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East Austin Garden Fair

East Austin Garden Fair

Saturday – April 16, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Rain or Shine!) Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center – Gymnasium 2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702 Free: Admission, Plants (vegetables & herbs) Garden buckets, Garden books/magazines and soil screening for food gardeners. Easy instructions for soil sampling at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen    Visit with friendly gardeners regarding: •Bee Keeping, […]

| April 12, 2016
Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Use

Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Use

Thursday, April 14, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County 1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721 Take advantage of a rainwater collection system to help your landscape, trees and lawn survive Central Texas’ drought conditions. Master Gardener Ed Parken will discuss ways to collect rain, how to use it and ways […]

| April 7, 2016
Lawn Maintenance for Water Conservation

Lawn Maintenance for Water Conservation

  Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County 1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721 When there are drought conditions in Central Texas, landscape plants become water-stressed so it’s important to look at how you are caring for your lawn to help it survive. Learn how to look for […]

| February 19, 2016
Effects on Insect Ecology: How You Can Help

Effects on Insect Ecology: How You Can Help

Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County 1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721 The talk covers why insects and other arthropods are important to humans and other animals, how drought impacts various insect groups and how people can help attract and keep insects in their yard even in […]

| January 14, 2016
Texas First Detector

Texas First Detector

Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin 78746 “See something, say something”…a program that gardeners can use to improve observation skills detecting invasive pest (insects) and diseases such as the brown marmorated stink bug and rose rosette (see picture) that may appear and cause problems […]

| January 5, 2016
Compost

Compost

Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin 78746 Compost isn’t just a pile of dead leaves! It’s a vital community of microorganisms that work to add vital nutrients, moisture, and structure to your soil. Travis County Master Gardener Sheryl Williams will explain the basic science […]

| December 28, 2015

What is Travis County Horticultural Extension?

At Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, we are thrilled to see an immense and growing interest in home horticulture among Travis County residents! The Central Texas Horticulture website is the online resource for horticulture extension advice and information in Travis County.

To encourage the great local interest in environmental stewardship and home gardening, we offer a wide spectrum of literature and practical resources, host workshops and events throughout the Austin area, and coordinate the Travis County Master Gardener volunteer program.

Travis County’s Horticulture program holds free or low-cost public seminars on gardening and food preservation topics at various locations throughout the year. These interactive seminars help the public get more joy and productivity from their gardens, troubleshoot problems, and develop environmentally-sensitive gardening techniques. Seminars cover topics such as rainwater harvesting, seasonal vegetable gardening, lawn care, tree maintenance, native and adapted plants, food canning, propagating plants, and much more. More extensive, in-depth horticultural programs are also offered to individuals, farmers and green industry professionals. Many programs offer CEUs for private pesticide applicator licenses and Texas Nursery & Landscape Association membership.

Upcoming Events

May
12
Thu
10:00 am Tree Care @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
Tree Care @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tree Care @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County | Austin | Texas | United States
Dealing with Drought Series: Many trees are stressed by prolonged periods of hot, dry weather. Selecting trees that use water efficiently is one way to make your landscape more resistant to drought. Learn about several[...]
May
14
Sat
10:00 am Firewise Gardening @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Firewise Gardening @ Zilker Botanical Garden
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Firewise Gardening @ Zilker Botanical Garden | Austin | Texas | United States
A fire action plan saves lives and property through advance planning. Learn how to take steps to protect yourself and help first responders help you! Master Gardener Cher Coleman will provide you with landscaping tips[...]
Jun
9
Thu
10:00 am Texas Tough Plants @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
Texas Tough Plants @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas Tough Plants @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County | Austin | Texas | United States
Dealing with Drought Series: Are you looking for colorful, low-maintenance plants for your garden? Join us to learn about some terrific Texas native plants that can bring beauty and function to your garden while being[...]
Jul
16
Sat
10:00 am Easy Composting with Worms! @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Easy Composting with Worms! @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Easy Composting with Worms! @ Zilker Botanical Garden | Austin | Texas | United States
Let these “little composters” save landfill space while turning your kitchen vegetable and fruit waste into black gold! Even if you live in an apartment you can host a small bin under the kitchen sink.[...]
Aug
6
Sat
10:00 am Growing Green in Austin @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Growing Green in Austin @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Growing Green in Austin @ Zilker Botanical Garden | Austin | Texas | United States
Grow Green is an education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices. It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling, and an Integrated Pest Management philosophy, which encourages the least‐toxic way to address pest issues. Get ready[...]
Nov
12
Sat
10:00 am Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye ... @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye ... @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives @ Zilker Botanical Garden | Austin | Texas | United States
Invasive species have the potential to drastically change our Texas landscape. This presentation will cover the threats posed by invasive species, as well as responses to the threat. The Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program[...]

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