Perennial Garden Society Programs


 Sept 14, 2016 Entomologist Lecture: “Supporting Monarch Butterflies” by Gail Manning

Location:           Grapevine Botanical Gardens
Bessie Mitchell House 411 Ball Street, Grapevine,TX  76051

Gail Manning is an Entomologist and Director of Education at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. She has guided the Botanic Garden’s education and citizen science programs since 2006. She has been tagging the monarch butterfly since 1994. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Recently, she was in charge of the “Butterflies in the Garden” Program at the Conservatory in the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens which ran March 1-April 3. This year was very successful with record breaking attendance.  It will be back in 2018.

Oct 12, 2016  Lecture: Bluebirds and How To Attract Them to Your Yard

Location: City of Southlake DPS, Training Room 600 State St. Southlake 

Dr. Ray Chancellor is a noted local ornithologist with extensive knowledge of the Southlake Cross Timbers ecosystem. He is the founder of the SOS, Southlake Ornithological Society, and a popular speaker on wild birds ,their habitat and their requirements. Dr Chancellor is also  talented as an artist specializing in  life-like bird  portraits. Bluebirds are here in Southlake all year eating insects and berries. Let’s learn how get them to nest in your garden to help keep down the insect population. As an added bonus,  bluebirds are fun to watch.

Nov 9, 2016  Education/Service Project: Pumpkin/Squash Planter 

Location: Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve 355 East Bob Jones Road

Just in time for the holidays, learn how to create a pumpkin or squash planter and plant succulents or fall flowers.  You will make one for your own use and one to donate to worthy charity. Use your creations in your home for the holidays, then plant them in your yard for continued beautification. We will gather later to educate and help our worthy charity recipient plant theirs in a location determined by the charity.

Dec , 2016     Holiday Party  

Jan 11, 2017    Lecture: “Outstanding Plants for North Central Texas” by Steve Huddleston, Senior Horticulturalist

Steve Huddleston is a Senior Horticulturalist at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and President of Blooming Concepts, Inc.,a landscape company. He also co-authored one of my favorite garden books “Easy Gardens for North Central Texas”. This book will be available to you with a personalized autograph during our meeting for a bargain price.

Feb 8, 2017        Lecture: “Begonias” by Bobbie Price, Volunteer at Botanical Garden, Begonia Species Bank

Learn about the largest collection of genus Begoniacea in the area from a very talented and dynamic speaker, Bobbie Price. This collection of 1700 Begonias is located in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Species Bank.  Begonias are easily propagated by divisions, stem cuttings or leaf cuttings.

Mar 8, 2017    Lecture: “Container Gardening” by Joe Pipes,The Flower Ranch – Grown with Texas Pride

Location: The Flower Ranch, 901 S Pearson Lane, Keller

In 1985, Joe Pipes began the Pipes Plant Farm to fulfill a need of 4″ seasonal color plant material in the North Texas area. Initially, they grew high quality plants for landscape contractors. To meet the demands of the growing local residential properties, Joe established a retail store. And now all that beautiful seasonal color can be purchased to enjoy in our gardens.

Apr 12, 2017   Project:Mosquito Control – City, Yard, and Personal by Christi Upton, City of Southlake

Location: 509 Timber Lake Way, Southlake

Christi Upton has worked for the City of Southlake for almost 10 years as the Environmental Coordinator. She has a MS of Environmental Sciences degree from the University of North Texas. During her coursework back in 2003 a fellow student was conducting the first mosquito sampling in Denton and found West Nile in Christi’s backyard! While Christi never imagined getting into the business of mosquito control, she has found it quite interesting. There are many connections between landscaping, the environment, and the risk of diseases spread by mosquitoes. Come learn what the City of Southlake is doing to reduce the spread of West Nile virus and to reduce the threat of Zika virus and what you can do in your landscaping to help.

May 10, 2017  Pot Luck Luncheon and Home Garden Tours

Location: 225 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake


All Programs will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, with social hour starting at 9:30 am and the meeting starting at 10:00 am.  Please respond to the monthly Evite with your RSVP so that our host committee can plan the proper amount of refreshments for each meeting.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015   Ikebana, a demonstration of the art of Japanese flower arranging.  Sharman Palmer has 10 years experience and is a teacher of the 3rd Grade Level of Ikebana.  We will learn a bit of technique, and the philosophy, history and inspiration of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana.
Location: Community Room of the Southlake Department of Public Safety, 600 State Street, Southlake  (behind the Fire Station in the same building)
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Garden Club Road Trip to the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth with lunch location to be determined.  Be on the look out for detailed information in the Evite.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Rhonda James of James Landscaping will speak about dry creek landscaping with perennials at Cathy Vollmer’s home.   Voila, there will  be a dry creek bed recently constructed by James Landscaping to view in Cathy’s back yard and ask questions about.
Location: 711 Malton Ln, Southlake
Friday, December 2015 –    Our Annual Holiday Cocktail Party will be hosted by Duane & Christine Gee at their home at .  Bring an appetizer or dessert, and maybe even the recipe on a card if you would like.
Location: 925 Southview Trail, Southlake
Wednesday, January 13, 2016   Sedums, how to grow them and use them in your yard.  Susan Leach has two homes and when she is not in the DFW area for a few months, the sedums carry on thru the heat without her.  Let’s learn how to  use sedums to beat DFW summer’s heat.
Location:  TBD, please contact Carol Dowd if willing to host
Wednesday, February 10, 2016   Fun in the design of the landscape.  Judy Fender is a repeat speaker because she was so entertaining last year with whimsy in the garden that we asked her to bring us more fun ideas .  Judy is an artist, landscaper and Master Gardener and dog rescue angel.  Please  welcome her back to PGS.
Location:  TBD, please contact Carol Dowd if willing to host
Wednesday, March 9, 2016   Bonsai, the ancient Asian art  of raising trees in a pot. Jerry Sorenson will be sharing his extesive knowledge of the Bosai Art at Carol Dowd’s home.  Jerry grows amazing woodland trees that look hundreds of years old, in pots!  He will also inform us about the philosophy and Zen of Bonsai.  Carol will also have her fabulous greenhouse open for viewing the wonderful Orchids in bloom.  Prepare to be entertained!
Location: 2900 Hillcastle Ln., Southlake
Wednesday, April 13, 2016   Trimming Spring Blooming Perennials and the latest and greatest results of Rose Rosette Resistant Rose Types by Lisa Groves, horticulturist at the Grapevine Botanical Garden.
The meeting will be at the Bessie Mitchell House at the GV Botanical Garden with a self-guided tour of the garden to follow.  See what is blooming beautifully in the garden and borrow, steal, ideas for your own back yard.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016   Members’ Garden Walk
Garden Locations:  Accepting all gardens that would like to strut their stuff this coming Spring!



Perennial Garden Society Programs 2014-2015

All Programs will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, with social hour starting at 9:30 am and the meeting starting at 10:00 am.  A few exceptions include the November 9th meeting, held on a Thursday to save our members the cost of an entry ticket, our Holiday Party which will be on Friday, Dec. 19th at 6:00 pm (mark your calendars) and our March 4th, 2015 meeting to accommodate those leaving town for Spring Break.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 – The first meeting will be “Whimsy in the Garden” and feature Master Gardener Judy Fender.  The meeting will be held at Southlake Town Hall, Third Floor, Rooms A & B (1400 Main Street).

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 – We will be going on a field trip to the Fort Worth Japanese Gardens.  We will be meeting at Sally Simpsons’ home at 9:15 to carpool arriving at the Japanese Garden at 10:30.  We will enjoy lunch together at the Garden’s Restaurant and those still available after lunch can enjoy the BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) docent led tour.  Parking will be available at the community pool, just South of Sally’s house for those car pooling.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 – Carol Dowd will host the meeting at her home and take us on a journey through the world of orchids.  She will teach us how to properly plant and maintain those beautiful orchids you receive as a gift!  In addition we will tour her greenhouse and see just what is blooming in November.  We will also be doing a Garden book exchange!  If you have duplicate copies of a Garden Book you have received or perhaps you are done reading about Herbs and are ready for a new read please join in the book exchange fun!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014–  We have planned an OPTIONAL field trip to the Dallas Arboretum to enjoy the “12 Days of Christmas” festival.  Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of life-size Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature working mechanical parts that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.

Friday, December 19th, 2014– Susan Schleppegrell will host our Holiday Cocktail Party!  Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert, the club will provide beer and wine for the evening.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 – We will be bringing in the new year learning all about Irises with speaker Bonnie Nichols of the Iris Society of Dallas.  The meeting will be hosted by Renie Strickland.

Wednesday, Feburary 11th, 2015 – Master Naturalist Janet Smith will be speaking on “Sex in the Garden”…You do not want to miss this one!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 – Being held the first Wednesday of the month to accommodate those that go out of town for Spring Break.  This meeting we will have a full discussion on Bugs!  Tarrant County Master Gardener Linda Hawkins will cover good bugs vs. bad bugs for your garden.  Meeting will be held at Cathy Vollmer’s house located at  711 Malton Lane, Southlake.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 – Tarrant County Master Gardener Sher Dunaway will be speaking about identifying specific plant disease as well as treating the most common problems we see in our garden.  The meeting will be hosted by Margaret Collins located at 2901 Knight Court, Southlake.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 – Our speaking will be Toni Moorhead and she will be sharing information on Rose Rosette Disease. This meeting will be held at Wildwood Grill and will include lunch.



Perennial Garden Society Programs 2013-2014

All Programs will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, with social hour starting at 9:30 am and the meeting starting at 10:00 am, the exception being our Holiday Party which will be on Thursday, Dec. 12th from 11:00 to 2:00.

Sept. 11th, 2103 – The first meeting will be “Railroad Gardens” and feature Steve Lazarri and Louis Seldon, members of the North Texas Railroad Garden Club.  (Who knew such an organization existed?)  They will have a slide presentation and talk, and after the meeting will offer a tour of a Railroad Garden in Keller.  The meeting will be at Southlake Town Hall, Third Floor, Rooms A & B (1400 Main Street).

Oct. 9th, 2013 – Speaker Toni Moorehead, Master Gardener, owner of Signature Gardens Landscaping, and designer of the White Chapel Sanctuary Garden, will give a presentation on Sanctuary Gardens.  At 11:30 the Sanctuary Garden will be available for us to tour.   As we will have extra time with our speaker (whom we fondly regard as the “perennial guru” of Southlake/Grapevine), please feel free to bring any questions you might have about perennial gardening, and she will be happy to answer them.  The meeting is at White Chapel Church at 185 S. White Chapel Blvd.  (From Southlake Blvd., turn south at Whites Chapel, then turn left immediately past the cemetery to a 2-story white building facing White Chapel.)  The meeting will be downstairs in Room 3102.

Nov. 13th, 2013 – Kay Wilkinson, our own member and Williamsburg Decorator will give a presentation on Holiday Decorating the natural, Williamsburg way, using items from the garden and grocery store to bring your own personal touch to the holidays.  The meeting will be at Judy Pfaff’s home, 1653 Tuscan Ridge Circle in Southlake.  Please do not park on her side of the street or you may be towed!  Please park on the opposite side of the street on the inside of the horseshoe.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 – Holiday Party from 11:00 to 2:00 at Ferrari’s Italian Villa, 1200 William Tate Avenue, Grapevine, in the Milano Room.  Holiday surprises in store!  (The cost will be $35.00 per person, to be collected in advance.)   The courses for this lovely afternoon include Antipasto, Bruschetta (Foccacia bread, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and basil), Salad (Mixed greens, pears, pine nuts, gorgonzola cheese, and port wine vinaigrette), and your choice of entrée:  Salmon Belladonna (salmon, shrimp, white wine, cream) served with pasta and vegetables of the day, Veal Piccata Saltimbocca (veal scaloppini, prosciutto, sage, white wine) served with pasta and vegetables of the day, or Farfalle Marco Polo (shrimp, broccoli, garlic, cream, and fresh chopped tomato).  Dessert will be your choice of Sliced Oranges with Grand Marnier or Chocolate Cake with Cream and Seasonal Berries.  Plan to stay the full three hours to enjoy this meal the relaxed, Italian way!

Jan. 8th, 2014 – Dr. Ray Chancellor, Founder of the Southlake Ornithological Society and past president of the Central Texas Audubon Society, will give a presentation on feeding birds through the winter.  The meeting will be held at the home of Susan Schleppegrell, our own member and avid bird feeder, at 525 Brooks Court in Southlake.  We will also have the opportunity to tour Susan’s garden if weather permits!

Feb. 12th, 2014 – Chef Andrew Huszar, renowned owner of Tastefully Yours Catering will present a class (and lunch) on Cooking With Fresh Herbs at his kitchen located at 1959 W. Southlake Blvd., Suite 150.   We will be divided into groups and each group will cook a different course for this tasty luncheon!  (The cost will be $25 per person, to be collected in advance.)

Mar. 12th, 2014 – Mark Schmidt will give a presentation on Bees And Their Importance For The Garden at the home of our very own Diane Bredenberg (225 E. Bob Jones Road), who has her own beehives!  We will have a chance to see her hives and tour her beautiful grounds.  Afterward we will have a discussion on our most beloved perennials, and those not so beloved!

April 9th, 2014 – Mark Pospisil, Curator of the Perot Museum Mineral Exhibit, will give a presentation on Minerals and Crystals From the Earth.  The meeting will be held at the home of Mark and Diana Pospisil at 601 Loving Court in Southlake.  Mark’s extensive collection of minerals and fossils will be on display, and he will include a demonstration of fluorescent minerals!  Spouses welcome.  (Children love the fluorescents. – If you have little rock hounds at home, please make arrangements with the Pospisils to see them later that day or at another time.)  We will also have the opportunity to tour the Pospisil’s perennial garden.

May 14th, 2014 – Progressive Lunch and Tour of Gardens.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR TOUR GARDENS!!!  (If you volunteer your home and garden, you don’t have to provide food!)  Please call Diana Pospisil to volunteer your home (817-251-3201, 817-675-8209) and Susan Schleppegrell to volunteer food (817-991-0315).  We will have dessert and our End-of-Year Meeting at the last home on the tour!


Perennial Garden Society Programs 2012-13

September…Plant Exchange

October…Day Lilies by Dawn Volynn Callahan (Big Chicken Day Lily Farm)

November…Roses at Callaway’s Nursery

December…holiday luncheon (no speaker)

January… Speaker Joyce Roach (author, historian, naturalist and rancher) “Along the Tracks” about plants in this area.

February…flower arranging class with Becky Gamble

March…Representative from the Fort Worth Trial Gardens

April…Crafts with Janice Coulter

May…Business meeting, tour of homes, and luncheon.

Perennial Garden Society Programs 2011-12

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – Chris Wiesinger, The Bulb Hunter – “The Best Perennial Bulbs for North Texas Landscapes” – Location:  White’s Chapel United Methodist Church – upstairs in Youth Education building (look for signs) – 9:30 am Refreshments – 10 am – Program.  You are encouraged to bring friends to this meeting at $5.00 each.  Bulbs and signed books will be available for purchase at the meeting.  So that we will have adequate refreshments, please RSVP to Susan Schleppegrell at 817- 991-0315 or email if you are bringing a guest.

**Wednesday, October 12, 2011  Day Field Trip to Living Earth Technologies in Dallas.  “How Compost and Mulch are Made”.   Ken Stone is coordinating.  Visit great Dallas nurseries after the field trip.  (The trip was modified due to weather).

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – Bobby Hudnall, our own Tomato Man.  PGS member and tomato grower will share tips on growing the best tomatoes—from cultivation to best varieties.  Guests welcome.  Meeting at home of Margaret Collins.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Lavender Ridge Farms will be presenting program on using lavender in your landscape as well as bringing gift items utilizing lavender (cheesecakes, cosmetics, etc.).  At home of Tamara Hauser.  Pot luck brunch.  Guests are welcome.  Please notify Susan Schleppegrell if bringing guest.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012Mariana Green, Dallas Morning News, Garden Writer/Columnist.  Location:  Southlake DPS Community Room, Carroll Avenue (just southeast of 114).  Meeting is upstairs—look for PGS members to direct you – 9:30 am Refreshments – 10 am – Program.  Guests are welcome (no fee).  Please RSVP with Susan if bringing a guest.

Wednesday, February 12, 2012 –  Cindy Hoyt of Piney Woods Herb Farm – “Using Herbs in Your Landscape” – at home of Jennifer Myers, 801 Cross Lane, Southlake.  Guests are welcome.  Tamara Hauser is coordinating.  Please RSVP with Susan if bringing a guest.  Guests are $5 each.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012Dotty Woodson, Water Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension –  “Drought Tolerant Perennials for Your Garden.”  Meeting at DPS Community Room, Carroll Avenue.  Guests are welcome (at no charge).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012Lucy Harrell, well known organic gardener and instructor, will be presenting program on “Fairy Gardening.”  Ken Stone coordinating.  At the home of Dr. Ehsan Moayyad.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – Tour of Members’ Gardens – Luncheon at home of Diane BredenbergMembers only.





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