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Feel like celebrating? The Beaumont Council of Garden Clubs will host a Maypole Festival on May 16. It’s the first ever festival of fairies, farmers and fun to bless the summer crops. What a fun idea!

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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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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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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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primrose jasmine

There are certain signs that spring really is around the corner. It may not look like winter is even close to giving up, but there are those teasing glimpses of cheerful color that make us know that warmer temperatures are on the way.

One of the classic plants to look for as a sign of springtime is the primrose jasmine. This shrub or climber can grow 4-8 or more feet in height. And the bright yellow blooms can brighten up the dreariest winter scene.

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