October 5, 2016
  
Accurate diagnosis is the first step in addressing turfgrass problems
 
By Adam Russell
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
 
Calls have been pouring into Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Chad Gulley's office from homeowners whose grass is not faring well.
 
Lawns are thinning, showing brown spots and showing other signs of pests and diseases, Gulley said. He noted diseases such as gray leaf spot and root rot, as well as pests such as chinch bugs, armyworms and white grubs causing problems for homeowners' lawns.
 
"It seems like it's been one thing after the other," he said. "I think we're seeing a lot of turfgrass-related stress because of extreme wet to dry to wet conditions over the last several months."
 
The key is to diagnose the problem correctly and as early as possible, said Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station. Reynolds said most pest or disease problems for turfgrass are easy to remedy once the cause is determined.
 
"There are a lot of things that could be affecting turfgrass this time of year," Reynolds said. "People are seeing damaged areas in their lawns and wanting to know what they can do. It could be anything from drought to gray leaf spot, large patch or armyworms, or it could be something simpler such as too much shade. The first step is making an accurate diagnosis."
 
Making an accurate diagnosis requires identifying what type of grass is in the yard, because St. Augustine faces different threats than Bermuda grass, Reynolds said. Bermuda grass is a favorite for fall armyworms, and St. Augustine is susceptible to large patch, a fungus that results in patches of brown grass in the fall that can remain through spring.
 
"If they have St. Augustine grass and there are brown patches, there is a good chance it's large patch, but that's a guess. It could be white grubs eating roots, but that's typically in drier conditions, so it's doubtful with all the rain we had in August."
 
Reynolds said insect activity should be reducing, though fall armyworms continue to be a nuisance around the state. Gray leaf spot and large patch are often aesthetic and most warm-season grasses will recover once better growing conditions resume. However, in extreme cases they can be damaging.
 
"Once treated, the grass will reemerge with green leaves, but they may have to look at large or small brown patches for a few months if they wait until October or later when grasses start to go dormant for winter," he said.
 
Reynolds said the AgriLife Extension's turfgrass site, https://aggieturf.tamu.edu/, has several publications regarding pest and disease problems and provides treatment strategies for homeowners. But homeowners with doubts about their diagnosis should have a local landscape professional or AgriLife Extension agent take a look.
 
"There is a ton of good information on the site, including a publication that covers the various weeds, pests and diseases that are common problems in turfgrass," he said. "If you can diagnose the problem accurately and go to the publication, it can tell you effective treatment options or you can call a professional applicator."
 
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dpeENb .
 
Fall is also the time when homeowners should consider winterizing their lawns, which will give them a healthy head start in the spring, Gulley said.
 
Gulley said lawns should be fertilized six to eight weeks before the first frost to winterize grasses.
 
"That gives grass time to store up nutrients and gets them a good start to transition into spring," he said. "But you've got to give grass enough time to build up before it goes dormant."

The garden reader:
Urban arboreal diversity
 
By William Scheick
Book Reviewer
 
Jill Jonnes. Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape. Viking, 2016. 416 pp. $32.00.
 
In Urban Forests Jill Jonnes challenges our familiar sense of trees. While we might think we know what trees are, Jonnes sides with a forestry preofessor who believes that "developing a precise definition of a tree is difficult and unrewarding."
 
Before you can catch your breath on that claim, Jonnes offers another arresting observation: "The modern city is a great place to look at and learn about trees." If that might seem counterintuitive, Jonnes points out that "this fundamentally unnatural environment has a far bigger variety than any crowded real forest."
 
Featuring these urban trees, Jonnes's book provides a natural history of how our denatured cities became habitats for such arboreal diversity. One factor was the celebration of Arbor Day, which in the past was not merely a token mention on calendars.
 
Arbor Day was slow to catch on as a celebration but eventually expanded to include "an inspirational school holiday" when children planted trees. Over time, American authors and war veterans were memorialized with trees on Arbor Day.
 
By the spring of 1920, Arbor Day memorial plantings were widespread nationally. In various places around the nation, crowds watched children shovel dirt "onto a memorial tree, while all around American flags marked these solemn observations of lost lives."
 
In dramatic chapters, Jonnes reviews the history of chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, the emerald ash borer and the voracious Asian long-horned beetle (with a special appetite for maples). During these crises, citizens rallied to replant the deleted canopies of their cityscapes.
 
One tree in particular became a harbinger of spring: "the Japanese cherry tree would ... emerge as one of America's most ubiquitous and beloved city trees."
 
How many of us remember that George Herbert Walker Bush was an outspoken, ardent tree-enthusiast while serving as President of our country (1989-93)? "By 1990 the U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Program won a coveted line-item spot within the Farm Bill, which ratcheted up its funding ... to a respectable $21 million in 1991, rising to $24 million in 1992."
 
It took awhile for local administrators to pay attention to the scientific research on the positive impact of trees planted widely within city limits. Today we know that certain trees reduce run off, air temperature, air pollution, volatile organic emissions and carbon dioxide - not to mention utility bills.
 
Urban treescapes have a documented impact on residents' psychological wellbeing, Jonnes also reminds us. "The time has come for politicians and city managers to get serious about creating the lushest tree canopies we can nurture."

Flowers from the garden

USPS

For more than 130 years, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to United States history. The 2017 stamp subjects are in keeping with this rich tradition, and among this year's new stamps are a quartet certain to catch the eye of gardeners.

Flowers from the Garden features new stamps with four different paintings of flowers that come from typical American gardens, each bunch artfully arranged. One stamp features red camellias and yellow forsythia in a yellow pitcher, while on another there are white peonies and pink tree peonies in a clear vase. An arrangement of white hydrangeas, white and pink roses, green hypericum berries, and purple lisianthus in a white vase graces another stamp, while blue hydrangeas in a blue pot appear on another. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with existing art by Elizabeth Brandon.

Gardening tips

If you grew any caladiums this past spring and want to save the bulbs for next year, now is the time to do that. Once you have dug them up, place them on an old window screen so they can dry, and remove any dead foliage. Once they have dried out, place them in slightly moist sawdust or peat moss and place them in an area where the temperature will stay above 50 degrees throughout the winter and early spring. Once the soil temperature warms up in April, it will be time to set them out in the garden.
 
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Upcoming garden events
 
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OCTOBER

Nacogdoches: Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens will host a special presentation titled "Bulbs for the Deep South" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Brent Heath, a third-generation bulb grower, will share his love of gardening and enthusiasm for teaching, providing new ideas to help gardeners have more colorful and successful gardens. Brent is a co-owner with his wife, Becky, of Brent and Becky's Bulbs, a Virginia-based wholesale and retail mail-order bulb catalog and website business that offers numerous types of bulbs for sale to botanical gardens, cities, universities, landscape designers and gardeners across the country. The Heaths are daffodil hybridizers and have a number of small, multi-flowered, fragrant hybrids. The couple has co-authored two books, "Daffodils for North American Gardens" and "Tulips for North American Gardens." The Heaths also have both been featured guests on national television programs, including "The Victory Garden," "Karen's Garden" and "Martha Stewart." The Heaths have received numerous recognitions, including a Gold Medal of Honor from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in January 2001 and an individual Commercial Gold Medal from the American Horticultural Society in June 2001. In August 2002, the Garden Writer's Association presented the Heaths with a lifetime achievement award by inducting them into the Garden Writer's Hall of Fame. The Wall Street Journal voted Brent and Becky's Bulbs the "Best Bulb Company in America," and in April 2003, the American Daffodil Society awarded Brent with a Gold Medal of Honor for popularizing and promoting the use of daffodils. The cost of the seminar is $10, and tickets can be purchased online at sfagardens.sfasu.edu. Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Brundrett Conservation Education Building. For more information, call (936) 468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Blanco: Blanco County Master Gardeners will conduct their 3rd annual Gardenscape "FUN"damentals, on Saturday, October 8. Doors open at 9 a.m. The event will take place at the Blanco High School Ag building, 1215 4th St., Blanco. This year's theme is "Garden to Table," and there will be vendors, exhibitors and guest speakers. There are seminars, demonstrations, food, children's activities and door prizes. Blanco High School students will also be presenting some wonderful information.

Houston: Family Day , with Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 will be held 9:00 a.m.-noon, Saturday, October 8, at the Genoa Friendship Garden,1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. Crafts and Propagation for children and Propagation and Container Planting demonstrations for adults. Tag Sale, Garden Tours and much more! Master Gardeners will also be available to answer your gardening questions. Free. Plants for sale in the Greenhouse. For more information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu .

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

San Antonio: How to Attract Pollinators into the Garden Work(ing)shop, Oct. 8, at the Terrell Heights Community Garden, 670 Greenwich, San Antonio. Pollinators are a hot topic in San Antonio. Resident environmental groups, community organizers, teachers, policy makers and political leaders are passionate about creating local solutions. Come learn about how you can attract pollinators to your community garden or yard. Terrell Heights Community Gardeners have great experience to share about their plant selection process using native milkweed and nectar plants, site design and resource gathering for their Monarch Waystation. Participants will also learn about plants to attract hummingbirds, bats and lesser known helpful pollinators. 

Tyler:
Brent Heath,
of Brent & Becky's Bulbs will present two programs, "Bulbs for the Deep South" and "Bulbs as Companion Plants" at the Smith County Master Gardener Fall Conference and Bulb Sale, October 8, at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W Front St., Tyler. Bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs suitable for the local area will be offered. Registration: 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. Conference Fee $15. Bulb Sale opens at 11:00 a.m. and is free. For more information: http://txmg.org/smith/coming-events/ or 903-590-2980.

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

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

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

Houston: "Rose Propagation" will be the topic of the Houston Rose Society meeting on Thursday, October 13, at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. The parking lot is Lot C, located at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street. The program will be presented by Patsy Williams, master rosarian. It will include instruction and demonstration on rooting cuttings and grafting roses. Free admission. For more information, visit www.houstonrose.org.

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

Seabrook:
Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2, will present Nell Shimek, speaking on "Daylillies," 10:00 a.m.-11:30 am, Thursday, October 13, at Clear Lake Meeting Room, 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook. Free. For more information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.

St. Francisville, Louisiana: The Southern Garden Symposium will be held October 14-15. For information, visit www.southerngardensymposium.org.

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

Woodway: The Children's Garden Fair will be held at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway, on Sunday, October 16, from 2-5 p.m. This will be a fun, interactive afternoon of activities. Enjoy taking photos in the Pumpkin Patch. Vote on a favorite of the many scarecrows seen along the Nature Trail. Listen to live music provided by The Hale Highland Dancers and a Barbershop Quartet. Experience many kid-friendly activities: Make paper sombreros. Paint rocks. Pot plants. Learn about birds in the new bird blind. Pop corn right off the cob. Go on a scavenger hunt. Learn about composting with worms. Make paper fish. Learn about harvesting rainwater and how bees, butterflies, and other insects can be good for our gardens. Make paper seed cards. And learn more about the "Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go" Junior Master Gardener's Program. The Central Texas Audubon Society, HOT Master Naturalists, Cameron Park Zoo, and Woodway Youth Commission are among a few of the contributing organizations. Admission is free, and children should be accompanied by adults. Contact the Arboretum office for more information: 254-399-9204.

Smithson Valley: The Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold their monthly meeting on October 18 at the GVTC Auditorium located at 36101 FM 3159, Smithson Valley. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.. The speaker will be Jay Daniel, Houston Memorial Park Manager. Jay will speak on "Memorial Park Invasives Eratification Program." The meeting is free and the public is welcome. For more information call Martha Guethle at 830-438-5996.

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

South Pasadena: The American Rose Society's South Central District Conventionwill be held October 21-23. Friday Oct. 21 is registration and a SCD business meeting at the convention hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites, 4741 East Sam Houston Parkway, South Pasadena (281-998-3301). Saturday starts off early with a fall rose show at the Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena (281-487-4331). Convention registrants can enter rose blooms from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Registration is also open from 7 a.m. to noon at the convention center. Four internationally known speakers are featured Saturday at the convention center. At 11:00 a.m. hybridizer Ping Lim will speak on "Roses for Home Owners." At 1:00 p.m. Bob Martin, ARS VP, speaks on "Roses Anyone Can Show." At 2:30 p.m. Dr. Larry Unruh discusses "Chemicals that Do the Trick." The speaker program concludes at 3:30 p.m. with Dr. Alan Henn talking about "Research that Has Solved Key Issues." There will be an awards Banquet at the Hampton Inn starting at 7 p.m. On Sunday, two of the largest rose gardens (over 800 rose bushes) in Houston will be open for convention registrants only to tour. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the convention attendees tour the garden of Earl and Deanna Krause. The tour continues at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. to the garden of Baxter and Patsy Williams. Registration and other information is available on the HRS website, www.houstonrose.org.

New Braunfels: The Lindheimer NPSOT chapter is sponsoring an Invaders of Texas workshop on Sat., Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Solms Schoolhouse on the grounds of the Handmade Furniture Museum, 1370 Church Hill Dr., New Braunfels. The workshop and handouts are free. This workshop will identify various non-native, invasive plants, especially those in the Comal County area, and discuss the problems caused by those plants. In addition, students will learn various eradication methods. Students may join the Invaders network and download an app that enables "citizen scientists" to notify the Invaders of Texas Program of the location and identification of invasive plants they have found. Dana Wilson will present the workshop and as part of the instruction, students will take a mini-field trip to identify invasive plants on the grounds of the Handmade Furniture Museum. To register, contact Deedy Wright at dwright24@satx.rr.com or go to the registration website http://texasinvasives.org/invaders/workshop_results.php.

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

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club presents its 17th Annual Garden Tour 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 22. Tickets: $15. Children younger than 12 free. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org
NOVEMBER

Woodway: Anecdotes from the Garden will be presented by Patricia Goaley, Master Gardener November 16. An amusing romp through the garden, discussing gardening influences on life from the dark ages thru the 1700s from England, some of Europe, and finally, to our survival in America. The program runs from noon to 2:00 p.m. at The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway. Free. For more information, call 399-9204 or email: jschaffer@woodwaymail.org.
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.
   
Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Atlanta: The Cass County Master Gardeners meet the first Thursday of each month at the Atlanta Memorial Hospital Conference Room, State Highway 77 @ S. Williams St., Atlanta. A business meeting is followed by an educational program. The public is welcome to attend. For additional information, call 903-756-5391 or visit http://cass.agrilife.org
 
Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

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

Fort Worth: The North Central Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. except (January and July) in the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Building at  3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth. For additional information, contact President Theresa Thomas at kayleetl@sbcglobal.net.
 
Gonzalas: Gonzales Master Gardeners hold their monthly meeting at noon on the first Thursday of each month at 623 Fair Street, Gonzales. Bring a bag lunch, drinks provided. Contact AgriLife Extension Office at 830-672-8531 or visit http://gonzalesmastergardeners.org for more information.

New Braunfels: The Comal Garden Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Southbank Clubhouse, 222 Southbank Blvd., New Braunfels. 
 
SECOND WEEK
 
Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

Jacksonville: The Cherokee County Master Gardeners meet on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Woodmen of the World, 1800 College Ave., Jacksonville. For more information, e-mail Tom Abbott at tom@deerfield-abbey.org.

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

Glen Rose: The Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Somerville County Citizen Center, 209 SW Barnard St., Glen Rose. For additional information, email prairierose.npsot@gmail.com
 
Harrison County: The Harrison County Master Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the Harrison County Annex building, 102 W Houston St. (south side of the square), Marshall. Meetings are held in the 2nd floor AgriLife Extension meeting room. For more information, call 903-935-8413, or email wannagrow2@gmail.com.   
 
Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July, August and December at St. John's Lutheran Church in Marion. Directions to St. John's Lutheran Church: From FM 78 turn south onto FM 465 and the church is just past the Marion School on the right. From IH-10 go north on FM 465 towards Marion. The Church will be on the left, just before you get to town. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.
 
Quitman: The Quitman Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Quitman Library on E Goode Street, Quitman. It is a diverse group that welcomes all visitors. For more information, e-mail quitmangardenclub@gmail.com.
 
Denton:  The Denton County Master Gardener Association meets from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. the
second Wednesday of each month . Meetings are open to the public. For complete details, visit  http://dcmga.com/.
 
Humble: The Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, hosts a Lunch Bunch the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. Take a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Starbucks when you call 281-443-8731 to reserve your spot. Master Gardeners and Masters Naturalists may earn CEU credits by attending.
 
Jacksboro: The Jacksboro Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) at the Concerned Citizens Center, 400 East Pine Street, Jacksboro. For more information, call Melinda at 940-567-6218.
 
Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners Association's Learn at Lunch program meet the second Wednesday of each month. The business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program at noon, at the AgriLife Extension Office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview. The program is presented for horticultural education and is free to the public. For further information call 903-236-8429, visit www.txmg.org/gregg, or like us on Facebook at Gregg County Master Gardeners. 
 
Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the
second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda 361-729-6037, Ruth 361-729-8923 or Cindy 979-562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.or g and http://rockportherbies.blogspot.com.
 
Woodway: The McLennan County Master Gardeners meet on the second Wednesday each month at noon at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. Educational programs follow the business session. For more information, call 254-757-5180.
 
Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. (social) 7:00 (meeting) the second Thursday of each month except in July in the AgriLife Extension auditorium, 1225 Pearl 2nd floor (downtown Beaumont next to the Court House). For more information contact: 409-835-8461 or txmg.org/jcmg.
 
Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at 512-863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.
 
Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners Association holds their monthly meeting on the
second Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the new Orange County Expo Center on Hwy 1442 in Orangefield. Enter the building in the front entrance, first door on the right, Texas AgriLife offices. Pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Visit http://txmg.org/orange for more information.
 
San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

Smithville: The Smithville Community Gardens meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Smithville Recreation Center. 
 
Angleton: The Brazoria County Master Gardeners meet at 11 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Brazoria County Extension Office, 21017 County Road 171, Angleton. There is a general business meeting followed by a brief educational program each month. For further information call 979-864-1558, ext.110.
 
College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. in the training room of the College Station Waste Water Facility building at the end of North Forest Parkway, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation, and more. For more information, visit http://www.amgardenclub.com/.
 
Houston: The Spring Branch African Violet Club meets the second Saturday of each month, January through November, at 10:30am at the Copperfield Baptist Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston. Call Karla at 281-748-8417 prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.
  
Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.
 
Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member's homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.
 
THIRD WEEK
 
Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.com.
 
Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener's meet on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W Henderson, Cleburne. Meeting times are at 2 p.m. October through April, except December and at 6 p.m. May through September. An educational program precedes the business meeting. For additional information, contact Sue Matern at 817-517-9076.
  
New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month (except April and December,) at the  GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. An educational program precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For additional information, call 830-620-3440 or visit http://txmg.org/comal/ .

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

Bastrop/Lockhart : Texas Sage Master Gardeners meet the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Bastrop or Lockhart. Visit their Facebook page for location and educational topic of the month: https://www.facebook.com/TexasSageMG . For additional information, or to become a Texas Sage Master Gardener, email TexasSageMG@gmail.com .
 
Corpus Christi: The Nueces Master Gardeners meet at noon the third Tuesday of each month, except December, at Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Dr., Corpus Christi. An educational program precedes the business meeting. For further information call 361 767-5217.
 
Evant: The Evant Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., usually at the bank in downtown Evant. To confirm the date, time and place of each month's meeting, call 254-471-5860. 
 
New Braunfels: The Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the third Tuesday of each month at  6:30 pm at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. Meetings include an informative speaker and a Plant of the Month presentation. Meetings are free and visitors are welcome. For more information,visit www.npsot.org/w/lindheimer Note : there will be no meeting in June or December.
 
Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call 361-790-0103.
 
Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Road, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.
 
Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call 940-382-8551.
 
Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 254-897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardeners.org.
 
Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call 817-579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.
 
Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.
 
Brownwood: Brownwood Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  The club meetings are at Southside Baptist Church, 1219 Indian Creek Road, with refreshments and a speaker presentation. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email boeblingen@centex.net or call 817-454-8175.
 
Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas - Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) at the Houston SArboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park (4501 Woodway Dr.). For more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http:/npsot.org/wp/Houston.

San Antonio: The Bexar County Master Gardeners (BCMG) meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio. During the months of Jan., March, May, July, Sep. and Nov., an evening meeting begins with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by a free presentation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. During the intervening months (Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.), afternoon educational seminars/general meetings are held from 1-3:30 p.m. Check http://www.bexarmg.org/ to verify meeting date for any given month, as circumstances could require a change, and to find information on the speaker and topic scheduled for each meeting.
 
Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, at the AgriLife Building, 210 East Live Oak, Seguin. After a brief social hour, the meeting and guest speaker begins at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 830-303-3889 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.
 
FOURTH WEEK
 
Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at 210-999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.
 
Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardeners, a program of Texas AgriLife Extension, meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. There is a public gardening program at each meeting and pertinent information may be found at brazosmg.com or 979-823-0129.
 
Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312.
 
Linden: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the senior citizens building at 507 S Kaufman St. in Linden at 6:30. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Karen Tromza at khtromza@yahoo.com.
 
Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Blvd., Ft. Worth. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-263-9322 or visit www.ogcfw.webs.com.
 
San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or email npsot.sanantonio@gmail.com.
 
Houston: The Houston Native Prairie Association meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. For more information, contact hnpat@prairies.org.

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.
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