A spring approaches, Log Cabin Village is reclaiming its gardens from winter and introducing a new monthly gardening series.

A living history museum in the 76109, the Village invites guests to take part in gardening while learning applicable techniques they can use at home.

While gardening in the Village, Pat Kriener, a master naturalist and master composter at Log Cabin Village, saw an opportunity to share her gardening knowledge, she said. Kriener proposed “Garden Thyme,” an event with monthly changing topics to highlight the changing season.

“I’m working in the gardens weekly,” she said, “and figured if I was going to do the work some people might benefit from me teaching it.”

Free with Village admission, the first "Garden Thyme" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 13. Participants can help build a compost pile while learning the difference between hot and cold compost.

During "Garden Thyme," Kriener will use her 25 years of gardening experience to teach skills that Texans used in the 1800s—Skills that can be useful in gardens today, she said.

Rena Lawrence, the Village’s educator and collection manager, wrote in an email, “Pat is very skilled at making challenging concepts seem so simple. I learn from her every time she works.”

Kriener said she hopes visitors will enjoy the series.

“I want people to get dirty hands and have fun,” she said. “If they are unsure about jumping in immediately, I encourage them to hang around and talk.  It is all about education and having fun.”

Log Cabin Village operates using many of the methods Texans used during the 1800s.  When visiting the Village, visitors can see a blacksmith, a working gristmill, a woodcarver, a school and talk with the Village’s historical interpreters who demonstrate frontier crafts.  There is also a hands-on cabin where visitor interaction is encouraged.

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