garden gate

Have you ever tried to grow apples? Yes, it is possible. Do a little research and find the species of apple that will grow well here.

If you have tried to grow apples, you learned that you may have some competition from friendly birds and bugs and other pests. An interesting body of research has been underway at Cornell University Extension Service to experiment with ways to make our apple trees more “fruitful.”

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container gardening

You may want to try container gardening, or maybe just expand your ideas of what can be grown in containers. It is a genius way to grow plants if you don’t have much space or are new to gardening. Some expert gardeners just want the ease of container gardening and the beauty it adds to existing garden areas.

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I’m amazed at the variety of colors available in caladiums these days. There are outrageous combinations of red, pink, super hot pink, white, chartreuse and shades of green. This plant is a classic. Its leaves have a translucent quality that seems to make them all glow brilliantly in the sunshine.

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Do you have a special tomato or pepper plant that you think is a real winner? Maybe your granny passed down a special recipe for canned preserves or processed herbs that you think are way out of the ordinary. Canned pickles, tomatoes, peppers and their fresh counterparts are welcome at the 43rd annual Jefferson County Fruit and Vegetable Show this Saturday, June 13.

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drowning plant

Weren’t we just in a drought? You would never know it now with creeks overflowing, mold growing and plants hoping for a little sunshine. You may have some plants outdoors or inside that are struggling. Are they struggling because they need a little more water or a whole lot less?

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For years, the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association has been making Beaumont and surrounding areas more beautiful. They recently gathered a considerable workforce of volunteers and beautified the Veterans Memorial Park in Port Arthur.

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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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