Places to go: May 10-16

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• Early birds can still participate in the 22nd annual Buffalo Boogie 5K and 1-mile fun run Saturday, May 10, at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Register at the nature center, beginning at 7 a.m. Starting gun is at 8:30 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, the spring trail exploration series continues with a “wild plum” hike. It’s free with paid admission ($2-$5). At 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, there’s a full moon paddle on the Trinity River. It’s $20, $15 members, and registration ends Tuesday. At 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, learn how to identify amphibian species and participate in scientific research with Texas Nature Tracker Partnership members. The $15 fee includes admission; call to register for the class. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, 817-392-7410;

• The Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society’s 31st annual plant show and sale continues Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, at Ridgmar mall.

• Peak iris bloom continues at Clark Gardens, a 35-acre strolling garden with more than 4,000 varieties of irises. Clark Gardens is open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors and children. 940-682-4856;

• Take a family-friendly walk on the trails of River Legacy Parks with a naturalist at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Meet at the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. RSVP to 817-860-6752.

• Learn the secrets to growing beautiful roses and azaleas during a free clinic at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at all Calloway’s stores.

• 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. Wednesday, May 14, 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.

• 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 …

• The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society will have its 27th annual Herb Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center. Admission is $4. Workshops include “Making Soap,” 9:30 a.m.; “Inebriated Herbs,” 10:30 a.m.; making perfume, 1 p.m.; and canning with herbs, 2 p.m. Vendors will sell plants, natural foods, garden art, jewelry and more.

• Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Earth-Kind modular horticulture and master gardener classes will run on occasional Saturdays through December. The classes, which cover botany, horticulture, plant propagation and more, will be in Fort Worth and other cities in North Texas. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended. For more information, call 817-884-1944 and ask for Steve Chaney, or visit for the schedule of classes.

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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