Inside and Outside the Picket Fence


I know these articles will never be Pulitzer Prize material, so I am going to say “Woo Hoo!”

Our beautiful gardens are coming back to life. Many hands have been digging, weeding, planting, pruning and watering, as bit by bit the hog damage is disappearing. The lavender blue larkspur has reached its peak, the coneflowers are setting buds, the roses have decided to bloom, and those who tend these beauties are smiling.

Moving on to our educational offerings, I would like to remind you of a few upcoming events. A free worm composting class will be offered to any who are interested at 9:30 on Wednesday, May 16. In addition, on Wednesday, June 20, a beginner’s class on propagation will be held.

Nature U. has the next class in this year’s ongoing series coming up on Saturday. “All About Birds” will feature Sandy Tibbs. As a local bird enthusiast, she will share tips on birds found here in East Texas. Details and registration information may be found on our website at I have attended every class in this series and have never been disappointed. The information and presentations have all been extraordinary. As a non-native East Texan, I have learned so much.

If you enjoy plants and would like to join us, we can be found in the Historic Stinson House or the surrounding Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens every Wednesday. No special skills are necessary, and, as always, the coffee is on.


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