Jefferson County Master Gardeners

The Jefferson County Master Gardeners gave away hundreds of saplings Feb. 17. The one year old seedlings, including bald cypress and a variety of oak species, were provided by Campbell Global Foresting.

Campbell, based out of Portland, Oregon, has over 1 million acres in Texas and Louisiana and grows 50,000 trees spread out over an acre and a half in Jasper every year, according to forester Jeff Earl, who works for the company.

“And they donate all of them,” Earl said. “We spread it out to the communities in our area.”

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Spring has sprung! Best not to stay up too late this Friday night. Bright and early Saturday morning, April 9, you better get on over to the Annual Spring Plant Sale and Market Day. You’ll be sorry if you don’t. There are scads of new plants this year and hundreds of the classics.

According to the new horticulture agent for Texas Agri-Life Extension Agency, David Oates, the master gardeners have outdone themselves again this year. 

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Nutrition & Services For Seniors (NSFS) will be collecting the last of its winter garden harvest and is seeking volunteers to help with the effort Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4590 Concord Road in Beaumont from 9 a.m. – noon.

Volunteers are needed to harvest fruits and vegetables, work the compost, and till garden beds to prepare them for the spring garden.

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I hope that you have been saving up some plastic bags and other small waterproof containers. Why? It is almost time for the much-anticipated annual Tree Give Away, a project of the Jefferson County Master Gardeners. Prepare to make the short trip over to the Jefferson County Master Garden Test Garden at Jack Brooks Regional Airport on Friday, Feb. 19, from 8-11 a.m. to get your own trees.

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