Succulents are popular, for good reason

BY ANITA WESTERVELTSucculents are fun, nearly care free and reproduce relatively easily on their own. They can make excellent ground covers and are just...

GARDEN VIEW: Drought — An ongoing challenge for our gardens

BY BARBARA STORZTropical conditions have not been favorable for delivering measurable amounts of rain to South Texas gardens this summer.The lack of moisture presents...

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: Understanding food labels

BY BARBARA STORZHave you noticed the growing number of products that are labeled “Non-GMO” or “No Antibiotics?” Seems that products you never think about...

Garden View: Plant for pollinators

National Pollinator Week was designated in 2007 by the U.S. Senate in Resolution 580 to recognize the critical role that pollinators play in the...

The greatness of the Rio Grande Valley’s kiskadees

Many are familiar with the startlingly shrill shriek of the great kiskadee, but many don’t realize what a rare treat it is to have...

COACH’S CORNER: Practice makes perfect

BY GERMAN MEDRAZOWe train to race!From the day we commit to run a marathon until the day of the race, or any big project...

Mission resident creates apparel line geared toward running community

BY AMANDA A. TAYLORJoel Olivares knew the odds were against him when he embarked on his first marathon in 2014. Although he had participated...

Garden View: “Growing Vegetable Soup” for kids

BY BARBARA STORZThe Growing Growers Farmers Market has partnered with the South Texas Literacy Coalition to hold a free Family Health Literacy Festival from...

Three Valley native plants that attract warblers

BY ANITA WESTERVELT TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST Three native Valley plants that produce berries noted to attract warblers staying in the Rio Grande Valley during the winter...