Unless you live near a good garden center or nursery, getting good plant advice is problematic. Many of the big box stores do not have knowledgeable sales clerks and often, their inventory was ordered by a buyer in New York City. So, what to do? How do you find out what plants, shrubs and trees grow well in Texoma? And, perhaps more importantly, what does not grow well here? (cherry trees, strawberries and rhubarb…)
First, look around at your neighbor's lawn, garden and landscape. Drive around your suburban areas to see what looks good to you. Do you prefer a neatly trimmed hedge of boxwood or photina? Or, does the more relaxed style of a country garden appeal more to you. Or perhaps both! A formal front yard design and a relaxed back yard with a vegetable garden and flower beds with roses.
You can call the Grayson County Master Gardeners at 903-813-4204 to ask questions over the phone or visit most of the area nurseries on Saturdays in the merry month of May. Master Gardeners will be there from 11 am to 1 pm to discuss your gardening concerns and hand out free literature on a wide variety of gardening issues.
The third option is to attend the Annual Master Gardener's Garden Tour on Sunday, May 20. There are six different sites on the tour this year, each with a plethora of good ideas and examples for your garden. Master Gardeners will be there to answer your questions. You can start by visiting the Eisenhower Birthplace Park in Denison to see the roses and plantings there and get a map to all six sites. Or, call 903-813-4204 for more information.