February 27, 2019
Oak wilt disease threatens Texas oaks in spring
Texas A&M Forest Service
From February through June, oak trees should not be pruned or wounded to prevent the spread of oak wilt disease. Texas A&M Forest Service reminds Texans that it is especially critical to avoid pruning oaks in Texas counties affected by oak wilt.
When springtime comes, oak trees produce new leaves for the coming growing season. While the seasonal transition may leave oaks looking thin with yellowed leaves, new green leaves will soon emerge.
At this time of year, red oaks that have died of the disease during the previous summer and fall may produce spore mats under the bark that sap-feeding beetles may visit as a food source. These beetles may then fly to a fresh wound on any oak tree, infect the tree and start a new oak wilt infection center that can pass to adjacent oaks through root grafting.
All oaks are susceptible to oak wilt disease. Spring is the time of high fungal mat production, high insect populations and the highest susceptibility to disease for oaks.
Any new wound may be susceptible to infection including those produced by pruning, construction activities, livestock, land or "cedar" clearing, lawnmowers, string trimmers and storms.
To decrease the attractiveness of fresh wounds to these insects, always cover or paint wounds on oaks, no matter the time of the year. Any kind of paint will accomplish this task.
Remember, it is extremely important to avoid wounding and pruning oaks from February through June.
Millions of trees have been killed by this disease in over 76 counties of Central, North and West Texas. In order to keep new infection centers from starting, Texans must avoid wounding oaks in the spring and paint any fresh wound that occurs at any time of the year.
Some cities and municipalities, including Austin, the City of Lakeway, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Round Rock, have oak wilt programs in place with municipal foresters dedicated to managing the disease, which can be accessed on the Texas Oak Wilt website.
Protect your oak trees by following critical preventative measures. Please contact Texas A&M Forest Service with any questions you may have about this devastating disease.
The Compost Heap
Which half of Texas?
"I'm curious about the recommendation to transplant portulaca, periwinkles, impatiens and marigolds," writes Jane Galloway, questioning advice in "Gardening Tips" (Seeds, February 13, 2019). "It's February here in North Texas. Temps go below freezing. These plants are not growing outside right now. What area was this recommendation intended for?"
That week's tip is definitely more appropriate for gardens in the lower half of the state, and we should have made that clear. Thanks for the question and thanks for reading.
It is still too early to apply commercial fertilizers to your lawn. However, it is a great time to aerate and add compost. When fertilizing your lawn with compost, mow closely and then spread one-half to one inch of compost over the lawn. Rake it into the grass and water well. Do not mow again for a least a week. You can fertilize your lawn with compost 2, 3 or 4 times a year. You really can't add too much.
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Master Gardener Classes are sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Master Gardener Association. During the 50+ hours of instruction by noted experts such as Dr. Bill Welch, Dr. Kimberly Cochran and Dr. Sam Feagley, you'll be introduced to: botany, landscape design, native and adapted plants, annual and perennial gardens, tree selection and maintenance, turf grass, plant propagation, vegetable gardening, herb gardening, Earth-Kind gardening, butterfly and pollinator gardens, soil science, entomology (good bugs/bad bugs) and IPM (integrated pest management), plant health, composting, home fruit gardening, rainwater collection, drip irrigation and more.
To become a Certified Master Garden one must complete at least 50 hours classroom instruction, 50 volunteer hours on approved projects and activities by June 1, 2020; afterward annual re-certification requires 20 volunteer hours and 6 continuing education hours if you choose to continue with the MG Program. Classes begin February 27 and run through May 29, at the Caldwell County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and some Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuition is $225; Email Tommie Clayton, CCMGA 2019 class coordinator, at
for an application or pick up an application at the Caldwell County AgriLife Extension Office, 1403 Blackjack, Suite B, Lockhart. For more information, phone (512) 398-3122.
The Garden Club of Austin (TGCOA) will have a special presentation by Gregory Gaiser at 7:00 p.m.,
at the Zilker Botanical Gardens auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Gaiser, a member of the Zilker Botanic Garden Ikebana Study Group, will demonstrate how to create several Ikebana arrangements following the ancient Japanese art that incorporates principles of line, movement, open space, and focal point.
Ikebana is the Japanese practice of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō. This tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, these arrangements were placed in the tokonoma of a home. Tokonoma, or simply toko, is a built-in recessed space in a Japanese-style reception room (known in English as an alcove) in which items of artistic merit are displayed.
The time taken to create compositions of this type of Japanese art are often used as a period of reflection, during which time seems to stand still for the artist. This spiritual aspect is the most important element of ikebana. The main objective of making ikebana floral arrangements is not to create decorations. Visit
for more information.
Austin: The annual plant sale/fundraiser for Sunshine Community Gardens, 4814 Sunshine Drive, Austin. will be held 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., March 2. The sale will feature organically grown tomatoes (126 varieties), peppers (80 varietes), eggplants and tomatillos. For more information, visit sunshinecommunitygardens.org
Austin: The Austin Organic Gardeners Club will hold its annual spring plant sale on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd in the Zilker Botanical Gardens. They will be selling organic vegetable and herb starts for the spring garden as well as ornamentals and seeds. Veteran gardeners will be available to answer questions. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.
Austin: Green Corn Project is starting its 21st year of installing organic vegetable gardens for the under-served communities in the Austin area. Their spring gardening days (Dig-ins) will take place over 5 weekend mornings in March from Saturday, March 2 through Sunday, March 31. Volunteering for a Dig-in is a great way to share gardening knowledge or learn more about gardening while helping bring delicious, nourishing food to others. For more information, visit http://www.greencornproject.org/dig-ins/.
The Waller County Master Gardeners will host a spring Vegetable and Herb sale, Waller County Extension Office, 846 6th St., Hempstead, March 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vegetable and herb transplants and seeds will be available for purchase. Free presentations by Texas Gardener Contributing Writer Mary Karish at 9 a.m. and Judy Barrett at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.txmg.org/wallermg for more information. RSVP for presentations at (979) 826-7651 x3068.
Van Zandt County Free State Master Gardener Association is holding a seminar for the public featuring well-known author, Texas Gardener contributing editor, and Smith County AgriLife agent, Greg Grant, at 6 p.m., Tuesday,
at Silver Spur Resort, 13785 TX-19, Canton. The topics are "Heirloom Gardening; Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens" and plants Greg "has introduced to the gardening world and the stories that go with them." The cost is
per person; pre-registration is required and overnight accommodations are available. Call Paula Marshall at (972) 877-7988 for more information, or email her at
Galveston: The Friends of Moody Gardens hosts the 7th Annual Gulf Coast Herb Fair, Wednesday, March 6. This free event with lectures, vendors and herbs for sale will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Visitor's Center at Moody Gardens. Free parking nearby. Luncheon: at 11:30 with guest speaker Concetta Maceo-Sims of the Maceo Spice & Import Co. Luncheon is $35 and $45 at the door. Reserved tables of 3 for $120, 4 for $160, 6 for $240. Additionally, there will be a hands-on hypertufa workshop 2:30-4 p.m. for $25, which includes all supplies for original yard art and planters. RSVP with checks to Ellen Perry, 2903 Dominique Drive, Galveston 77551. Include your phone number or email on check.
Brazos County Master Gardeners present Gardening with the Masters - Vegetables, Thursday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m.
the Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan.Join members in the Demonstration Idea Garden for a vegetable discussion with special guest Skip Richter, contributing editor for Texas Gardener magazine and host of Garden Success radio program on KAMU. This event is open to the public at no charge.
Comal County Master Gardeners and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Servicewill present their Spring Seminar featuring "Dynamics of the Four Seasons" at McKenna Events Center, 801 West San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, on Friday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration is $55 which includes lunch, snacks, and seminar handouts. Twelve Months of Color-will be presented by Dr. Calvin Finch, Ph.D., and retired Texas A&M Horticulturist who writes every week for the San Antonio Express News, the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung and other area newspapers, and appears on Milberger's Gardening South Texas Radio Show every Saturday and Sunday. Vegetable Gardening in the Four Seasons-will be presented by David Rodriguez, who has bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University and has been with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 14 years. He has also been gardening for 35 plus years along with extensive experience in the green industry. Four Seasons of Maintenance-will be presented by Robert "Skip" Richter, who is a horticulturist, gardening educator, gardening writer, and avid horticultural photographer. Richter serves as a contributing editor for Texas Gardener magazine and has appeared weekly on the Central Texas Gardener television program for more than a decade. Selecting and Managing Fruit Trees-will be presented by Dr. Larry Stein, Ph.D., Associate Head Professor and Extension Horticulturist, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University. Dr. Stein has authored numerous Extension publications and is co-author of the Texas Peach Handbook (Texas A&M Press). Seating is limited so register early to save your place. Registration forms are available at
. For additional information, call (830) 620-3440.
Hempstead: Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd., Hempstead. Visitors enjoy 1-hour guided tours of the garden led by knowledgeable docents. Guided tours are offered approximately every 30 minutes, leaving between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.The nursery will be open. Purchase Tickets. $10 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/ or email email@example.com.
Rosenberg: The 11th annual Fort Bend County Master Gardeners' Spring Vegetable-Herb Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, March 9. The sale will feature spring vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, Swiss chard, and tomatillos. Herbs offered will include basil, cilantro, chives, oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and more. All plants are grown by the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners and are varieties recommended for Fort Bend County. The popular Seeds 4 Sale packets will be available again this year; each packet includes seeds of six vegetables to be started in the garden. Seeds 4 Sale packets help residents with small planting areas grow some of the vegetables that should be planted directly into the ground. The packets include seeds for green beans, cucumbers, okra and squash. Several of the varieties are bush type and can be grown in containers as well as in a small garden. The sale is open from 9:00 a.m. until noon in front of the Master Gardeners' greenhouse, which is located behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office for Fort Bend County at 1402 Band Rd, Rosenberg. Additional information, including directions to the sale and a list of available vegetable and herb varieties, can be found at https://fbmg.org/events/annual-sales/vegetable-herb-sale/ or by calling the FBMG Hotline at (281) 341-7068.
Austin: The Austin Organic Gardeners club's March meeting on Monday, March 11, will feature tropical-fruit specialist Edward Self leading a hands-on pear tree grafting workshop. Edward will guide attendees through the process of grafting a pear scion (cutting) onto root stock. Root stock, scion, and tape will be provided while supplies last and attendees will to take a pear tree home! The Austin Organic Gardeners' Club meets at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, in Zilker Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Club business begins at 7 p.m., followed by the guest speaker's presentation. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.
Houston: The topic of the March 14, meeting of the Houston Rose society will be "Rose Rosette Disease - What You Need to Know." The program will be presented by Gaye Hammond. Gaye is a master rosarian and past president of the Houston Rose Society. Rose Rosette is a disease that has devastated rose gardens in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in recent years. Learn the scientific facts concerning Rose Rosette Disease, how to recognize it and the areas in Houston where it has been identified. Please note the location for the March 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.
Round Top: The Herb Society of America-Pioneer Unit Plant Sale will be held March 15, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and March 16, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on the grounds of The Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jasper Road, Round Top.
Smith County Master
ers at the Library, March 15. "Trialed and Trusted Plants, Distinctly Southern-Plants to help your garden look like the pages of Southern Living magazine" presented by Laura Campbell, spokesperson for the Southern Living Plant Collection. 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.
Gonzales Master Gardener's Spring Plant Sale.
8:30 am until 1:00 pm. Texas Heroes Square, St. Lawrence St. in Downtown Gonzales. There will be vegetables, herbs, annuals, citrus trees, perennials/adaptive natives, roses and succulents for sale. There will also be a Silent Auction, Children's Planting Booth, Plant Give Away drawing and a plant information booth. This fundraiser helps support our community and children's programs. For more information, visit
Peckerwood Garden presents the Peckerwood Garden Lecture Series: Friday, March 16, 11:30 a.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd., Hempstead. "Having Fun Growing and Killing Cool Plants in Tulsa" with Dr. Todd Lasseigne, President and CEO, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa, Okla. Like Texas, Oklahoma has its fair share of gardening challenges, if not worse, believe it or not! They get just as hot, humid and dry as us yet experience much colder winters along with other extremes. In seeking interesting, adaptable plants for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Todd Lasseigne has looked to Texas natives as well as other plants from harsh regions of the world to further push the limits on. The many surprising successes among the inevitable failures that Todd will feature will provide a great frame of reference to apply to our gardens here, and make you appreciate that things could be a lot worse! Refreshments provided. The nursery will be open.Register now! Free admission and parking, $10 for the tour at 10 a.m. For more info, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
McKinney: The Garden Show 2019, presented by the Collin County Master Gardeners Association will take place on March 16 and 17 at the Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney. The 9th annual event will showcase new and creative ideas, informative presentations, vetted vendors, family activities, and fun entertainment. Local experts will present on a variety of topics, including "Growing Tomatoes in North Texas," "Earth-Kind Gardening" and "Designing Beautiful Container Gardens". The City of Frisco will have a four-station workshop called "Irrigation Station" that will teach attendees how to water effectively, efficiently, and wisely. Hours are from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, and from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 17. Entry on both days is a donation of $2 per person. Parking is free. All proceeds will benefit Hugs Greenhouse. For more information, visit
or call (972) 548-4232
Schertz: Journey beyond bluebonnets and learn about wildflowers common and rare at Explore Texas Wildflowers on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. Offered by the Guadalupe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the three-hour program will teach how to identify native wildflowers and find unusual ones. The featured speaker is Michael Eason, author of "Wildflowers of Texas" published in 2018 by Timber Press.
Eason heads the rare plant conservation department at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Previously, he worked for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where he managed the Millennium Seed Bank Project. There he was also the lead botanist for a vegetation survey of Big Bend National Park. As a conservation botanist, he now performs plant identifications, botanical inventories and rare plant surveys on private and public lands. Eason also volunteers on the board of NPSOT, the Native Plant Society of Texas.
Explore Texas Wildflowers
will explain the vast floral diversity of Texas, introduce common local wildflowers and teach how to identify them. Beyond the showy roadside wildflowers, some may thrive in a home landscape. Eason will give special attention to small or rare Texas native flowers that may be overlooked.
Tickets to Explore Texas Wildflowers are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. To register, purchase tickets online at
send a check by March 1 to NPSOT, 8908 Bent Brook Dr., Garden Ridge, TX 78266. For information, call (210) 289-9997.
Dr. William Welch, Extension Program Specialist, presents "Get Growing Series - Tough Perennials for Texas Gardens" at 6:00 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 19, at Lick Creek Nature Center, 13600 Rock Prairie Rd, College Station.Perennials are plants that return to our gardens each year from the same root parts. Dr. Welch will review the use of perennials and heirloom bulbs in sunny or shady landscapes as masses, borders, specimens and containers. He will also address growing requirements, management and propagation methods. This event is open to the public at no charge.
Brazos County Master Gardeners present their 2019 Spring Plant Sale 9 a.m.-noon,
Saturday, March 23, at Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan. Select from thousands of plants: natives, perennials, herbs, vegetables and bulbs especially suited to Brazos County growing conditions. Take your wagon and load up!
Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday, March 23, 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 email email@example.com.
Orangefield: The Orange County Master Gardeners are holding their 6th Annual Bloomin' Crazy Plant Fair, Saturday, March 23, 8 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield. Hundreds of nursery and member-grown plants will be for sale, including many varieties of citrus, berries, cold-hardy avocados, LSU gold fig trees, Texas Superstars, perennials, natives, annuals, house and tropicals along with succulents, lilies and many other hard to find and unusual plants. Plant specialists and members will be available to answer questions and to assist in selecting plants. Specialty booths will be set up with unique gardening and craft items. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/orange, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in being one of the vendors.
Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Budding Out Festival: Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd., Hempstead. A premier event celebrating spring in the garden! Featuring many specialty plant vendors from around Texas and Peckerwood Garden's own exclusive, ultra-rare plant offerings! Also see landscape materials and gardening supplies, art and craft vendors, and great food! Music performed by Hogan and Moss and The Houston Blenders!$10 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit http://peckerwoodgarden.org/budding-out-festival/ or email email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
or call 713-274-0950.
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
. For more information about Garden Masters Inc, email Marcia Borders at
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
for more information
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/.
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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
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
for more information
: 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,
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
The Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the third Tuesday of each month at
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.
: there will be no meeting in June or December.
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
or call 361-790-0103.
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
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.
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
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
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
or call 817-454-8175.
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
for more information.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 .
The Dallas County Master Gardeners meet the
fourth Thursday of each month
at 11:30 a.m. For location and program information, visit
or contact The Helpdesk, M-F, 8 to 4:30 214-904-3053.
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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