Master Gardeners to hold workshops and
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Master Gardeners will hold a
plant and tool sale in conjunction with mini-workshop
programs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14 at the
Garden Learning Center.
All plants have been propagated from the Garden Learning
Center or personal gardens of Master Gardeners.
Available plants include herbs (catnip, lamb’s ear, and
spearmint), succulents (cholla cactus, Euphorbia, Agave, red
Yucca), trees (oak, crepe myrtle), bulbs (iris, canna), and
a large variety of flowering plants.
Quantities are limited, and cost is low, come early for best
Fiskar and Corona pruning shears and snips will also be
available. These tools, not always readily available
locally, are recommended by our plant propagation
specialist, Master Gardener Nancy Bowman.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Program participants can attend the Greenhouse Construction
and Management presentation at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and choose
either the Plant Propagation or Making a Rain Barrel
mini-workshop for one $5 fee, payable at registration.
Participants in the Plant Propagation workshop will take
home at least four newly-propagated plants.
Anyone wanting to attend a workshop only at 10:30 a.m. may
do so for $5 fee.
Preregistration is requested, but not required, to help
ensure enough seating and materials for each program.
While walk-ins are welcome, preregistration is required by
Tuesday, April 10, for those wishing to purchase a rain
barrel at the mini-workshop; cost of the barrels is $40 and
can be paid at the workshop.
The Garden Learning Center is located at 3003 S. Washington
St. at the corner of State Highway 34 and Farm-to-Market
Road 1388, in Kaufman.
For more information or to request accommodations for
individuals with disabilities, please call Sharon Burden at
(972) 932-9069 or email at
Area businesses hold fair Saturday
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Independent business owners and the customers wanting
their products and services often find it difficult to get
“If people don’t know these businesses are here, they shop
elsewhere. That means after a half a day of shopping, when
the customer gets hungry, they eat where they shop,” small
business owner Amy Dennis said.
Customers who shop outside the area, may not only buy what
they made the trip for, and the meal they ate out, but while
they are at it, they visit other stores and suppliers for
spur-of-the moment items, as well as things they have been
“The lake area loses their business,” Dennis explained, and
that affects our economy, she added.
Fooling around on Facebook, Dennis found she was not the
only business person who felt that way. Other people
expressed the same concerns.
“I made a comment on Facebook about finding something, such
as a business fair, to let people know where we are,” she
“Several businesses responded and I said I would plan it if
at least 25 businesses would participate. We already have
more than 30 businesses committed to attend the fair,” she
Now, just a few weeks later, advertising is in place, a time
and date is set and the location is established.
The fair starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Mabank
But she isn’t in it alone, Crystal Garrison, of Eustace, is
lending a helping hand.
“She has been a real big help. I really appreciate what she
does,” Dennis said.
The 30-plus vendor number may grow even higher as Dennis and
Garrison are accepting participants through Friday evening.
For information or to reserve a 10 by 10 square-foot area,
call Dennis at (903) 802-6316 or Garrison at (903) 288-7326.
Vendors are told to bring the things they need such as
tables, chairs, signs, shelves, etc.
After paying all the expenses, the funds the fair earns will
be donated to the Mabank fire and police departments, who
will also be attending.
Other businesses include a women-owned and operated
construction company, jewelry sales, photographers,
clothing, quilts, a sign maker, a sound system company and
“There will also be some food vendors and a disc jockey,”
Service providers will be passing out their flyers and
business cards, and making appointments with those needing
“Some will offer discounts – for those who attend the fair,”
There are a numbers of businesses that are operated out of
the owner’s home.
“Many of our businesses are operated by stay-at-home moms
hoping to add to the family budget and still be with their
children,” Dennis said.
Dennis owns and operates a home cleaning service, called
FlutterBye Housekeeping, in Mabank.
“My own ultimate goal is to be able to ‘grow’ my business so
I can employ others and remain at home with my girls,” she
Dennis and her husband of 15 years, Steve, have three girls.
Many local entrepreneurs are searching for ways to locate
their customers and let them know where to find them.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday.
information visit our website at