Category Archives: Programs

Tyler Rose Garden – It’s Time to Visit!

A couple of great events are coming up at the end of April. The 2012 Home Garden Tour, hosted by Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer organization supporting the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, has arranged for 5 different home gardens to be open to the public on Saturday, April 28, rain or shine. This is an opportunity to see and be inspired by a diversity of garden styles that you normally don’t get to see. The gardens selected for this year vary from a stunning backyard garden with… Read More →

Bulb Sale Saturday, October 8

  Make plans  now to attend the annual Fall Garden Conference and Bulb Sale, sponsored by Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer support group of Texas AgriLife Extension Service. It is this Saturday, October 8, at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. in Tyler. This free event begins with 2 talks, starting at 9:00 a.m. The featured speaker is Dallas County Master Gardener Diana Harris, also a Certified Landscape Professional, who will speak on gardening in the shade. Local Master Gardener Merlin Eck will give a rapid… Read More →

East Texas Spring Landscape & Garden Conference – Feb. 12

February is a busy month not only in the yard and garden with folks getting ready for the new gardening year, but it also is a month with several educational programs sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Of particular interest to home gardeners will be the 18th annual East Texas Spring Landscape and Garden Conference on February 12th at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.  Previous year’s conferences have had up to 400 attending from the East Texas area, including visitors from Dallas, Houston, Austin, and points in… Read More →

January Gardening Notes

An arctic outbreak of cold air is predicted for next week. If it remains dry, be sure to run your irrigation several days prior to the arrival of cold air to minimize freeze damage to plants in your yard. Drought-stressed plants are more prone to severe freeze injury. However, watering during a freeze won’t help that much, and can damage plants with ice buildup. Take steps to protect marginally hardy plants – move potted plants to a protected area, apply mulch where practical, and protect pipes and irrigation… Read More →

Sowing Seeds for Economical Color

Looking for ways to beef up your landscape, but are on a shoestring budget? “Sowing Seeds for Economical Color” is next in the workshop series “1st Tuesday in the Garden”, sponsored by Smith County Master Gardeners, and held in their IDEA Demonstration Garden, located in the southeast corner of the Tyler Rose Garden.This free program, held over the noon hour, will give you ideas for making your landscape a showplace without breaking the budget. As an example, see the Cole Garden in the previous post, featured home on… Read More →

Spring Landscape & Garden Conference

Saturday, February 13, is the annual East Texas Spring Landscape & Garden Conference at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. One of the featured topics is “From the Garden to the Vase” – floral designing, presented by Jim Johnson, Director of the famed Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M. Johnson will teach while designing about 8 arrangements, ranging from traditional types anybody can put together with locally available materials, to a couple that are more modern or abstract. Finished designs will be raffled off, just in time… Read More →

East Texas Horticulture Field Day

It’s time for one of my favorite summer horticulture events in the East Texas area. That’s the Horticulture Field Day held at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton on Thursday, June 25. This event has grown in popularity as growers, landscapers and gardeners discover the trials and displays of the latest and newest bedding plant varieties and other horticultural novelties. The event is free. It starts in the morning at the Horticulture North Farm, north of the Overton Center, where row after row of bedding plants… Read More →

East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference Feb. 17

The East Texas Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Conference, is Tuesday, February 17, at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. This all-day program focuses on commercial fruit and vegetable production, and will feature presentations in the general session on incorporating integrated pest management strategies into fruit and vegetable production, marketing fruits and vegetables, herbicides for weed control, and pesticide safety. In the afternoon there will be 3 concurrent sessions. In the fruit session there will be talks on orchard site selection, and blackberry production. The vegetable session includes the subjects… Read More →