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Microclimates: Think Like a Plant

The Japanese maple near my front door was flaunting its brilliant scarlet leaves last fall when a neighbor stopped to admire it and to tell a tale of woe: She had lost a Japanese maple — one for which she had paid more than $1,000.

Spotlight on . . . Erin Hoffer, Collin County Master Gardener

As our community grows, so do our educational outreach programs, and the need for more people to become involved in CCMGA. Though she is often behind the scenes, Erin Hoffer is a familiar figure within CCMGA.

Spotlight on . . . Leona Kwait, Collin County Master Gardener

There is a saying that a gardener grows patient and learns to appreciate and forgive the ever-changing season Mother Nature brings us. Read how Master Gardener Leona Kwait decided to become a Master Gardener.

Ode to the Green Anoles: Southern Bug Zappers

Anole Lizards. 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, 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.  

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!

Can you recommend annuals that survive a 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?

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, 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.”