March 22, 2017
Homegrown strawberries are a billion times better tasting than the hard, rarely ripe, flavorless selection in the supermarket. Strawberries are cold-hardy and adaptable, making them one of the easiest berries to grow. W
hile most fruit trees take several years to begin bearing, you can harvest your own strawberries the very first summer. And even if you live in an apartment or small home, you can grow strawberries in a container, on your balcony, rooftop, or patio. If your horizontal space is limited, consider growing strawberries in a hanging basket or stacked planter, which will allow you to take advantage of vertical growing space as the strawberry plants tumble out over the sides.
There are two main kinds of strawberries: "June-bearing" and "Ever-bearing" varieties.
June-bearing, bear all at once, usually over a period of about 3 weeks. Because of their earliness, high quality and concentrated fruit set, June-bearers
produce high yields of very large, sweet, extra juicy berries in late mid-season, which is usually late spring and early summer, depending on your geographic region. These
are the best variety for preserving.
"Ever-bearing" strawberries produce a big crop from spring flowers, set light flushes of fruit through summer, and then bloom and bear again in late summer and fall. Perfect for large containers or raised beds, where you can give them attentive watering and regular feeding.
Bonnie Plants, available at most garden retailers, offers a good selection of strawberries including: "Ozark Beauty"-
This ever-bearing variety produces high yields of large, very sweet fruit from late spring until frost, with concentrated fruiting in summer and again in fall. Ideal for jam, preserves, or desserts. Plants are cold-hardy, send out long runners and are great for containers.
- the most popular ever-bearing variety, offers large, soft, deliciously sweet fruit, ideal for preserves or fresh eating.
June-bearing "Allstar" produces high yields of very large, sweet, extra juicy berries in late mid-season, which is usually late spring and early summer, depending on when summer arrives in your area. As a June-bearer, the harvest season is concentrated over a few weeks, making it a good choice if you want to freeze or cook with a lot of berries at one time. Remember to plant so the crown is just above soil level.
Timely tips to ensure strawberry success:
- When planting strawberries, be sure the crown is above soil level and the upper-most roots are 1/4 inch beneath soil level, buried crowns rot and exposed roots dry out. Strawberry plants should be placed approximately 14 to 18 inches apart from each other in neat rows that are separated by 2-3 feet each. Let runners fill in until plants are 7-10 inches apart.
- Use mulch to keep berries clean, conserve moisture and control weeds.
- If you want to keep it simple, plant strawberries in a container. Just remember that container plantings need much more water than in-ground plantings, usually once a day; and if it's hot, twice. Strawberry pots are the obvious, best container choice for growing strawberries. You can fit several plants in one pot; just make sure whatever type of garden pot you use has good drainage. Strawberries have a relatively small root ball and can be grown in containers as small as 10-12 inches in diameter and 8 inches deep. However, the smaller the container, the more frequently you will need to water. Synthetic and light colored pots will keep the roots cooler than dark colors and natural materials that conduct heat.
- Strawberries like well drained fairly rich soil, so be sure to add compost or other organic matter when preparing the pot or patch.
- Strawberry plants need full sun, 6-8 hours per day, and frequent, deep soakings. They will grow in all zones and should be fed twice a year - when growth begins and after the first crop. You'll need to feed them with a plant food.
- Control slugs and snails by handpicking them off plants and prevent theft from birds by covering your patch with netting as the first berries ripen.
Strawberries are one of the easiest and most delicious home garden fruits to grow. Try growing them with kids, plants produce fruit throughout the summer and children will love to pluck them right off the plant, wash and eat! If your kids have yet to plant and care for a fruit or vegetable, strawberries are a perfect choice for their first gardening experience. Kids can help create a delicious strawberry desert too, using super sweet, delectable strawberries picked right in the backyard.
this gardening season and get growing strawberries!
Fan survey: 5 reasons to raise backyard chickens
Purina Animal Nutrition
"Why do you raise chickens?" Ask any flock raiser this question and the answer will be filled with passion. Backyard chickens give families wholesome, nutritious eggs, but that's just the beginning. The rest of the story was told recently through a Purina Poultry online poll.
Kristin Horvath, backyard flock associate marketing manager with Purina Animal Nutrition, says the poll was spurred from a common trend with raising backyard chickens: happiness.
"Each time we talk with flock raisers about their birds, their faces light up; chickens make people happy," she says. "But what is it about backyard chickens that brings out this joy? We aimed to answer this question through a recent audience poll."
The survey was posted to our community of chicken enthusiasts as a simple fill-in-the-blank: "I started raising chickens because _________." Nearly 200 flock raisers from across the country commented with their unique stories.
"Each story made us smile and reinforced just how amazing chicken raising is," says Horvath. "People often started their backyard flocks for practicality - farm fresh eggs, garden fertilizer or pest control. A clear trend in the answers was that this practicality quickly transformed into something more. Backyard chickens often became a part of the family."
The Purina Poultry team compiled the "My Flock Story" results and found five trend motivators for starting a flock. Here are the five most popular answers, along with a heartwarming fan story for each top reason:
1. Wholesome, fresh eggs
One of the top reasons outlined for starting a backyard flock was, of course, that you can produce your own food. When cared for properly and fed a nutritionally-complete diet, a hen can produce up to 300 fresh eggs per year.
Melissa Caughey, backyard chicken blogger of Tilly's Nest, explained that she and her family have been enjoying farm fresh eggs for over six years, ever since moving from California to Massachusetts. Her suburban story is similar to many other backyard chicken raisers, with chickens now a mainstay in many urban areas.
"One of the reasons why I love my chickens' farm fresh eggs is their proximity to me," she said. "You can't get much more local than food sourced from your very own backyard."
"After we got our first eggs, I realized the difference was much more than the location," Melissa added. "When I first cracked open an egg from my girls, I was amazed. I could not believe how electric orange the yolk was and the stiffness of the yolks. My family agrees: fresh eggs are simply the best."
2. Simple sustainability
Sustainability was noted as another top reason for getting started raising backyard chickens. Many families started raising chickens to positively impact the environment, often creating synergies with their lawn and gardens.
One chicken raiser, Kim S., from Wisconsin wrote: "I decided to live a healthier life and chickens were a part of the solution to knowing what goes into the food we eat. I found an amazing connection between the chickens and our garden. My birds help fertilize, eat weeds and control insects."
Other fans also commented on similar backyard synergies, with one fan referring to her chickens and garden as a "backyard ecosystem" with the chickens playing a critical role in her family's sustainable lifestyle.
3. Family education
Many fans also highlighted the positive power that flocks have on families. Parents shared how their backyard flocks have taught their children where food comes from, helped them connect to nature and instilled lifelong lessons of dedication and responsibility.
A top story came from a mom named Megan S. who lives in Indiana. Megan wrote about her daughter who has worked to overcome a sensory processing disorder.
"My daughter learned about chickens through 4-H and wanted to get some for a project," she explained. "What a great decision for us to get started! Chickens have truly been a positive experience; they are the first sport or activity my daughter has loved. She's learned a ton - from responsibility to chicken facts - and, best of all, the chickens love us right back.Now we go to poultry shows along with 4-H and we're going to bring the chickens to our local nursing home for a visit. I'm so glad that chickens are a part of her childhood."
4. Chicken TV
The fourth benefit found in the online survey was a phrase known only to true chicken enthusiasts: "Chicken TV." This expression is a fun descriptor for watching the antics of backyard chickens.
Many flock raisers shared tales of their birds' individual personalities and characteristics. The responses highlighted the uniqueness of each breed and, though there are commonalities, you can quickly learn each bird's distinct personality.
"For me, it's all about their personalities," said Amanda H., a chicken raiser in Oklahoma. "I've been hooked ever since my husband built our coop and we bought our first nine chicks. I love learning more about them and sitting out in the run with them, listening to them cluck and keep each other in line. The yummy fresh eggs are just a bonus!"
5. Backyard therapy
Rounding out the list were perhaps the most heartwarming testimonials: stories that highlighted chicken therapy. Fans bravely shared how adding chickens into their lives have helped them overcome challenges like depression and given them a meaningful outlet when dealt a hard hand.
"I had PTSD and wouldn't leave my house," wrote Tara R., New Jersey. "My stepmom sent me a poultry magazine and told me when I was ready she would set me up with chickens. It took a few months of magazines, but I got the chicken bug!"
"Before I knew it, I was spending all my time outside," she continued. "I was going to the feed store. I was smiling. I was getting my life back. I am now an avid breeder and have a small poultry business started. Chickens are the best therapists."
Horvath says that similar inspiring stories are shared with the Purina team consistently.
"Chickens are amazing pets, but they're so much more than that," she says. "Chickens are making a difference. Whether it's a small flock in Texas helping a young boy remain positive through chemotherapy treatments or a classroom coop where fourth-grade students learn about biology, backyard chickens are making an impact across the country."
Spring is a great time to add perennials to your garden. Unlike annuals, they will reward you with blooms or attractive foliage for many years to come. Consider the mature height of the plant so your new plant has plenty of growing space and doesn't block or shade out other plants.
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San Antonio: Creating Awesome Containers-BCMG General Meeting, Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m., 3355 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. Everyone is looking for great containers for planting. Time to think outside the box with Dr. Dotty Woodson, Water Resource Program Specialist for Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center-Dallas. Free. Meeting begins with a social time at 6pm followed by the special presentation at 6:30 p.m. For information, email the BCMG President: President@bexarmg.org, or call 210-699-0663.
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San Antonio: Spring Vegetable Seminar, Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon. The Garden Center, 10682 Bandera Rd., San Antonio. David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will focus on how to choose the best vegetable varieties for your garden, as well as soil preparation, fertilizing, and insect and disease control. Free. For more information, visit http://www.thegardencenter.com/.
Gonzales: The Gonzales Master Gardeners' 7th Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in downtown Gonzales on Texas Heroes Square at the corner of St. Joseph and St. Lawrence Streets. Shoppers will have the opportunity to make selections from an assortment of vegetables (heirloom tomatoes, peppers and more), herbs, annual bedding plants, perennial/native plants, succulents, cacti, houseplants and citrus fruit trees. Check out the not-so-common perennials, hanging baskets, bromeliads, and dish gardens that will also be offered for sale. Take gardening questions to the "Ask the Master Gardener" booth and bid on the wide variety of items in the silent auction. Contact Fran Saliger for more information at 830-672-2953 or visit www.gonzalesmastergardeners.org.
Huntsville: Herb Festival at the Wynne Home, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, on the grounds of the beautifully restored Wynne Home Arts Center, 1428 Eleventh Street, Huntsville. Sponsored by the Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society of America. Herb plants galore; Pollinator plants; Camellias; Vegetables, Kitchen, garden and herbal vendors; speakers; music; Children's Crafts; Artists and more! Free admission. The Wynne Home will be open to visitors. For information call, 936-891-5024.
"Turning Dirt Into Soil": with GC Master Gardener Jim Gilliam presenting, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.,
at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Building in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main St., La Marque; Ph 281-534-3413; email reservations to
, further details see
Angelina Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale, 8:00 a.m.-noon, Saturday,
Angelina Farmer's Market, 2107 S. Medford Dr., Lufkin. Annuals, perennials, herbs, roses, shrubs and trees. Bring a wagon and come early for best selection. Proceeds used to fund educational projects of Angelina Master Gardeners. Visit Angelina Master Gardeners on Facebook for a plant list close to sale date. For additional information, call 936-634-6414.
Bryan: Dr. William C. Welch will present "
Top 10 Perennials for Spring Garden Color," at 7 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 28, at Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan.
Perennials are defined as plants that return to our gardens each year from the same root part. Unlike annuals that last just one season, well selected perennials can be a permanent part of your garden. This program will help narrow your choices for the Brazos Valley. Dr. Welch will discuss 10 of the best perennials for your garden, where they grow best and how to increase their numbers so that you can share them with your friends and family.
is Professor and Extension Landscape Horticulturist in the Texas A&M University Department of Horticulture Sciences. He is a three degree LSU alum, has written columns for Southern Living magazine and is the author of Perennial Garden Color and Antique Roses for the South. He is also co-author of additional books including The Southern Heirloom Garden, The Bountiful Flower Garden and The Bulb Hunter. Welch will have copies of his books available for sale at this program and all proceeds benefit his scholarship funds in the Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences.
The public is invited at no charge.
Athens: New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart will speak at Henderson County Master Gardener's Spring Conference on Wicked Plants: the weed that killed Lincoln's mother and other botanical atrocities at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 30, at Hart-Morris Convention Center, 5601 CR 4812, Athens. Tickets are $25 each, seating is limited. Dinner is included. Advance purchase of tickets is encouraged. Doors open 5:30 p.m. A table may be reserved with the purchase of 8 tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 903-675-6130 or email HendersonCMGA@gmail.com.
San Antonio: Beekeeping Basics, Friday, March 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio. Interested in beekeeping and/or learning how to start your own bee hives for pleasure, environmental stewardship, or to enhance pollination in your garden? This program is meant for first-time beekeepers, presented by experienced beekeepers and entomologists. Anyone can be a beekeeper - young or old, city or country dweller! This course covers the basics of bees and beekeeping, including: bee biology, beekeeping basics, laws and regulations of beekeeping, diseases and viruses of bees. A hands-on field day to a beekeeper's yard will be held April 1st in Adkins or 2nd in Leon Springs - two options for you to choose from. This is where you will learn the most about beekeeping! Participants must sign a medical release waiver to participate. Bee suit will be provided. Fee: $65. Space limited to the first 22 paid registrants. Please register by March 27. For more information, contact Molly Keck at 210-631-0400 or email email@example.com.
Trowel and Error, Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium will be held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday,
at Mayfield Park 3505 W. 35th Street Austin (next to Laguna Gloria Art Museum). Presentations include: 10 a.m. Jay White, contributing writer for
Masters in horticulture, will present "Pest-free Organically"; 11 a.m. Patty Leander, Texas master gardener vegetable specialist and contributing editor for
will present "Tiny Garden/Small Garden: Microgreens to Straw Bales"; Noon, Bruce Leander, biotechnology, art, photography, golf, "sort of" the Photographer in Residence at Lady Bird Wildflower Center, will present It's a Snap To Take Good Garden Pictures: A Few Simple Tricks to "Develop" Outstanding Digital Pictures. Mayfield has the best deals in town for hard-to-find heirlooms and other perennials perfect for the April garden. A "garden goodie" raffle for the discerning gardener will round out the day. Sponsored by Friends of the Parks of Austin, a non-profit organization, Trowel and Error is the solitary fund-raiser for historic Mayfield Park. Although admission is free, a $5.00 donation is requested. For more information: 512-453-7074,
Austin: The Austin Cactus and Succulent Society will host its Spring Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden in Zilker Park, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The event is free and open to the general public. There is, however, a paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children and seniors). The show offers visitors a chance to see rare and beautiful cacti and succulent species from around the world. Vendors from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico will sell native and exotic cacti and succulents, and hand-made pottery at reasonable prices. There will be a daily silent auction and hourly plant raffle of rare and collectible cacti and succulents. Educational information, literature, and expert advice will be available.
Brazos County Master Gardeners present their 2017 Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, April 1, at Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan. Select from natives, perennials, vegetables, herbs and bulbs especially suited to Brazos County growing conditions. The list of plants for sale can be found at brazosmg.com.
Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Insider's Tours: Saturday,
10 a.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd. Hempstead. Pre-Registration Required. Tours will highlight a focused subject each month, ranging from Peckerwood's specific plant groups, garden design strategies, seasonal interest and more. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to see sections of the garden never visited during the general tours as we explore "Early Interest Winter Plants." $15 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit
Marshall: The annual spring sale of the Harrison County Master Gardeners will be held Saturday,
April 1, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.The sale will be in the parking lot of the Tractor Supply, 105 N. East End Blvd (US 59), Marshall (one block south of the intersection of US59 and US80). Vegetables, annuals, perennials, and pass-along plants will be in abundance, so come early for the best selection!
San Antonio: Turf Grass 101: Do's and Don'ts for Your Lawn, Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Milberger's Landscaping And Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio. David Rodriguez -Extension Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss the basics of lawn maintenance through proper nutrition, mowing, weed control and irrigation. This seminar is very popular so arrive early for best parking and seating. Free. For more information, visit http://www.milbergernursery.com/ or call 210-497-3760.
The Navasota Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m.,
at First Baptist Church, 300 Church Street, Navasota. The meeting will include the annual Club Flower Show starring whatever is blooming in your yard and a program entitled "A Glance into Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation." For additional information, contact
The Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association will hold their 19th Annual Spring Plant Sale, 8:00 a.m.-noon, Saturday,
at Brazoria County Environmental Education Station, 799 E. Hospital Drive, Angleton. Plants for sale include heirloom plants, summer vegetables, and Texas native and adapted plants. For additional information, visit
or call 979-864-1558.
A Passion for Plants: An East Austin Garden Fair, will be held
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. rain or shine, at Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales Street, Austin. Ask the experts and get garden ideas. Lots of Kid-friendly activities! Fair showcases creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit as well as information about landscaping, backyard animals and an assortment of demonstration activities. Free admission, free plants (while supplies last). Free garden magazines, seed catalogs and plastic garden buckets. Free soil screening for food gardeners - bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag. For more information call 512-854-9600 or visit
Sealy: The Bluebonnet Master Gardeners' Annual Plant Sale will be held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., April 8, at Sealy's Spring Picnic on the grounds of the Liedertafel, 114 Lux Rd., Sealy.
Quitman: Steven Chamblee, Horticulturist of Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, will present "Peace, Love, & Milagros: Life Lessons from the Road," 4-5 p.m., Monday, April 10
, at the Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman (second block east of the Wood County Courthouse). During his 30-plus years road-tripping around Texas, Chamblee has collected great stories about horticultural heavens, botanical blunders, and tender tales that will melt your heart. Free to supporters of the Quitman Garden Club annual geranium sale, donation requested from visitors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Woodway: Take lunch and enjoy a free Horticulture Seminar on Wednesday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Carleen Bright Arboretum Pavilion,
9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway
. Dr. Robert Creech, master gardener, will introduce Wendell Berry, an 81-year-old Kentucky farmer, as well as an award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist. Be inspired by Berry's thinking about the land, soil, farming and farmers. Listen to readings of his poetry along with some reflections on their implications. For additional information, call the Carleen Bright Arboretum at 254-399-9204 or email email@example.com.
"Delighting in the Fragrance of Garden Roses" will be the topic of the Houston Rose Society meeting on Thursday,
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. The parking lot is Lot C, located at Hermann Drive and Crawford Street. Mike Shoup will present the program. Mike is the owner of the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas. He is the author of many books and articles about roses including, most recently, Empress of the Garden. He is a long-time Texas Rose Rustler, hybridizer of numerous "Pioneer" roses and past president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. Mike will be bringing roses for door prizes and will autograph copies of his books. Free admission.
For more information, visit
Houston: "How to Take Care of Your Hand Tools" will be presented by Louis Mickler, Harris County Master Gardener, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 13, at Genoa Friendship Garden Education Bldg., 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. Free. For additional information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.
San Antonio: "Baking Up a Storm With Herbs" featuring Suzanne Parker, will be presented at the April 13 meeting of the San Antonio Herb Society. Suzanne Parker is the founder and CEO of Powerhouse Bakery. As a registered dietitian and personal trainer, Suzanne's mission is to show her customers that healthy should taste amazing! Suzanne designs recipes to showcase the healthiest gluten free, non-GMO & organic ingredients. Her kitchen is run by several passionate foodies dedicated to health & wellness education and offer cooking classes, individual and group nutrition coaching. Suzanne will be demonstrating herbs used in the healthiest ways. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. with the general meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. The San Antonio Herb Society meets at the San Antonio Garden Center located at the corner of Parland and New Braunfels. For more information visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.
"Grafting Pecan Trees" with Galveston County Master Gardeners presenting/demonstrating, 2-3 p.m.,
15102 Williams Street, Santa Fe. Free. Participants must pre-register: 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details
Houston: Open Garden Day, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Monday, April 17, at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Houston. Plants for sale in our greenhouse. Master Gardeners available to answer your questions. Free. For additional information, visit https://hcmga.tamu.edu.
San Antonio: Organic Horticulture, Thursday, April 20, 1-3 p.m., 3355 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. Dr. Barron Rector, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Range Specialist in College Station, will discuss the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants by following the essential principles of organic agriculture in soil building and conservation, pest management, and heirloom variety preservation. Free. Bexar County Master Gardner (BCMG) Educational Seminars/General Meetings are held on the afternoon of the third Thursday every other month at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, Suite 208. For more information contact BCMG President: President@bexarmg.org, or call 210-699-0663.
Peckerwood Garden presents Evening at Peckerwood Lecture Series: Friday,
7 p.m.-9 p.m., 20559 FM 359 Rd., Hempstead. Topics will include various aspects of horticulture, botany, garden design, plant collecting adventures, conservation and many other related fields of interest. Wine and refreshments provided. $10 admission and parking, $5 for members. For more info, visit
Smith County Master Gardeners at the library, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. "Flower Arranging from the Garden" with Master Gardener Neysa Mueller. Presentation with Q&A to follow. Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, Tyler. Free and open to the public. For additional information, call 903-590-2980.
Athens: Henderson County Master Gardeners Association's 2017 Plant Sale will be held 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at Senior Citizens Center, 3356 State Highway 31E, Athens. Included will be a wide variety of trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, annuals, natives, heirlooms, vegetables and herbs. This event will be held inside. For more information, call 903-675-6130, email hendersonCMGA@gmail.com, or visit www.henderson-co-tx-mg.org.
Peckerwood Garden presents Peckerwood Garden Open Day: Saturday,
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.
. $10 admission and parking, Free for members. For more info, visit
The spring Galveston County Plant Swap will be on Earth Day, Saturday,
from 8 a.m.-noon at the Johnson Space Center Gilruth Center on Space Center Blvd (between Nasa Rd. and Bay Area Blvd). It will be in the covered Bluebonnet Pavilion. Spend Earth Day morning swapping plants! For additional info, visit:
The Houston Rose Society will be hosting their spring rose show on Saturday,
at Memorial City Mall, 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, noon-4 p.m. Use the entrance near Dillards. See roses grown by expert exhibitors and decide what your next rose will be! Free to the public. For more information, visit
"Beneficials in the Garden" presented by Dr. William M. Johnson, Galveston County Extension Agent for Horticulture, 6:30-8:00 p.m.,
at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension in Carbide Park, 4102 Main, La Marque. Fee/Free. Participants must pre-register: 281-534-3413. Galveston County Master Gardener event. Further details
Smith County Master Gardeners at the library, May 5 at 11:30 a.m. "Heat Loving Plants" with Master Gardener Andie Rathbone. Presentation with Q&A to follow. Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, Tyler. Free and open to the public. For additional information, call 903-590-2980.
Inside Austin Gardens Tour, will be held
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. rain or shine, and features 5 private gardens, 1 public garden. A rare, behind-the-scenes look at gardens that demonstrate realistic, sustainable practices for Central Texas. Garden Themes: Earth-Kind Landscaping; Wildlife Restoration & Preservation; Birds, Butterflies, and Zen; Sun & Shade; A Journey Through Fairyland and the AgriLife Testing Ground. $20 advance purchase for all 6 gardens $25 on tour day for all 6 gardens, $5 on tour day for single-garden ticket. Information and tickets at
or call 512-854-9600.
Steven Chamblee, Horticulturist of Chandor Gardens, will present "Peace, Love, & Milagros: Life Lessons from the Road," noon-2 p.m.,
During his 30-plus years road-tripping around Texas, Chamblee has collected great stories about horticultural heavens, botanical blunders, and tender tales that will melt your heart. Heeding the advice of a close friend, Chamblee has brought his favorite stories together for a very personal presentation of inspiration, enlightenment, and humor. The seminar will be held at the Whitehall Center of the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. This is not the usual location. For additional information, call the Carleen Bright Arboretum at 254-399-9204 or email
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 the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit
or call 281-855-5600.
Garden Masters, Inc., meet the
first Wednesday of each month
at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas. The club hosts different speaker each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch! For more information, email Bunny Williams at
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,
lternating between the Midland and Ector County's Extensions Offices. For more information about location, call 432-498-4071 or 432-686-4700.
Navasota: The Navasota Garden Club meets on the
first Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 10:00 a.m., usually at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 Church Street, Navasota. If not meeting at the church, a change of meeting notice will be placed on the door at the North entrance. Guests are welcome. Members are from Grimes County and surrounding counties.
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
Hempstead: The Waller County Master Gardeners usually mee tat 9 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Waller County AgriLife Extension Office, 846 6th St., Hempstead. For more information on the meeting schedule, visit http://txmg.org/wallermg or call 979-826-7651.
Fort Worth: The North Central Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. except (January and July) in the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Building at
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth. For additional information, contact President Theresa Thomas at email@example.com.
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 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 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 10:30am at the Copperfield Baptist Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston. Call Karla at 281-748-8417 prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.
Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1:30 p.m. on the
second Saturday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.
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 Sue Matern at 817-517-9076.
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
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
The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the
third Wednesday of each month
at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit
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 (NPSOT-H) meets at 7:30 p.m. on the
third Thursday of each month
except for October (4th Thursday) at the Houston SArboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park (4501 Woodway Dr.). For more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit
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 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 Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the
fourth Tuesday of each month
except July and December at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Blvd., Ft. Worth. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-263-9322 or visit
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 July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the community room behind the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union,1300 N. Bell, Cedar Park, unless there is special event planned. Following a program and short business meeting, we share a pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call president Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email
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 Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the
fourth Thursday of each month
at the REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. For more information, call 214-824-2448 or visit
The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the
last Thursday of each month
(except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at 817-483-7746.
Hempstead: The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, 20559 F.M. 359, Hempstead, holds an Open Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tours start at 10 a.m. and the last tour leaves at 2 p.m. Tickets available online or at the gate. $10, free for members. For more information, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/.
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