Workshops & Events

Nov
6
Thu
Backyard Basics: Backyard Chickens @ Travis County AgriLife Extension
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For our final course on Backyard Basics, Master Gardener and blogger Ally Stresing will share her love of backyard chickens in this informative talk on the care and maintenance of the home flock. From constructing a predator-proof coop, to choosing proper feed, to handling boredom and the pecking order, Ally will guide you through the ins and outs of caring for happy, healthy hens.

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

Feb
7
Sat
All About Roses @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Incorporate user friendly roses into your new or existing garden plans! Cher Groody is a master gardener with 30 years experience in the use of roses in a landscape. She will teach you methods for proper selection of rose varieties, site prep and maintenance like pruning, pest control and fertilization.   This session is excellent for newbies and experienced gardeners and questions are encouraged.

Presented by Travis Co Master Gardeners.  For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.

Feb
12
Thu
Dealing with Drought – Landscaping Basics @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn basic landscape principals and become familiar with the native and adapted plants to incorporate into your garden. Carolyn Williams has been a Master Gardener for over 14 years and a gardener in Central Texas for over 40 years. She hold both Basic and Advanced Landscape Design Certification from ACC. She will share her experience of working with good Texas tough plants to use in your designs.

Registration: $10 through 2/08, $15 starting 2/09 and onsite
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought series.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.

Feb
16
Mon
2015 Turfgrass Ecology Workshop @ Travis County East Service Center
Feb 16 @ 8:30 am – Feb 20 @ 4:30 pm

The Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course is an intensive 5-day educational opportunity for anyone interested in the fundamentals of turfgrass physiology and management. It is designed for professional turfgrass managers as well as anyone else in the green industry with a desire to learn the basics of how to properly manage turfgrasses with respect to growth, fertility, pest control, water use, water quality, etc. Attendees will be exposed to the fundamentals of proper turfgrass selection, growth and maintenance as well as the latest up-to-date information from a diverse collection of Texas A&M University faculty.

Short Course directed by Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist

Specific Topics Include:
– Introductory Turfgrass Physiology
– Turfgrass Species: Identification, Selection, and Establishment
– Turfgrass Management: Mowing, Fertility, and other Cultural Practices
– Turfgrass Water Use and Proper Irrigation Practices
– Soil Physical and Chemical Properties
– Water Quality: Analysis, Interpretation, and Implementation
– Pesticide Labeling and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Regulations
– Turfgrass Pest Management: ID and Control of Weeds, Diseases, and Insects
– Spreader and Sprayer Calibration: Classroom and Hands-on Exercises

Brochure:  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/dropinn/materials/material_512.pdf

Registration:  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Turf

Registration is $495 and includes the following:
• 5-day workshop
• Learning materials, articles, handouts, notebook, etc.
• Framed continuing education certificate
• TDA pesticide credits (amount to be determined)
• Sprayer calibration reference cards
• Athletic field and golf course educational tours
• On-site refreshments

Tax Deduction
If courses are taken to maintain and improve professional skills, a tax deduction is allowed for education expenses including registration fees, travel expenses, meals, and lodging. (See Treas. Reg. 1162-5 Couglin vs. Commissioner 203 F 2d 307).

Mar
12
Thu
Dealing with Drought-Using Native Plants in the Landscape @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dealing with Drought-Using Native Plants in the Landscape @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office | Austin | Texas | United States

Native Texas plants bring beauty and function to your garden while being well adapted to handle Texas’ blazing summers, drought, and other weather extremes. In addition to being water-wise, native plants provide great benefits to pollinators and birds.

4-H CAPITAL’s gardening specialist and Texas Master Naturalist Meredith O’Reilly will guide you in choosing the right natives for your yard and your garden goals.

Registration: $10 through 3/08, $15 starting 3/09 and onsite
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought series.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.

Apr
9
Thu
Dealing with Drought-Tree Care @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dealing with Drought-Tree Care @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office | Austin | Texas | United States

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 droughts. Learn about several tree maintenance procedures to increase a tree’s chance during drought such as mulching, proper pruning, limiting fertilization and supplemental irrigation.

Lara Schuman, an ISA Certified Arborist and acting Program Manager at City of Austin Urban Forestry will share her knowledge on caring for trees.

Registration: $10 through 4/05, $15 starting 4/06 and onsite
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought series.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.

 

Apr
11
Sat
Passion for Plants – East Austin Garden Fair @ Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Passion for Plants - East Austin Garden Fair @ Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center  | Austin | Texas | United States

Rain or Shine – come enjoy this great event.  Join us under the big oak trees or inside the Recreation Center (if raining).

Visit Capital Metro for bus routes: https://www.capmetro.org/schedmap/
(#4 Montopolis, #17 Cesar Chavez or #300 Govalle)

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the ninth annual East Austin Garden Fair.

Free and open to the public, this fun, hands-on fair involves community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit to improve the family diet as well as information about Earth-Kind landscaping. Get expert advice from Master Gardeners on all aspects of gardening and composting, as well as backyard chickens and beekeeping. The fair will feature an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including garden planning, kids’ activities and container garden building.

New information this year will address raising backyard rabbits, alternate methods of gardening, building a backyard greenhouse or hoop house, house plants and terrariums, and garden tools and techniques.

Long-standing partners and participants include the Sustainable Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Festival Beach Food Forest, Green Corn Project, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, Texas 4-H, AmeriCorps, AgriLife Extension Master Wellness Volunteers and Prairie View A&M University.

FREE vegetable, herb and ornamental plants offered to participants while supplies last.

For more information, please call 512-854-9600

2015 EAGF Flier

May
9
Sat
Butterflies in the Garden @ Zilker Botanical Garden
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Butterflies in the Garden @ Zilker Botanical Garden | Austin | Texas | United States

May 9, 10 am -12 pm

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78746

Seminar is free;
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior, $3 for non-Austin Residents

Butterflies in the Garden: Wanting to start a butterfly garden for you school or even your own backyard? Maybe, you have a small garden and just want to help encourage pollinators to pay you plants a visit. In this talk we will focus on butterflies and how you can invite them into your space. Kellyn Smith has been a Master Gardener since 2013. A lover of all insects she has a specialty in entomology and founded the butterfly garden at her school, a place she and her students treasure.

Presented by Travis Co Master Gardeners.  For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

See the Workshops & Events Calendar for more information.
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/calendar-2/

 

May
14
Thu
Dealing with Drought – Alternative Methods of Gardening @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dealing with Drought - Alternative Methods of Gardening @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office | Austin | Texas | United States

May 14, 10 am – 12 pm

Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
1600 Smith Road
Austin, TX 78721

If you have limited garden space or time yet still have a desire to nurture your green thumb, Master Gardener Pat Mokry will teach you how to raise carefree veggies, herbs and flowers using self-sufficient grow boxes. Then, for some more ‘new’ gardening techniques, Master Gardener Marian Stasney will describe the ancient practices of both keyhole gardening and hugelkultur.

Registration: $10 through 5/10, $15 starting 5/11 and onsite
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought series.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.