Love Lost

Love Lost

One of your biggest fears as a landowner is seeing mystery markers and flagging stakes show up on your property. Living near a road with a power line easement running alongside it would certainly indicate potential problems, but as a nature loving land steward I have...

Ice Cream Social & Rose Expert Panel

July is the month for our annual ice cream social! We will have ice cream available for all attendees. Please consider bringing your favorite ice cream topping or cookies to share with everyone. We will have a panel of Consulting Rosarian Experts available to answer...
Harvesting Produce

Harvesting Produce

This past week I accidentally purchased a rotting cantaloupe from a local Farmer’s Market then witnessed several folks sharing overgrown, tough, inedible produce from their garden. It does not have to be like that. Growing your own produce is fulfilling and rewarding....
Fire Blight Disease on Pears

Fire Blight Disease on Pears

If you have grown pears before, you have surely noticed dead twigs, dead branches, and even entirely dead trees depending on the cultivar. During wet, disease-splashing years, fire blight is generally to blame. According to our Fire Blight of Ornamental...

Cooking with Roses

If you love to cook and grow organic roses, this is one program that you will not want to miss!  We are fortunate to have The Arbor Gate’s Resident Chef Chris Crowder teach us how to prepare Rose and Pineapple Salsa paired with Rose Chicken Sausage. Chef Chris has...
The Sky is Falling

The Sky is Falling

On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, jays, wrens, and scores of other bird voices there was now no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Recently I picked up a dead...
Having the Blues

Having the Blues

If you are a rose grower in Texas, I do not have to tell you how disastrous it has been the last few years. First, there was the devastating 2021 freeze, followed by a severe drought, followed by an “out of the blue” first “frost” in the low teens. Sadly, many of the...