Places to go: Gardening events for the week of April 6

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• The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department’s Kite Festival will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5 at River Legacy Parks, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. Activities include kite contests, kite building, stunt demonstrations, face painting and more.

• See the “Lennox Woods: The Ancient Forest” art exhibit through May 8 at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. The exhibit is a multi-year project by artist Deborah Paris involving one of the most pristine old-growth forests in Texas. For hours, visit

• Learn about bird behavior, habitats and songs at a free class taught by North Central Texas Master Birders at 8:30 a.m. April 5 at the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them. Also at 2 p.m. today, join an animal exploration with a River Legacy naturalist. Both activities are free but space is limited. RSVP to 817-860-6752;

• Get an introduction to Burpee tomatoes, flowers and foilage plants at a free clinic at 10:15 a.m. April 5 at all Calloway’s Nursery locations.

• Take a “herp walk” with Crosstimbers Connection to look for reptiles and amphibians at the Fort Worth Nature Center, 2-4 p.m. April 6. It’s free with paid admission ($2-$5). Also, register now for a Full Moon Paddle of the west fork of the Trinity River, 7:30-10 p.m. April 11. $20, $15 for members. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410;

• Catch the final weekend of the annual “Butterflies in the Garden” exhibit of live, exotic butterflies April 5 and April 6 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Admission is $6-$10 and free for age 2 and younger.

• The Fort Worth Orchid Society presents “Orchid Photography in the Digital Age,” with photographer Greg Allikas at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. For more information, contact Dotty Woodson, 972-952-9688 or email

• Wayne Meyer, of the Austin College Biology Department, will talk about painted buntings at the April meeting of the Fort Worth Audubon Society, 7:30 p.m. April 10 in Room 114, Beyer Hall UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. A bird ID session is at 6:50 p.m.

• Get your gardening questions answered any weekday with a call to the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association help desk, 817-884-1944. Call 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with your horticultural questions.

• Johnson County Master Gardeners answer gardening questions and give horticultural advice 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Simply call the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 and ask to speak to a master gardener. If a solution can’t be provided immediately, your question will be researched.

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• Members of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden-Perennial Garden Master Gardener Project and the Trial Garden Master Gardener Project will conduct free, informal tours of the perennial garden at 10 a.m. April 9 and a guided tour of the trial garden at 9 a.m. April 10, weather permitting. Look for signs at each garden and wait for the tour guide. To check on availability, call the botanic garden main desk at 817-871-7686.

• The Johnson County Master Gardeners’ spring plant sale will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 12 at Cleburne’s Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, 1315. S. Main St. On sale this year for the first time are peach trees released by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. View the selection of plants that will be offered at

Send announcements of local home and garden happenings (including retail news) at least two weeks in advance to Places to Go, Features Department, Star-Telegram, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101, or send an email to with “Places to Go” in the subject line.

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