Herald staff reports

If you love plants and want to learn more about the best ones to grow in Central Texas, check out the Bell County Master Gardeners fall tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Several local gardeners are opening their homes for residents to explore.

Some sites will offer tips and mini classes on plants that grow well, as well as other helpful landscaping ideas, such as rainwater harvesting and beekeeping.

This year, the tour plans six stops:

Texas AgriLife Extension Office demonstration beds: 1605 N. Main St., Belton. Learn about composting.

Gardens of Sue Morgan: 9902 Arroyo Drive, Belton. Learn about beekeeping and garden goodies.

Gardens of Louann Hight: 4909 S. Pea Ridge Road, Temple. Learn about garden pests.

Gardens of Raye Virginia Allen: 5880 Hartrick Bluff Road, Temple. Learn about Texas prairie pottery.

Gardens of Ursula Nanna: 802 E. Woodlawn Drive, Harker Heights. Learn about rainwater conservation, invasive plants and growing green.

Killeen Municipal Court Gardens: 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen. Tomato clinics at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. This site will only be open until noon.

The tour costs $5 per person, and tickets will be available at each site.

For more information, call (254) 933-5305 or go to http://txmg.org/bell.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at chaefner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7551.

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