Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


The Quitman Chamber of Commerce awarded the Friends of the Arboretum the Community Service Award at their annual banquet. Pardon me for bragging, but this is quite an accomplishment for a bunch of eager gardeners who are all volunteers. Every Wednesday we arrive with our gloves and clippers, shovels and spades, sunglasses and sunscreen to do battle with the weeds, fire ants and whatever else has moseyed onto the property. I would like to take a moment to congratulate Pam Riley and her merry band of worker-bees. Job well-done. There is still much to do.

We had a successful free seminar covering the proper care and pruning of roses last week. Another educational program will be held on Wednesday, March 15. Keep an eye on this column for the exact time and subject to be covered. Lin Grado is the instructor for these programs. She also happens to be the prolific writer, and knowledgeable gardener, who is now writing the informative gardening columns you have been enjoying in this publication.

The Arboretum’s second annual Valentine Dinner was a sell-out. Many thanks to all our guests who attended. We appreciate your continued support as we move forward with our gardens and the maintenance of the historic Stinson House.

March 11th is a date you will want to circle on your calendar. The Wood County Master Gardeners will hold their Spring Conference in conjunction with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service - Wood County. This event offers free workshops and a presentation by Keith Hansen, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Horticulture Agent, Smith County – Emeritus. More information can be found on the Wood County Master Gardener website.

Feel free to cjoin us on Wednesday.


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