April 10, 2019
  
Texas fruit crop looks good following freeze
 
By Adam Russell
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
 
Texas fruit crops appear set for a good year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
 
Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension fruit specialist, Uvalde, said crops like peaches, figs, pears, and strawberries took hits from sub-freezing temperatures two weeks ago, but overall, fruit varieties are showing good fruit sets as the threat of freeze damage wanes.
 
"I always like to say, 'I'm cautiously optimistic' when things look good," he said. "The overall story is that we will have a fruit crop and likely a good one barring any unforeseen calamities."
 
Stein said the freeze did cause losses, especially in low-chill varieties that had bloomed really early. The severity of the damages ranged according to how low temperatures dropped and for how long.
 
"A lot of low-chill varieties just got smoked by the cold," he said. "There were likely instances where low-chill varieties that bloomed early probably lost their entire crop. Young fruit and flowers are the most sensitive to the cold."
 
Stein said temperatures reached 22 degrees for eight hours in southern Central Texas, and that temperatures were below freezing for two consecutive nights.
 
"They probably did OK the first day because it was cloudy and windy, but the next day was colder and still," he said. "A little wind actually helps because there will be pockets of warmer air. Trees don't react to wind chill, it's the temperatures and the exposure time that gets them."
 
Stein said it's likely the freezing temperatures helped producers thin some fruit varieties.
 
Strawberry growers near Poteet suffered some fruit set losses, but should have ample fruit for their annual strawberry festival, he said. Wine grape growers who waited to prune their vines weathered the cold well.
 
"With strawberries, there were young fruit on the plants and the freeze got some of them," he said. "Grapes did well unless they pruned too early which stimulates growth, and early bloom. But most established growers wait, so I don't expect much damage in that crop."
 
Otherwise, growing conditions look good for many areas of the state, especially East Texas and much of Central Texas, due to good moisture profiles, while other parts of the state, like the Wintergarden area have adequate soil moisture but need a decent rain.
 
"Pecans look good with strong catkin (male flower) numbers, which has me optimistic about fruit sets," he said. "So, everything is shaping up well. We just need some rain here and there and to monitor for typical disease and pest issues, and 2019 should be a good year all around."
What are soil contaminants, and how did soil get contaminated?
 
The Soil Science Society of America
 
Soil is all around us, in cities and rural areas. But some soil becomes contaminated. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Feb. 15 Soils Matter blog summarizes common contaminants and the risks they carry.
 
"The biggest risks for soil contamination are in urban areas, and former industrial sites," writes Lauren Svejcar, a researcher at Murdoch University. "Common contaminates in urban soils include pesticides, petroleum products, radon, asbestos, lead, chromated copper arsenate, and creosote."
 
Svejcar has specific tips for gardeners. "Urban gardens are usually a good idea, but it's best to know your soil. Many vegetables and herbs can absorb contaminants as they grow. That puts you at risk if you eat them. Also, vegetables and herbs can have dust on them coming from contaminated soil. If not properly washed, you could ingest the contaminants. Some garden beds may also be lined with chemically treated wood. If you did not build your garden beds yourself, it's best to test your soil because the chemicals can leach into the garden soil."
 
"If you are unsure about the condition of the soil near your home or property, it's best to have a soil test done to be sure about its safety," Svejcar says. "Of course, most soil is perfectly safe for play, gardening and recreation, but it's best to be safe!"
 
Gardening tips

Most peach and plum trees are currently covered in fruit. If you want bigger, sweeter fruit, remove about 1/4 to 1/3 of the immature fruit from the trees.    

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Upcoming garden events
 
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APRIL
 
Houston: The topic of the April 11 meeting of the Houston Rose society will be "Hybridizing, A Child Can Do It and So Can You." The program will be presented by Mary Fulgham, a master consulting rosarian and past president of the Houston Rose Society. She grows more than 300 roses in her Bellaire garden. Mary will demonstrate her method of cross-pollinating roses for hybridization. This is the same method she taught her daughter Ivy Keen when Ivy was six years old! Ivy went on to create more than 50 of her own cultivars. Please note the location for the April meeting has changed. It will be held at the Lott Clubhouse, 6201 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. Arrive at 7:00 p.m. for refreshments; the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit www.houstonrose.org.
 
Nacogdoches: Daniel Cunningham, TAMU, Dallas, presents "Eat the Yard: A Guide to Edible Landscape Plants" at 7:00 p.m., April 11, at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches. A 6:30 p.m. social precedes the presentation.
 
Pasadena: Master Gardener Herman Auer presents "Cucurbit Culture: Squash & Melons" 10:00-11:00 .m., April 11, at Genoa Friendship Gardens Educational Center Building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Road, Pasadena. Free. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Spring: Harris County Master Gardeners present "Soils & Composting," 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 11, at Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Dr., Spring. Free. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu. 
 
Dallas: Horticulture Director Roger Sanderson shows how to incorporate native and adapted plants into your landscape at a "Plant Sale Safari," 3:00 p.m.-4 p.m., April 12, at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, Fair Park at Gate 6, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Attending allows entry into the following Members' sale. $25, $10/members. For more  information, visit TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.  
 
Dallas: Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park will host a Pollinator Plant Sale 4: p.m.-7:00 p.m., April 12 (members) and 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., April 13 and 14 (non-members). For more  information, visit TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.  
 
Tyler:  Smith County Master Gardeners at the Library, April 12. "Super charge your garden with Texas Superstar plants" presented by Smith County Master Gardeners, Advanced Training - Texas Superstars. Tyler Public Library, 201 S College, Tyler, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Overflow free parking in garage across from the library.
 
Austin: The 2019 East Austin Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales St., Austin. The Fair is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Travis County Master Gardener Association, the fair will have more than 50 booths exhibiting on a variety of gardening topics. There will be a just-for-kids section, plant giveaway, lots of free gardening materials, and complimentary soil screening. (See instructions at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen.) Travis County Master Gardeners will provide information on a variety of horticulture topics, while community partner organizations, such as Sustainable Food Center, Central Texas Food Bank, Green Corn, H.E.B, will provide information on related services, programs and projects. For more information, call (512) 854-9600 or visit https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/east-austin-garden-fair/.
 
Cedar Park: Shop for inexpensive plants for your garden or landscaping project at the Hill Country Bloomers Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedar Park Rec Center, 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park. Look for the sale around back on the patio and in the adjoining meeting room. Expect incredible prices on a wide variety of plants for any lighting conditions that are perfect for Cedar Park and Leander soil and climate. Many were propogated by club members from plants that are thriving in their gardens. Get tips on planting and growing your selections while there. This is an affordable way to fill your gardens while supporting a local garden club! Rain or Shine. Cash, Checks or Credit Cards accepted.  Learn more about Hill Country Bloomers and our monthly gardening/landscaping presentations at www.hillcountrybloomers.com.
 
Conroe: Educational Classes. Session 1: The Which, What & How of Spring Blooms , 8:00 til 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Identification and descriptions of plants everyone will want in their gardens. The right plant in the right place! Learn the steps needed to produce healthy, beautiful plants. Session 2: Multiplying Your Blooms!  10:30 til 12:30. Receive info on various ways to propagate plants. Tour the demonstration gardens and greenhouses, then propagate a plant to take home!  $5 per session or $8 for both.  Montgomery County Master Gardeners, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. For more information, visit http://www.mcmga.com or call (936) 539-7824.
 
Dallas: Texas Discovery Gardens' Pollinator Plant Sale April 13 & 14. Find more than 600 varieties of rare native and adapted pollinator-friendly plants. Many can't be found in local nurseries! Our Members' Plant Sale on April 12 allows you to shop before the Saturday rush! Members also receive 10% off plants. Details at txdg.org/plant-sale. Texas Discovery Gardens located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 
 
Friendswood: "Beneficials in the Garden," with Dr. William M. Johnson, Galveston County Extension Agent for Horticulture, presenting 1-3 p.m., April 13, at Friendswood Public Library, 416 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood; Ph 281-309-5065; email galvcountymgs@gmail.com; for additional details http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html. Free, but pre-registration required.
 
Granbury: Granbury Master Gardener Association (LGMG) will have its annual plant sale from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at the LGMG garden, 1410 West Pearl St., Granbury. Rain or shine. For information, call (817) 579-3280 or visit https://txmg.org/hcmg/.
 
Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, April 13, 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. The nursery will be open.Purchase Tickets. $10 admission and parking, Free  for members. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/  or eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org
 
Katy: Harris County Master Gardeners present "Soils & Composting," 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 13, at Maud Smith Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy. Free. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Dallas: Texas Discovery Gardens' Flora Fest on April 14. A brand new community event for 2019. Join us for a celebration of Spring! Participate in a collaborative art project, enjoy a special version of our Butterfly Release & Critter Encounter, and calm down with yoga in the Gardens. Individual Butterfly Releases now available at txdg.org/fest. Texas Discovery Gardens located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas.
 
Athens: As part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association's Library Series, Master Gardener Intern Delbert Hirst will present "How Site Analysis Shapes Your Design" Tuesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens. A good site analysis is usually one of the first steps in the process of coming up with a design. It can help you avoid problems and mistakes and result in a better design. With more than 40 years' experience in the design of outdoor spaces, Hirst combines his passion for the outdoors with his commitment to provide quality design and create solutions that are environmentally sensitive to the surrounding land and responsive to the safety and enjoyment of the users. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (903) 675-6130, email hendersoncmga@gmail.com   , or visit txmg.org/hendersonmg.
 
 
College Station: Brazos County Master Gardeners present "Growing Edibles in the Brazos Valley" Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m., April 16, at Lick Creek Nature Center, 13600 Rock Prairie Rd, College Station. Learn the "must-haves" for growing edibles in the Brazos Valley: water needs, soil needs, fertilizer choices, and what pests and diseases to expect in your edible garden. This event is open to the public at no charge.
 
Houston: Harris County Master Gardeners present "Soils & Composting," 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 16, at Spring Branch Memorial Library, 930 Corbindale, Houston. Free. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents the Peckerwood Garden Lecture Series: Friday, April 20, 5 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd., Hempstead. Camellia Research - Species and Cultivars with Dr. Jiyuan Li, China Academy of Forestry Science. Refreshments provided. Register now! Free admission and parking, $10 for the tour at 10 am. The nursery will be open. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/ or eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org
 
New Braunfels: The New Braunfels Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will have a native plant sale 1:00-5:00 p.m., April 20, at Headwaters at the Comal River, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels.
 
New Braunfels: The New Braunfels Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will have a native plant sale 4:00-7:00 p.m., April 22, at Westside Community Center, S. IH35 Frontage Road, New Braunfels. 
 
Bryan: Brazos County Master Gardeners present "Basics of Growing & Using Herbs" at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan. Presented by Henry Flowers, a native Texan and graduate from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and in 1993 with a Master of Agriculture degree in Floriculture. Upon graduation he joined the staff of the Antique Rose Emporium, where he helped design and implement new nursery-gardens in Georgia and in San Antonio. He later managed the main retail facility and gardens in Independence. For 16 years he served as Director of Gardens and Grounds for the Round Top Festival Institute and now works for Glasco & Co. Landscaping in Brenham. He loves herbs and is a lifetime member of The Herb Society of America. A look at the most useful culinary herbs for our region, with emphasis on how to grow them and how to use them. This event is open to the public at no charge.
 
Houston: Harris County Master Gardeners present "Soils & Composting," 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 25, at Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Houston. Free. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Dallas: Texas Discovery Gardens' Marvelous Monarchs on April 27. Learn all about the monarch's annual migration phenomenon and how they differ from their closest relatives. Register at txdg.org/workshops. Will be held at Texas Discovery Gardens located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas.
 
Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, April 27, 10 am. - 3pm, 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. The nursery will be open. Purchase Tickets. $10 admission and parking, Free  for members. For more info, visit  http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/ or eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org 
Monthly meetings
 
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FIRST WEEK
  
Kaufman: The Kaufman County Master Gardeners meet the first Monday of each month at the First Community Church at 1401 Trinity Drive in Crandall. January through April and August and September meetings are at 9 a.m., with the remaining meetings beginning at 7 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.kcmga.org, call 972-932-9069 or email to sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at a location in Houston to be determined. For additional information, visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu/Public/ or call 713-274-0950.

Dallas:  Garden Masters, Inc., meet the first Wednesday of each month, Sept.- May, at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas, 75230. The club hosts different speakers each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Come early and order lunch from the The Cafe, which features a healthy menu, fresh local produce and sustainably produced meats and fish (or call in advance to order  972-338-2233) . For more information about Garden Masters Inc, email Marcia Borders at  borderlineart1@gmail.com .
 
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: The Permian Basin Master Gardeners (Ector/Midland counties) have monthly meetings at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the West Texas Food Bank, 1601 Westcliff Drive in Midland. For more information 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.
 
Cedar Park/Leander/Liberty Hill: The Hill Country Bloomers meet the second Tuesday of each month (except December) at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to socialize and swap plants and seeds. Meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of topics for the home gardener or landscaper. They host a plant sale in the spring and a garden tour in the late summer/early fall. Throughout the year they contribute time and expertise to local projects. Those with any level of experience are welcome. Non-members are invited to their first meeting at no cost. Membership and speaker info is available at www.hillcountrybloomers.com.

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.   
 
Lockhart: Caldwell County Master Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. January through November at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library, 1st Floor, 217 S. Main St., Lockhart. A monthly educational horticulture program is presented from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. covering various topics of interest to gardeners and homeowners. For more information, email caldwellcountymg@yahoo.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 10:00 a.m. 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 Elaine Bell at 817-309-8052.
  
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.

Abilene: The Master Gardeners meet the third Tuesday of each month at the Taylor County Extension Office, 1982 Lytle Way, Abilene. For more information, contact Big Country Master Gardeners Association at mgardeners@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 Chapter meets at 6:45 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Houston Arboretum Nature Center (entrances at 4501 Woodway Dr. and 610 West Loop N). For more information about meeting presentations and native plants, visit http://npsot.org/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/.
 
Fort Worth: The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at Texas Garden Club Inc, 3111 Old Garden Club Rd., Fort Worth (located next to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden), 10:00 a.m. to noon, September through June. For more information, email herbalhen@yahoo.com.
 
FOURTH WEEK
 
New Braunfels: The New Braunfels Chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the fourth Monday of each month except July and December. Meetings are held at the Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35 Frontage Road, New Braunfels. Meetings start at 6:15 p.m. with a meet and greet time, followed by a short business meeting. Programs begin around 7:00. Native plant and seed exchanges are held monthly. Expert speakers present educational programs on topics of interest. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information or to join, visit www.npsot.org.
 
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.
 
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 June, July and August) at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room of the Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N. West St., Leander, unless there is a special event planned. Following a program and short business meeting, there is a pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call President Kathleen Tully at 512-422-8580 or email LeanderGardenClub@gmail.com .
 
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.
 
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/.
 
Dallas: The Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month (except November and December) at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas. For more information, visit www.gdogc.org. 
 
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