Workshops & Events

October 2013 – April 2014

Oct
5
Sat
WaterWise and Demonstration Garden Open House @ AgriLife Extension Office in Travis County
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come learn water wise practices for your home landscape at Travis County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Open House!

Travis County Master Gardeners are available for one-on-one discussion on installing drip irrigation, composting, vegetable gardening, raising chickens, and identifying good/bad bugs. Free event for the entire family with hands-on kid’s activities. Stroll the demonstration garden and ask questions. Great gardening publications available.

This event is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org. Call (512) 854-9600 for more information.

Oct
10
Thu
Selecting and Planting the Best Trees for Austin @ AgriLife Extension Office in Travis County
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The correct tree needs to be selected for the location to ensure success.  There are many factors to evaluate such as: What are the characteristics of soil where the tree will be planted?  What is the purpose of the tree?  Will the mature tree fit the space?  The speaker will guide you through the entire procedure.

  •  How is a quality specimen selected? Learn environment traits which offer clues to the tree’s health.
  •  What is the correct method for planting a tree? A step by step review of what to do and not do will be shared.
  •  The tree is in the ground, now what? Learn about watering, pruning, mulching, etc until the tree is established. Long term tree maintenance will also be discussed.

Jerry Naiser is an ISA Certified Arborist, Texas Forest Service – Certified Oak Wilt Specialist and Travis County Master Gardener. He has been published nationally on plant health care topics.

Oct
19
Sat
How to Grow Your Own Fruit @ AgriLife Extension Office in Travis County
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Begin with the basics of sustainable fruit production: site selection; site presentation; specific needs of various fruit crops including citrus, olives, pomegranates and jujubes.  In addition, to review the importance of choosing varieties and optimizing tree health and productivity, much of the focus will be on understanding how fruit crops respond to our every-changing weather conditions in Central Texas.  Tips will be given on how to enhance the sustainable production using Earth Kind principles with conventional crops such as peaches and berries.  Explore newly emerging fruit choices that can be grown with minimal inputs.

Mr. Monte Nesbitt is a Program Specialist at Texas A&M University on Pecans/Fruits/Citrus.

Feb
6
Thu
Composting for the Home Garden @ Classroom at Travis Co East Service Center
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For the first class in our series on Dealing with Drought Conditions, join us for a presentation on the value of compost in building and maintaining healthy soils. Whether you want to get ready for a fabulous spring garden, or just improve the health of you lawn and landscape, compost is an easy and inexpensive amendment, safe to use and beneficial for the environment. Cathy Wood, Master Gardener and compost specialist, will teach how to build an effective compost pile, and how to use its contents as an aid to increase water retention in soils of all types.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Water Conservation Series Register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone 979-845-2604

IMPORTANT: Due to road construction in front of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 1600-B Smith Road, all seminars normally held at Extension will be temporarily moved to our classroom at 6011 Blue Bluff Rd, 78724
for further information, please call (512) 854-9600. Click Here for Directions

Feb
8
Sat
Rose Selection and Care @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Master Gardeners Carolyn Williams and Holly Plotner will discuss rose selection and care to encourage better bloom production. They will cover the different types of roses and their features, as well as handy tools and their proper care.

 

Feb
20
Thu
Aquaponics–Principles and Practices @ Travis County East Service Center
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more about aquaponics?  Join us for this seminar to learn more!
AgriLife Extension specialists in College Station will be joining us via web video to present this program.

Small Acreage Horticulture Crops Series
Aquaponics–Principles and Practices (web Lync seminar)
Mar
6
Thu
Rain Water Harvesting @ Classroom at Travis Co East Service Center
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Just in time for glorious spring showers, Master Gardener Ed Parken will give a presentation on rainwater harvesting at the AgriLife Extension Office as we continue our series on Dealing with Drought Conditions.  Don’t let valuable rain water just wash down the gutter, when it could be watering your garden and landscaping.  Learn the basics of rainwater harvesting and how to construct a system suited for your situation.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Water Conservation Series Register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone 979-845-2604

IMPORTANT: Due to road construction in front of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 1600-B Smith Road, all seminars normally held at Extension will be temporarily moved to our classroom at 6011 Blue Bluff Rd, 78724
for further information, please call (512) 854-9600. Click Here for Directions

Mar
8
Sat
Heirloom Plants in the Spring Garden @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Author of several gardening books and founding editor and publisher of Homegrown: Good Sense Organic Gardening, Judy Barrett will discuss the merits of heirloom plants in the spring garden. Find out what makes a plant an heirloom, the pros and cons of using heirloom plants, and which of these plants do well here in central Texas.

Mar
29
Sat
Zilker Garden Festival @ Zilker Botanical Gardens
Mar 29 – Mar 30 all-day
Apr
3
Thu
Maintaining a Healthy Lawn @ Classroom at Travis Co East Service Center
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You may have considered reducing the size of your lawn and replacing it with hardscaping or native and adapted plants to conserve water. Although those are both viable options, Daphne Richards, Travis County Extension Agent, will show you how to properly water and care for your lawn so you can still have a beautiful carpet of grass for your family, friends, and pets to enjoy. Learn the proper techniques for watering, feeding and maintaining healthy grasses in this next class on Dealing with Drought Conditions.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Water Conservation Series Register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone 979-845-2604

IMPORTANT: Due to road construction in front of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 1600-B Smith Road, all seminars normally held at Extension will be temporarily moved to our classroom at 6011 Blue Bluff Rd, 78724
for further information, please call (512) 854-9600. Click Here for Directions