There is a little cluster of educational programs coming up that should inspire and supply you with ideas for your own garden. First up is this Saturday with the Home Garden Tours sponsored by the Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer organization supporting Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programs. They have selected 4 gardens of varying styles that you can stroll through to learn, ask questions and get ideas. Viewing times are from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m., rain or shine. Advance Tickets on sale thru May 29 in Tyler at: Brookshire’s Grocery – 100 Rice Road, Potpourri House – 3320 Troup Highway, Blue Moon Gardens – 13062 FM 279, Chandler, Rubicon Wild Birds – 19456 Hwy. 155 South, Flint, and the Extension Office – 1517 W. Front, Suite 116. Tickets in advance $10 – on tour day $12 (available at each hom). For more information, including locations and photo previews, go to http://scmg.tamu.edu and click on Coming Events.
Next Tuesday, June 2, is the final 1st Tuesday in the Garden lecture for this spring. The title is: ‘Did She Say, “Cut Off Their Heads?” – Summer Perennial Care’. These free lectures are held on the patio in the IDEA garden, which is located in the southeast corner of Tyler’s Rose Garden starting at noon. There is limited seating. You may want to bring a lawn chair for your comfort. The lecture will run for about 30 minutes followed by a question and answer session.
Mark your calendars for June 6 to attend a one-day conference entitled “Jewels in the Garden”, featuring 4 topics, 3 dynamic horticulturists speakers, tours of the demonstration gardens in the Tyler Rose Garden, plus vendors, door prizes and more. The conference will be at Tyler’s Rose Garden Center. Nick Staddon, director of the New Plants Team at Monrovia Nursery, California, will be the featured speaker, talking about “Great Ideas for the Modern Garden with True Gems and Jewels for your Garden” and also “New to You and More – A Garden Adventure”.
Other speakers are Tom LeRoy, retired Extension Agent Horticulture in Montgomery County and co-author of “Growing Fruits and Nuts in the South,” “Common Sense Vegetable Gardening in the South”, and “The Southern Kitchen Garden”, who will share about “Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables and other Delicious Garden Beauties”, and Steve Huddleston, Senior Horticulturalist at the Ft. Worth Botanic Garden and author of the popular book “Easy Gardens for North Central Texas” who will speak on “Using Native and Passalong Plants in the Landscape”. For more details and a registration form, go to http://txmg.org/smith/jewels/
Finally, make plans to attend the free Horticulture Field Day on June 25, at the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center in Overton, where you will get a firsthand look at the very latest plant introductions. See http://flowers.tamu.edu for more information.