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Garden club meets Thursday

The January meeting of the Spring Lake Garden Club will be on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 9:30 a.m. at McCoy’s Headquarters located at 1350 Interstate 35 North on the east access road.
The focus of the meeting is the importance and care of pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Marlene Gillham from Killeen will speak on “Pollinators and the Pollinator Garden.”

Ridge View front yard in fall 2016 with mature landscape. 

A large shallow clay planter and an earthenware pot used as legacy garden accents. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHARON LOCKETT

December Yard of the Month

Spring Lake Garden Club’s yard of the month for December is an example of creative planting on a small property. Marked by a red front door, the street view of 2029 Ridge View Drive in San Marcos identifies a distinctive residence in the midst of a recently developed subdivision, Franklin Square. In just four years, Jones Jones and Corey Miller have transformed this landscape from a small exposed front yard to a private area screened by low-maintenance native plants attractive in all seasons.

Pyracantha loaded with berries shares island in lawn with other trees. Agarita (middle foreground) and Oleander (right and in front of house) save blooms for later. 

Large Retama trees surrounded by Cenizo and Muhly grasses screen house from street

A Ruddy specimen rock from Junction ranch and a Prickly Pear cactus in rock mulch highlight xeriscape near the curb.  PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHARON LOCKETT

November Yard of the Month

Continuing to improve a waterwise landscape plan with native plants looks a lot like a legacy, and the results of that commitment are evident at the corner of E. Mimosa Circle and Inwood Drive in San Marcos, the Spring Lake Garden Club’s yard of the month for November. Drs. Don and Rose Knotts settled in this home in the mid 1970s but in 2011 moved to another house just a block away.

Sherie Clarkson is the owner of the “Ye Olde Thyme Herb Shoppe.” Clarkson has been growing herbs for more than 30 years. Through her store, Clarkson does educational programs and sells herbs and herb products at festivals. She has been a member of the Waco Herb Society since 1992, serving as president and is also a member of the Herb Society of America. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural journalism and worked as an agricultural editor for Texas Farm Bureau in Waco. She now lives in Mason where she was raised and is a past president of the Mason Garden Club. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPRING LAKE GARDEN CLUB

Garden club to feature herbalist

The October meeting of the Spring Lake Garden Club will feature an expert herbalist. Sherie Clarkson will discuss and demonstrate “Growing and Using Herbs” on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at McCoy’s Headquarters located at 1350 Interstate 35 North on the east access road.

Clarkson has grown herbs for more than 30 years and is the owner of Ye Old Thyme Herb Shoppe in Mason since 2005. She does educational programs and sells herbs and herb products at herb and art festivals. Clarkson is a member of the Herb Society of America. Plants will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Here is the Smith’s wrap-around front porch and butterfly garden at their home in Rio Vista Terrace. These plants are maintained with irrigated water collected by the Smith family using barrels.
Here are the Smith’s elevated barrels beside the house that collect rainwater from the roof at the Smith home.

October Yard of the Month

A house with a wrap-around front porch on a corner lot offers an unusual landscaping opportunity, which Casey and Christina Smith have used to showcase native and naturalized Texas plants and to attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds. The Smith home at 1061 Sycamore Street, in the Rio Vista Terrace neighborhood, is Spring Lake Garden Club’s choice as Yard of the Month for October. 

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