Category Archives: Events Around Town (and farther)

Garden Tour

Thank you so much Ginny and Kathy for going to the Grapevine Botanical Gardens and to lunch with me today.  I had such a nice time.  I hope you both came away with some good ideas.  Let me know if there is anything I have that you want or if there is anything I can do to help.

We will have to go “Ginger Hunting” sometime.


Save Paul James, Gardening by the Yard Cancelled, HGTV == Bad

Save Paul James, Gardening by the Yard Cancelled, HGTV == Bad | Backyard Gardening Blog.

I found this excellent post on one of the blogs in my blog roll.  Paul James is not only from the town I grew up in, but he is one of my gardening heroes and saviours.  HGTV just can‘t cancel his show!

Here is their justification for cancelling the show:

They said gardening doesn’t sell and only old people garden.

Well, at the ripe old age of 44, I will admit that I’m no longer a kid, but I certainly don’t consider myself OLD.  And I started gardening much younger than I am now so their justification just doesn’t fly.  And as the only true “gardening” show that they have on (after all, that’s what the “G” in HGTV stands for) you would think they would keep the only one they have.

If this bothers you as much as it does me, you can join me in the protest campaign here.


HR 875: The End Of Organic Farming?

Natural Organic Home Garden Health Howard Garrett Dirt Doctor – HR 875: The End Of Organic Farming?.

I don’t normally copy so much, but this is something that we all need to know about whether you garden or not…

Many small farmers and organic food activists are claiming that if H.R. 875 is passed, it will mean the end of organic farming in the United States.

H.R. 875 was introduced by Democrat Rosa DeLauro in February. Her introduction of this bill represents a stunning conflict of interest, because her husband, Stanley Greenburg, works for Monsanto. Monsanto is the world’s biggest producer of herbicides and genetically engineered seeds, and they would GREATLY benefit if thousands of small organic farmers were put out of business, because organic farmers don’t use Monsanto products.

H.R. 875 is called the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 and you can find the full text of the bill here:

This horrific bill would establish a “Food Safety Administration” within the Department of Health and Human Services. The mandate of this new department would be “to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.”

Section 3 of H.R. 875 defines what type of establishments would be subject to the regulations in this legislation. It that section, a “food production facility” is defined this way:

The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.

So that would include…..

*All organic farms
*All small farms
*All family farms
*Even small family gardens if you sell any produce to your neighbor at all

If you read this bill, you will see that it gives the government the power to regulate what is “safe” farming, and therefore if organic farmers are not using enough herbicide on their plants to be “safe” or they aren’t following the same “quality control” procedures as the big guys they could be instantly put out of business.

In addition, it loads small farmers with massive amounts of paperwork and administrative burdens that the big corporations can handle but they can’t.

That is how you put a horde of small competitors out of business – you get the government to pile on the rules and burdens and regulations until they collapse.

That is why Monsanto desperately wants this bill. They hate the small farmers and they want to take them out of the picture.

If you care about organic farming, please call Congress and tell them to stop this horrible bill.

This bill currently has 41 co-sponsors including Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnsons (TX)and have been “referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned” according to the Thomsas Library search.

If you think this is a problem, you might want to contact your representative, although since it has been sent to committee, I’m not sure if that would do much.


Annual Spring Native Plant Sale – Including Heirloom Plants

Title: Annual Spring Native Plant Sale – Including Heirloom Plants
Location: Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney, TX
Link out: Click here
Description: Annual Spring Native Plant Sale – Including Heirloom Plants

With a New Twist


featuring artists from the Clay Club of Texas A&M University Commerce

Members Only: Friday, April 17th, 4-7PM

(Memberships will be available at event as well)

Open to Public: Saturday, April 18th, 9AM-5PM & Sunday, April 19th, 1PM-5PM
Start Date: 2009-04-17
Start Time: 16:00
End Date: 2009-04-19
End Time: 17:00


Live Green Expo

Title: Live Green Expo
Location: Plano Center, 2000 E. Springcreek Pkwy.
Link out: Click here
Description: The Live Green Expo is a fun, family event that will help North Texans make informed decisions and take action to lead more healthy lives with less impact on our environment. Free to the public, the Expo will feature exhibitors offering a wide selection of products, services and information. In addition, the Expo will include dozens of presentations on a variety of topics, music, art, food, demonstrations and activities for youth and children. The Live Green Expo anticipates over 15,000 environmentally-motivated consumers from throughout North Texas. (More at the link.)
Start Time: 9:00
Date: 2009-04-18
End Time: 17:00


Lawn Mower Exchange

Lawn Mower Exchange.

How cool is this?  If you live in Plano, Richardson or Allen then you can exchange your working gas powered mower for an electiric or manual mower.  Well, it’s actually an exchange for a $150 voucher, but still…  (You probably need to hurry, though.  It’s only for the first 250 people.)  I wish Flower Mound or Denton County would do the same!