Enjoy a rare opportunity to view spectacular illustrated botanical books from the collections of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT).

The research library at the Amon Carter collects such books primarily for their artistic merits, while the research library at BRIT values them primarily as scientific documents. Nature Bound: Illustrated Botanical Books offers an opportunity to examine the relationship of art and science through these complex collaborations of botanists, horticulturists, naturalists, draftsmen, painters, printmakers, publishers, and printers.

Arranged chronologically from the early seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, these books cover a wide range of North American plant life, with focus on the United States. They also document the evolution of illustration and printing techniques over the centuries. While botanic illustration chiefly serves a scientific role as an aid to identification, many of the illustrations in this exhibition clearly attain another level: singular works of art.

A discussion of emerging information that arborists need to know about including the SITES initiative, Biochar, new developments in tree cable systems, new ANSI Standards, growth regulators and ISA qualifications. Numerous biostimulants are promoted for
improving the growth of new and established trees in the landscape. This talk will share research results on biostimulants including humic acids, vitamins, and compost tea to guide arborists to choose products and techniques that are proven effective.We’ve all seen both trees and practicing arborists do some strange things in their environments. This talk will highlight some documented arboricultural oddities both in practice and unusual species adaptations.Attendees will learn how new technologies such as smart phones, Cloud-Computing, and GPS/GIS mapping are being utilized by the Texas Forest Service to promote Urban Forestry Education in Texas Classrooms. After a major weather event, debris from fallen trees and limbs can become an impervious obstacle to emergency vehicles. A timely and efficient response assures that EMS, police, fire and utility workers can reach victims of the storm and reduce criminal activity.

Plano community gardeners will share their first-hand experience with soil, water and insects while producing lush organic vegetables.

A-Z of Hatching & Brooding - What you need to know in caring for your chickens.
Dan Probst, Bageneice Farms, will cover egg selection, storage, washing, incubation, egg candling process--the how-to's and whys, egg pipping and hatching, shell ectomy, what to do on the first day and the first two weeks.
Saturday, February 19th at 10 AM at North Haven Gardens - http://www.nhg.com/Events.htm
 Also, check out the Backyard Chickens 'Learn at Lunch' session that will be on Friday, 2/18 at Noon.

Keeping Backyard Chickens by Leslie Finical Halleck. Eggs, compost and entertainment are just a few of the reasons you should keep your own backyard flock.Come get some simple how-to’s to starting your own!
Friday, February 18th, Noon to 1pm
North Haven Gardens
And then come back on Saturday, February 19th, for the 'A-Z of Hatching & Brooding' session!

Build the Best Soil: Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants by Kato Crow, TCNP, NHG Staff. Learn how and why you should amend all existing beds with organic compost, expanded shale, top soil, lava sand, green sand, bat guano and more!


Date: Sunday, February 20th


Time: 1pm


North Haven Gardens
http://nhg.com/Events.htm

Monthly meeting, check website for speaker/topic.

     

Dr. James McAfee, Turfgrass Specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas, will teach you how to care for your lawn like an expert. Subjects covered will include the proper height to mow, how and when to fertilize, how to water most efficiently and much more. These techniques will give you a healthy lawn, save money and help prevent water pollution.
Two 60-gallon rain barrels will be given away at end of the turf session. Rain barrels were generously donated by CatchTheRain.com.

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