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One of the most anticipated gardening events of the year is this weekend. Ann Bares, master gardener, and one of the event coordinators, says, “Get there early if there are unique plants you are looking for.”

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If you have a tendency to forget to water and otherwise “abuse” your plants, succulents are for you. A succulent is a plant that retains water and has thick, fleshy water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots. You are probably familiar with cactus, aloe and agave. There are hundreds more lovely succulents available around town when you start to look. It is addictive.

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Bart Brechter, curator of Bayou Bend Gardens in Houston, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Magnolia Garden Club “Bounties of Black Gold” Flower Show. His topic will be organic gardening, a technique he has used to transform Bayou Bend Gardens into “the state’s only formal organic public garden.” His work with the River Oaks Garden Club has helped to maintain the integrity of Bayou Bend Gardens as Ms.

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The sago palm plant is one of the most primitive living seed plants around today. You can recognize it by its rough trunk, topped with feathered rugged leaves. Although nicknamed sago palm, it is actually related to conifers and the ginkgo tree. According to Lynn McKamey of Rhapis Gardens, all cone bearing plants trace their origins back to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era.

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Dinosaurs probably snacked on the relatives of the cycads that you have in our yard today. Yes, cycads are those unique plants that resemble palm trees. The cycad family dominated the landscape during the Mesozoic era more than 150 million years ago. We are probably most familiar with the cycad called the sago palm.

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