1st Tuesday in the Garden June 5 – Herbs

Eastern Black Swallowtail larvae feeding on bronze fennel

The Smith County Master Gardeners are hosting ”First Tuesday in the Garden” next Tuesday, June 5th, at noon in the IDEA Garden at the Tyler Rose Garden. This program is free, open to the public, and about an hour long. The I.D.E.A. Garden is located in the southeast corner of the Rose Garden with ample parking available outside of the southeast gate. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved inside the Rose Center.

This month’s topic is “Herbs for the Garden and Table.” Veteran Master Gardener Patsy Besch will share her knowledge in growing and using culinary herbs. Most basic herbs such as thyme, basil, sages and oregano grow readily in East Texas soils with some acting as perennials coming back year after year. Fennel and dill can be used in the kitchen and also to draw swallow tail butterflies to the garden. Some gardeners prefer to use the triple curled parsley to border their beds as it displays a wonderful rich green even through the winter months. Those wanting to add flavor to their culinary endeavors and to their gardens will enjoy this educational event.

This June program ends the first half of the Master Gardeners’ Lecture series due to the forthcoming heat July through August.  Lectures will resume on September 4th with a presentation on garden path design.

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