Here are some tips on caring for holiday poinsettias

One of the symbols of Christmas that we enjoy is the colorful poinsettia. The tradition had its beginning in 1825, when Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saw the plant growing wild near Taxco, Mexico. Dr. Poinsett collected 16 plants, which he brought back to his home in Greenville, South Carolina. He soon gave…

Hollies are the king of evergreens in the South

It’s hard to imagine a holiday season without evergreens. It’s even harder to imagine a landscape without evergreens. After all, as the English say, they give bones to the landscape design. And there’s certainly no more important time to have good bones and good design than during the bleak, starkness of winter. Although an entire landscape

Get the most from your holiday plants; care for them properly

GREG GRANT, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Two of my favorite plants as a child were a white Christmas cactus that Marie Daly gave me a start of and the Dutch amaryllis my mom would get for me each Christmas. And of course, what child doesn’t love a Christmas tree? Getting plants is easy. Looking after them is another matter. Always

Master Gardeners' cookbook, calendar make great gifts

Are you looking for a gift for a gardening friend? Or do you need a gift for your hairdresser or your child’s teacher? The Smith County Master Gardeners have two great ideas for you. The 2017 Northeast Texas Gardening Guide and Calendar is now available for area gardeners. Written by the Smith County Master Gardeners, the calendar provides a

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Beginning farmer conference is set for Sept. 22-23

Are you a beginning farmer? Have you been farming for many years but still think you have a lot to learn about farming your operation? There is a beginning farmer conference set for Sept. 22-23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife…

14 September 2016 [05:25 PM]
Arp Garden Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary Wednesday

The Arp Garden Club announced it will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a luncheon 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at High Hill Farm Resort, 12626 County Road 217, Arp. According to information from Janet Shuttlesworth, president, the Arp Garden Club was founded…

12 September 2016 [12:01 PM]
Master Gardener honored

COURTESY BECKY WILSON, a Smith County Master Gardener (right), receives the honorary Lone Star FFA degree during the 88th Texas FFA Association…

31 August 2016 [08:37 PM]
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