Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


While you and I are reading this article, February will be bidding us adieu, and the month of March will be revving up to entertain us with a high probability of changing weather patterns. Not to worry, Friends of the Arboretum and fellow readers, it will be business as usual at the back of Hogg Park.

With the successful completion of the second presentation in the Nature U series, which featured an informative presentation by Daniel Duncum of the Texas Forest Service, we are now making plans for the third session. These classes are held on the third Saturday of the month so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for reservations and details. March 17 (Happy St. Patrick’s Day) will be the date.

We are excited about the addition of a considerable amount of antique brick that has been generously donated to the gardens. As the beds are planned, renovated, and planted for the spring, I feel certain you will see these bricks in one setting or another.

Pounding rain and cold temperatures kept us under cover today (Wednesday, Feb. 21), and the annual rose-pruning took place this morning on the back porch. This mini-session provided attendees with information on the proper way to clean and sharpen pruners. Many of our roses have been moved into pots to avoid further hog damage. These plants were given their spring haircut and are now ready for transplanting when the weather permits.

Many thanks to those who attended and assisted at the Valentine’s Dinner. It was a huge success and as I have been known to say in the past . . . “We appreciate your continued support.” Come out and join us on any Wednesday. The coffee is on.