Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Master Gardeners are very busy

I appreciate the kind words from Nola, who is in our Master Gardeners Association. It is amazing how much one learns by getting involved with this group, which is sponsored by Texas A&M. We have very informative classes and the opportunity to be of service at a variety of gardening projects around Ellis County.

After the June business meeting, we took a field trip to Farmers Branch to meet with Dr. Steve George of the A&M Agri-Life program. The location was the national test beds for Earthkind Roses. This is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit if one wants to take a day-trip. If in Dallas or from Ellis County, simply go I-35 north just past 635 (north of Dallas). Exit at Valley View Drive (the first exit north of 635) and drive east on Valley View a mile, maybe two and you will see the garden on the right. You cannot miss all the fabulous rose bushes. A water way is adjacent and there are swings, benches, and picnic tables.

On our MG visit, Dr. George explained the various rose cultivars that are being considered for certification as Earthkind roses. Earthkind means you need to do very little and the roses will grow. The soil is NOT amended when bushes are planted. Bushes are watered the first year and mulch is used (to help hold moisture). Various landscape companies sell certified Earthkinds.

The visit to Farmers Branch is just one example of the fun we have as Ellis County Master Gardeners. The people are great, we learn a lot, and we serve our communities. Who could ask for more? And I didn't even mention the fabulous food we experience at our monthly meeting when we enjoy our covered dish lunch. For more info, visit http://ecmga.com/

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