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June 13, 2014

Places to go: Composting, butterflies and more

Enjoy a variety of outdoor and gardening events this week.
• A composting workshop will be 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Bob Jones Nature Center. The workshop, led by master gardener and composter Charlie Shiner, is $5, free for members. Another workshop will be June 28. 355. E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake, 817-491-6333.
• Dairy Day at Nash Farm will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 14. Free admission; hay rides $1. 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3185.
• The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge invites kids ages 6-9 to its Knee-High Naturalists program about butterflies, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, June 14. On Sunday, June 15, join the Texas Whooper Watch and look for migrating cranes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Both programs are free with paid admission ($2-$5); registration is required for Sunday’s program. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org.
• The River Legacy Living Science Center will host a live-animal exploration at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Space will be limited, so RSVP by calling 817-860-6752. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. www.riverlegacy.org.
• Think beyond a turf lawn during a free clinic on ground covers in the landscape at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at all Calloway’s stores. www.calloways.com.
• Join a free, staff-led Garden Talks program about drought-tolerant plants, 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Water Conservation Garden in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 19, the garden hosts a “Drop In” program for families with a free bubble-wand craft time (all supplies are furnished) and a garden history talk. Picnic suppers are welcome. Meet at the Texas Garden Club Headquarters, 3111 Old Garden Road, inside the botanic garden. Location is 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. fwbg.org.
• Day lily peak bloom is expected this month at Clark Gardens, a 35-acre strolling garden. It is open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, $5 seniors and children. 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, 940-682-4856; clarkgardens.org.
• 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 second annual EcoScape Residential Summer Landscape Contest, sponsored by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and KXAS/Channel 5, continues through 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 be held on occasional Saturdays through December. The classes, which cover botany, horticulture, plant propagation and more, will be in Fort Worth and other North Texas cities. Space is limited, so 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.
• 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 on the second Wednesday of the month and a guided tour of the trial garden on the second Thursday of each month, weather permitting. Look for signs at each garden and wait for the tour guide. To check on availability, call the main desk at 817-871-7686.

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