Garden View: Root Beer Plant medicinal uses date back to Aztec times

SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The root beer plant or hoja santa, in Spanish, is an aromatic herb used in Mexican cuisine and herbal medicine. It’s...

McAllen runner driven by health consciousness and determination

BY AMANDA A. TAYLORConsistency is key when it comes to training for marathons and Rollie Rodriguez can certainly vouch for that. He became interested...

Taking part in the Valley tradition of bird watching

MISSION — For my first outdoor adventure, I went bird watching at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.I am taking part in the RGV Family...

Growing Growers Farmers Market celebrates 10 Years

BY BARBARA STORZThe Growing Growers Farmers Market in Firemen’s Park, at the corner of 1st Street and Business 83 in McAllen, is celebrating its...

New outdoor program by Quinta Mazatlan suited for all fitness levels

For those craving a mind/body balance, Quinta Mazatlan hears you. Beginning February and until May, from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, the urban sanctuary...

Garden View: The importance of pruning trees

ASHLEY GREGORY | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Maintaining our urban forest is of upmost importance as our area continues to rapidly transition from farm land...

Garden View: Stop, smell and make roses into medicinal tea

For centuries, rose petals have been used in making medicinal teas. As we celebrate January as National Tea Month, I thought it would be interesting...

Garden View: Dragon fruit season begins

BY BARBARA STORZDragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a tropical, night blooming cactus that originated in Mexico and Central and South America. Spanish...

Garden View: Upcoming Master Gardener classes

BY BARBARA STORZTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in both Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, will hold its annual Master Gardener volunteer training from 9 a.m....

Texas thistle a valuable Valley native

BY ANITA WESTERVELTSpring is here. I know because I saw an American robin — harbinger of spring in the Midwest — hopping around the...