Category Archives: Programs

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 →

East Texas Garden Lecture Series Feb 16

Scott and Lauren Ogden are the featured speakers at the first East Texas Garden Lecture Series on February 16 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The keynote will be based on their award winning book “Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place and Spirit.” They base their approach that plants come first rather than a certain style or architectural construct in which to find plants that fit. Their extensive plant knowledge and design experience equips them to look at the process of creating gardens in a new… Read More →

Gardening Educational Programs

This February, several educational opportunities, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, are coming up that will be of interest to gardeners, growers and those in the landscaping business in the East Texas area. 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 Environmental Horticultural Committee which plans this event revamped it from an all-day to a morning-only program. Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden are nationally renowned garden designers and… Read More →

Bachelor Buttons Newest Texas SuperStar

What do you think of when you hear the word “Superstar”? Perhaps Michael Jordan or Peyton Manning? What about a Texas Superstar? Troy Aikman, Nolan Ryan, Josh Hamilton? While you may be thinking about a sports, movie or music icon, I have superstar plants in mind. For over twenty years, horticulturists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension Service have conducted statewide evaluations of landscape plants, searching for outstanding plants for the gardeners of Texas.  Plants identified with superior characteristics, including great garden performance in all areas… Read More →