November 8, 2017
  
Planting bulbs
 
Jackson & Perkins
 
There are few things more simple or satisfying than planting bulbs for spring. The task is so swift and requires so little energy that even busy folks and newcomers to gardening will find themselves eager to dive into the process. Bulbs are versatile and easy to handle which makes them stars of pre-planned gardens. Whether you choose classic daffodils, whimsical alliums or timeless tulips one can't go wrong with bulbs!
 
Why Bulbs?
  • Bulbs are compact & tidy. They mingle well with other spring perennials and annuals.
  • Great for cut-flower gardens. Those who value fresh cut arrangements can't go wrong with bulbs.
  • They're low maintenance. Even chronic "plant killers" can't beat these fool-proof beauties.
  • They naturalize. Many types of bulbs will multiply throughout the landscape year after year.
Step-by-step Planting Tips
  • Plant bulbs in fall (Labor day is a great marker of when to begin planting).
  • Choose bulbs that open in all 3 'seasons' of spring (Early/Mid/Late) for continual color.
  • Dig a hole 3 times the depth of the bulb you're planting.
  • Add Bulb Tone or other fertilizer to the soil to jumpstart healthy growth and ensure lasting beauty in Spring.
  • Position the bulbs so that the pointed end sticks up and the wispy roots on the opposite end point down.
  • Give the area a thorough soaking after planting.
Lasagna Planting
 
This is a kind of planting that takes advantage of the varying heights of different kinds of bulbous perennials. Typically you can stage these by the size of the bulb. Bigger bulbs send up longer stems so the largest bulbs (Ex.Tulips) go at the bottom. After covering your bottom layer with soil next comes the medium sized bulbs where you repeat the process. Finally the smallest bulbs (such as Crocus) come last as they only grow a few inches high. Water thoroughly and then wait patiently until spring where all varieties will emerge to form a truly spectacular view.
 
Container Planting
 
Virtually all bulbs are amenable to life in containers, which is great news for gardeners who love utilizing planters in their landscaping. From petite Hyacinth, to the tall, elegant Amaryllis, bulbs make it easy to dress up patios, porches, and decks with their dazzling colors and complementary forms. The trick is to plant them according to height and make sure that the planter the right to comfortably accommodate the bulbs of your choice. Containers are great places to mix bulbs and with annuals for a flashy and easy display that looks professional and chic for months. Let your creativity flow and you might surprise yourself with the results!
Are there really glow-in-the-dark soil organisms?
 
The Soil Science Society of America
 
Soil organisms are diverse, with characteristics that can astound. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) October 15 Soils Matter blog post explains which soil critters glow - and why.
 
"Soils are one of the most diverse habitats on Earth," says Yamina Pressler, a soil scientist at Colorado State University. "Soil ecologists have estimated that we have only identified about 1 percent of all the microorganism species living in the soil! There is so much life still to discover below ground, and the organisms we have identified continue to amaze us - some of them even glow."
 
Why do they glow?
 
Bacteria may glow to get noticed - and get spread further through the food chain. They may also use their glow to signal to other bacteria.
 
Fungi luminescence is more common than bacterial luminescence in soils. Their glow may attract insects who will carry the fungi's reproductive spores further afield. They may also use a glow as a defense mechanism.
 
Collembola, or springtails, are microscopic arthropods that live in soils and leaf litter. The reason they glow? Still unknown! "While it might be hard to believe that an organism would glow for no real reason, we cannot rule it out completely," Pressler says.
 
An Old-fashioned Well Stocked Larder
 
By Gary R. Hoffman
 
An old-fashioned larder is one of my favorite places.
Its smells and sights are available nowhere else on earth.
Rows of canned vegetables stand in soldier-straight lines
along its newspapered shelves.
There are also jars of jellies and jams-
blackberry, strawberry, grape, peach, and wild crab-apple.
There's even a couple jars of persimmon jam
harvested on that first morning when the wind held its breath,
and ole Jack Frost came to visit.
All of those will enhance those biscuits in January or February.
They all stand their silent vigils
waiting to be selected and enjoyed,
much better than money in the bank.
 
Under the shelves, baskets of potatoes will be used for eating
and also providing seed for the coming year.
The smell of the fresh earth on some of the potatoes adds
to the ambiance of the larder.
Other baskets of cabbage will provide much needed greens
during the coming winter months.
A bushel of apples will not only make good eating,
but filling for those warm apple pies slathered with home-made ice-cream.
Different aromas come from twine-tied bundles of onions and herbs
hanging on nails driven into shiplap siding on the wall.
A few ears of corn are also drying there for next year's seed.
Other fragrances emit from cheesecloth-covered crocks of working kraut
And maybe one with some of grandpa's elderberry wine.
 
The sights and aromas of a well stocked larder
are almost indescribable. Still today,
they are the signs of pride, accomplishment and comfort.
 
Gary R. Hoffman has published over three hundred and fifty short stories, non-fiction articles, poetry, and essays in various publications. He has placed over one-hundred and fifty items in contests. He taught school for twenty-five years and lived on the road in a motor home for fourteen years. He now resides in Okeechobee, Florida.
Gardening tips

Root crops like carrot, beets and radishes should be up and growing. It is important to thin them early for maximum production. Snip those extras off with some scissors. Spacing between the keepers should be as wide as the mature width of the crop. For carrots that would be approximately 1 to 2 inches apart. 
 
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Upcoming garden events
 
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Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have disrupted activities all along the Gulf coast and well inland. Before attending any event listed below, please contact the event organizers to ensure that it has not been cancelled, rescheduled, or relocated.
NOVEMBER
 
Georgetown: The Native Plant Society of Texas, Williamson County Chapter, will host authors Jim and Lynne Weber who will be speaking on the flora and fauna of Big Bend. This will be based on their recently published book Nature Watch Big Bend: A Seasonal Guide. The November 9 meeting will be held upstairs in the Georgetown Library, 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown , beginning informally at 6:30 with the meeting at 7:00 p.m.
 
Houston: "Designing Your Landscape with Roses" will be the topic of the Houston Rose Society meeting, November 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavillon, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. The parking lot is Lot C located at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street. Gaye Hammond, past president of the Houston Rose Society, will present the program. Hammond is a master consulting rosarian, a national and international speaker on all aspects of rose horticulture, and a noted expert of the Texas A&M Earth-Kind Program and growing roses in no spray conditions.Free admission. For more information, visit www.houstonrose.org.
 
San Antonio: Jesse Helmes, a board member of Terra Advocati, which advocates for empowering individuals to work for a better, fairer society and a healthier planet, will present a talk on composting and water conservation for the individual homeowner at the November 9 meeting of the San Antonio Herb Society, which meets at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge and the public is invited.

Weslaco: Steven Chamblee, Horticulturist of Chandor Gardens, will present "Garden Harmony 101." All too often, the garden master becomes a slave to the demands of her or his own creation. By properly honoring time, space, place, form, and function, gardens can be developed that evolve naturally with our lives. This talk will focus on re-establishing priorities, altering traditional views of garden composition, utilizing alternative resources and ultimately, physically creating your dream garden. You will also learn about " Texas Shade Gardens," a talk meant to guide you through the pitfalls and perils that await the novice shade gardener, so you can enjoy great shade garden success the first time. Garden talks are 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 9, at the AgriLife Extension Service, 2401 E. Business 83, Weslaco. $10/person advance ticket registration, 956-361-8236 by November 1 or $15 at the door.
 
Brownsville: Steven Chamblee, Horticulturist of Chandor Gardens, will present "Peace, Love & Milagros: Life Lessons from the Road," a collection of great stories about horticultural heavens, botanical blunders, and tender tales that will melt your heart from Chamblee's 30-plus years road tripping around Texas and "Monarchs to Mexico," an inspiring program about Steven's trips to Monterrey, Mexico where he assisted in developing the children's garden at Colegio Nezaldi, a small elementary school on the Monarch migration route. Garden talks are 5-8 p.m., Friday, November 10, at the Brownsville Historic Association's Stillman Gardens, 1325 E. Washington St., Brownsville. $10/person advance ticket registration, 956-541-5560 by November 1 or $15 at the door.
 
Austin: Dr. Sam Feagley, a soil scientist at Texas A&M, will speak about the important and timely topic of carbon sequestration at the November 13 meeting of the Austin Organic Gardeners' Club. The club meets at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, in Zilker Botanical Gardens, the 2nd Monday of each month except December. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to meet, mingle, and ask questions with local gardeners. Club business begins at 7 p.m. , followed by the guest speaker presentation. For more information, visit  www.austinorganicgardeners.org .
 
San Antonio: "The Abbreviated Rose Show and the Bake Sale" will be the program for the November 13 meeting of the San Antonio Rose Society, which meets at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Bake Sale will be conducted as a silent auction. Items for sale must arrive by 6:00 p.m.
 
Marion: The Guadalupe Chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas presents "Wildlife Friendly Native Plantings" at 7:00 p.m., November 14, at St John's Lutheran Church, FM 465, Marion. Gardeners in Texas spend a lot of time trying to learn the old ways - and think of newer, better ways - to foil the critters that sometimes love our plants far too much. But a plant without other native life around it is just a yard decoration that you don't have to sand and paint every spring. At the same time, we hate to see our precious, well-tended plantings mowed to the ground by voracious deer, rats and squirrels. So how can we balance plant life with wildlife? Liz Palfini, Park Superintendent of Palmetto State Park, part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will show us. Meetings are open to the public. Visitors are welcome. There is a plant/seed exchange and greeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, directions to St John's Lutheran Church, or membership application visit  http://npsot.org/wp/guadalupe/. 
 
Belton: "Bokashi Composting" is the topic at the November 16 Bell County Master Gardeners meeting, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  at the Bell County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1605 N. Main, Belton. For additional information, contact carol.j.morisset@gmail.com or j-upchurch@sbcglobal.net.
 
La Marque: "Soil Health & Evaluation" with Galveston County Master Gardener Jim Gilliam presenting, 1:00 -2:30 pm, November 18, at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main (Hwy 519), La Marque. Participants must pre-register: Ph 281-534-3413, e-mail galvcountymgs@gmail.com; further details see   www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Fee/Free.
 
Houston: Harris County Master Gardener Prec. 2 Open Garden Day, 8:30-11:00 a.m., November 20, at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. Free. Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions. For more information, visit hcmga.tamu.edu.  
DECEMBER
 
Tomball: The Arbor Gate will hold a Christmas Open House with food, fun, and marriment at 2:00 p .m., Sunday, December 2 at The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. Music will be provided by Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band and food will be provided by Every-Bellies, For more information, call 281-351-8851, email info@arborgate.com, or visit www.arborgate.com
 
Hempstead: The Waller County Master Gardeners is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Master Gardener Training Program. Registration closes December 15. Classes are scheduled for most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from January 6 through early April. Registration is $160 per person and covers training materials, a mandatory background check and speaker fees. For more information visit txmg.org/wallermg or call the Waller County Extension office at 979-826-7651.
JANUARY

Hempstead: The Waller County Master Gardeners will start accepting pre-orders on November 1 for their 2018 Fruit Tree (and more) Sale scheduled for Saturday, January 20. Three informational seminars about the varieties being offered are scheduled as follows: Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Waller County Extension Office, 846 6th St., Hempstead; Nov. 4 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Waller County Community Center, 21274 FM1098 Loop, Prairie View; Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pattison Area Volunteer Fire Department Bldg., 2950 FM359, Pattison. For more information about the sale and these seminars, visit txmg.org/wallermg or call the Waller County Extension office at 979-826-7651.
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

Fort Worth: The Native Plant Society of Texas - North Central Chapter meets the first Thursday of each month, excluding January and July, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7:00 p.m. Guest speakers present educational programs on topics of interest. Members, friends, family, guests and the public are welcome. For a list of speakers and topics or more information, visit http://www.txnativeplants.org.
 
Hempstead: The Waller County Master Gardeners usually meet at 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.
 
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.

Pasadena : The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the  second Thursday of each month  at The Genoa Friendship Garden Educational Building at 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Pasadena. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu .

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/.
 
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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