• The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society will have its 27th annual Herb Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center. Admission is $4. Workshops include “Making Soap” at 9:30 a.m., “Inebriated Herbs” at 10:30 a.m., “Make Your Own Perfume” at 1 p.m. and “Canning With Herbs” at 2 p.m. Vendors will sell plants, natural foods, garden art, jewelry and more.• The 2014 Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth tour will be noon-6 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Tickets for the tour of six private gardens in southwest Fort Worth are $20 in advance and $25 day of tour. They are available at Archie’s Gardenland, 6700 Camp Bowie Blvd.; Into the Garden, 4600 Dexter Ave.; and the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, 1110 Penn St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 817-336-2344, ext. 100; historicfortworth.org.• At 12:30, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, kids can learn about the differences between land and aquatic turtles at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. It’s free with paid admission ($2-$5). At 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, the center offers an evening stroll on the trails with a naturalist. It’s $10, $5 for members, and includes admission. On Friday, May 23, a Preschool Discovery Club teaches kids about flowers at 10:30 a.m. The $10 fee includes admission for one child and one adult. And, 8:30-11 a.m. May 24, a Kayak Tour provides an opportunity to view ducks, heron and beaver along the Trinity River. Cost is $20, $15 for members. Registration is required for these events. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org.• Join a children’s story time and related activity at the River Legacy Living Science Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. RSVP to 817-860-6752. www.riverlegacy.org.• Learn how perennials such as pampas grass, Turk’s cap and coneflowers can be a garden’s best friends during a free clinic at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at all Calloway’s stores. www.calloways.com.• 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 …• Think you have a water-efficient yard? Are your neighbors blooming with envy? The second annual EcoScape Residential Summer Landscape Contest, sponsored by the Botanical Institute of Texas and KXAS/Channel 5, will be June 14-Aug. 16. For details, including criteria and eligible cities, visit http://fortworthtexas.gov/EcoScape/.• 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 http://tarrantmg.org for the schedule of classes.
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