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'Skip' Richter Filling Vacant Agent Post

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obert "Skip" Richter will fill the vacant Agriculture Extension Agent post for Harris County beginning Oct. 1. Richter, who most recently served as Travis County Extension Director, said he wanted to leave administration to go back to his first love, which is horticulture education. "Harris County is a great opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of many people," he said. "Extension needs to do more to reach people with science-based information that is pertinent to their daily lives. "There are many things that we in Extension can do to expand the reach of our educational efforts," he added. "I'm excited to get to work in the Harris County Extension Office and identify ways to increase our home horticulture program's visibility and impact." Richter started his first garden as a 4-H project. He continued to grow his green thumb throughout his school years, eventually earning his master's degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. Richter previously served as Extension Horticulturist for Travis and Montgomery Counties, where he conducted educational programs on a wide variety of subjects from hobby/ recreational gardening to commercial horticulture. He has also done extensive work in composting and yard waste recycling, including a how-to presentation to introduce kids to the concept.

He has earned notoriety throughout the state and beyond for his biweekly internet gardening column for the National Gardening Association, his contributions to Texas Gardener Magazine, appearances on Harris County Agent Robert 'Skip' Richter radio and television gardening programs, regular newspaper columns, and his YouTube channel (http:// www.youtube.com/user/skiprgarden) featuring more than 130 brief gardening video spots that he produced for his syndicated TV series, "Gardening With Skip." You may also have caught his presentations at state and national Master Gardener conferences. Richter is filling the post vacated by Dr. Carol Brouwer. He will be dividing the horticulture duties with Dr. Anthony Camerino.

Welcome Skip ................................. 1 From the Orchard ............................. 2 Board's Q&A ................................... 3 Precinct 2 Happenings ..................... 4 News Briefs .................................... 5

Garden Gifts .................................... 6 Master Gardeners of the Month ...... 7 Continuing Ed Opportunities .......... 8 Bear Creek Demo Gardens ............ 10 Events Calendar ............................. 11

Photo by Texas AgriLife Extension

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From the Orchard

by Yvonne Gibbs Harris County Master Gardener

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he Demonstration Orchard covers an acre of ground. This is a big space that takes a lot of time and effort to maintain.

At the end of September, Doug McLeod and Marjorie Chambers planned to lead the orchard crew in pruning away old blackberry canes. These plants typically have biennial canes and perennial roots. Blackberry vines in their first year produce a new stem called primocanes. These grow vigorously to their full length of 3-9 meters, arching or trailing along the ground and bearing large palmately compound leaves with five or seven leaflets. They do not produce any flowers. In its second year, the cane becomes a floricane. The stem does not grow longer, but the lateral buds break to produce flowering laterals (which have smaller leaves with three or five leaflets). First and second year shoots usually have numerous short curved very sharp prickles that are often erroneously called thorns. Unmanaged mature plants form a tangle of dense arching stems with branches rooting from the node tip on many species when they reach the ground.

Photo by Texas AgriLife Extension

Texas AgriLife Extension Service Horticulture Program in Harris County

3033 Bear Creek Dr Houston, TX 77084 281.855.5600 fax 281.855.5638

CEA--Horticulture............................. Dr. Anthony W. Camerino 281.855.5600 CEA--Horticulture.......................................Robert "Skip" Richter 281.855.5600 Volunteer Coordinator .................................................. David Parish 281.855.5611

Harris County Master Gardener Association 2011-2012 Board of Directors

President .........................................................................Linda Brewer 832.276.1050 First Vice President ......................................................Louis Mickler 281.482.7133 Second Vice President ........................................................Teresa See 713.464.8338 Past President ....................................................................Ross Palmie 713.236.1010 Secretary .............................................................................Judy Franco 281.463.7504 Treasurer ...............................................................................Jo Huskey 281.829.2956 Directors: Karen Breneman, Sid Kapner, Ori Klein, Peggy Moore, Lisa Rawl and George Williams. · Precinct 2 Steering Committee Chair ............................Jan Kapner 281.487.2065 · Urban Dirt Editor .............................................................. Rob Lucey [email protected]

Flowers, produced in late spring, can be white with old variety Brazos or pink with the old variety Roseborough. Newer and better berries are available. Some take cooler winter weather than others. We can usually be picking berries here late May through July. After fruiting the spent floricanes die back and are removed. This reduces the incidence of diseases. In Botanical terminology, the fruit is not a berry, but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets. The druplets only develop around ovules that are fertilized by the male gamate from a pollen grain. We have to depend on the bees doing a good job of pollinating to get perfect druplets all around the ovules. Prickle-free cultivars have been developed. In the Orchard we grow the erect cane varieties, which are pruned to keep the berries in a row where you can reach them. These plants can produce a gallon of fruit per foot of berry vine. Weeds can be a problem. Placing a deep layer of hay under the vines helps to keep the weeds down, and keeps some level of moisture in the soil. Eat more berries for the nutrients and antioxidant qualities of the fruit and the seeds.

Blackberry blossoms.

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A Letter from the HCMGA Board President

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inally, October is here!

The month starts off with some fabulous news. Robert "Skip" Richter joins the Harris County Extension team effective Oct. 1 as one of our Horticulture Agents. Skip brings with him a wealth of horticulture experience and is recognized as one of the best horticultural experts around. He comes to us from the Travis County Extension office where he conducted educational programs on a wide variety of subjects from hobby and recreational gardening to commercial horticulture. Check out his web site at http://gardeningwithskip.tamu.edu where you can view his syndicated TV spots called "Gardening with Skip." ~ Linda Brewer Board President

You Have Questions ... We Have Answers

EDITOR'S NOTE: The board welcomes members' questions. Below are responses to the recent submissions. Questions may be sent to Linda Brewer at [email protected] or to David Parish at [email protected] Question: Recent

changes in HCMG Association's Policies and Procedures outline a change in the reportable volunteer hours. Can you explain the new procedures and do we still report all hours, regardless of the category, to David? Volunteer hours reported in connection with a particular "approved" activity apply toward certification/recertification requirements. Volunteer hours for other activities (no longer approved by Agrilife) are reported as "Community Outreach Volunteer" hours and will be recognized by the Harris County Master Gardeners Association separate and apart from certification/recertification hours. While these hours will not count toward your certified Master Gardener status, they will count toward awards and allow the HCMGA to fully recognize the impact Master Gardener Volunteers are making outside of Extension education programs. There is a special form for reporting Community Outreach Volunteer Hours and it will be made available in the work room. See Policy and Procedures below.

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Policy 1.2b Reporting Community Outreach Volunteer Hours Policy: HCMGA volunteers have had a long history of community service. That service at such places as Ronald McDonald House, Herman Park and Turning Point Center is still valued and should be continued. However, under the revised AgriLife Extension Master Gardener Program Policies, Section III B., the hours contributed to community gardens are not approved for certification/ recertification. They will be recognized as Community Outreach Volunteer hours. Procedures: In addition to reporting the core recertification hours, each volunteer will report the Community Outreach Volunteer hours on the attached spreadsheet. At the end of the year the Community Outreach Volunteer spreadsheet will be submitted to the HCMGA Awards Committee. After the Extension office submits the recertification hours to the state, they will provide the Awards Committee with a copy. The Awards Committee will use both Community Outreach Volunteer hours and recertification hours to determine HCMGA recognition and awards.

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Precinct 2 Happenings

by Eileen Donovan Harris County Master Gardener

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n the face of the relentless heat and ongoing drought, the Steering Committee decided to cancel the Precinct 2 fall sale. Concerns about the difficulty of transporting plants in good condition from the nursery to the venue in triple digit heat, the potential for the imposition of even stricter municipal watering restrictions, and the poor conditions for attempting to establish new plantings all contributed. Those who were looking forward to getting up at 0-dark-thirty to work under the command of Georgia Lau, setting up, selling and tearing down are going to have to find other ways to earn our hours. Seriously, we are all disappointed, but understand and support the decision. Our Spring Fruit Tree Sale will be held on March 3, 2012, so get it on your calendars now.

teaching tool for interns and visitors alike. And, we believe that what we do manage to produce is better than what we can buy. We need a drum roll please! Gerry Gafka has completed the arduous task of rebuilding the peach tree bed. This required digging out the trees that suffered root rot, building a raised bed, planting new trees, pruning and maintaining them, building the border to keep the soil in place, and other jobs too numerous to mention. It has taken many months, and he is to be congratulated for sticking to it, even when plans had to be scrapped and he had to return to the drawing board. He has learned a lot about patience and perseverance in the face of obstacles, has developed a profound respect for tools he had not previously used, and has earned the gratitude of all of the gardeners at P2. Now he needs some volunteers to help him with the orchard. As gardeners have performed the routine chores of weeding, thinning, mulching and other maintenance, they have been joined by hummingbirds, butterflies and an occasional glimpse of Lurch the turtle. These dedicated people who have continued to contribute despite the brutal weather deserve our thanks. We have many volunteer opportunities available in the gardens and on committees such as the Hospitality Committee that oversees our pot luck lunches, Hot Dogs and Hot Topics, and other events that we all enjoy attending. We also need people to fill requests for speakers at Garden Clubs and other groups. You don't need to develop the presentation yourself. There are well-researched and prepared (canned) presentations available from the extension office for you to use. There are many other opportunities for involvement ­ either as a leader or a follower. Contact Jan Kapner at [email protected] for more information.

The production garden crew plans to start trial testing new varieties and growing methods in the production plots. They will keep accurate records of planting dates, varieties, watering, fertilizing, weather conditions and harvesting results. There will also be vegetable trials in the greenhouse. Dr. Anthony Camerino is helping with these projects, which have attracted additional MGs who have committed to individual garden beds. The plot managers will mentor these new "bed owners" as they have varying degrees of experience with vegetable gardening. No experience is required for volunteering to help. Sid Kapner has been working with Dr. Paul Nester to control the crazy ants, spraying the entire garden with a growth inhibitor on a regular basis. We are hoping that it works. Sandy Fine is managing the five bins of garden waste that are in various stages of decomposition. Although we use more compost than we produce, the compost area is an excellent

Master Gardener Birthdays Celebrated in October

Master Gardeners and Interns who celebrate a birthday during October include the following. Wish them a Happy Birthday! Jack Amerson, Nancy Ayres, Eric

Bailey, Robin Brady, Martha Burg, Elizabeth Castro, Irene Crutchley, Patricia Dawid, Beverly DeMoss, Stephen Dillon, Margie Elliott, Glynnis Elo-Thurman, Susan Engel, Joyce Fox, Janet Foy, Gerry Gafka, Terry Garner, Jean Gates, Yvonne Gibbs, Vernna Gibson, Glen Graves, Donna Hammond, Donna Hines, Cynthia Hutzler, Rose Israwi, Karen Jacob, Craig Jacobs, Deborah Jones, Linda Keck, Ana Kempfer, Yani Keo, Bernard Mahoney, Alice Marinos, Christina Mayfield, Lane McCarty, Mary McGowen, Tom Menasco, Mary Meyer, Benette Mikulin-Rowley, Julie Moncur, Ida May Morton, Janice Patrick, Kathleen Pflueger, Valerie Ploch, Carol Ritter, Louise Rugaard, Linda Smith, Kim Stone, Justine Thomas, Aisha Toote, Marsha VanHorn, Constance Warner, Charlotte Williams, and Lavon Witherspoon

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Fall Sale Draws Crowds of Plant Enthusiasts

by Aisha Toote Harris County Master Gardener

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he annual Great Plants for Houston sale opened to the public on the second day of Autumn with perfect weather. Prior to the sale, Extension Agent Dr. Anthony Camerino previewed many of the exciting offerings to an eager crowd in the auditorium.

The early bird shoppers were welcomed with luscious smells of chocolate mint and lemon verbena, along with other grand selections of herbs and edibles as they entered the sale. The lettuce bowls selected by Jeannie Dunnihoo were filled to overflowing with color, variety and crunch. Many shoppers surveyed hailed from the nearby Bear Creek, Katy and Cypress areas. Others traveled from as far off as Dickinson to get Confederate roses, which were not to be had. However, the stunning yellow Nacogdoches were pleasantly packed into the pickup for the ride back home. Virginia Joiner expressed much pleasure, having sold many bushes. First timers to the sale strolled and pondered, clearly overwhelmed with choices. Some wisely picked the brains of the folks manning the Ask A Master Gardner Booth, cleverly situated by the roses and vines. Among the first plants to be trollied away were the bouffant and heat tolerant Desert Rose, the orange flowering Esperanza, and tropical Pride of Barbados. And the always excellent compost was a sell out! Sale Coordinator Judy Franco extended a "thank you" to all Master Gardener's and interns who assisted in the sale. She also wanted to express gratitude to David Parish and Dr. Camerino for their help, and to Dana Goeggel and Chris Liles who ensured that the flowers were especially wonderful this year. The number crunchers reported that the sale had passed the break even point, but final profit numbers were not yet in.

Mercer Arboretum Gets New Director

Darrin Duling began his new role as director of the nationally-recognized, 325-acre Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens on Sept. 12. He relocated from New York where he has served as the director of The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College since 2008. He previously served as the curator of glasshouse collections for The New York Botanical Garden and director of horticulture for the American Orchid Society. The Virginia native received a Master of Science degree in Plant Taxonomy from the University of Reading in England; a Diploma of Horticulture from Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England; and a Certificate of Horticultural Training from The Royal Horticultural Society in Wisley, England. He has authored numerous articles in horticultural journals and newsletters, and is affiliated with more than a dozen professional societies. As director of Mercer, he will create and plan educational programs, manage 14 staff members, develop a strategic plan for the continued enhancement and development of the botanic garden and foster a working relationship with The Mercer Society board members.

Cylinder Gardeners Need Mentors for Classes

The Cylinder Garden Committee still needs mentors in the Northeast part of Houston. Committee members have successfully delivered to all schools that registered for this season, but some classes need Master Gardeners to provide ongoing guidance. If interested contact Anna Perry via e-mail to [email protected] com or call her at 281.627.2565.

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News from Our Outreach Gardens

Garden Gifts

by Kenneth Dorman Harris County Master Gardener

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All the soil and blocks are dumped inside the fence at the back of the garden and it looks like a bomb went off back there. We are gradually working the piles down building new beds and raising others; we hope to be finished sometime next year. Thanks to a nice young man named Cole Caress we have a huge new tumbling composter that makes compost in 14 days, if you do it right. Cole gave us his Bar Mitzvah money, $1,000, to buy the composter and pay for the truck to move the dirt over. Not only that, but he also helped haul blocks and build new beds. Ron brought his shredder over and we have started filling the composter. Now we are hoping to get a small greenhouse to start our plants in. The heat has been terrible in the garden. The winter melons and winter squash refuse to bloom when the temperature is over 100°F, so they are just sitting there. Actually, we got some blooms when we had the short spot of cooler weather, but they have stopped again. This is our first time for growing the winter melons, and I don't know how to judge them because of the heat. We got about 200 pounds before they stopped blooming, and then they got covered up with white flies and aphids due to being stressed. We had a hard time getting rid of the pests and finally lost one bed of melons to them. The sweet potatoes and Zeebest okra along with the African Blue basil are the only things that look good. All the peppers,

Elizabeth Castro, Celeste Mead and Ron Smith check out the new composter at Gethsemane.

sweet and hot, are still alive, but the few fruits they make are very small. We planted a row of Romano pole beans along the fence on the east side of the garden and covered them with row cover to keep the birds from eating them as they come up; then did the same for a lot of bush beans in between the trees in the orchard. We will start planting our winter vegetables this month. This is pretty late, but it has been too hot for me to even think about planting anything. Kathryn did, in fact, catch the mama cat and her two kittens and took them and had them neutered and their fleas and ear mites eliminated. Unfortunately she brought them all back to the garden where they will probably live happily forever more. Edna St. Vincent Millay said, "God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart!" And so it shall be, when the grass grows again.

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Photo by Kenneth Dorman

e finally got to the end of the long saga of moving the soil and concrete blocks from Central Presbyterian to the Gethsemane garden. With the property sold and the new owners preparing to start construction, we got permission to move the dirt left after we removed the concrete blocks from 10 beds. We hired a truck and Bobcat to this. That meant we were leaving seven beds behind, so I asked the supervisor for the new owner if, when they began construction, he would have his trucks that came in to clear out the area bring everything over to Gethsemane. He thought about it a bit and said since he had to move it anyway, why not to us? And so he did. Free. This is a good man, and I gave him a big sack of Zeebest okra and a nice French Orange Hybrid melon.

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Master Gardeners of the Month

Pat Stier - Extension Office

Pat Stier, as a member if the Membership committee, volunteered to research new name badges for the Master Gardeners in February 2011. She has since spent more than 40 hours interviewing via e-mail and phone 50-plus companies and narrowed her search down to two firms. The company selected by the Membership Committee provides reusable badges. After approval by the board, Pat continued to work with the vendor to obtain the proper logos and wording for the badges. The work is ongoing and is expected to conclude with new badges arriving in the next couple of months. Pat has put in a tremendous amount of time and work on this project demonstrating true Pat Stier perseverance. Commitment to a project is not new to Pat, who served as treasurer at Precinct 2 before coming to Bear Creek. Thank you, Pat for all your dedicated work with the Harris County Master Gardeners.

Beverly DeMoss - Precinct 2

Beverly DeMoss is Precinct 2's Master Gardener of the month for August. Bev finished her Master Gardener training in 2007. Her intention was leaning more towards a landscape design class, but she found her way into Master Gardening. Bev, like most of us, has always loved to grow things. Since completing the class, she has been very active at Precinct 2 and in the Friendship Garden. Most recently she completed a genuine landscape design project at the entrance to the garden. This has transformed the entrance from an industrial appearance to a warm and welcoming access that has bolstered the attendance at open garden days and lifted the spirits of the Master Gardeners who work so diligently on the production garden. Bev has served as the hospitality lead at the Master Gardener plant sales and manages the Master Gardener office at Precinct 2 Friendship Garden.

Nominate a Master Gardener of the Month

Volunteers are doing a wide variety of great work, some quietly, some behind the scenes. Do you know of such an individual? Help shine a light on their efforts. Submit MG of the Month nominations to the Membership Committee by placing the individual's name and why they should be selected in the suggestion box in the Master Gardener room or email them to [email protected] (Ext.) or [email protected] (P2).

Bev DeMoss

Outside the Master Gardener realm, she devotes time to Clear Lake United Methodist Church as the landscape chairman and the church trustee. Bev, who previously worked as a Community Manager is now a part time rental property manager. She and her retired husband love to travel. They've visited Europe, China, Russia, South America, Central America and the Panama Canal, and taken several cruises including Alaska, Baltic Sea, Transatlantic, Hawaii and the Caribbean. They enjoy square dancing. They have six children and eight grandchildren.

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Photo by Christa Kaiser

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Continuing Education Events

MG Specialist Training Workshops*

Oct. 26-28. National Earth-Kind® Specialist. Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Cleburne. For registration contact David Parish by Oct. 1. Cost $175 for class.

Photo by Rob Lucey

November 2011

Master Gardener Lecture Series

Nov. 1. Raised Bed Gardening by Joe Masabni. Extension Office, noon.

MG Specialist Training Workshops*

Nov. 16-18. Greenhouse Management. Walker County Extension Service, Huntsville. For registration see David Parish or e-mail [email protected] * Visit http://texasmastergardeners.com or contact the Harris County Extension Office, 281.855.5611, [email protected] tamu.edu for registration details.

Cylinder Garden Committee members planted demonstration cyliders to show participants what to expect.

October 2011

October 4. Organic Weed Control by Jay White, Texas Gardener Magazine writer. Extension Office, noon. October 18. Insects by Margaret Bingham. Ext. Office, 6:30 p.m. October 19. Heirloom Plants by Judy Barrett, author of "What can I do with my Herbs." The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (lake side), 9:30 a.m.

Photo by Rob Lucey

Master Gardener Lecture Series

Green Thumb Lecture Series

Oct. 11. Soils and Composting by Dr. Anthony Camerino, Extension Agent - Horticulture. The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (lake side), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Tree Care by Dr. Carol Brouwer. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd., 6:30-8:30 p.m All activities listed here are eligible for Master Gardener CEU's.

Master Gardener Louis Mickler gives a tour of the green roof he helped install. The visit to his son's Friendswood ecofriendly construction company office was the highlight of a September field trip.

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Volunteer Hours

Service and continuing education

Instructions: ·Youcansubmitandcheckyourhoursonlineanytimeathttp://hcmga.tamu.edu.CompletedformscanalsobesubmittedtoDavid Parishat3033BearCreekDr.,Houston,TX77084orbyfax:281.855.5638. ·ThelistofApprovedServiceandEducationalActivitiesisonthebackoftheprintedform(nextpageifelectronic.)Additional qualifyingeventsarelistedineachissueofthenewsletter(UrbanDirt.)AnyexceptionsmustbeapprovedinadvancebyVolunteer CoordinatorDavidParish. ·Includeaddressandphonenumberonlyifyourinformationhaschanged. ·Call281.855.5600ifyouhavequestions. Name: Address: Home: Cell: Work:

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Remember:onlyApprovedServiceandEducationalActivitiesqualifyforservicehours.

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Bear Creek Gardens Spruced Up for Fall Sale

by Judy Hill Harris County Master Gardener

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ur gardens, like most in this area, have struggled all summer with the extreme heat and drought. The watering system has been an additional challenge. The greenhouse and most of the individual gardens were without an automatic system for weeks. In late August it was restored and the greenhouse was back in operation with new fans, power and water. Then the watering system went out again in early September. Thankfully, it has been repaired again.

Bumping up seedlings for the Fall Sale.

working and trying to stay hydrated with some very nice people and she says "thanks ladies" to Karen Avery, Jane Jackson, Patti Dawid, Alicia O'Neal, Becky Jones and Louise and Regina. Although Jeanie couldn't immediately remember Louise and Regina's last names, she wishes we had more people who love our gardens as they do. Regina comes all the way from Kingwood and Louise comes over to help in the Herb Garden after she finishes working in another garden.

Some plants have been lost, but thanks to the extra efforts of many Master Gardeners, we haven't totally lost any gardens. Coordinators manually watered their areas and took whatever steps were needed to maintain their gardens. The coordinators in the Millennium Garden area set up a watering schedule to share the watering responsibility. The Millennium Garden area is made up of: Daylily Garden - Lucia Hansen; Color Border Garden ­ Susan White; Super Star Garden ­ Lourez Bullock; Bog and Pond ­ Christie Liles; Shade Garden ­ Carol Singleton; and Heirloom Garden ­ Kay Tyner. During the water outage, Virginia Joyner rearranged the potted roses and replaced the irrigation heads with bubblers to water a larger area of the pots in a shorter amount of time. Most of the gardeners have awaited cooler weather and hopefully rain before adding plants, but Teresa See has been filling the Welcome Garden with new specimens. The Welcome Garden is shaded and was not affected by the water problems. Teresa has also been watering the trees in front of the Welcome Garden. Some of the trees were turning brown and starting to die because of the heat and lack of rain. The Herb Garden survived the summer well. The lavenders and thymes and culinary sage lasted into the summer longer than in previous years but are gone now. Soapwort has kept the soil covered with its pretty pink flowers all summer and the different Rosemaries and African Basils have been spectacular. Coordinator Jeanie Dunnihoo says it has been a pleasure

The Shade Garden lost some plants to the heat and armadillos but is doing okay thanks to irrigation. Coordinator Carol Singleton has minimal planting planned for September and usually spends Tuesday mornings weeding and refilling holes made by the armadillos. Summer is a slow time in the Color Border Garden, where maintenance is the primary activity. Coordinator Susan White says one of the most rewarding activities was deadheading the Vitex trees to get additional bloom cycles, which kept them blooming all summer. The Parkinsonia tree was particularly lovely this year and bloomed for a longer period of time, though the leaves were sparser than ever. The volunteer salvias (shades of pink and white) have been a surprise this summer. They always appear in abundance, but this year they are gigantic, shouting to the world that they do not require much water. Susan reports that "Helen Poole and Patricia Metzinger, my wonderfully loyal and dedicated co-workers, and I are busy creating our scarecrow, Miss Tithonia, and will be showing her off in the garden very soon!" I can't wait to see it. Special thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the gardens at Bear Creek look their best for the fall plant sale. The first three Tuesdays in September were designated cleanup days. Most of the gardens were adorned with scarecrows made by the garden coordinators or their coworkers. Note: There are opportunities for garden coordinators in the composting and shade garden areas. Contact Chris Liles for details at 281.578.1321.

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Work day: Ext Off. MG Lecture: Ext. Off. Organic Weed Control by Texas Gardener writer Jay White. Noon.

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Work day: Ext. Off. Green Thumb: Mtg. Rm. Clear Lake. Soils and Composting by Dr Anthony Camerino. 6:30 pm

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31st Annual Native Plant Society of Texas Fall Symposium. Omni Hotel. 830.997.9272.

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Native Plant Society of Texas Fall Symposium cont'd. npsot.org

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Mercer Arboretum Garden Tour 9-10:30 am Native Plant Symposium cont'd.

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Native Plant Society of Texas Fall Symposium concludes.

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Work day: Ext. Off. MG Lecture: Ext. Off. Insects by Margaret Bingham. Ext. Off. 6:30 pm

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Texas agriLife exTension service

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281.855.5600 fax 281.855.5638

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Help bring 4-H educational outreach programs to our youth and families in celebration of National 4-H Week, the first week in October. Several activities are planned. Contact Sheryl Nolen to get involved, 281.855.5621 or e-mail [email protected] ag.tamu.edu. Additional background checks will be required, so call soon.

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