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...

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...

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: 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....

Photographer to showcase Valley wildlife photography at Estero Llano Grande

BY SPECIAL TO THE MONITORWhen it comes to wildlife, few places in America can match the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s rich heritage. From migrating...

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...

Texas pocket gopher — prevalent but rarely seen

Texas pocket gophers are prevalent in sandy soils of South Texas. The critters rarely surface, which is why they aren’t often seen, but their...

Cane toad — as toads go, it’s a giant

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The largest toad in the world calls the extreme south of Texas home. The cane toad (Rhinella marina), also...