The grape pruning and growing class scheduled for February 16th was cancelled. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 9th at 1pm at The Raincatcher’s Garden.
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“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and second best time is now.” A Chinese Proverb
We live within an urban forest in Dallas County that comes from the natural topography and citizens who have planted trees around neighborhoods. Our urban forest is very important to our well-being and environmental health. Pavement and buildings cause a “heat island effect” which increases radiant heat within the city. Trees provides shade that helps mitigate this effect by reducing temperatures as well as absorbing pollution and decrease storm water run-off.
According to a University of Washington study, one tree that is 32 feet high can catch up to 327 gallons of water, and smog levels are reduced up to 6%. Oncor provides a tree-planting guide for selecting the right tree for the right location. Even though it is heart-breaking to see so many trees cut down or sculpted, we do understand the need for safety and our own need for reliable electrical service. Click here for the free guide.
Dallas County Master Gardeners have planted a border at Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills, 11001 Midway, that we call the Under-the-Power-Lines garden. We planted tree specimens that fall into the “low” category, staying under 20 feet tall. If you’re considering a low tree for a location near power lines, check out our border to see how the trees might look in your own landscape. Most of ours were planted around 3.5 years ago, including Mexican Plum, Possumhaw Holly, Texas Mountain Laurel, Mexican Buckeye and Royal Purple Smoke Tree (a favorite of ours that isn’t on Oncor’s list). Vitex is another good option, and we have a specimen near our Shade Pavilion. It blooms in summer with big purple spikes and can grow as a large shrub or small tree.
You can find this garden border on the north side of the Midway Hills Christian Church campus along the parking lot. The Dallas County Master Gardeners program is run by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Dallas County Master Gardeners encourage our citizens to plant a tree. Go to the following link which will help you select the right tree for your space, and planting instructions. http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/
Pictures courtesy of https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/GALLERYINDEX1.HTM except our own Vitex picture.
Tree Selection and Planting Class
Tuesday, February 5th
10am until noon
Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills, 11001 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX
Community Hall and North Garden
Winter is a good time to establish new trees in your landscape. Tom Wilten will speak on selecting the right tree for the right location here in North Texas and teach how to plant and care for your tree with the confidence that it will provide many years of enjoyment. Following the class in the Community Hall, you’re invited out to the north garden for an optional tour to see the Raincatcher’s tree demonstrations, including both shade trees and ornamental trees appropriate (and recommended by Oncor) for planting under power lines. The class is free and all are welcome!
Speaker, Tom Wilten, is a Dallas County Master Gardener and practicing general dentist who has maintained a long time interest in plants and horticulture. He loves to watch plants grow, and many of the trees in his large home landscape were propagated from cuttings. He has served as a past president of First Men’s Garden Club of Dallas, Texas, and as a national director and regional president in the parent organization. His original articles on various aspects of horticulture have been published in a national club’s magazine. Always an informative and entertaining speaker, Raincatcher’s is pleased to welcome Tom to the garden.
Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills is a demonstration garden and project of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Dallas County Master Gardeners located on the campus of Midway Hills Christian Church. To find the class, please park in the west parking lot and come through the courtyard to the south building.
Garden Betty’s blog has been an inspiration to me. The name Betty resonates deeply because of my Mom, Betty Haughton, who was a Master Gardener, class of 2008 and then there’s the fantastic organic practical horticultural information you will want to absorb.
Click here for The No Brainer Guide To Starting Seeds Indoors by Garden Betty and then listen up to what Jim Dempsey, our seed starter says:
“I use a grow light because I have no sunny location in the house. Our pepper seedlings (slow to come up and slow to grow) are just now coming up. I plan on planting the tomatoes mid- February (in the past I have started too soon) and our flower seeds shortly after that. Weather permitting, we would like to plant the seedlings (4″ pots) by first part of April.”
“Apples, Pears, Persimmons and Pomegranates”
Nature has been saving up all year for the grand finale.
You’ll be inspired by this colorful class on planting, growing and harvesting the fruits of the season.
Tuesday, October 16th, 10:00am – 11:30pm
Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills * 11001 Midway Road
Instructor: Jeff Raska, Dallas County Horticulture Program Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
(The class is free – no reservation required. The public is welcome, and Master Gardeners earn one-hour education credit)
Immediately following Jeff’s presentation in the church sanctuary, you are invited to join us in the Community Hall for a bountiful buffet table bursting with seasonal flavor. This will be a feast for both the eyes and the palate.
Lunch reservations required by Tuesday, October 9th * $15 Per Person * Limited to 60
Baked Brie with Roasted Persimmons
Cinnamon Candied Apple Slices
Butternut Squash-Pear Soup Garnished with Parmesan and Rosemary
Tennessee Ham Balls with Brown Sugar Glaze
Salad of Figs, Pomegranates, Persimmons and Pears with Pomegranate Dressing
Autumn Orchard Crisp, Persimmon Cookies, Caramel Apple Layer Cake with Apple Cider Frosting
Pineapple Sage Infused Water
We are excited to announce the first in a series of four classes to be taught at our garden during 2018. Our first class featuring mustard greens, swiss chard, broccoli, collard greens and other spring harvested crops will be taught using our new Edible Garden. Sign up for the lunch following the class.
Garden Greens Class
What’s in our Spring Picnic Basket?
Everyone welcome, bring a friend!
Planting, growing, harvesting and enjoying healthy, colorful green vegetables from your garden will be the class topic.
Tuesday, April 17th, 10:00am at Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills
11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas
Led by, Jeff Raska, Dallas County Horticulture Program Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This class qualifies for one-hour education credit for Master Gardeners.
Join us for a reservation only garden lunch sampler following Jeff’s presentation.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Greens
Spicy Mustard Greens Pesto on Baguette Slices
Minestrone Soup with Swiss Chard
Spring Quiche with Leeks and Sorrel
The Ultimate Classic Collard Greens
Chocolate Crème de Menthe Brownies
Your lunch reservation is a $15 check made payable to DCMGA
Mail to: Lisa Centala, 5525 Northmoor Dr. Dallas 75230
Reservations close on Saturday, April 14th
Class and Lunch open to the public.
Maddi Shires, graduate student, Texas A&M University, will be at Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills Shade Pavilion (north garden) on Tuesday, March 13th, at 10am to bring us an update on Rose Rosette Disease plant trials, research and recommendations and to help us plant some new roses in our research plot, which have been bred for potential resistance to the disease. She will also show us what to look for when identifying the disease, which we believe has affected additional roses in our trial rose bed. Maddi works with Dr. Kevin Ong, an Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist who directs the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a service lab of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (http://plantclinic.tamu.edu)
Raincatcher’s Garden is on the campus of Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road in Dallas, just north of Royal Lane. Please park in the west parking lot to allow preschool parents use of the north parking area.
More information on rose rosette here.
Gardening on a Shoestring:
Confessions of a Frugal Gardener
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location:The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills
11001 Midway Road, Dallas in the Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Dallas County Master Gardener, Fran Powell.
Education Credit for Master Gardeners. Bring a friend.
This free event is open to the public.
Fran Powell comes from a family of English gardeners. Her mother instilled in her four daughters a love of the mysteries of life in the garden; from planting seeds and watching their growth to enjoying and harvesting the results.
Fran came to the USA in 1969 and to Texas in 1982. After spending seven years in Waco, she moved to the Dallas area in 1989. Two of Fran’s sisters are true English gardeners. Her younger sister has an award-winning vineyard in the southern part of England, while the eldest has a garden open to the public every year, including a meadow, which she leaves wild, many fruit trees and an enviable vegetable garden. Fran has used many of her eldest sister’s frugal methods and plans to share them with us.
What a treat—plan to come and learn from an experienced gardener and enjoy our gardens after class.
Picture by Starla Willis