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• Learn all about the snakes of Tarrant County this weekend at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Herpetological Society will have snakes on view and will answer questions 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 24; 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 25; and 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, May 26. It’s free with paid admission ($2-$5). 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org.

• Explore the trails with a naturalist on a family-friendly hike at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the River Legacy Living Science Center. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. RSVP to 817-860-6752. www.riverlegacy.org.

• Bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard by learning which plants they consider irresistible during a free clinic at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at all Calloway’s stores. www.calloways.com.

• Learn about seed saving and other organic gardening steps from Donelle Simmons, host of the radio show “Farm Girls” with her mother, Marilyn Simmons, during the meeting of the Organic Garden Club of Fort Worth, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in Redbud Hall of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center. For more information, visit ogcfw.webs.com or email Esther Chambliss at herbalhen@yahoo.com.

• Join a free plant exchange at the Arlington Organic Garden Club meeting, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St., Arlington. Social time is at 7 p.m.; bring a friend. For more information, contact Bob Ressl, 817-265-0696.

• 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 a rain harvesting class led by the Arlington Men’s Garden Club, 10 a.m.-noon May 31 at River Legacy Living Science Center. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. Fee for take-home rain barrel is $40. Space is limited; RSVP to 817-860-6752. www.riverlegacy.org.

• For the North Texas Daylily Society’s “Stars of the Garden” event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7 in Oak Hall of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Planting tips, lectures and door prizes. www.northtexasdaylilysociety.org

• For the second annual EcoScape Residential Summer Landscape Contest, sponsored by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and KXAS/Channel 5, June 14-Aug. 16. For details, including criteria and eligible cities, visit http://fortworthtexas.gov/EcoScape/.

• For Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Earth-Kind modular horticulture and master gardener classes 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.

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 scline@star-telegram.com with “Places to Go” in the subject line.

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