June 2015 Events

Henderson County Master Gardeners and the 100-acre East Texas Arboretum host ITALSummer in the Garden: Dream of Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees,NOITAL a free public educational event on Thursday, June 25. Find details about the event below, and click here to learn more about the arboretum.  Photos courtesy of the East Texas Arboretum.

Henderson County Master Gardeners and the 100-acre East Texas Arboretum host Summer in the Garden: Dream of Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees, a free public educational event on Thursday, June 25. Find details about the event below, and click here to learn more about the arboretum. Photos courtesy of the East Texas Arboretum.

To submit a garden-related public event for the e-gardens calendar, please e-mail details to events@sperrygardens.com. Deadline is the 15th of the month prior to the event date.

Athens / Henderson County
Attend Summer in the Garden: Dream of Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees sponsored by the Henderson County Master Gardeners on Thursday, June 25, at 6 p.m. at the Dream Garden inside the East Texas Arboretum. Programs include “Summer Color,” planting for color in the summer garden; “Butterflies in the Garden,” identifying host and nectar plants for attracting butterflies; “Bees in the Backyard,” see an observation hive and learn about bee forage plants; and “Composting Made Easy,” the fundamentals of composting. Free and open to the public. Door prizes. If case of rain, meet at the arboretum pavilion. The arboretum is located at 1601 Patterson Rd. in Athens. For more information, call 903-675-6130 or e-mail hendersonCMGA@gmail.com.

Austin / Travis County
Bring the kids to free evenings of nature fun — Nature Nights at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center this summer. The themes this month are Plants, on Thursday, June 11; Pollinators, on June 18; and Snakes, on June 25. Find all the details at http://wildflower.org/nature/

Bryan / Brazos County
Learn all about herb growing at the next session of Gardening with the Masters sponsored by the Brazos County Master Gardeners on Wednesday, June 10, noon – 1 p.m., at the Brazos County Extension Office’s DIG Pavilion, 2619 Highway 21 West, in Bryan. The speaker is Master Gardener Sally Ann Hnatiuk, and a tour of the gardens with Q&A is included. The public is invited free of charge. Bring lunch if you wish.

Attend the monthly program of the Brazos County Master Gardeners on June 23, 7-8 p.m., when Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist, presents “Unusual Edibles.” Learn all about interesting, diverse homegrown food. The public is invited at no charge. Location is the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr. in Bryan.

Dallas / Dallas County
Bring your camera for photography fun during “Golden Hour at the Dallas Arboretum” on Wednesdays, June 10 and 24, 6-9 p.m. For these two evenings in June, the Dallas Arboretum opens its doors at special pricing to allow the community to capture those “golden hour” photos in the gardens. The event is intended for personal (not professional) photography and portraiture. $10 non-members, $8 members. www.dallasarboretum.org

Enjoy the 21st annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour sponsored by the City of Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Parks and Recreation, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Dallas County Master Gardeners on Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Master Gardeners will conduct free 30-minute talks on water-wise gardening and related topics at all tour headquarters and also will answer questions about the plants and landscapes on the tour. The first 100 visitors at each of the three tour headquarters that day will receive a free hose spray nozzle. For a list of headquarters and maps for the self-driving tour, visit SaveDallasWater.com or call the Water Conservation Hotline at 214- 670-3155.

Bring Dad to the Dallas Arboretum for your choice of special occasions on Father’s Day Weekend, June 20-21. Events include the performance of multilingual balladeer Frank Obregon on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on Saturday, June 20, 1-2:30 p.m. On Sunday, 9 a.m. – noon, children, grandchildren and their dads and granddads are invited to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for a craft activity — constructing and painting flowerpots and bird houses — hosted by Home Depot. Also on Sunday, 1-3 p.m., bring the superman in the family to the Arboretum to enjoy classic superhero cartoons shown in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall. This is a come-and-go, blankets-welcome viewing of vintage cartoons that can be enjoyed by the young and young-at-heart. www.dallasarboretum.org

Fort Worth / Tarrant County
Bring the family to Concerts in the Garden with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden this month and next. Concerts this coming weekend include the series’ 25th Anniversary Celebration with Pink Martini on Friday, June 5; Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles on Saturday, June 6; and the 1812 Overture and Symphonic Sparklers on Sunday, June 7. Find details and a link for ticket orders at http://fwbg.org.

Houston / Harris County
Compete in the Tomato Contest at The Arbor Gate in Tomball on Saturday, June 6. Categories of competition are best-tasting small; best tasting large; largest; prettiest; and most uniform sample of four tomatoes – plus prizes for best-tasting salsa and best-tasting marinara. Each entry tomato must have been grown personally by the registrant. Find all the details and the names of the judges at www.arborgate.com

McKinney / Collin County
Take “A Walk in the Park,” featuring tours of the Collin County Master Gardeners’ award-winning research and demonstration gardens at Myers Park and Event Center, on Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. – noon. You’ll learn about Earth-Kind® gardening principles and see the plants that survive beautifully without fertilizer, pesticides or excessive irrigation. A Children’s Discovery Area in the Pole Barn will make this an event for all ages. Points of interest also include the Collin County Farm Museum. Myers Park is located at 7117 County Road 166. Visit www.ccmgatx.org

Nacogdoches / Nacogdoches County
Attend the June lecture in the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series on Thursday, June 11, when Tim Hartmann, extension program specialist with Texas A & M, presents “Gardening for Food or Beauty: Why Not Both?” The lectures are held on second Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches. A rare plant raffle is included. The lectures are free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School (with shuttle service). For more information call 936-468-1832 or e-mail sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

San Antonio / Bexar County
Bring the kids to a Rainforest Adventure at the San Antonio Botanical Garden now through Sept. 20. The maze exhibit takes guests inside the rainforest, from soaring canopies to forest floor, with lessons on ecology, biodiversity, adaptability and conservation. Find details about this and other events at www.sabot.org.

Posted by Carolyn Skei
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