Category Archives: Programs

Home Garden Tour and other educational programs

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… Read More →

Upcoming Educational Programs in Gardening & Horticulture

This is the time of year when the calendar gets loaded up with opportunities to sharpen your skills or learn more about gardening, landscaping and related topics. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides a variety of educational programs and topics to the citizens of our great State. Here is a listing of some of the many upcoming programs and topics in our area that might be of interest to you. The annual all-day East Texas Turfgrass Conference will once again be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

Gardening Tips for November

Standing in my yard today reminded me of why we typically call this time of year “fall” instead of autumn. Almost with no breeze, elm leaves float down like confetti, requiring yet another sweeping of the walk leading to the front door. But, I’m not complaining. This is a lovely season, with mild weather and beautiful scenes both in landscapes and in the country side as trees begin their transition to winter dormancy. Fall leaf color can vary year to year based on temperature and soil moisture leading… Read More →

Gardening Events in October in the Tyler Area

Fall is for planting, and that also means opportunities to learn more, and to buy adapted plants at plant sales (and of course, from local independent nurseries and garden centers). Here are a few upcoming events to get on your calendar: September 27: Cherokee County Master Gardeners Annual Fall Plant Sale – 8-2:00; Ruth Nichols Arboretum, 1015 South East Loop 456, Jacksonville October 4: SFA Gardens Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale – 9-2:00; SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches October 7: 1st Tuesday in the… Read More →

Watering the Garden

Summertime weather conditions are arriving soon as the temperature steadily climbs a few degrees every day or two. Unfortunately, it looks like we may be going into summer a little on the dry side. That means we will need to water our landscape and gardens to minimize drought stress and keep our plants alive and healthy. Of course, using more irrigation water means our water bills will dramatically increase. And increased usage can put a strain on some community’s water resources and ability to deliver water to maintain… Read More →

May Gardening Tips

It seems like our spring is similar to this time last year – very cool. Overnight temperatures in the 40’s and mild daytime temperatures will help keep blooms brighter and longer. But, the cool weather also slows down the rate of growth of all kinds of plants that thrive during the warm summer season. The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues this month on May 17 with a program on learning how to install a drip irrigation system for your landscape, garden and/or potted plants. This morning session… Read More →

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 →