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February 15, 2016 Newsletter


Of the new plants in the Discovery Garden Shasta Daisy, Bulbine, and Snowflakes are doing very well with Shasta Daisy showing signs of rooting and the others blooming already!

Signs of spring: I noticed fruit trees blooming around town. I love spring time!

Kudos to the City for installing attractive garbage cans at the little park next to the museum and in Capitol of Texas Park.

The idea of painting a mural on the side of the Capitol Theater is gaining momentum. It will be an important topic at our next meeting this Wednesday at 10:30 at the library.

February 12. 2016 Newsletter


We had a wonderful Appreciation Breakfast Thursday morning to thank our downtown merchants for helping us with our downtown plantings. We also invited our "uptown" businesses (S. 17th Street). One of the things we learned was that we need to be more aggressive with Facebook. It is at Please like us and encourage your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to like us. Following is the latest statistics for that page.

February 5, 2016 Newsletter


Minutes from Wednesday's planning meeting have been posted at Click Resources then Committee Meeting Minutes. Please reply to this email if you find errors.

Following are excerpts from an email I received recently from one of our America in Bloom judges, Linda Cromer.

It was wonderful to hear from the pamphlet,  It's informative and engaging and whimsical to boot! [I sent her a copy of our new brochure.]

February 1, 2016 Newsletter


Welcome to February! Our average last frost date is February 20. It won't be long until spring! In the meantime, the spring-like days we've had in January were very nice.

After days of struggling with applying maintenance and new functionality to our web site,, I finally fixed the last problem today. I re-arranged some of the items in the main menu and updated our financial data. Click the new Resources link to see some new features. If you have ideas for the site please email me.

January 28, 2016 Newsletter


Our next planning meeting is February 3 at 10:30 at the library.

Today's spotlight is on trees. Did you wonder which trees are recommended for our area? Check out our web site, Click FAQ. There you will see trees recommended by Texas A&M. Be sure to click Read More at the end of the list to see all of them. They are divided into large, medium, and small categories. If you have a favorite tree that's not listed please reply to this email so that I can research it.

January 25, 2016 Newsletter


I will be highlighting the web site in the next few newsletters. If you've not yet visited, please click here Do you want to know why we did not plant Petunias in our downtown project or what trees we recommend? Click FAQ on the main menu. If you have other questions we can add to this section please reply to this email.

We are exited about our first Appreciation Breakfast on Feb. 11 for the downtown and uptown (S. 17th St.) merchants. This is an invitation only event since we are serving free food.

January 21, 2016 Newsletter


The minutes of yesterday's meeting have been posted to Click About/Committee Meeting Minutes. It is likely that I made errors. Please email me when you find them.

I have been unable to show videos and PowerPoints at the last few meetings due to a change in policy at the library, however an anonymous donor donated a Notebook Computer that solves that problem. Thanks so much to the anonymous donor!

January 15, 2016 Newsletter


Our next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 at the library.

I was pleased to give a tour of the Discovery Garden Monday afternoon to the Garden Club. There's not much to see right now. Most of the plants are dormant until the weather warms, but the Garden Club enjoyed the visit.

Today is going to be sunny and warm. Please take advantage of it by getting outside and enjoying nature.

If you have questions, comments or concerns please email me. I think if you reply to this newly formatted email I will get it.


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