To submit a garden-related public event for the e-gardens calendar, please e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is the 15th of the month prior to the event date.
Austin / Travis County
Attend the Artists and Artisans Festival March 15 – 16 at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The event showcases more than a dozen artists who create handmade jewelry, Texas mesquite lamps, nature photographs and more. Visitors may talk with artists all weekend, meet artists in the store on Saturday, 1-3 p.m., and visit with sculptor John Christensen and nature artist Jules Buck Jones on Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Entrance is $9 adults (members free), $7 seniors and students, $3 ages 5-12. Visit www.wildflower.org/artisans.
See the “Art of Nature” exhibit of nature paintings by Hill Country artist Nettie Pleuckhahn now through Memorial Day at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The display features watercolors and acrylics by an artist who has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work. www.wildflower.org/exhibits/.
Brady and McCulloch County
Learn about invasive species at a workshop sponsored by Central Texas Master Gardeners on March 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Brady Housing Authority, 405 E. Main Street in Brady. The training will be presented by Justin Bush, invasive species program manager at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. To register, call 325-597-1295 or e-mail email@example.com
College Station / Brazos County
Shop the Brazos County Master Gardeners’ Spring 2014 Plant Sale, Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m – noon at the Texas Agrilife Extension Office, 2619 Hwy 21 West in Bryan. The wide selection plants adapted to Brazos County include heirloom varieties and pass-along plants. A preview talk, highlighting the choicest plants and their growing requirements, is scheduled for 8 – 9 a.m. in the garden pavilion. Come early, bring a wagon.
Learn about composting in a class offered March 18 by Brazos County Master Gardeners and the Recreation Department’s Xtra Education program. Master Gardener Molly Harris will show you how to put leaves, clippings and kitchen waste to use in saving money, protecting the environment and extending the life of municipal landfills. Cypress Grove Intermediate School, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Fee is $15. Register online at rectrac.cstx.gov or at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park.
Dallas / Dallas County
Enjoy the breathtaking sights of Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum now through April 6. In this, its 30th year, the festival offers floral displays featuring more than 500,000 blooming spring bulbs, plus blooming cherry trees, azaleas, and many other annuals and perennials. Among this year’s special features are a “Birds in Paradise” theme and an exhibit of six life-sized, interactive birdhouses built by local architects. Find details at www.dallasarboretum.org.
Go “On the Prowl” through the Dallas Arboretum with Jenna Hanson, director of education for Trinity River Audubon Center, March 11, 6 – 8 p.m. After learning about the owls that call this area home, you will set out on an owl prowl through the Arboretum, calling owls and listening for replies. Fee $27 ($25 members). Find details at www.dallasarboretum.org.
Discover Metroplex-worthy plants for your garden and learn about the area’s special ecosystem requirements when you attend “Native Plants for Dallas Landscapes” with horticulture director Roger Sanderson at Texas Discovery Gardens, March 29, 10 a.m. – noon. Take home one of Roger’s favorite native plants. Fee: $25 ($20 members). Register in advance. www.texasdiscoverygardens.org
Fort Worth / Tarrant County
See the largest exhibit of live butterflies in North Central Texas at “Butterflies in the Garden,” opening March 1 in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Conservatory. During the five-week long exhibit, approximately 12,000 beautiful, exotic butterflies of every hue and size will be released in the conservatory. Both the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) will offer programs and exhibits during the exhibit days. This year’s theme – “Butterflies of Asia” — features such butterflies as the Archduke, Paper Kite, Scarlet Mormon, and Striped Blue Crow, all from Malaysia. Hours are daily, including Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Purchase tickets for timed entrance at www.fwbg.org, or call 817-392-5510.
Attend the Growers’ School offered by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers on March 3-4 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The sessions are designed primarily for new growers, or those adding cut flowers to their existing lines. Find the full program and registration materials at www.ascfg.org.
Houston / Harris County
Enjoy free lectures in March at the Arbor Gate in Tomball. Classes in March cover topics like beekeeping, herbs, citrus, landscape design, roses, heirloom gardening and much more. The Arbor Gate’s Lunch with the Experts series includes lunch on Wednesday, March 12, with Veggie expert Angela Chandler and lunch on Wednesday, March 26, with butterfly expert Nancy Greig. Find details at www.arborgate.com.
McKinney / Collin County
Attend The Garden Show: Earth-Kind Gardening sponsored by the Collin County Master Gardeners at Myers Park near McKinney on the weekend of March 22-23. The indoor event is packed with educational events, hands-on activities and demos from local experts children’s activities, and includes tours of the trial gardens at Myers Park. $2 per person fee supports two local charities. http://www.ccmgatx.org/theGardenShow
Nacogdoches / Nacogdoches County
Attend the March lecture in the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series on Thursday, March 13, when SFA staff members Dawn Stover and Greg Grant present “Upcoming Plant Sale Preview — Picking the Best of the Best.” The garden lectures are now held on second Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. A rare plant raffle is included. Free and open to the public, but donations will be appreciated. For more information call 936-468-1832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn all about growing maples in a southern climate at the 13th annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Symposium, Saturday, March 22, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Matt and Tim Nichols of Nichols Nursery in North Carolina and MrMaple.com will present “Heat-Tolerant Maples for the South,” sharing information based on their 35 years of experience propagating and growing more than 1,000 kinds of Japanese maples. Cost, including lunch and garden tour, is $35 SFA Gardens members and $40 non-members. To register, call 936-564-7351 or e-mail email@example.com. Participants may also register at the event. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Antonio / Bexar County
Enjoy the Spring Break Sand Sculpture Exhibit at San Antonio Botanical Garden March 7-23, or shop the Plant Sale on March 10-14. Find details at www.sabot.org.
Waco / McLennan County
Learn about training as a McLennan County Master Gardener by attending the Intern Class Orientation, April 2, 2-4 p.m. in Whitehall Center at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway. For information call 254-757-5180 or visit www.mclennancountymastergardeners.org.
Mark your calendar for the Mother-Daughter Spring Tea at Carleen Bright Arboretum, Sunday, May 4, 3 p.m., in the Arboretum Pavilion. Tickets $10; admission by reservation only. The fun includes a Spring Hat Contest, silent auction and harp music. Call 254-399-9204.