Author Archives: Bruce Allen Williams

About Bruce Allen Williams

I have lived in East Texas since 2009; from Fort Worth, a newly saved christian, love God, love people,love life. Background in American Indian culture, history and believe natural or "organic" based methods are the best but if a product is bio friendly, I will promote it. Have a love for community gardens as well as searching for methods to incorporate gardening with self development and christian fellowship.

J.R. Curtis For the Blind

We are pleased to begin the adoption of this great space for the city of Longview, Texas. Our Planning committee has been actively preparing a plan that will evaluate the needs for every tiered bed as well as removal of plants. The Association has committed to this project for a minimum of two years. We are sure our involvement will be longer than that on a permanent basis. The submission of the Bed One plan will be submitted by October first. When we have the garden designs implemented… Read More →

Native Landscape Certification Program

Meg Inglis, NLCP Coordinator 512-589-1316. , announced the classes which are specific to the vegetation regions of North Texas. Classes will be held in Denton on June 7 and in Cedar Hill on June 28. Registration for the classes is now available online at: Saturday June 7, 2014  Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Denton 9-4:30 Level 1 certificate Learn the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes. Understand the differences between sustainable and conventional development. Learn your Texas vegetation region and soil type. Learn 50 native Texas… Read More →

Certified Judges Training

Deadline to register is July 18th. fair, festivals judging training 8-2014

TEXAN CITIZEN SCIENTISTS

The Invaders of Texas Program is an innovative campaign whereby volunteer “citizen scientists” are trained to detect the arrival and dispersal of invasive species in their own local areas. That information is delivered into a statewide mapping database and to those who can do something about it. The premise is simple. The more trained eyes watching for invasive species, the better our chances of lessening or avoiding damage to our native landscape. The Invaders of Texas Program supports the creation and perpetuation of a network of local citizen… Read More →

Monarch project announces garden grants

The Native Plant Society of Texas is awarding $7500 in small grants to 36 community gardens around the state to fund planting of Monarch butterfly habitat. The grants were announced April 4 by Cathy Downs, chair of the Society’s Bring Back the Monarch to Texas project. Link here: http://npsot.org/wp/story/2014/5215/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+npsot%2FXzEN+%28Native+Plant+Society+of+Texas%29

Texas Master Gardener Newsletter

Here is the link to the newsletter which outlines the need for directors and what is happening with the Texas Master Gardener Associations. Plus information on specialist training and continuing education hours. docs.google.com/file/d/0Bz8TMVT6S2DkY1dtSjBIVlctR2s/edit

Native Plant Society’s Plant Sales

Searching for hard-to-find natives for that special spot in a garden bed?  This time of year many Native Plant Society chapters sell plants to support their local projects. You can also find sales at botanical gardens and nature centers. Here is a list of native plant sales coming up this spring that we know of.  We’ll keep this updated as more information comes in. Now is a perfect time to add natives to your new or existing garden. We think you’ll enjoy seeing them in your landscape and watching the… Read More →

Cypress Basin Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

2014 plant sale flyer

Kelsey Creek Farm ~~Rethinking Gardening~~

__Bruce Williams President-Elect of the Gregg County Master Gardeners Association__ As I write this it is 26 degrees on the 4th of March here in Longview,Texas. We had a overnight freezing rain turned to snow a couple of nights ago that still covers all the trees and shrubs with ice, even breaking dry pine branches from the weight. Possumhaw, Plums, strawberries, ornamental Pears, quince and some of the deciduous magnolias have all bloomed because of a week of warm temperatures. They all have been hit by this perfect… Read More →

GCMG Spring Seminar

http://txmg.org/gregg/event/2014-spring-garden-and-landscape-seminar/ 2014 Garden and Landscape Seminar Sponsored by Gregg County Master Gardeners Saturday, March 1, 2014 Registration 7:45 AM, Program 8:30 AM – Noon   First United Methodist Church Faith Center Whaley Street Entrance, Longview, Texas Guest Speaker DR. DAVID L. CREECH, Director of SFA Gardens, Regent’s Professor and Professor Emeritus Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas Session 1 – Topic: “The China Connection: People, Plans and Plants of an Emerging Horticultural Giant” Session 2 – Topic: “Exciting New Shrubs for Southern Landscapes” * * * *… Read More →