Category Archives: Programs

April Gardening Tips

Springtime! Finally azaleas and other spring flowers are bursting into their spring glory. This is a perfect time for not only enjoying the fabulous scenery and landscapes in East Texas, but also for getting into your own yard for planting, cleaning up and creating your own personal paradise. There’s plenty of gardening things to do in the month of April, and here a few items for your list. Mark your calendars for the East Texas Garden Lecture Series which continues this month on April 12 with a program… Read More →

Location, Location, Location (Right Plant / Right Place)

Have you every fallen in love with a plant at a nursery and decided to you just had to have it? You take it home, and then wander about, wondering where you can put your newly acquired plant?  No? Then you probably are not a plant geek, like me.  That is just one way a home landscape can become a hodge-podge and not really look as good as it could. A much more common occurrence is when a home is landscaped with plants without taking into consideration the… Read More →

Valentine’s Day Gardening

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and folks are reminded of the special people in our lives. It should also remind us of a couple of items in our landscape and lawns that may need special attention. Here in Northeast Texas, Valentine’s Day coincides with the ideal time to prune back rose bushes so they will be ready to burst forth with strong growth as the temperatures warm. This is also the time of year to consider whether or not the lawn needs an application of a weed preventer…. Read More →

February Gardening Notes

February brings an increased pace of gardening activities. Even though the average last freeze of the winter season is around mid-March, there are many things that can or should be done in the home landscape and garden. Here are some items for your garden calendar. Rose pruning is a task that is done around mid-February. Valentine’s Day is used as a convenient reminder to cut back your rose bushes to increase their health and productivity. Pruning roses often puzzles folks who are not used to cutting back their… Read More →

2014 Smith County Master Gardener Training

It’s that time year again when the Smith County Master Gardener program is seeking applicants to become part of a highly trained core of volunteers who assist the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to conduct gardening educational programs and projects in Smith County. Consider the following: Do you like to share with friends, young people or others your interest in plants and gardening? Would you like to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants? Would you like to participate in a practical and… Read More →

Horticulture Field Day at Texas A&M – Overton

If you enjoy learning about the latest new plants that are coming on the market, you need head over to Overton, Texas on Thursday, June 27, to the annual Horticulture Field Day at Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center to see up close what’s new in the ornamental plant industry. Dr. Brent Pemberton, Professor of Horticulture with A&M AgriLife Research, oversees a large plant trial, consisting of a wide range of annuals and an assortment of other plants. This is one of the biggest in the South,… Read More →

Learn How to Create an Exciting, Attractive Container Garden

  Saturday March 16 is the second East Texas Garden Lecture Series workshop at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, featuring “Creating Creative Container Gardens”. Gone are the days of boring, one-plant pots! Come be inspired watching 3 nurserymen – Sharon Smith of Blue Moon Gardens, James Wilhite of Wilhite Landscape & Lawn, and Laurie Breedlove of Breedlove Landscape Nursery, demonstrate how to plant beautiful and interesting container gardens. During this fast-paced program, you’ll not only learn the basics of container gardens – soils, containers and plants, but your… Read More →

February Gardening Tips

February is a busy month for gardeners, with both indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor activities include three educational programs coming up this month, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The East Texas Garden Lecture Series kicks off on February 16 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center with “A Morning with Scott and Lauren Ogden”. The Ogdens are nationally renowned authors, garden designers and horticultural consultants, designing both public and private garden spaces around the country, spanning many climate zones. The Ogden’s latest book, “Plant-Driven Design: Creating… Read More →