Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from February through June and
August through December at 7:00 PM at the Allen Heritage Center (Train Depot) at 100
East Main Street in Allen (unless otherwise noted). All are welcome! See the following
dates for AGC meeting and event information.
Join Collin County Master Gardener, Jenny Nelson for Two-Hour Tuesdays at the Allen
Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr., Allen as she maintains the various gardens. Bring your
garden gloves, tools (pruners, hand trowel, weed digger, etc.), hat, sunscreen, bug spray,
and water. She starts work at around 8:30 am during the summer months.
We also included the dates when we will be helping with the maintenance at public
gardens. Please come prepared with pruning tools, shovels, hand trowels, garden gloves,
yard trimming bags, etc. Wear sunscreen and bug spray as necessary.
2018 Meetings and Events (We are busy scheduling our 2018 meetings and will have them
listed as they are scheduled. Thank you for your patience.):
January - No Meeting
February 1 - Pat Abramson, Master Gardener “Bokashi Composting: Imagine scraping every dish
at a dinner party into your bokashi compost bin! Compost everything your regular compost
doesn’t, including meat, dairy, eggs, (fish, of course), and even small bones. In another bucket,
you can even bokashi compost pet waste.” ( You’re invited to begin saving discarded meat, fish
and cheese (in a baggy in your freezer) in January to bring to the bokashi demonstration.)
Also, our club turns 20 years old this month! Happy anniversary Allen Garden Club!
March 1 - Carol Clark, Texas Master Naturalist, Collin County Chapter of the Texas Native Plant
Society President - The Blackland Prairie Then and Now is a peek into the past at what kinds of
amazing plants, animals, soil, hydrology and conditions the first European settlers encountered
when they reached this area, and how human activity in the region has permanently altered this
region. There is far less than one tenth of percent the original Blackland Prairie remaining in its
original un-plowed state, and it is one of the rarest and most threatened ecoregions in the world.
March 3, 8:30 am - Garden Clean-up at Heritage Park Playground Garden located at the
intersection of Aylesbury Dr. and Heritage Pkwy. S., Allen 75002
March 10, 8:30-noon - Garden Clean-up at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr. Allen 75002
March 10, 8:30 am - Garden Clean-up at St. Jude Children's Butterfly Garden, 1515 N. Greenville
Ave., Allen 75002
March 17, 8:30 am-noon - Garden bed preparation at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr,
March 24, 8:30 am-noon - Garden bed preparation at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr,
April 5 - Spring Plant Swap - Dig and divide summer and fall blooming perennials, plant them in
containers and label each container with the name of the plant.
April 14, 8:30 am-noon - Planting and mulching day in new median bed at Allen Heritage Village,
450 St. Mary Dr., Allen 75002
May 3 - Fall Vegetable Gardening - Dick Broussard, Wells Brothers Farm Store - Come learn
how to plan your fall vegetable garden and about the best varieties of vegetables for our area.
Spring is the best time to plan for fall!
May 12, 8:30 am-noon - Garden Clean-up at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr. Allen 75002
June 7 - Good Bug, Bad Bug - Gail Donaldson, City of Allen Water Conservation Manager - Learn
to identify the most common garden pests and beneficial insects. Gail will instruct us on how to
get rid of garden pests and encourage the beneficial insects.
June 9, 8:30 am-noon - Garden Clean-up at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr. Allen 75002
July - No Meeting
July 14, 8:30 am-noon - Garden Clean-up at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr. Allen 75002
August 2 - Floral Design -Natalie Meehan, floral design expert from 1-800-Flowers will
demonstrate basic floral design, how to use flowers from your garden in an arrangement, explain
from where and how they get their supply of flowers.
August 11, 8:30 am-noon - Garden Clean-up at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr. Allen
September 6 - Plant Propagation - Learn from the Collin County Master Gardeners how to start
new plants from divisions, stem and leaf cuttings, layering, and other methods of propagation.
September 22, 8:00 am-noon - National Planting Day at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr.
Allen 75002 - Please bring shovels, wheel barrows, garden gloves, bug spray, sun screen, etc. to
help with planting and spreading mulch. Keep Allen Beautiful will provide their tool trailer and
Septmber 29 - Fundraiser - Community Garage Sale at Joe Farmer Recreation Center. 7 am to
12 noon with set-up between 6-6:30 am. Please save items to donate to the AGC for this sale.
October 4 - Fall Plant Swap - Dig and divide spring and summer blooming perennials, plant them
in containers and label each container with the name of the plant. We will start this meeting 1/2
hour earlier than our regular start time and have a short business meeting after the swap.
October 10, 8:30 am-noon - Garden Clean-up at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr. Allen
November 1 - The Flowers of the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland- Explore the spring fields of
Holland through a variety of photos from Marge Bryan, Collin County Master Gardeners.
November 10, 8:30 am-noon - Garden Clean-up at Allen Heritage Village, 450 St. Mary Dr. Allen
December - 6 Members Only Christmas Potluck
If you have suggestions for a presentation or any questions about our meeting and event