National Gardening Day is on Sunday, April 14 which is a great time for you to get out in the yard, plant seeds and allow Mother Nature to work!
The City of Southlake has partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and various cities across the DFW Metroplex to create the Texas SmartScape campaign. Texas SmartScape involves plant sales, landscape design tools, inspiration photos and more.
Not sure what to plant? Texas SmartScape has an online plant database that can you help you find plants that are beneficial for this type of environment.
The great thing about planting native to the region is that the plants are suited to the climate, soil and precipitation. It also improves water quality by reducing runoff. Another plus to planting plants native or adapted to Texas is that they require less water, pesticides and fertilizers.
“With the native plants using much less water than other types of plants, water bills tend to go down as this water is conserved,” said Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle, “These plants also help filter out any pollutants that might be in stormwater, so it’s a two for one win for Southlake residents.”
Join the celebration with other gardeners across Texas on April 14 and plant something new in your garden to bring out the natural beauty of your landscape.
Mark your calendars because kids aren’t the only ones having fun this summer. The Southlake Parks and Recreation is calling all adults to come and enjoy the fun!
Introduction to Fly Fishing (Ages 16+): This class will introduce students to all aspects of fly fishing including: equipment, safety and strategy, casting and presentation, catching-landing-releasing a fish, reading water, etiquette, knots and fly tying. July and August sessions are still available!
Bring out your Inner Child: A Night at Dave & Buster’s (Ages 18+): Bring your inner child along to Dave & Buster’s in Euless. Join us on August 12, for a night filled with food, drinks and plenty of arcade and video games for all to enjoy, this night will not disappoint. A Dave & Buster’s Power Card for games and transportation will be provided. Bring money to enjoy food and drinks. Transportation will depart from The Marq Southlake at 6:15 PM.
For more information about Adult Programs please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019 or visit www.southlakeparksandrec.com.
The Southlake Garden Tour will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and will feature five beautiful gardens that will showcase a variety of landscapes and gardening styles. During the tour visitors will discover outstanding examples of unique and inspirational garden designs at each of the garden stops.
In addition to an opportunity to view some of the premier gardens in Southlake, the Southlake Garden Tour is partnering with the City of Southlake and Tarrant County Master Gardener’s to provide tour participants with information and understanding of responsible gardening related practices. The City of Southlake will have representatives available from Emergency Management, Building Inspections, Keep Southlake Beautiful and Public Works to educate the community about the importance of mosquito control, permit requirements, green opportunities, and water conservation. Tarrant County Master Gardener’s will be available in each garden to answer questions. Experts on related topics such as composting and vegetable gardening will be also be on hand.
Advance purchase tickets are $12 and will be available at the following locations:
Tickets sold the day of the tour are $15 at any of the gardens. Children 12 and under are free. No Rain Date is or will be scheduled and all Tickets are Non-Refundable. For more information about the Southlake Garden Tour, please visit: http://southlakegardentour.org/
Science students at Carroll ISD’s Durham Intermediate School are getting a special lesson this semester. The campus was recently named a “Master Gardener Site” due partly because of the successful garden on the north side of the school. Every Friday, three of Durham’s science lab classes participate in a Junior Master Gardener lesson. This is a pilot project that allows Master Gardeners to teach their knowledge and earn hours they need for continuing education certification.
The slideshow below is from a recent lesson in which the guest speaker was not only a Master Gardener but a cook with 40 years of kitchen experience who also helps volunteer to teach classes at Central Market. The students learned the importance of cleanliness in the kitchen, cross contamination and preserving produce. For example, the chef told students he learned from a farmer that storing potatoes in pantyhose can keep the vegetable fresh for up to a year!