Home and Garden

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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“Bee” careful to not miss the Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop given by the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Agency. The Workshop begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Extension Service’s cool air-conditioned auditorium in downtown Beaumont at 1225 Pearl St. (corner of Franklin and Pearl). Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. with program beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. The $25 fee not only includes the session but lunch as well. Pre-register until Sept. 8 because seating is limited.

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Even if you do not often eat them, I’ll bet you would like the way they add elegance to your garden spaces. The oh-so-interesting artichoke is simply a showstopper in full bloom. It will spread into a huge silvery green fountain-shaped vegetable. And you could try dipping those artichoke leaves into some butter and then eating that tender artichoke heart. The artichoke is a goldmine of rich, earthy, hearty flavor.

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Still standing and blooming at the end of July, but what is it? Phlox is one of the heroes in your yard just about now. You can pick the flowers at their best just after the dew dries on the morning of their first bloom.

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Gulliver

Gulliver is quite a captivating fellow! He is a 4-year old, 36-pound Australian shepherd/collie mix. He will be a smart, loyal, highly trainable dog and a perfect family guy. Gulliver is a medium size dog, making him a perfect fit for your home. Volunteers rescued Gulliver from a local pound, not from the Lilliputians! No one knows anything of Gulliver’s travels, but what is known is that you will want to travel over to the shelter to visit him soon!

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James Farmer III

Magnolia Garden Club has an out­standing event planned for our area and you are invited. On March 18 at Beaumont Botanical Center, you can hear a lecture and enjoy a demonstra­tion by James Farmer III. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the lecture will begin at 10 a.m.

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