It was especially nice of Dr. Wm. Johnson, Galveston County Extension Horticulturist, to cross the causeway for the event. I know William is an incredible administrator and leader but I sometimes forget what an extremely knowledgeable horticulturist he is. That became evident after the entire group was stumped by a lemon tree pest brought in for identification. We all looked at the affected leaf under the scope but it wasn't until William arrived that we had a positive ID - Citrus Blackfly. Dr. Johnson followed up with a link to this additional information
Other topics of conservation included adapted plant materials for our area, garden success (and failure) stories, upcoming events, and even a debate on how to pronounce bulbine. Towards the end of the evening we gave away a few door prizes, including 2 roses - Julia Childs and Red Drift. Fortunately, Dennis Jones, former curator of the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens Rose Display, was there to provide a detailed description of each variety. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, leaving everyone in attendance asking - "when is the next GGHH?"