On Saturday, April 19, the Somervell County Master Gardeners Association (SCMGA) participated in Fossil Rim's early celebration of Earth Day. Attendees at the organization's booth were able to purchase native and adapted plants, as well as rainwater harvesting barrels.

Master Gardeners were on hand to answer questions about the plants and rain barrels as well as explain some of the benefits of using native and adapted plants and wise water usage. The public will have another opportunity to purchase inexpensive native and adapted plants at the SCMGA May Public Program.

On April 22, the local Master Gardeners had a major workday at Heritage Park. This is home to the group's Earth Kind Rose Trial Garden, which was recently planted in March. The roses are already looking robust and are blooming; additional mulch was added to prepare them for the Texas summer.

From there, the Master Gardeners moved to the Farr house, which is a historical building near the Earth Kind Rose Trial Garden. The SCMGA has landscaped and maintained the area around this building for several years. After some weeding and mulch application the spring blooming plants really showed their outstanding color.

It was a busy and gratifying day for all. The SCMGA hopes that residents will visit Heritage Park and enjoy walking around the gardens.

The SCMGA was chartered in 2001 with six members and currently has 23 members. The organization has garden projects at Dinosaur State Park, Somervell County Citizens Center, Heritage Park and the County AgriLife Extension office.

According to SCGMA vice president Sandi Stringer, the local Master Gardeners have also been involved with Fossil Rim volunteers in preparing and planting the Butterfly Garden at the Fossil Rim Overlook.

This year, the SCGMA has been presenting free monthly horticulture programs for the public, based on their mission to provide service to the community, community education programs and establish community garden projects.

For more information about the Texas Master Gardener program call the Somervell County AgriLife Extension Office at 897-2809.