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

04/05/2014 12:00 AM

04/03/2014 3:49 PM

• 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

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