Border BioBlitz documents Santa Ana wildlife in binational science effort

ALAMO — Looking to preserve the biodiversity of the Rio Grande Valley, volunteers from both sides of the border have been working to document...

Skeleton-leaf golden eye and mistflower must-have plants for fall

BY ANITA WESTERVELTIt’s the time of year to start thinking about what you want to plant during the Valley’s cooler months.Right now, for butterflies,...

Surface Treatment: STC artists offer new directions, continuation of familiar styles

NANCY MOYER | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR This year’s South Texas College“Art Faculty Exhibition” showcases 20 artists, all of whom demonstrate distinct and personal...

Garden View: Create a rain garden

BY BARBARA STORZRain gardens offer a way to reduce rainwater runoff, which contributes to flooding. These gardens filter the runoff and lessen the amount...

Garden View: Showstopping silk floss trees are to be admired

BY BARBARA STORZSilk floss trees (Ceiba speciosa) are blooming in landscapes across the Rio Grande Valley. These spectacular gems are native to tropical South...

Take a tomato taste test Saturday at the farmers market

It takes a scientist about six years to develop a new variety of tomato. During this time, tomatoes are crossed and grown in multiple seasons....

Garden tips as the temperatures begin to rise

BY JOHN BRUSHWe are about to begin our “warm season” in the Rio Grande Valley. Plants may begin to grow as early as February,...

Protecting your grass from disease

Last Friday officially marked the first day of winter, but in deep South Texas the grass is still green and growing. Locally, we rarely...

Garden View: Artemisia — A silver jewel in the garden

BY BARBARA STORZLooking for silver foliage plants to fill in or to highlight the showy blooming plants in the garden? Artemisia Powis Castle is...

Garden View: Salvias superstars in the garden

BY BARBARA STORZSalvias are one of the most reliable plants for South Texas gardens. Salvia flowers support butterflies and hummingbirds, no matter the color...