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Old Gay Hill antique rose found in a cemetery in Gay Hill, Texas
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What does it take to have a rose named after you? Beaumont’s Ann Harder has recently had that honor. The Ann Harder rose is now official. She joins the ranks of other noted celebrities and locations and politicians who share their name with a rose. Agatha Christie, Charles Darwin, Ingrid Bergman, Princess Diana, Billy Graham and Pope John-Paul II are just a few on that list.

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David Brakin from Brakin Farms

You read about the trend toward farmer’s markets and people everywhere demanding the freshest of vegetables and fruits for their own dinner table. Well, we have our own long-standing and wonderful farmer’s market right here in town.

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Come and smell the roses! This year’s Golden Triangle Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Tyrrell Park Garden Center in Beaumont. And this is an event so filled with the sweet aroma and the particular beauty of roses that you do not want to miss it!

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Bullfrog

Bullfrog is the perfect pup. He gets his name because of his big ol’ belly that sticks out like a bullfrog’s. Bullfrog is a 3-month-old, 15-pound Australian cattle dog mix. He and his siblings were abandoned on a porch in Orange at the young age of 2 weeks. A human foster mom has tenderly and lovingly raised all the pups in Bullfrog’s litter. Bullfrog is one lovable, rambunctious boy!

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Wisteria

What is the climbing, blooming, fragrant, vining vine that we all look forward to seeing this time of year? It will twine and climb and sprawl over fences, arches and other things in your yard that you would love to hide. Yes, it is the wonderful wisteria.

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What says “spring” more than the purple blooms of an iris? The tall, beautiful iris is named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows. She shows her spring glory in many colors but we all love that special purple of the goddess.

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Bonnie ‘B.L.’ Childers

The Jefferson County Horticultural Committee members welcome you to call and register for their T-Budding and Pecan Grafting Workshop. Grafting improves the quality of the pecans growing on a tree. The workshop is going to be led by none other than Bonnie Childers. Bonnie, or “B.L.,” could write a book on the subject. He is an extremely well-respected area gardening expert who has tackled this subject for years for the good folks of this community.

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The Prunus Mexicano is an elegant gorgeous tree more commonly known as the Mexican plum. And it is one of the first beautiful budding trees that we see in February and March. The Mexican plum tree reminds us that spring is just around the corner.

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Linda Franzo

Mark your calendar. Pack your bag. Find that pad that you take notes on and make it to the Thyme for Herbs Society event Wednesday, March 18. You will see the cars parked at the Tyrrell Park Garden Center, 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, for the 10:30 a.m. class.

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It is time to get wise about water. Or do you have some questions about landscape design? The people who can help you are available this weekend. Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. until noon, the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Agency is presenting a timely and fascinating program, Landscape Design and Rainwater Harvesting. The fee to attend is only $10. The event will be held at the Beaumont Botanical Garden Center, 6088 Babe Zaharias, Beaumont.

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