January 2, 2019
The garden reader:
From earth to sky - veggies low and high
By William Scheick
Mark Highland. Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally. Cool Springs Press, 2017. 240 pp. $30.00.
"Sustainability is the primary philosophy of organic gardening, based on the interconnectivity of gardening and gardens to the surrounding environment," Mark Highland explains in his deeply informed handbook. "Individual organic practices should build on each other to create an overall garden system that only increases in productivity over time."
After an excellent introduction on the makeup of soil, Highland emphasizes how to "respect" rather than "work" that soil. This approach includes conservation-tillage techniques and the utilization of organic fertilization and amendments.
An entire chapter highlights smart watering procedures and designs. Another section unpacks advice on how to "naturally" manage pests and diseases.
For those who prefer lawns, Highland is surprisingly supportive, offering ample tips on how to fit turf into an "organic lifestyle." For readers with more limited space, he devotes a good segment to organic container gardens.
Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants. Cool Springs Press, 2018. 376 pp. $30.00.
Eight contributors, all authors of Cool Spring Press gardening books, combine their talents in Gardening Complete to explore 19 practical topics. Their discussions range from soil and design to pruning techniques and pest management, and from watering and fertilizing to composting and mulching.
Lynn Steiner's chapter on native plants, for example, counters various misconceptions. Native flora can be much showier than commonly believed, she maintains, and they are not necessarily weedy-looking, a source of allergies or hard to purchase.
In her water-wise chapter, Steiner also recommends planting a bee lawn "made up of low-growing, foot-tolerant, non-invasive plants." Rhonda Fleming Hayes features hollow- or pithy-stemmed plants for bees as well as similar habitats supporting other beneficial pollinators.
is brilliantly illustrated. The photos not only peak interest, they sometimes provide practical guidance - for example, in Jacqueline Soule's section on propagation and Jessica Walliser's article on weed management.
Amy Andrychowicz. Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects That Deliver More Yield in Less Space. Cool Springs Press, 2018. 192 pp. $24.99.
"My favorite thing about vertical vegetable gardening," Amy Andrychowicz explains, "is that I can use my creativity to grow food in fun and unique ways...The options are basically unlimited."
Her suggested possibilities, presented in photos and step-by-step instructions (with precise measurements), include trellises, arbors, teepees, A-frames, lean-tos, pergolas, arches, obelisks, cages, towers, ladders, living walls and hanging baskets.
Truly enticing DIY projects inform the heart of Vertical Vegetables. "Whether you're looking to construct an architectural element, add character or interest to your garden, hide an unsightly area, create a private place to relax or simply build strong structures for your vining vegetables," down-to-earth inspiration awaits you in this well-done guidebook.
(Texas A&M University Press).
AgriLife scientists: Sugarcane genome sequencing a big first step toward better varieties
By Gabe Saldana
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Sequencing the especially complex genome of sugarcane is one of the significant achievements of agricultural science in 2018, appearing as the cover story of the international science journal Nature Genetics in November.
The accomplishment is a step toward molecular interventions that could one day allow sugarcane crop improvements to take place over shorter periods of time and with greater efficiency than is possible today, said Dr. Qingyi Yu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research genomics scientist in Dallas.
Yu is a co-author of the publication alongside Dr. Anupma Sharma - a postdoctoral research associate in her lab during most of the five-year sequencing initiative. The full publication is available at https://tinyurl.com/sugarcanegenome.
Improving a global crop
Today, sugarcane improvement relies on traditional crossbreeding and field trials, which can take more than a decade and provide no guarantee of viable cultivars. But sequencing the wild sugarcane species Saccharum spontaneum by more than 100 international scientists moves the world closer to faster production of higher quality varieties, which are more resistant to disease and environmental stresses, Yu said.
Sugarcane is the largest crop or livestock product produced by weight in the world, and it is ranked ninth by dollar value, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It also is one of the last food crops to undergo sequencing, due to its complex genome, which contains eight to 14 versions of each pair of chromosomes in its cell nucleus.
The extra chromosomes bring a corresponding large amount of DNA to sequence, Yu said. And similar sequences occurring along the genome increase difficulty in assembling them into distinct chromosomes.
Yu's lab in Dallas was responsible for constructing bacterial artificial chromosome, or BAC, libraries of S. spontaneum. They used these DNA fragments to help sort out homologous chromosomes in the species and assist in quickening the sequence assembly.
S. spontaneum was chosen for sequencing due to its superior disease resistance. The effort revealed more about why resistance is higher in the species, and about the underlying genetic mechanisms contributing to its resilience, Yu said.
Meanwhile, during her time with AgriLife Research, Sharma was instrumental in understanding the species' evolution, Yu said. Her contributions included identifying transposable elements - DNA sequences that can change positions within a genome - in the sugarcane genome for insights.
The effort produced discoveries about the origins of modern sugarcane's sweetness, and about hybridization between S. spontaneum and Saccharum officinarum - hybrids of which comprise the most common production varieties of sugarcane today.
"The sequencing was a big first step," Yu said. "But there is much work left to do before we can think about improving actual crop plants."
"The methods developed over this five-year process have provided great insights on how we can produce more high-quality sequences of other complex genomes in the future," Yu said.
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Marion: Dr. Mark Gustafson, Professor of Environmental Studies at Texas Lutheran University and author of "A Naturalist's Guide to the Texas Hill Country" presents "Plants of the Hill Country," at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8, at
St John's Lutheran Church, FM 465, Marion. Gustafson
manages the Weston Ranch Project near Marion, has trapped doves as a volunteer for Texas Parks and Wildlife, and has led eight study abroad trips to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize, Ecuador and Mexico. He has a BA in Biology and Mathematics, and a PhD in Zoology from Duke University.
Meetings are open to the public. Visitors are welcome.
There is a plant/seed exchange and greeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program.
For more information, directions to St John's Lutheran Church, or membership applications, visit http://npsot.org/wp/guadalupe/.
Pasadena: Harris County Master Gardeners Lecture Series, 10:00-11:30 a.m., January 8, Genoa Friendship Gardens Educational Center Building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Road, Pasadena. Free. Plants for sale in greenhouse. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
Houston: "Gardening Basics for the Gulf Coast"
is the topic of the January 10, meeting of the Houston Rose Society. The program will be presented by Beverly Welch, owner of The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball. At The Arbor Gate Beverly carries roses, herbs, perennials, native plants, bulbs and vegetables all of which will grow and thrive in our Gulf Coast climate. Welch shares her expertise on the best ways to set up Gulf Coast gardens for success in the new year. Arrive at 7:00 p.m. for social time; the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. Free admission. For additional information, visit www.houstonrose.org.
Nacogdoches: Texas Gardener Publisher Jay White will discuss "Home Garden Trends: Average Gardeners, Mean Vegetables and Distributed Benefits," as part of the Les Reeves Lecture Series on January 10. The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street, Nacogdoches. There's a social at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Lectures are 45-50 minutes. There's a short plant raffle after. Parking at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and Raguet Elementary.
Spring: Harris County Master Gardeners Green Thumb Series: Preparing Garden Beds & Lawns - 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 10, Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Dr., Spring. Free. For more information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
Houston: Know & Grow: Get Ready for the Upcoming Growing Season Conference
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, January 11, at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd., Houston. $20 registration fee. Call or visit online for full agenda: (713) 274-0950; https://know-n-grow.eventbrite.com.
Dallas: Join Texas Discovery Gardens on
January 12 for Cut Back, Spring Forward, a pruning class on how to and when to prune to keep all your plants looking their best! Led by Roger Sanderson, Director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. $10, or $5 for members of Texas Discovery Gardens. Class price includes admission to the Butterfly House and Gardens.
The Kaufman County Master Gardeners are hosting "Mrs. Peggy Martin" at a luncheon on Saturday,
from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at FBC Kaufman, 1906 Fair Street, Kaufman. There will be a "meet & greet" at 11 followed by lunch and a presentation on Old Garden & Antique Roses. There are five rose varieties available for pre-purchase, $18 for 2-gallon pots: Peggy Martin, Plum Perfect, Ducher, Julia Child and Mrs. Anthony Waterer. Admission is $35 and includes lunch. Pre-order tickets as seating is limited. For more information or to request tickets and roses, contact Jim Burt at (469) 371-4542,
or Kaufman County AgriLife Extension at (972) 932-9069.
La Marque: January 12
"Growing Blueberries", with Dr. David Cohen, Galveston County Honorary Master Gardener, presenting, 9-10:30 a.m., at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Bldg. in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main, La Marque; Phone (281) 534-3413; email
; for additional details
. Free, but pre-registration required.
Houston: Harris County Master Gardeners Green Thumb Series: Preparing Garden Beds & Lawns - 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 15, Spring Branch Memorial Library, 930 Corbindale, Houston. Free. For more information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
Registering Now for the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners "Become a Master Gardener" Night Class 32 to be held on Tuesday evenings from January 15 to May 14 from 5:45 pm to 8:45 p.m. at 210 East Live Oak, Seguin. Cost is $210 includes a Texas Master Gardener Handbook. For more information, contact Kay McElveen at (479) 790-2933 or visit
for more info and application. Class size is limited.
The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association is offering a training program with weekly classes running from January 17, to graduation on April 23. Classes will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in La Grange. Topics for the class include plant growth and development, entomology, soils and plant fertility, landscape and fruit trees, plant pathology, vegetable gardening, lawn care and various aspects of environmental horticulture. Classes are taught by Texas AgriLife Extension specialists, agents and local experts. The Texas Master Gardener program boasts the largest corps of Master Gardener volunteers in the nation. A love of gardening and search for knowledge is central to why Master Gardeners join the program. They remain Master Gardeners to enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of others who share their interests, to gain and share horticulture knowledge and to give back to the community. The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association spans four counties: Austin, Colorado, Fayette and Washington. An open house is scheduled to answer questions and provide more information about the Master Gardener Training Course: January 10, 9:00 a.m. until noon. Fayette County Agriculture Building, 255 Svoboda Lane, LaGrange. For more information on the program, contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Austin County at (979) 865-2072, or visit
The Waller County Master Gardeners will be accepting applications thru December 14, 2018 for their 2019 Master Gardener Training Program. Classes are scheduled on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting
and include presentations by Texas A&M horticulture experts and Master Gardeners. The cost is $160 per person. More information can be found at
or at (979) 826-7651.
Tyler: Smith County Master Gardeners at the Library, January 18. "Crapemyrtles: The Lilac of the South" - Selecting varieties, planting, pruning and protecting one of the South's showiest summer flowering trees, with Keith Hansen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulture Agent Emeritus and owner East Texas Gardening. Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Overflow free parking in garage across from the library.
Katy: Harris County Master Gardeners Green Thumb Series: Preparing Garden Beds & Lawns- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 19, Maud Smith Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy. Free. For more information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
Cypress: Harris County Master Gardeners Fruit Tree Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon (or sellout), January 26, plants suitable for our area, plus various soils available. 19110 Longenbaugh, Cypress. Next to the Weekly Center. Free. For more information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
Victoria County Master Gardeners Association will host a Winter Citrus Seminar,
Saturday, February 9
at the Victoria County Master Gardener Association Pavilion and Educational Gardens, 333 Bachelor Drive, Victoria. Doors open
at 9 a.m.
, with the seminar
starting at 9:30 a.m.
ending around noon
. Fee is $10.00 per person. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program Specialist Monte Nesbitt will present information on citrus tree and avocado selection and management. Attendees will leave with the latest information and material on the upcoming Victoria County Master Gardener Association Citrus Sale,
There will be a time to tour the Victoria Master Gardener Educational Gardens and ask citrus-related questions of Nesbitt. For additional information, contact Donna McCanlies at
Nacogdoches: Linda Gay, Arborgate, will discuss "Climbers, Twisters and Viners - Using Vertical Space"
February 14 at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street, Nacogdoches. There's a social at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Smith County Master Gardeners at the Library, February 15. "Basics of Hobby Greenhouses" - Think you want a Greenhouse? presented by Debby Watkins, Smith County Master Gardener, Advanced Training. Tyler Public Library, 201 S College, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Overflow free parking in garage across from the library.
Hitchcock: February 16
"Galveston County Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale," Informational presentation about plants for sale, 8-8:50 a.m.; plant sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; if possible, bring your own wagon for transporting purchases; at Galveston County Fair Grounds in Jack Brooks Park - Rodeo Arena (large covered arena), Hwy 6 and Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock. For updates and additional information visit
The Collin County Master Gardeners Association will host "Edible Gardening 101" on February 16, from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. at the Landing at Myers Park & Event Center in McKinney, Texas. CCMGA has expanded on their popular "Spring into Vegetable Gardening" classes, and in addition to basic vegetable gardening, will offer timely tips on successfully growing other edibles, such as herbs, berries and more, for backyard gardeners in Collin County. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned gardener, there is something for everyone at this educational event.
Demonstration tables will feature hands-on displays and will be manned by Master Gardeners and local experts who have expertise in vegetable resources, raised bed construction, water conservation, drip irrigation, propagation, container gardening, pollinators, greenhouse gardening, tree care, insects/disease, and more. Representatives from Texas Pure Products will be on hand with examples of various soil amendments and mulches. Register online at the CCMGA website
. There is a $10 per person fee to attend. Registration runs from January 1, 2019 through February 8, 2019. Seating is limited so registration is required to ensure there will be enough handouts and goodie bags for attendees. Contact (972) 548-4219, or visit
for more information. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. on February 16 at the Landing at Myers Park, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney.
The Cherokee County Master Gardeners will hold their 2019 Spring Conference on Saturday,
from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 1920 Beaumont, Jacksonville. Registration is $10.00. Vendors booths and snacks will be available. For more information, contact
The Waller County Master Gardeners will host a spring Vegetable and Herb sale, Waller County Extension Office, 846 6th St., Hempstead,
from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Vegetable and Herb transplants and seeds will be available for purchase. Appearances by The Gunter Sisters and Judy Barrett. Visit
or call (979) 826-7651 x3068 for more information.
If you would like your organization's events included in "Monthly Meetings" or would like to make a change to a listed meeting, please contact us at Monthly Meetings. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details.
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
The Permian Basin Master Gardeners meet at noon, the
first Wednesday of each month,
Alternating between the Midland and Ector County's Extensions Offices. For more information about location, call 432-498-4071 or 432-686-4700.
Navasota: The Navasota Garden Club meets on the
first Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 10:00 a.m., usually at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 Church Street, Navasota. If not meeting at the church, a change of meeting notice will be placed on the door at the North entrance. Guests are welcome. Members are from Grimes County and surrounding counties.
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
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 email@example.com 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 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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