Last weekend was big for fruit tree sales in Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. There aren't any county sales this weekend, but several independent nurseries and garden centers have a myriad for sale. And two will have teachers on site to answer all your fruit tree questions.

The Arbor Gate will host their Fruit Tree Culture Day on Saturday, and the Enchanted Nurseries will have noted citrus propagation and breeding expert John Panzarella on hand. He'll be at Enchanted Forest at 10 a.m. Saturday and at Enchanted Gardens at 2 p.m.

Maybe you've already purchased your fruit trees for this year, or maybe you are all set from last year. Or perhaps you're just gathering as much information as you can. Whatever your situation, it's worth taking in these educational opportunities.

One of the most often-asked fruit tree questions I get these days on GardenLine involves "spacing." Many listeners seem concerned that they don't have enough room in their yards to grow more than one fruit tree. I say BALDERDASH! I have a friend who has nearly 60 on his typical quarter-acre lot. You can have several if you just get some expert advice. One Arbor Gate class is called "High-density Home Orchard Management" with Angela Chandler of The Garden Academy. It's at 10 a.m., but if you can't make it, check out some highlights online.

Other Garden Gate classes on Saturday are:
11:30 a.m. - Pest and Disease Management in Fruit Orchards with my buddy Professor Seth Knight
1:00 p.m. - Growing Fruit in Containers with Angela Chandler
2:30 p.m. - Pruning and Training Fruit Trees with Bill Adams

Our good friends at Buchanan's Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St. in the Heights, will also have plenty of fruit trees for sale this weekend, but they have a different fruit-type workshop on Saturday: "Tomato Time" with The Gunters. (Remember - tomatoes technically are a fruit, even though we consider them a vegetable.) The Gunters are this region's go-to Heirloom veggie experts, and they'll have a marvelous selection of Heirlooms and hybrids available. Plus they'll be answering questions starting at 10 a.m.

Now there's no need to hit the panic button if you can't make any of these Saturday events. There are still some county extension service and master gardener fruit tree sales coming up in February:

The Arbor Gate
Feb. 4 — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fruit culture workshops and demos throughout the day
15635 FM 2920, Tomball
281-351-8851
www.arborgate.com

Brazoria County Master Gardeners
Feb. 11 — 8 a.m.
Brazoria County Fairgrounds
979-235-0139

Harris County Master Gardeners (Precinct 2)
Feb. 18 — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or until sold out
Pre-sale talk begins at 8 a.m.
Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena
281-855-5600
hcmga.tamu.edu

Galveston County Master Gardeners
Feb. 18 — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or until sold out
Pre-sale talk begins at 8 a.m.
Galveston County Fairgrounds, 10 Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock
281-534-3413
galveston.agrilife.org