March 6, 2019
  
The garden reader:
No-waste kitchens and greened-up living spaces
 
By William Scheick
 
Katie Elzer-Peters. No-Waste Kitchen Gardening: Regrow Your Leftover Greens, Stalks, Seeds, and More. Cool Springs Press, 2018. 128 pp. $18.99.
 
Author Katie Elzer-Peters self-identifies as a thrift-minded gardener who knows her hobby often unnecessarily generates a lot of refuse. So, focusing primarily on the kitchen, she emphasizes smart ways (beyond composting) to reduce waste by recycling edible leftovers.
 
Besides seed saving - peppers, for instance - she recommends purchasing home-grown carrots or beets with intact tops, which can be planted to "regrow plenty of greens" for salads. Or, she advises, harvest more turmeric or ginger from a sliced piece, planted with an "eye" facing upward.
 
The dollar-or-more per-pound price of weighty sweet potatoes adds up fast in a grocery store. It is easy, however, to grow your own sweet potatoes in a three-step process.
 
A sweet potato half submerged in water produces new slips. These can be snipped off and water-rooted until ready for transplantation into the ground, where they will form tubers.
 
As Elzer-Peters' handsome and rewarding book also reveals, a surprising number of other plants can also be rerooted in water. The bottom (throw-away) portion of lettuce or celery, for instance, will sprout new leaves.
 
Keep in mind, the author cautions, that you should always start with organic produce. Many commercial veggies are chemically treated in ways that will frustrate efforts to regrow their parts.
 
Maria Colletti. Living Decor: Plants, Potting and DIY Projects. Cool Springs Press, 2019. 176 pp. $25.00.
 
Terrarium expert Maria Colletti describes her new colorful book quite well: Living Decor offers "a visual photographic show, a step-by-step instruction manual, and an indoor houseplant guide." She particularly delights in "display mixology" - styling living plants in relation to furniture and other household objects.
 
The dull visual impression made by a metal cabinet, for example, can be transformed by a beautifying arrangement of trailing houseplants. A staid bookshelf of collectables can be "enlivened" by a trio of small houseplants varying in height.
 
The author also seeks out whimsical planters, including repurposed grocery tins and even a hollowed-out pumpkin. Of note too is a hanging wire chandelier ornamented by a deft plant combination of dracaena, ivy, croton, ruffle fern and arrowhead.
 
William Scheick is a Texas Gardener contributing editor and the author of Adventures in Texas Gardening (Texas A&M University Press).
Beyond beautiful
 
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
 
Outdoor spaces are increasingly becoming an extension of the home. A recent study conducted by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) indicates the majority of Americans (nine out of 10) say it's important to have a landscape at their home. According to study results, the majority of Americans have a yard comprised of grass (86 percent), trees/bushes/shrubs (80 percent), pavers/cement/bricks/patio (51 percent) and landscaping rocks/gravel (see more about the study here: http://www.livinglandscapesmatter.com/wp-content/uploads/OPEI_American-Living-Landscape.png).
 
Here are the top four ways family yards and other living landscapes add value to a property.
 
Curb Appeal
 
Curb appeal is an important factor in determining overall property value. Studies show that improving overall curb appeal, which includes a beautiful lawn and landscape, can boost property values by as much as 17 percent (source: Texas Tech University).
 
Trees are Tops
 
The value of trees goes beyond perception and preference and right into the pocketbook of your clients. According to the International Society of Arboriculture, each front yard tree adds 1 percent to a homeowner's sale price, while large specimen trees can add as much as 10 percent to property values.
 
Saving Green with Green
 
Living landscapes impact monthly electric bills. According to the Urban Forest Coalition, 100 million mature trees around U.S. residences save approximately $2 billion annually in energy costs. In fact, strategically placed trees can save up to 56 percent on annual air conditioning bills. In the wintertime, evergreens that block winter winds can save 3 percent on heating costs (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service). Cumulatively, eight average-sized front lawns can provide the cooling equivalent to air-conditioning for 18 homes (source: Alliance for Water Efficiency).
 
Expanding Living Space
 
During warmer months, yards become outdoor family rooms and are increasingly important to families who want a safe, inviting place for their kids and pets to play. Merging indoor and outdoor environments to increase living space is trending, making outdoor living space important for home buyers.
 
How much can a seller expect to recover from ensuring a useful outdoor living area? According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2018 Remodeling Impact: Outdoor Features study, any cost to enhance outdoor living is well worth it. An overall landscape upgrade (installing flowering shrubs and trees and mulching with landscaping bark) will recover 83 percent of the project cost. Standard lawn care service (something 55 percent of Realtors have suggested to sellers) will recover 267 percent of its cost. Tree care, including trimming and pruning, will result in 100 percent value recovered from the project. For adding a wood deck, sellers can expect to recoup 80 percent of the project cost while a new patio offers a 69 percent return.
 
Health Benefits of the Family Yard
 
Curb appeal is just one way that living landscapes are beyond beautiful. A systematic research review concluded that knowing and experiencing nature - which starts in our own backyards - makes people generally happier and healthier. Children's stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces (American Journal of Public Health) and kids with more exposure to the outdoors perform better on cognitive testing (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). People moving to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health that was sustained for at least three years (Science Daily).
 
"Green Homes" & Living Landscapes
 
Living landscapes also provide environmental benefits - important for the growing number of buyers (56 percent according to NAR's Realtors & Sustainability study) who are looking for "green" homes. Family yards, trees and landscaping features filter and capture runoff, reduce heat island effects, improve air quality, sequester carbon dioxide, control soil erosion and support biodiversity.
 
For more information and tips about our living landscapes visit www.SaveLivingLandscapes.com.
Gardening tips

If you love azaleas, head over to Nacogdoches anytime this month. The month-long "Azalea Trail" events are truly something to experience. 

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Upcoming garden events
 
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MARCH
 
Bryan: Brazos County Master Gardeners present Gardening with the Masters - Vegetables, Thursday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. at 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.
   
New Braunfels: 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   http://txmg.org/comal/event/seminar/ . For additional information, call (830) 620-3440.
 
Conroe : Saturday, March 9, Educational Classes. Session 1: Honing in on Your Spring Garden , 8:00 til 10:00 a.m. Learn how to be a green thumb gardener of vegetables. Learn about proper time to plant and harvest, how to control diseases and insects, adequate soil moisture, crop rotation and recommended varieties for spring gardens. Session 2: Best Ways to Start Your Vegetables Growing!  10:30 til 12:30. Learn the importance of location, proper soil, types of fertilizers and awareness of freeze dates. Learn about "bumping up" plants, and how to gather seeds and prepare them for storage. $5 per session or $8 for both. Come learn from Master Gardeners on the sometimes difficult but always enjoyable task of gardening in Montgomery County.  Montgomery County Master Gardeners, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe. For more info, visit http://www.mcmga.com or call 936-539-7824.
 
Cypress: Harris County Master Gardeners Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon (or sellout), Saturday, March 9, 19110 Logenbaugh, Cypress. Free. For addition information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Dallas: Plant Propagation Workshop, Level 2, March 9, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, Fair Park at Gate 6, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Go to the next level of plant propagation. Learn advanced techniques of air layering, root cuttings, leaf cuttings, bulb chipping, and hardwood cuttings. $30; $24/members. For more information, email EDU@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.
 
Dallas: No Yard? No Worries! - a family workshop, March 9, from 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, Fair Park at Gate 6, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. The whole family will learn tips and tricks to container gardening for all ages! $35/Container $28/Member. Decide how many containers your family wants to plant! For more information, email  EDU@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.
 
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 eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org. 
 
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.  
 
Dallas: Spring Break Safari Week, March 11-15 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, Fair Park at Gate 6, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Get out of the house and into the gardens with your family during Spring Break. Enjoy discovery-themed activities and crafts each day!  Included with admission. For more information, email EDU@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org. 

Marion: Justin Krobot, a certified arborist and current Mission Reach Superintendent for the San Antonio River Authority , presents "Restoring Our Woodlands, at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, at St John's Lutheran Church, FM 465, Marion . He will describe and illustrate the problems of invasives in native landscapes, and the sometimes radical - and wildly entertaining - processes required to defeat them and restore Texas to what it should be. There is a plant/seed exchange and greeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, directions to St John's Lutheran Church, or membership applications , visit   http://npsot.org/wp/guadalupe/ .
 
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.
 
Pasadena: John Ferguson, Nature's Way Resources, will present "Small-Scale Backyard Composting," 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., March 14, at the Genoa Friendship Gardens Educational Center Building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Road, Pasadena. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Spring: "Herbs" will be presented 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., March 14 at Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Dr., Spring. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu
 
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. 
 
Tyler: Smith County Master Garden 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: Gonzales Master Gardener's Spring Plant Sale. March 16, 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 www.gonzalesmastergardeners.org.
 
Hempstead: 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 eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org.
 
Katy: "Herbs" will be presented 10:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m., March 16 at Maud Smith Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu. 
 
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 www.ccmgatx.org/TheGardenShow or call (972) 548-4232 .
 
Mineola: Wood County Master Gardeners present their Spring Conference *Plant*Grow*Eat on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-noon. The Conference will be held at the Mineola League of the Arts Facility, 200 W. Blair Street, Mineola, and will include a vegetable plant sale. Guest speaker Daniel Cunningham will talk about "Food-scape" in your yard, and Wood County Master Gardeners will present break-out sessions on other gardening topics. There will be a kid's table for children in attendance, door prizes, vendors, plant sale, and raffle items.
 
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   www.npsot.org/wp/guadalupe or send a check by March 1 to NPSOT, 8908 Bent Brook Dr., Garden Ridge, TX 78266. For information, call (210) 289-9997.
 
Athens: As part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association's Library Series, Master Gardener Intern Cindy Oliver will present "Cut Flower Gardening - Warm Season Annuals" Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens. Oliver started R/C Flower Farm in 2016 and is a member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. She has been active in the local Farmers Market since 2017. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (903) 675-6130, email hendersoncmga@gmail.com, or visit txmg.org/hendersonmg.
 
College Station: 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.
 
Houston: "Herbs" will be presented 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., March 19 at Spring Branch Memorial Library, 930 Corbindale, Houston. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.
 
Houston: "Herbs" will be presented 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., March 21 at Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Houston. For additional information, call (713) 274-0950 or visit hcmga.tamu.edu.  
 
Bryan: 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!
 
Hempstead: 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 eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org.
 
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 sheribethard@yahoo.com if interested in being one of the vendors.
 
Hempstead: 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 eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org.
Monthly meetings
 
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FIRST WEEK
  
Kaufman: The Kaufman County Master Gardeners meet the first Monday of each month at the First Community Church at 1401 Trinity Drive in Crandall. January through April and August and September meetings are at 9 a.m., with the remaining meetings beginning at 7 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.kcmga.org, call 972-932-9069 or email to sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.

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

Dallas:  Garden Masters, Inc., meet the first Wednesday of each month, Sept.- May, at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas, 75230. The club hosts different speakers each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Come early and order lunch from the The Cafe, which features a healthy menu, fresh local produce and sustainably produced meats and fish (or call in advance to order  972-338-2233) . For more information about Garden Masters Inc, email Marcia Borders at  borderlineart1@gmail.com .
 
Kerrville: Hill Country Master Gardeners meet the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm at Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Hwy 27. For more information visit www.hillcountrymastergardeners.org.
 
Midland: The Permian Basin Master Gardeners (Ector/Midland counties) have monthly meetings at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the West Texas Food Bank, 1601 Westcliff Drive in Midland. For more information call 432-498-4071 or 432-686-4700.

Navasota: The Navasota Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 10:00 a.m., usually at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 Church Street, Navasota. If not meeting at the church, a change of meeting notice will be placed on the door at the North entrance. Guests are welcome. Members are from Grimes County and surrounding counties.
   
Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Atlanta: The Cass County Master Gardeners meet the first Thursday of each month at the Atlanta Memorial Hospital Conference Room, State Highway 77 @ S. Williams St., Atlanta. A business meeting is followed by an educational program. The public is welcome to attend. For additional information, call 903-756-5391 or visit http://cass.agrilife.org

Fort Worth: The Native Plant Society of Texas - North Central Chapter meets the first Thursday of each month, excluding January and July, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7:00 p.m. Guest speakers present educational programs on topics of interest. Members, friends, family, guests and the public are welcome. For a list of speakers and topics or more information, visit http://www.txnativeplants.org.
 
Hempstead: The Waller County Master Gardeners usually meet at 9 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Waller County AgriLife Extension Office, 846 6th St., Hempstead. For more information on the meeting schedule, visit http://txmg.org/wallermg or call 979-826-7651.
 
Gonzalas: Gonzales Master Gardeners hold their monthly meeting at noon on the first Thursday of each month at 623 Fair Street, Gonzales. Bring a bag lunch, drinks provided. Contact AgriLife Extension Office at 830-672-8531 or visit http://gonzalesmastergardeners.org for more information.

New Braunfels: The Comal Garden Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Southbank Clubhouse, 222 Southbank Blvd., New Braunfels.

Hempstead: The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, 20559 F.M. 359, Hempstead, hosts a special Peckerwood Insider's Tour at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Spaces are limited so pre-registration is required. $15, free for members. For more information, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/.
 
SECOND WEEK
 
Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

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

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

Glen Rose: The Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Somerville County Citizen Center, 209 SW Barnard St., Glen Rose. For additional information, email prairierose.npsot@gmail.com
 
Harrison County: The Harrison County Master Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the Harrison County Annex building, 102 W Houston St. (south side of the square), Marshall. Meetings are held in the 2nd floor AgriLife Extension meeting room. For more information, call 903-935-8413, or email wannagrow2@gmail.com.   
 
Lockhart: Caldwell County Master Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. January through November at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library, 1st Floor, 217 S. Main St., Lockhart. A monthly educational horticulture program is presented from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. covering various topics of interest to gardeners and homeowners. For more information, email caldwellcountymg@yahoo.com 
 
Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July, August and December at St. John's Lutheran Church in Marion. Directions to St. John's Lutheran Church: From FM 78 turn south onto FM 465 and the church is just past the Marion School on the right. From IH-10 go north on FM 465 towards Marion. The Church will be on the left, just before you get to town. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.
 
Quitman: The Quitman Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Quitman Library on E Goode Street, Quitman. It is a diverse group that welcomes all visitors. For more information, e-mail quitmangardenclub@gmail.com.
 
Denton:  The Denton County Master Gardener Association meets from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. the
second Wednesday of each month . Meetings are open to the public. For complete details, visit  http://dcmga.com/.
 
Humble: The Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, hosts a Lunch Bunch the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. Take a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Starbucks when you call 281-443-8731 to reserve your spot. Master Gardeners and Masters Naturalists may earn CEU credits by attending.
 
Jacksboro: The Jacksboro Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) at the Concerned Citizens Center, 400 East Pine Street, Jacksboro. For more information, call Melinda at 940-567-6218.
 
Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners Association's Learn at Lunch program meet the second Wednesday of each month. The business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program at noon, at the AgriLife Extension Office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview. The program is presented for horticultural education and is free to the public. For further information call 903-236-8429, visit www.txmg.org/gregg, or like us on Facebook at Gregg County Master Gardeners. 
 
Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the
second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda 361-729-6037, Ruth 361-729-8923 or Cindy 979-562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.or g and http://rockportherbies.blogspot.com.
 
Woodway: The McLennan County Master Gardeners meet on the second Wednesday each month at noon at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. Educational programs follow the business session. For more information, call 254-757-5180.
 
Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. (social) 7:00 (meeting) the second Thursday of each month except in July in the AgriLife Extension auditorium, 1225 Pearl 2nd floor (downtown Beaumont next to the Court House). For more information contact: 409-835-8461 or txmg.org/jcmg.
 
Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Kathy Henderson at kshend@verizon.net or visit http://www.npsot.org/wp/wilco.
 
Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners Association holds their monthly meeting on the
second Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the new Orange County Expo Center on Hwy 1442 in Orangefield. Enter the building in the front entrance, first door on the right, Texas AgriLife offices. Pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Visit http://txmg.org/orange for more information.

Pasadena : The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the  second Thursday of each month  at The Genoa Friendship Garden Educational Building at 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Pasadena. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu .

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

Smithville: The Smithville Community Gardens meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Smithville Recreation Center. 
 
Angleton: The Brazoria County Master Gardeners meet at 11 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Brazoria County Extension Office, 21017 County Road 171, Angleton. There is a general business meeting followed by a brief educational program each month. For further information call 979-864-1558, ext.110.
 
College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. in the training room of the College Station Waste Water Facility building at the end of North Forest Parkway, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation, and more. For more information, visit http://www.amgardenclub.com/.
 
Houston: The Spring Branch African Violet Club meets the second Saturday of each month, January through November, at 10:00 a.m. at the Copperfield Baptist Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston. Call Karla at 281-748-8417 prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.
  
Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.
 
Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member's homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.
 
THIRD WEEK
 
Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.com.
 
Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener's meet on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W Henderson, Cleburne. Meeting times are at 2 p.m. October through April, except December and at 6 p.m. May through September. An educational program precedes the business meeting. For additional information, contact Elaine Bell at 817-309-8052.
  
New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month (except April and December,) at the  GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. An educational program precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For additional information, call 830-620-3440 or visit http://txmg.org/comal/. 

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

Abilene: The Master Gardeners meet the third Tuesday of each month at the Taylor County Extension Office, 1982 Lytle Way, Abilene. For more information, contact Big Country Master Gardeners Association at mgardeners@yahoo.com.

Corpus Christi: The Nueces Master Gardeners meet at noon the third Tuesday of each month, except December, at Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Dr., Corpus Christi. An educational program precedes the business meeting. For further information call 361 767-5217.
 
Evant: The Evant Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., usually at the bank in downtown Evant. To confirm the date, time and place of each month's meeting, call 254-471-5860. 
 
New Braunfels: The Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the third Tuesday of each month at  6:30 pm at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. Meetings include an informative speaker and a Plant of the Month presentation. Meetings are free and visitors are welcome. For more information,visit www.npsot.org/w/lindheimer Note : there will be no meeting in June or December.
 
Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call 361-790-0103.
 
Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Road, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.
 
Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call 940-382-8551.
 
Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 254-897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardeners.org.
 
Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call 817-579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

Brownwood: Brownwood Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  The club meetings are at Southside Baptist Church, 1219 Indian Creek Road, with refreshments and a speaker presentation. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email boeblingen@centex.net or call 817-454-8175.
 
Hallettsville: The Hallettsville Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from September through May, at the Hallettsville Garden and Cultural Center, 605 E 2nd St, Hallettsville. Each month, the club hosts speakers that provide informative programs on a wide range of gardening subjects, and refreshments are provided by member hostesses after the business meeting. Visitors are welcome. Please email Sharon Harrigan at sharonspetals@yahoo.com for more information.
 
Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas - Houston Chapter meets at 6:45 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Houston Arboretum Nature Center (entrances at 4501 Woodway Dr. and 610 West Loop N). For more information about meeting presentations and native plants, visit http://npsot.org/houston.

San Antonio: The Bexar County Master Gardeners (BCMG) meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Suite 208, San Antonio. During the months of Jan., March, May, July, Sep. and Nov., an evening meeting begins with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by a free presentation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. During the intervening months (Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.), afternoon educational seminars/general meetings are held from 1-3:30 p.m. Check http://www.bexarmg.org/ to verify meeting date for any given month, as circumstances could require a change, and to find information on the speaker and topic scheduled for each meeting.
 
Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, at the AgriLife Building, 210 East Live Oak, Seguin. After a brief social hour, the meeting and guest speaker begins at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 830-303-3889 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Hempstead: The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, 20559 F.M. 359, Hempstead, hosts the Evening at Peckerwood Lecture series at 7 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Tickets are available online. Tickets are $10, $5 for members.For more information, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/.
 
Fort Worth: The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at Texas Garden Club Inc, 3111 Old Garden Club Rd., Fort Worth (located next to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden), 10:00 a.m. to noon, September through June. For more information, email herbalhen@yahoo.com.
 
FOURTH WEEK
 
New Braunfels: The New Braunfels Chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the fourth Monday of each month except July and December. Meetings are held at the Westside Community Center, 2932 S. I-35 Frontage Road, New Braunfels. Meetings start at 6:15 p.m. with a meet and greet time, followed by a short business meeting. Programs begin around 7:00. Native plant and seed exchanges are held monthly. Expert speakers present educational programs on topics of interest. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information or to join, visit www.npsot.org.
 
Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at 210-999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.
 
Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardeners, a program of Texas AgriLife Extension, meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. There is a public gardening program at each meeting and pertinent information may be found at brazosmg.com or 979-823-0129.
 
Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312.
 
Linden: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the senior citizens building at 507 S Kaufman St. in Linden at 6:30. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Karen Tromza at khtromza@yahoo.com.
 
San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or email npsot.sanantonio@gmail.com.
 
Houston: The Houston Native Prairie Association meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston. For more information, contact hnpat@prairies.org.

Austin: The Garden Club of Austin meets at Zilker Botanical Gardens auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. 7:00-7:30 p.m. Refreshments and Social, followed by a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Free. For additional information, visit http://thegardenclubofaustin.org/.

Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except June, July and August) at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room of the Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N. West St., Leander, unless there is a special event planned. Following a program and short business meeting, there is a pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call President Kathleen Tully at 512-422-8580 or email LeanderGardenClub@gmail.com .
 
Dallas: The Dallas County Master Gardeners meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For location and program information, visit h ttp://www.dallascountymastergardeners.org/ or contact The Helpdesk, M-F, 8 to 4:30 214-904-3053.
 
Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at 817-483-7746.

Hempstead: The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, 20559 F.M. 359, Hempstead, holds an Open Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tours start at 10 a.m. and the last tour leaves at 2 p.m. Tickets available online or at the gate. $10, free for members. For more information, visit http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/explore/visit-peckerwood-garden/.
 
Dallas: The Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month (except November and December) at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas. For more information, visit www.gdogc.org. 
 
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