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Ode to the Green Anoles: Southern Bug Zappers

My latest Guest Rant is dedicated to America’s green anole lizards, the Rodney Dangerfield of beneficial predators.

They’re cute. They eat bugs. They don’t bite people. And yet, compared to ladybugs and lacewings, they get virtually no respect/press coverage from mainstream gardening media.

Spotlight on . . . Jennifer Rauschmayer, Collin County Master Gardener

A graduate of the Master Gardener training class of 2020, Jennifer Rauschmayer is a busy gardener with endless energy, talent and interests.

12 Reasons to Hire an Arborist and Protect Your Valuable Trees

Without regular care a tree can change from a valuable resource to a costly burden. That is why the skills of a professional arborist are required for many tree issues.

Spotlight on . . . Tina Bargmann, Collin County Master Gardener

Gardening can be described as both an art and a science; a heart and a mind. Retired nurse, Tina Bargmann brings the qualities she learned as a nurse to CCMGA.

Skin Cancer and My Summer Freeze Damage

With temperatures hovering at around a gazillion degrees, it seems strange to Rant about a small spot of freeze damage, a spot which is not on my plants, but on the side of my neck.  

Can you recommend annuals that survive the hot Texas Summer?

August Question of the Month

In the Spring I plant annuals that are beautiful for a while but they never make it through the Summer. Can you recommend annuals that survive the hot Texas Summer?

Spotlight on . . . Jim Ewoldsen, Collin County Master Gardener

They say people who are gardeners at heart have a lot of great virtues. They are a unique blend of patience, vision, creativity, kindness and wisdom.  This surely describes Master Gardener Jim Ewoldsen!

Photos of flowers in the gardens at Myers Park

What's Happening in the Earth-Kind® Gardens at Myers Park?

What's New for 2022 in the Earth-Kind® Gardens at Myers Park 

Spotlight on . . . Laura Van Poppel, Collin County Master Gardener

Laura says, “I became a Master Gardener in 2015. My children were getting older and I had some time to give to a volunteer organization. I love plants and gardening, so Master Gardener was a good fit that matched my time and passion.”

What is a "mast year" and why do I have a bumper crop of acorns?

May Question of the Month

Every few years my neighbors and I ask each other the same question. Where are all of the acorns coming from? Some years, my yard is covered in acorns. Can you help us understand what is going on?

Plant Nerd to Master Gardener — It is Finally Happening!

I love gardening. I am 100% a plant and landscaping nerd. I know I am preaching to the choir here. I come by it honestly. 

Spotlight on . . . SuEllen Mooney, Collin County Master Gardener

A gifted teacher and natural leader, SuEllen Mooney was the 2021 Master Gardener of the Year. She is known to the Master Gardener training class leaders, students, and mentors, but not by most of the general membership. You’ll want to get to know this dynamic lady!