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Easy Composting with Worms!

Easy Composting with Worms!

July 16, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746 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. Worm castings are useful in many ways: compost […]

| June 14, 2016
Texas Tough Plants

Texas Tough Plants

June 9, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County 1600 Smith Rd, 78721 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 well adapted to handle Texas’ blazing summers, […]

| May 26, 2016
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

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

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
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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[...]
Aug
11
Thu
10:00 am Garden to Kitchen – Tips for a F... @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Garden to Kitchen – Tips for a F... @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Garden to Kitchen - Tips for a Fresh and Tasty Harvest @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service | Austin | Texas | United States
Backyard Basics Series: The best part of vegetable gardening is the harvest! Give your home‐grown vegetables the attention they deserve with proper harvesting and handling techniques. Master Gardener Patty Leander shares tips on when to[...]
Sep
8
Thu
10:00 am To Bee, or Not to Bee @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
To Bee, or Not to Bee @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
To Bee, or Not to Bee @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service | Austin | Texas | United States
Backyard Basics Series: Come learn all about bees: anatomy, society & communication. Gather information on establishing your first hive, beekeeping equipment and integrated pest management. Master Gardener Ginny Stubblefield has been a beekeeper for 3[...]
Oct
13
Thu
10:00 am Chickens in Your Backyard @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Chickens in Your Backyard @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chickens in Your Backyard @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service | Austin | Texas | United States
Backyard Basics Series: Are you ready for the fun and rewarding experience of keeping your own backyard chickens? Learn about planning your coop, breed selection, caring for chicks, ideas to beat boredom, diets for delicious[...]
Nov
10
Thu
10:00 am Preserving the Harvest @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Preserving the Harvest @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Preserving the Harvest @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service | Austin | Texas | United States
Backyard Basics Series: Learn about the key food preservation processes; freezing, dehydration and canning. Factors related to food spoilage and the science involved in prevention will be covered along with a basic review of the[...]
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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