Gardening programs for spring available

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Galveston County Master Gardeners are offering one more April presentation at Friendswood Public Library. Extension Agent Dr. William Johnson will present “Beneficials in the Garden” Saturday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Johnson will cover beneficial insects and other types of beneficials commonly found in Galveston county home landscapes and gardens. Four common beneficials include green lacewings, assassin bugs, lady beetles and praying mantis, but many more exist and Johnson will be discussing a large variety.

Johnson serves as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent for the county. His office is located in La Marque in Carbide Park.

In May, GCMG will present four programs on two dates.

On May 4, “Succulent Propagation” and “Modern Succulents with Tillandsias Workshop” (hands-on demonstrations) will be given by Certified Texas Master Gardeners from the Dallas County Master Gardeners Paula Spletter and Marilyn Hill.

Propagation techniques will be from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Cost is $30 to cover materials and each participant will keep their creations. The succulents and air plant information workshop is free and will be given from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Both presentations will be at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office, 4102-B Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. Both presentations will be limited to only 40 participants.

Home Fruit Growers’ Tour is offered May 18 with three fruit orchards on the tour, plus vegetable gardens at each site. They may be visited in any desired order. Each site will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no rain date. Orchard locations include  Galveston County Master Gardener homeowner, 5202 Highland Road, Santa Fe 77517; Galveston County Master Gardener Discovery Garden, 4102 Main Street (Hwy. 519), La Marque 77568; Fruits ‘n Such orchard, 6309 Ave. U, Dickinson 77539, 832-443-6733. No pre-registration needed.

“All About Louisiana Irises” (how to obtain & trade/share) will be presented May 18 by Galveston County Master Gardener Monica Martens from 1 – 3 p.m., at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office.

Pre-register for the workshops, other than the fruit tour, at 281-309-5065 or email [email protected] For additional details visit http://aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html.

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