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.

2015 Gregg County Master Gardener Class Schedule

January 7 – Class starts, brief overview, pass-out handbooks, and housekeeping duties. Plant Growth & Development, Basic Plant Fertility and Soil Testing – Pete Quinn, Gregg County Master Gardener January 14 – Environmental Horticulture – Landscape water conservation – Tim Hartman January 21 – Home Fruit Production – Dennis Smith, retired Gregg County Extension Agent – AG/NR January 29 – Special Program: Insect Identification Control, Dr. Mike Merchant, Urban Entomologist Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, Overton, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. February 4 – Composting – Vermiculture Presentation,… Read More →

J.R. Curtis Bed 1 Final Layout design

This is the basic layout put together by the planning committee.

Belinda McCoy McLaughlin Press Release Info

PRESS RELEASE MASTER GARDENERS OCTOBER 8, 2014 PROGRAM The Gregg County Master Gardeners, Learn at Lunch program, will be Wednesday, October 8.   Belinda McCoy McLaughlin will present “Within a Stone’s Throw: Diversity of the Four States Area”.  The program will be held at the Gregg County Extension Auditorium, 405 E. Marshall in Longview, 12 noon, with the business meeting at 11:30.   Belinda’s program will be a “virtual field trip” offering a preview of the diverse field trip destinations planned during the upcoming Native Plant Society of Texas… Read More →

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 →