Places to go

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• Attend a spring-oriented story time at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the River Legacy Living Science Center. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752;

• Clark Gardens in Weatherford will have Easter activities, including crafts and an egg hunt, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Sack lunches will be provided for the first 300 guests. $10, $7 for children, $5 for members. A free community-wide sunrise service will be held 7 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Both events are rain or shine. The nature park is at 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford. 940-682-4856;

• 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 multiyear project by artist Deborah Paris involving one of Texas’ most pristine old-growth forests, located in Red River County.For hours, visit

• Author, garden designer and TV personality P. Allen Smith will demonstrate container gardening at the Calloway’s in Hurst at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The host of two PBS shows and author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books will stay for a book signing at 2:15 p.m. and offer the first 10 demonstration attendees a free autographed book. Calloway’s will also provide light refreshments and door prizes.

• A spring trail series continues with an oak motte hike 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge,and on Sunday, April 20, you can join refuge naturalists for a leisurely wildflower survey from 1:30-3 p.m. Both events are free with admission ($2-$5). 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410;

• Learn how to color Easter eggs with eco-friendly dyes at a class, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Southlake’s Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 E. Bob Jones Road. You will go home with a bundle of compostable, colorful eggs or you can stay for an Easter egg hunt immediately afterward. The class is $10, free for members. 817-491-6333;

• Paul Dowlearn, owner of Wichita Valley Garden Center in Wichita Falls, will talk about drought-tolerant plants at a meeting of the Organic Garden Club of Fort Worth, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Redbud Hall at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center. or email Esther Chambliss at herbal

• 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.

Mark your calendar …

• For the Japanese Garden Spring Festival, April 26-27 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. $6 adults, $3 ages 4-12 and free for 3 and younger.

• For the Colleyville Garden Club’s 21st annual Garden Tour Promenade, 11 a.m-4 p.m. May 4. The tour includes large and small gardens, including a wedding garden, and Texas native and adapted plants. Tickets are $12, $15 the day of the tour. Find them at Foreman’s and Market Street in Colleyville, Sew-It-Up and Callaway’s in Hurst, Blooming Colors and Marshall Grain in Grapevine, and Callaway’s in Southlake.

• For the 25th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, benefiting the educational programs of Arlington’s River Legacy Living Science Center and Parks, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. $8.

• For the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension’s EarthKind modular hoticulture and master gardener classes, which begin April 26 and run on occasional Saturdays through December. The classes, which cover botany, horticulture and plant propagation, will be in Fort Worth. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended. For more information, call 817-884-1944 or download the application at

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