Featured publications this month:
Look under the Agriculture tab for more publications on gardening and a planting guide for Jasper County.
Jasper Master Gardeners are involved in the Jasper Arboretum and Outdoor Learning Center at Sandy Creek Park. They do school programs, garden lectures and demonstrations. If you are interested in joining this diverse group, call 409-384-3721 and ask to be put on the wait list for the next classes.
Jasper Master Gardeners (JMG) is a chapter of the Texas Master Gardener Association (http://txmg.org/)
What’s it like to be a Jasper Master Gardener? Read JMG 2016 review
Jasper Master Gardeners hold a Butterfly Festival to celebrate the migration of the Monarch Butterflies on the third Saturday of October. A plant sale, kids activities and butterfly release are all held at the Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) at 225 Water Street. The OLC, greenhouse, meditation pond and butterfly garden are all part of the Jasper Arboretum Project.
The current Jasper Master Gardener organization began with classes in October 2009.
Jasper Master Gardeners are members of the local community who commit to 50 hours of horticultural training and agree to contribute at least equal time as volunteers for community projects and providing horticultural information to the public.
JMG members do programs for clubs, schools and libraries; work on garden projects like the Arboretum; conduct workshops on everything from propagation to fire-wise landscaping, and assist with many community service projects. They offer frequent field trips to local farms and nurseries, hands-on workshops, advanced training, and the opportunity to help with research projects. In other words, lots of hard work.
Classes are taught by Hugh Pickle, local volunteers and guest experts on a variety of garden-related topics. If your club or organization is looking for a speaker, call our office, 409-384-3721 and we can also arrange for hands-on classes.