Melinda Myers has written numerous books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone" DVD set and Melinda's Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers' website is www.melindamyers.com .
Study investigates impact of strip tillage on a high-value crop

By
Paul Schattenberg
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
 
A study done by researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde may help producers in the Texas Winter Garden region and other areas decide whether conservation tillage methods might benefit them in the production of high-value crops.
 
Conducted by Dr. Daniel Leskovar, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research vegetable physiologist and center director, in collaboration with Drs. Yahia Othman and Xuejun Dong, the study also includes research results on how strip tillage affects soil biological activity.
 
The study, Published in the November 2016 issue of Soil and Tillage Research journal and titled "Strip tillage improves soil biological activity, fruit yields and sugar content of triploid watermelon," investigated the influence of strip and conventional tillage practices at different water levels on the morphology, physiology, yield and quality of the seedless Majestic watermelon variety.
 
Strip tillage is a conservation tillage practice involving minimum tillage to create a seedbed condition that disturbs only the portion of the soil to contain the seed row. The no-till area has crop residues and undisturbed soil to cover at least 30 percent of the topsoil surface.
 
The results showed strip tillage not only had a positive effect on watermelon quality and yield, it also had a positive effect on the soil's biological activity, said Leskovar, the primary investigator for the study. He noted study results were also recently presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science in Mobile, Alabama.
 
"Research has been done on the use of conservation tillage for traditional crops, but there's not much out there on using conservation tillage to produce high-value crops," he said. "Despite the economic importance of watermelon in the U.S., which the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates $483 million annually, no study we know of has assessed the influence of strip tillage on this crop."
 
Leskovar said the experiment setup was designed as a circular split plot replicated four times with soil tillage and irrigation level as primary and secondary components. The portion of the study relating to the impact on watermelon was conducted from 2012-2014 using two tillage practices - strip and conventional - at three irrigation levels.
 
A center pivot system was used for irrigation at levels of 100 percent, 75 percent and 50 percent evapotranspiration. Evapotranspiration refers to the amount of water transferred from the land to the atmosphere by evaporation from soil and other surfaces, including plant leaves.
 
The study was conducted over three spring seasons on an established clay soil site at the center.
 
"We have been employing conservation and conventional tillage practices under the center pivot area from 2009 to the present, so the portion of the study relating to soil biological activity reflects six years of these tillage practices," he said. "The crop history of the field we used for the study included corn as a cover crop in 2009, cotton in 2010 and corn again from 2011-2015."
 
Plant morphology, physiology and yield were determined by measuring the photosynthesis rate, stomatal conductance and chlorophyll content index. Fruit firmness was determined using a digital force gauge, and fruit sugar content was measured using a digital refractometer.
 
Measurements were taken at flowering, fruit development and harvest stages. Vine length was also measured at the harvest stage.
 
Total marketable yield and fruit quality, based on firmness and sugar content, were determined during the harvest period, with soil chemical and microbial analyses conducted at the end of the experimental period.
 
"One of the most interesting results of the study was that marketable watermelon yield from strip till was higher than conventional till during all three years of the study," Leskovar said. "Across the three years, the greatest difference in marketable yields between the strip and conventional tillage systems was in the fruit size from 5 to 8 kilograms or about 11 to 18 pounds, which was 50 percent of the total yield. In addition, the sugar content of the watermelon, which we measured using the Brix scale, increased significantly as a result of employing strip tillage."
 
Leskovar said the increased yield and sugar content for marketable watermelon are factors that should appeal to producers interested in planting that crop and to consumers for the potential improvement in taste.
 
Dong, an AgriLife Research assistant professor and crop physiologist at the center, said because tillage practices are critical for sustaining soil quality necessary for successful crop growth and productivity, it is also important to assess soil chemical and biological properties in the study.
 
He also noted that using strip tillage in clay soil such as that found in the Winter Garden can also necessitate the occasional use of conventional tillage.
 
"The ecosystem of clay soil is complex and dynamic," he said. "Limited tillage helps preserve the macropores of the soil to allow for water to penetrate and reach the plant roots, and to protect the soil biology. But the reduction of tillage disturbance alone cannot alleviate the compaction of clay soil, so it may be necessary to do conventional tillage every five years or so to loosen it and help preserve its biological ecosystem."
 
The study showed tillage practices at the site had increased total bacteria in the soil by 49 percent, active bacteria by 27 percent, active and total fungi by 37 percent, nematodes by 275 percent and electrical conductivity by 14 percent as compared to conventional tillage.
 
"However, strip till also significantly increased the number of root-feeding nematodes, which are harmful to plant roots, but these may be related to the previous (corn) crop since it did not affect the watermelon plants," said Othman, formerly a research associate at the center and now an assistant professor at the University of Jordan in Amman. "It also reduced phosphorus and nitrate content as compared to conventional till, a response that could either be due to higher uptake of these elements by the watermelon plants or due to leaching in the strip bands."
 
Leskovar noted while long-term studies aimed at assessing soil quality and cumulative yield are required to further validate the study's results, yield and sugar content responses were consistent across the three years of the study, and there was an abundance of soil microbial activity as a result of using strip tillage.
 
"Of course, there are pros and cons to using strip till and other means of conservation tillage," he said. "But now we have some results applicable to watermelon, and this research may stimulate additional investigations into the use of strip till or other conservation tillage practices in the production of high-value crops."
The Compost Heap
Elephant Ears invasive

"Please tell folks that Elephant Ears (' Grow your own tropical paradise in a container or garden' Seeds, March 8, 2017) are in the Texas Invasives database and also listed as a federal noxious weed," writes Sharon Kerr. "As beautiful as they are, when they escape from our landscapes, it's a problem. Anyone who wants to grow Elephant Ears in containers, please be a responsible gardener and never toss the corms or any clippings where they may reproduce in the wild."

While elephant ears are not going to invade most of Texas, they can be invasive in certain environments, so it would be good stewardship to avoid growing or discarding them in those areas. They need soil that is moist to wet, mildly acidic, and rich in organic material, and can be found spreading along wetland fringes as well as streams, ditches, canals, and lake banks. Eds.
Gardening tips

Squash can be planted once the danger of frost has passed. Most gardeners are familiar with summer squash like yellow crock neck and zucchini that are grown for their immature fruit. While gardeners in Texas don't usually bother with winter squash, they are worth a try if you want a new experience. They are called winter squash because they are grown for their mature fruit that can be stored for 3-4 months or, through the winter, hence the name. Some types to try this year are 'Sweet Dumpling,' butternut and kabocha.

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Upcoming garden events
 
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MARCH

San Antonio: Spring Vegetable Seminar, Thursday, March 16, 7-9 p.m, Blue Star Brewing Company, 1414 South Alamo Street, Suite 105, San Antonio. David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will focus on how to choose the best vegetable varieties for your garden, as well as soil preparation, fertilizing, and insect and disease control. Free; registration not required. Arrive early for best parking and have dinner at the "Brew Pub."

Seguin:
Thursday, March 16,
at 7:00 p.m. Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will meet at the Texas AgriLife Extension. 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. Get the buzz on bees with Gretchen Bee Ranch. Social at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Free. For more information, visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Evening at Peckerwood Lecture Series: Friday, March 17, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd., Hempstead. "Exploring the Spice Islands in the footsteps of David Fairchild" with Chad Husby, Ph.D., Fairchild's Botanical Horticulturist. This talk will feature highlights of an 11-day exploration of the Moluccas (Spice Islands) organized by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in October 2016, retracing part of the last great plant collecting expedition of Dr. David Fairchild aboard the junk Cheng Ho in 1939 and 1940. Wine and refreshments provided. $10 admission and parking, $5 for members. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/ or info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

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, Pioneer Unit, will host the "Thyme Well Spent" Gift Shop and Plant Sale. For additional information, visit www.herbsocietypioneer.org or email henryf@festivalhill.org.

Angleton : "Daylily Sale" offered by Lone Star Daylily Society at the Angleton Market Days 9 a.m.-5 p.m March 18 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19 at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds, 901 S. Downing St., Angleton. Admission and parking are free. Available will be 55 varieties, ranging from oldie-goldies to newer releases by well-known hybridizers, such as Bell, DeVito and Trimmer. Prices will range from $5-$12. For more information, visit lonestardaylilysociety.org or phone Debbie Pike at 979-236-1478.

Cameron: The Little River Basin Master Gardeners will host the 2017 Spring Plant Sale and Raffle 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Milam County Expo Building, 301 S. Houston Ave., Cameron. Hundreds of plants will be available for purchase, Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with selections and answer questions, and many great items will be raffled off, with the drawing at 1:00 p.m. For additional information, contact the Milam County AgriLife Extension Office at 254-697-7045 or 254-697-7046

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardeners are having their annual Spring Sale, featuring avocados, perennials, vegetables, herbs and more, on Saturday, March 18, at 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. Program is at 8 a.m.; sale is from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, call 936-539-7824 or visit www.mcmga.com

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.

San Antonio: Spring Vegetable Seminar, Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Fanick's Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Road, San Antonio. David Rodriguez from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will show you how to properly plant, grow, and harvest your vegetables. David has a ton of experience in gardening and would love to share his knowledge and passion for vegetables with you. Seminar is free but any donations to the Children's Vegetable Garden Program are welcomed. For more information, call 210-648-1303 or visit http://fanicknursery.com/Upcoming%20Events.htm.

Seguin: Saturday, March 18 . It's time to garden! Spring Plant Sale with Vegetables and Landscape plants grown by Guadalupe County Master Gardeners. Look for us on the parking lot of the Silver Center, 510 E Court, Seguin, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. or until sold out. If it's pouring rain, the sale will be rescheduled for March 25.
 
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.

Bryan: Brazos County Master Gardener Mike Vidrine will present "Gardening with the Masters - How to Grow Fruit in Your Backyard," Wednesday, March 22, noon to 1:00 p.m., at Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan. Learn about growing peaches, plums, and nectarines in Brazos County at this informal talk about variety and site selection, planting and pruning. The public is invited at no charge.

San Antonio: Creating Awesome Containers-BCMG General Meeting, Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m., 3355 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. Everyone is looking for great containers for planting. Time to think outside the box with Dr. Dotty Woodson, Water Resource Program Specialist for Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center-Dallas. Free. Meeting begins with a social time at 6pm followed by the special presentation at 6:30 p.m. For information, email the BCMG President: President@bexarmg.org, or call 210-699-0663. See more on the BCMG website .
 
San Antonio: Spring Vegetable Seminar, Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon. The Garden Center, 10682 Bandera Rd., San Antonio. David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will focus on how to choose the best vegetable varieties for your garden, as well as soil preparation, fertilizing, and insect and disease control. Free. For more information, visit http://www.thegardencenter.com/.

Gonzales: The Gonzales Master Gardeners' 7th Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in downtown Gonzales on Texas Heroes Square at the corner of St. Joseph and St. Lawrence Streets. Shoppers will have the opportunity to make selections from an assortment of vegetables (heirloom tomatoes, peppers and more), herbs, annual bedding plants, perennial/native plants, succulents, cacti, houseplants and citrus fruit trees. Check out the not-so-common perennials, hanging baskets, bromeliads, and dish gardens that will also be offered for sale. Take gardening questions to the "Ask the Master Gardener" booth and bid on the wide variety of items in the silent auction. Contact Fran Saliger for more information at 830-672-2953 or visit www.gonzalesmastergardeners.org.

Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, March 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 info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

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.

Bryan: Dr. William C. Welch will present " Top 10 Perennials for Spring Garden Color," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan. Perennials are defined as plants that return to our gardens each year from the same root part. Unlike annuals that last just one season, well selected perennials can be a permanent part of your garden. This program will help narrow your choices for the Brazos Valley. Dr. Welch will discuss 10 of the best perennials for your garden, where they grow best and how to increase their numbers so that you can share them with your friends and family. Welch is Professor and Extension Landscape Horticulturist in the Texas A&M University Department of Horticulture Sciences. He is a three degree LSU alum, has written columns for Southern Living magazine and is the author of Perennial Garden Color and Antique Roses for the South. He is also co-author of additional books including The Southern Heirloom Garden, The Bountiful Flower Garden and The Bulb Hunter. Welch will have copies of his books available for sale at this program and all proceeds benefit his scholarship funds in the Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences. The public is invited at no charge.

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.

San Antonio: Beekeeping Basics, Friday, March 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio. Interested in beekeeping and/or learning how to start your own bee hives for pleasure, environmental stewardship, or to enhance pollination in your garden? This program is meant for first-time beekeepers, presented by experienced beekeepers and entomologists. Anyone can be a beekeeper - young or old, city or country dweller! This course covers the basics of bees and beekeeping, including: bee biology, beekeeping basics, laws and regulations of beekeeping, diseases and viruses of bees. A hands-on field day to a beekeeper's yard will be held April 1st in Adkins or 2nd in Leon Springs - two options for you to choose from. This is where you will learn the most about beekeeping! Participants must sign a medical release waiver to participate. Bee suit will be provided. Fee: $65. Space limited to the first 22 paid registrants. Please register by March 27. For more information, contact Molly Keck at 210-631-0400 or email mekeck@ag.tamu.edu.
APRIL

Austin: Trowel and Error, Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium will be held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at Mayfield Park 3505 W. 35th Street Austin (next to Laguna Gloria Art Museum). Presentations include: 10 a.m. Jay White, contributing writer for Texas Gardener, Masters in horticulture, will present "Pest-free Organically"; 11 a.m. Patty Leander, Texas master gardener vegetable specialist and contributing editor for Texas Gardener, will present "Tiny Garden/Small Garden: Microgreens to Straw Bales"; Noon, Bruce Leander, biotechnology, art, photography, golf, "sort of" the Photographer in Residence at Lady Bird Wildflower Center, will present It's a Snap To Take Good Garden Pictures: A Few Simple Tricks to "Develop" Outstanding Digital Pictures. Mayfield has the best deals in town for hard-to-find heirlooms and other perennials perfect for the April garden. A "garden goodie" raffle for the discerning gardener will round out the day. Sponsored by Friends of the Parks of Austin, a non-profit organization, Trowel and Error is the solitary fund-raiser for historic Mayfield Park. Although admission is free, a $5.00 donation is requested. For more information: 512-453-7074, neenok@aol.com, or mayfieldpark.org.

Austin: The Austin Cactus and Succulent Society will host its Spring Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden in Zilker Park, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The event is free and open to the general public. There is, however, a paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children and seniors). The show offers visitors a chance to see rare and beautiful cacti and succulent species from around the world. Vendors from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico will sell native and exotic cacti and succulents, and hand-made pottery at reasonable prices. There will be a daily silent auction and hourly plant raffle of rare and collectible cacti and succulents. Educational information, literature, and expert advice will be available.

Bryan: Brazos County Master Gardeners present their 2017 Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, April 1, at Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan. Select from natives, perennials, vegetables, herbs and bulbs especially suited to Brazos County growing conditions. The list of plants for sale can be found at brazosmg.com.

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.

Marshall: The annual spring sale of the Harrison County Master Gardeners will be held Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.The sale will be in the parking lot of the Tractor Supply, 105 N. East End Blvd (US 59), Marshall (one block south of the intersection of US59 and US80). Vegetables, annuals, perennials, and pass-along plants will be in abundance, so come early for the best selection!

San Antonio: Turf Grass 101: Do's and Don'ts for Your Lawn, Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Milberger's Landscaping And Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio. David Rodriguez -Extension Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss the basics of lawn maintenance through proper nutrition, mowing, weed control and irrigation. This seminar is very popular so arrive early for best parking and seating. Free. For more information, visit http://www.milbergernursery.com/ or call 210-497-3760.

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 Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, April 8, 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 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 info@peckerwoodgarden.org. 

Quitman: Steven Chamblee, Horticulturist of Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, will present "Peace, Love, & Milagros: Life Lessons from the Road," 4-5 p.m., Monday, April 10, at the Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman (second block east of the Wood County Courthouse). During his 30-plus years road-tripping around Texas, Chamblee has collected great stories about horticultural heavens, botanical blunders, and tender tales that will melt your heart. Free to supporters of the Quitman Garden Club annual geranium sale, donation requested from visitors. Email quitmangarden@gmail.com for more information.

Woodway: Take lunch and enjoy a free Horticulture Seminar on Wednesday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Carleen Bright Arboretum Pavilion,
9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway . Dr. Robert Creech, master gardener, will introduce Wendell Berry, an 81-year-old Kentucky farmer, as well as an award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist. Be inspired by Berry's thinking about the land, soil, farming and farmers. Listen to readings of his poetry along with some reflections on their implications. For additional information, call the Carleen Bright Arboretum at 254-399-9204 or email jschaffer@woodwaymail.org.

San Antonio: Organic Horticulture, Thursday, April 20, 1-3 p.m., 3355 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. Dr. Barron Rector, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Range Specialist in College Station, will discuss the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants by following the essential principles of organic agriculture in soil building and conservation, pest management, and heirloom variety preservation. Free. Bexar County Master Gardner (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. For more information contact BCMG President: President@bexarmg.org, or call 210-699-0663.
 
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 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.
MAY

Woodway: Steven Chamblee, Horticulturist of Chandor Gardens, will present "Peace, Love, & Milagros: Life Lessons from the Road," noon-2 p.m., May 17. During his 30-plus years road-tripping around Texas, Chamblee has collected great stories about horticultural heavens, botanical blunders, and tender tales that will melt your heart. Heeding the advice of a close friend, Chamblee has brought his favorite stories together for a very personal presentation of inspiration, enlightenment, and humor. The seminar will be held at the Whitehall Center of the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. This is not the usual location. For additional information, call the Carleen Bright Arboretum at 254-399-9204 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.

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.
 
Hallettsville: The Hallettsville Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from September through May, at the Hallettsville Garden and Cultural Center, 605 E 2nd St, Hallettsville. Each month, the club hosts speakers that provide informative programs on a wide range of gardening subjects, and refreshments are provided by member hostesses after the business meeting. Visitors are welcome. Please email Sharon Harrigan at sharonspetals@yahoo.com for more information.

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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