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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
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Weekly Express-News Article

San Antonio Life”

By Calvin R. Finch, PhD, SAWS Water Resources Director, and Horticulturist

Saturday, February 23, 2008

 “Educational Events and Good Causes Related to Gardening”


            You know it is gardening season when a number of events on related topics come up on the schedule.  Here are some major events to consider.


            On March 1st, the second annual Wilson County Gardening Day takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., on the parking lot on Hwy. 181 and Hwy. 97 in front of the Floresville ISD Offices and adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce offices.  Jerry Parsons, Milton Glueck and I will be there to do the Gardening South Texas Radio show along with other attractions.  Despite what Dr. Parsons says about gardening in Wilson County, last year’s event proved that area gardens grow more than sandburs and gophers!  Every adult attendee will receive a three-inch xeriscape plant and a Landscape Care Guide from SAWS.  Every adult will also receive a $5 gift certificate for the Alternative School Plant Sale that begins March 10th.  In addition to Dr. Parsons and me to answer gardening questions, there will be community and horticultural exhibits of many kinds and plant sales.  The Wilson County Gardening Day is an educational event designed to improve the attendee’s gardening success, but it also is an event to recognize and support the horticultural activities of the Alternative school.  Young people from Floresville, Nixon-Smiley, Poth, La Vernia, Stockdale, and Falls City School Districts who have not had success in the traditional school setting have the opportunity to pursue their high school studies built around a horticultural curriculum. 


            Two weeks after the Wilson County Gardening Day on March 15th, SAWS will sponsor the annual Spring Bloom Giveaway at the headquarters at 2800 US Hwy., 281 North from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The event will include exhibits and information booths of many kinds and a free blooming xeriscape plant will be available for every adult that attends.  In 2008, it is hoped that you will be able to select from salvias, lantanas, and Society garlic.  The major attractions of this event, however, are the presentations.  I lead off the program at 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., speaking on “Helpful Hints for Healthy Grass.”  Jerry Parsons begins his presentation at 9:30 a.m., on “Texas Superstars.”  Paul Cox speaks at 10:30 a.m., on “Tough Plants for Tough Times” and Malcolm Beck speaks at 11`:30 a.m., on “Ways to Prevent Drought Damage.”  Other speakers will also cover the topic of drought proofing your landscape. 


The Mitchell Lake Audubon Birdathon is not until May 3rd, but the nature of the event requires time for preparation.   A Birdathon is like a walkathon or a bikathon, but instead of seeking pledges per mile walked or rode, the participants collect pledges per species of bird spotted at the refuge. 


            There are several ways you can participate in the 2008 Audubon Birdathon pledge $.25, $1, or $2 per bird to a birding team (Parsons, Glueck, and I would welcome your pledge) or form your own team.  To learn more about the Center and/or your Birdathon participation, contact Susan Albert at the Audubon Center at (210) 628-1639.   


            In addition to the bird watching, Mitchell Lake has one of the best native plant gardens in our area.  Patty Leslie Pasteur, Charles Bartlett, and others did a great job planning the garden to show off the potential of native plants in a landscape.