Saturday, Feb 12, 11 am to Noon. Rose Garden Tour.
Celebrate the Valentines’ flower of love and beauty on this garden tour with Dr. Peter Schaar. You’ll fall in love with roses, pricks and all, as you learn how easy it is to grow these gorgeous flowering shrubs in your yard. Included with admission.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 11 am to Noon. Butterfly House Discovery Tour.
Go on a guided tour of the Butterfly House and get a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. Included with admission.

This film in the series is "The Nature of Cities". It explores both the nature of present day backyards - Austin and San Diego - and the possibilities in projects of cities of the future - Malmo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Freiburg, Amsterdam and Paris.

The Fort Worth District US Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the City of Fort Worth and Community Services Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, will host three day event which will highlight the various outdoor activities offered at the State of Texas parks, rivers, streams, and other outdoor venues with an emphasis on safety.

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.

(Awakening the Dreamer) --
Dr. Lawrence Cottle, a local chiropractor, committed environmentalist, and new Sierra Club member, is a trained volunteer facilitator for the Symposium “Awakening the Dreamer,” and will give an informative overview of this dramatic and uplifting program, along with an accompanying six-minute film. He notes that this unique presentation’s purpose is “…to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet as the guiding principle of our time.” The Symposium is thus a program designed to put the participant in a state of “blessed unrest,” to awaken him or her from the dream of the Modern World, and to take action to help improve our global environmental predicament. Through the Symposium experience it is hoped that you will learn how to become more motivated and inspired to make a real difference in recreating a better world, starting in 2011. Here is a link to the Web site:

(Renewable Energy) --
Dan Lepinski will talk about solar electricity, solar hot water, and wind power.

For over 18 years, the GDOGC has been a leader in promoting organic gardening methods. Come be a part of a growing club that is passionate about gardening naturally!

Meeting every 4th Thursday of the month except November and December.

October program: Members Only annual seed and plant exchange meeting.

The program will be the State of Arlington Conservation Council, a report on 2010, followed by discussion of your thoughts on plans for the Arlington Conservation Council in 2011

Environmental history of the Texas Blackland Prairie by Matt White - PS-SCF monthly mtg - speaker (AT) Tuesday, January 04 2011, 7:00pm - 8:30pm PS-SCF monthly meeting - speaker TBATuesday, January 4, 2011    7:00 - 8:30 pm

Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest - monthly meeting and speaker
Presentation by Matt White: The environmental history of the Texas Blackland Prairie including an overview of the flora and fauna.  Matt White teaches History at Paris Junior College and is the author of two books from Texas A&M University Press--Prairie Time and Birds of Northeast Texas.
Location - North Garland Branch Library, 3845 Garland Rd., Garland (at Apollo)Organization web site -