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The Galveston County Master Gardeners are growing many types of herbs (pictured above is rosemary) in their greenhouse for their upcoming Spring Plant Sale on February 16. Master Gardeners will also provide a seminar on Herbs for the Gulf Coast on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

More and more local gardeners are learning that herbs are easy to grow and can add flowers, fragrance and texture to the landscape. Herbs are also vital to flavor many dishes.

Local gardeners can successfully grow a wide variety of herbs, although some, such as French tarragon and lavender, often succumb to our hot, wet summers despite careful culture. When selecting which herbs you want to grow in your garden, consider what you commonly cook with. Look at the herbs in your kitchen cabinet and start off growing those types of herbs that are recommended for growing in the Texas Gulf Coast region; there will likely be a diverse range of herbs that fit this bill.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at

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