President's Message, August 2012
As we go to press with our August 2012 newsletter, the last measurable rainfall in Austin and Central Texas was Sunday, July 22nd....and hardly a drop in the last 3 weeks! Texas is still suffering from a prolonged drought — though currently not extreme (aka exceptional) like the summer of 2011. The Austin-American Statesman recently delivered the grim news: “July rain eased drought conditions, but August unlike to bring relief” (Texas in Drought…Hot, dry climate ends rainy spell, by Asher Price, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Metro & State) Add to that, the cover of the August issue of Texas Co-op Power magazine: Water for All? Wake Up, Texas: Our Water Crisis Demands Action NOW. And, the June 2012 issue of Texas Monthly, The Last Drop, Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Water and Drought in Texas But Were Too Freaked Out, Discouraged, or Parched to Ask.
Whoa!! For now, give yourself a much-needed break from all those grim headlines, and take some time to read these delightful gardening articles in our August online newsletter….
- Mark your calendars for upcoming garden club shows and sales at the Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden, and at other venues around Austin…
- Saturday, Sept. 1st and Sunday, Sept. 2nd… Austin Cactus & Succulent Society hosts its 2012 Fall Show & Sale at the Garden Center…cacti and succulents are great plants for water-conserving gardens!
- Saturday, Sept. 8th…The Iris Society of Austin will have its Fall Rhizome Sale at Norris Conference Center in Northcross Mall.
- Friday, Sept.28th and Saturday, Sept. 29th…Texas Bamboo Society hosts its 20th Annual Texas Bamboo Festival along with the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in South Austin.
- If you are new to Austin, have never visited Zilker Botanical Garden or joined one of our 30 AAGC-affiliated garden clubs, then you need to head to the Garden Center on Friday, Sept. 28th for an Open House… you will enjoy gathering wisdom from local gardeners who will share tips about Central Texas gardening… see details in this newsletter.
- Learn all about making compost tea—a great fertilizer for your garden—at the Travis County Master Gardeners Seminar, Compost Tea 101, on Saturday, Sept. 29th, at Hampton Branch Library in Oakhill.
- Want to learn more about native and adapted plants that will “survive and grow well in our unique growing region”, then link to Bob Beyer’s article, Add Some Specimen Plants to Your Garden. As always, Bob’s expert knowledge of the plant kingdom delivers! And, if you want to learn more about how plants get their botanical names, check out Bob’s article, Understanding Plant Names… you will feel like a bonafide botanist after you read this!
- Finally, take a moment to enjoy the articles about the Western Trails Garden Club Celebrates 50 Years, and the delightful journey of a couple from Hawaii who decided to tour U.S. Japanese Gardens — A Railroad Odyssey from Atlanta to San Francisco. They included a visit to the Taniguchi Japanese Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden, and their observations and photos are delightful!
I leave you with our summer mantra:
Clean water is a gift from generation to generation – neighbor to neighbor. Pass it on.