Garland Texas, Labor Day Parade and activities - September 4, 2017 hosted by the Garland Exchange Club

For a feel of Garland and our people on Labor Day 2017, visit the photo album I just posted on Loving Garland Green's Facebook page.

There are over sixty photos of the hundreds of people who attended this fabulous Americana event.  Take a look and see if you can identify yourself or any of your friends.

HAPPY LABOR DAY!  AND A BIG THANK-YOU TO ALL THE ENTREPRENEURS AND MAKERS IN THE USA.  It's those who make things who have made our nation great. In addition to honoring them on this special day, let's do all we can to encourage them all year long!   

Yes  we welcome dogs in Garland.  Many folks brought their pets with them to help us celebrate.




Mayor Douglas Athas holding a tagged butterfly.  The Mayor held the Monarch while I attached its unique tag: XGM628.  Our mayor is among mayors across the Monarch migratory paths who have signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. – Garland Community Garden September 2, 2017

Monarch Tagging in the Garland Community Garden Saturday

It began at 9AM on Saturday with Monarch netting and tagging in the Garland Community Garden.  We had lots of fun.  Garland Mayor, Doug Athas was there and got right into the effort of trying to tag a Monarch.  However, although we sighted at least four, we were only able to net and tag one.  I’m pleased to say I was the one who netted that female monarch—my first Monarch to net.  The Mayor held it while I affixed the tag, which officially and uniquely identified this monarch as XGM 268.  Her information was entered on the Monarch Watch Org data sheet.

It was fun to be able to spend time with the Mayor and his wife in the garden as well as several of my Loving Garland Green friends.  We are in the process of laying down mulch all over the front area of the garden in an effort to make it work-free.  Mulch is one great way to move toward that goal.  If mulch is placed over weeds and grass, it will keep them in their place.  If/when they peek up through the mulch, just put more on top—a lot easier than mowing or pulling weeds and grass.  We hope to be finished with the installation of our drip irrigation system in time for the November 4 Harvest Festival in the Garden.  That will be a major step in reducing time needed to maintain the garden.  As it is now, it takes one person two hours, just about every day over the summer to water the garden.  Once the drip irrigation system is operational, it will be automated with a timer at our faucet.  We will only need to monitor it to make sure it works, as it should.  Instead of 14 hours a week, we estimate the need for human intervention will be reduced to no more than 1 hour a week.


Mulched path in the front part of the Garland Community Garden-- You’ll see Lemon Grass growing in a container, our tipi trellis, butterfly sign and then the bean patch to the right.  September 1, 2017

More photos of the Monarch netting and tagging event can be found in the latest Loving Garland Green Facebook photo album.



Two sisters were driving by with their mother and the older one saw our sign and asked to stop and have her photo made.  Not only did they get their photo made, they also got to meet our Mayor.  Garland Community Garden September 2, 2017 

We hope that you will remember Loving Garland Green with a donation on North Texas Giving Day.


Garland MarketPlace – Saturday September 2, Downtown Garland Square

I was not able to make my usual visit to the MarketPlace on the downtown Garland Square this Saturday, but I’m sure it was as outstanding as it usually is and that most of my friends were selling their wares.  I hated to miss it as I know they need my support as much I need their support.  We are local together and have a ripple effect upon each other’s prosperity.  Read some of my previous posts on this great Garland event that happens on the first and third Saturday of the month.  Please support our Maker Community by shopping the Garland Square on the first and third Saturdays of the month.  These people need you and you need them.  For more information about this great event, here is the contact information for you.  


E-MAIL: Kirk.Eventive@Live.Com
PHONE: Tel: 469-275-9616

Indeed the American Dream is alive and well in our maker community.  




V Bikes seen all over beautiful downtown Garland, Texas.  You can see these all over Dallas and other DFW areas.  Please remember they originated in Garland, Texas. – Saturday September 2, 2017.

VBikes—Another Garland Maker Gift to the DFW Area

If you were at the Garland MarketPlace on the downtown Garland Square on Saturday, you probably saw some yellow bikes and may have wondered what they are.  There is a reason why we have the moniker “Texas made here”.  We are a maker community with over 300 manufacturing companies within the boundaries of our 57 square miles and this doesn’t even count all the individual makers in our community who manufacture items in their homes to sell online and at the Garland MarketPlace.

VBikes is an app-based, station-free bike-sharing service based in Garland.  To use a bike, an app user simply waves a phone over a bike's smart lock and pays one dollar per hour, with a limit of 10 hours per day

After a ride, the app shows the trip's duration, distance, calories burned and carbon footprint saved.  For more information about this great Garland innovation for transportation, visit VBikes website. 

 Mayor Athas demonstrated the VBikes App on Saturday when he visited the Garland Community Garden.  Of course he already has one!  - Saturday September 2, 2017 Garland Community Garden.




GARLAND’S LABOR DAY PARADE – Monday September 4, 2017

No one celebrates labor or Americana better than the Maker Community of Garland, Texas.  Respect for labor and people's work is the heart of our community.  Our parade is deemed the “largest Labor Day Parade west of the Mississippi.” This Garland Labor Day Exchange Event packs a fun-filled day of events for your entertainment. Check out a car show, browse through an arts and crafts market and bring the little ones to the Kids Corner for special games and activities.

The 72nd Annual Labor Day Parade and festivities are presented by the Noon Exchange Club of Garland and will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4.

A true community event, spectators will enjoy local bands, sports groups and floats during the parade through historic Downtown Garland.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Glenbrook Drive and Avenue D, then will head north on Glenbrook toward Main Street. Follow the parade east on Main and north on Fifth Street. The parade will continue down Fifth and will end near the Granville Arts Center. 

Following the parade, gather in the Downtown Garland Square for the Sixth Annual Exchange Club Labor Day Classic Car Show and Kids’ BBQ Competition.

The Kids’ BBQ Competition is open to children ages 10 to 18.

The $20 registration includes a spot to compete against other youth pit masters of similar ages. Food, supplies and grills will be provided. Cash prizes will be awarded to first-place ($100), second-place ($50), and third-place ($25) winners in three different age categories. Special thanks to event sponsors Lowes, Walmart and Sprouts.

To enter the post-parade car show in Downtown Garland, please enter at Sixth and Walnut streets beginning at 9 a.m. Registration cost is $20 per car and includes a T-shirt and dash plaque for the first 50 entries. For the car show only, registration will be available onsite. To participate in both the car show and parade, please follow the link below to register.

Register for the car show, parade and Kids’ BBQ Competition at


We hope you’ll visit Garland on Monday and see how Texas is made here in our community!  We would love to see you.  I'll be wearing my orange Garland Parks and Recreation T- Shirt and name tag  "Elizabeth Berry" -  come up and introduce yourself.  If you need more reasons to love Garland, Texas, just ask me.  It's a great community with more makers per square mile than probably any other place in Texas.


Male Monarch just before being netted and tagged – Photo by Rae, Loving Garland Green Member August 30, 2017 Garland Community Garden

Monarchs are going crazy down at the garden.  They are probably dizzy from all the available nectar.  Come to the Garland Community Garden at 4022 Naaman School Road to see more Monarchs in one place than anywhere else in Garland and perhaps the DFW area.  It will only get better up through the middle of October.

If you want to see how they are netted and tagged, come on down to the Garden Saturday, August 2, 2017 (also Charlie’s birthday).  He and others will be demonstrating how to net and tag Monarchs from 9 to 11 AM.



Teosinte Corn Patch – Garland Community Garden – August 30, 2017

The Mother of Corn has tassels!

On Wednesday we were overjoyed to see that our Teosinte had tassels (which means of course) that we will have corn.  Teosinte is believed to be the ancient ancestor of our modern-day corn.  It is often referred to as “the very first corn.”  I had just about given up on it producing because it has been well over 120 days since we planted it.  Susan Metz, a friend of the garden who is a Texas A&M researcher, had given us the seeds.  She had given up on hers and let the livestock on her farm have it. 

On Saturday, November 4, when we have our 2017 harvest celebration down at the garden, we will have some kernels of teosinte available for the public to see.  We will also have a mortar and pestle so those who want to can have a go at grinding this corn like the ancients in Mexico and Central America did thousands of years ago.  The first corn did not look like today’s corn.  Its ears were very small—only five or six inches long and no more than 12 dark kernels per ear.  If we had to do as much work as our ancestors did to obtain food, I’m guessing that obesity would not be the problem it is in our culture today.


Total Monarch Count for August 2017 at the Garland Community Garden 

We have released a total of six Monarchs who were rescued as caterpillars—all females.  Thus far we have netted tagged and released three Monarchs—one female and two males.  We anticipate many more as the Monarchs move deeper into their migration.


Jane Stroud, President Loving Garland Green holds a male Monarch tagged August 31, 2017 at about 9AM Garland Community Garden—the third tagged Monarch for August. 


Tagged Male Monarch, clinging for a goodbye in Charlie’s hand before taking off- August 30, 2017 Garland Community Garden. 


Tagged female Monarch Tagged and Released August 26, 2017 Garland Community Garden.


Peppers, Okra and Eggplant - Garland Community Garden August 31, 2017

We are in between our summer and fall season so our production has slowed somewhat.  However the peppers, okra and eggplant are producing and our tomatoes and beans are starting their second cycle.  We have lots of green tomatoes and beans that will be ready for picking in about a week or two. So far this year Loving Garland Green has donated over 200 pounds of produce to local charities here in Garland, Texas.


Please remember Loving Garland Green on North Texas Giving Day.

Loving Garland Green is very active in our local community.  Since we are a nonprofit, we depend upon donations to survive.

Beginning September 7, simply go to Loving Garland Green's information site at North Texas Day of Giving  and you can schedule your donation for Loving Garland Green.