First East Texas Garden Lecture Series set Feb. 22
by Robert Burns
February 9, 2014

The first of seven seminars on the finer points of gardening in East Texas will be held Feb. 22 at Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, according to Keith Hansen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent for Smith County.

“We have an exciting lineup for this year, and we’re beginning with roses, America’s favorite flower,” Hansen said. “Mark Chamblee, owner, manager and professional grower, will discuss new, exciting rose breeds and give demonstrations on how to prune different kinds of roses.”

After the pruning demonstration, Chamblee will give a tour of the nursery and be available for any questions, Hansen said. Chamblee is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional through the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and currently serves as a Texas Nursery Landscape Association chairman.

The nursery is located north of Tyler at 10926 U.S. Highway 69. A map can be found at Registration is $15 per individual lecture or $45 for a season pass to all seven lectures, Hansen said. The next three lectures will be held in March, April and May. After a summer hiatus, the series will begin again with lectures in September, October and November. All lectures will have registration at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9 a.m. Ending will vary depending upon how many questions are asked, but should usually end by noon. For more information, contact Hansen at 903-590-2980 or go to http:// .

After the lecture at Chamblee’s Nursery, the rest of the lectures will be held at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. The full lineup of the remaining 2014 East Texas Garden Lecture Series is: March 22 – “Location, Location, Location: Right Plant/Right Place and Ask The Designer.” Tyler Rose Garden Center. Hansen will discuss selecting the right plants for landscaping projects for long-term success. Laurie Breedlove of Breedlove Landscape Nursery and James Willhite of Willhite Landscape will answer landscape design questions.

April 12 – “A Warm Welcome – Landscape Tips for Curb Appeal.” Dee Bishop, Smith County Master Gardener and longtime landscape professional, will share ideas on how to easily set out a colorful and inviting welcome mat to your home with plants. Demonstration planters will be offered as door prizes.

May 17 – “Saving Water With Drip – Drip Irrigation Basics and Applications.” Dr. Dotty Woodson, AgriLife Extension water specialist, Dallas, and Brad McCullough, state licensed irrigator with Ewing Irrigation, Tyler, will demonstrate how to design and install a drip irrigation system. They will also show how easily an existing spray irrigation section can be converted to a drip system.

Sept. 13 – “Enjoy Your Home Landscape – Make Your Yard Fit Your Life.” David Gary, Smith County Master Gardener, has learned to continue gardening despite being confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy. Gary will show how to design a landscape to fit anyone’s physical limitations.

Oct. 25 – “Forgotten and Underutilized Plants For East Texas.” Greg Grant, research associate at the Piney Woods Native Plant Center, Nacogdoches, is co-author of “Heirloom Gardening in the South.” He’ll discuss choice plants for use in the home landscape.

Nov. 15 – “Japanese Maples and Adapted Trees For Every Landscape.” Dr. Dave Creech, regent’s professor at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, and director of the university’s Mast Arboretum, will be the featured speaker. The arboretum has one of the largest collections of Japanese maples in the region, and Creech will share details of his favorite selections.

He’ll also discuss a wide selection of other trees adapted to the East Texas region, many of which are not frequently seen in our area.

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