Workshops & Events

Oct
23
Fri
Central Texas Grounds Maintenance Workshop – Austin @ Travis County East Service Center
Oct 23 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Central Texas Grounds Maintenance Workshop - Austin @ Travis County East Service Center | Austin | Texas | United States

 

When:    Friday, October 23, 2015, 8:30 Registration,  9 am – 4 pm Program
Where:  Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Rd, Austin, 78724
Cost:      $60 (through 10/13), $75 (10/14 and on-site), BBQ lunch is included
CEUs:    3 Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Pesticide CEUs
Contact: Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture drichards@ag.tamu.edu, 512.854.9600

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co will hold a Grounds Maintenance Workshop on Oct 23, 2015.   This conference is in response to our ongoing critical water issues.  The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms.

The goal of the workshop is to share best practices for water conservation and turfgrass management.  Three Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) pesticide credits are available to attendees.

Presentations and speakers will be:

  • Irrigation Practices, Soil Management and LCRA Rebates/Resources, Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA
  • Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment, Daphne Richards Travis County Extension Agent – Horticulture
  • Turfgrass Selection & New Cultivar Releases Matt Elmore, Assistant Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist
  •  Turfgrass Management (Insects, Weeds & Diseases), Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist

On-line Registration Coming Soon:
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty (by phone at 979-845-2604)

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Nov
12
Thu
Backyard Basics – Bold and Beautiful Edibles @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Backyard Basics - Bold and Beautiful Edibles @ Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office | Austin | Texas | United States

Nov 12, 10 a.m. to noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road

Come join us to learn about edible plants with ornamental potential for Central Texas landscapes. We’re talking artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, herbs and more. Some are perennials, some are annuals, but all will beautify your landscape and satisfy your appetite.

Master Gardener Patty Leander is a writer for Texas Gardener magazine and grows vegetables year round in her Oak Hill garden.


Cost
: $10 thru 11/02, $15 starting 11/03 and onsite, NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact:  Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Backyard Basics series.

Jan
9
Sat
Compost @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Compost-Sheryl1Compost 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 of how compost is created, what materials you can use to make compost, types of compost containers and which to choose, plus what type of compost is best for your garden. Join the tour of the Zilker Botanical Garden Compost Demonstration area to compare different types of compost systems ‐ please dress appropriately.

 

Seminar is free
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over),  $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

Feb
6
Sat
Texas First Detector @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

RoseRosette-DetectorSee 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 in our gardens and landscapes. Susan Jung and Tommie Clayton, Travis County Master Gardeners, will introduce you to the National Plant Diagnostic Network program, review “wanted posters” so you’ll know what to look for, web based resources, and where to report sightings for confirmation.

 

Seminar is free
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over),  $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.

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

Feb
11
Thu
Effects on Insect Ecology: How You Can Help @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Dealing with Drought Series:

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 times of drought.

Wizzie Brown serves as Program Specialist – IPM in the Austin metroplex encompassing Travis County and surrounding counties. Visit her blog at http://urban-ipm.blogspot.com/

Cost: $10 through 2/1; $15 starting 2/2 and on-site
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.

Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Mar
10
Thu
Lawn Maintenance for Water Conservation @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Dealing with Drought Series:

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 signs of insects, diseases and weeds. Find out the best way to water, fertilize, and mow your lawn. Daphne Richards, County Extension Agent—Horticulture leads educational programming in the areas of home horticulture, urban agriculture, and the green industry. She also serves as the coordinator of the local Master Gardener program.

Cost: $10 through 2/29; $15 starting 3/1 and on-site
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

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Apr
14
Thu
Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Use @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Dealing with Drought Series:

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 to add art to a tank. He will provide a tutorial on PVC pipe construction and a tour of the rainwater collection system at the Extension Office Demonstration Garden.

Cost: $10 through 4/4; $15 starting 4/5 and on-site
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

 

May
12
Thu
Tree Care @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tree Care-Schuman 2016Dealing 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 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.

Cost: $10 through 5/2; $15 starting 5/3 and on-site
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

 

May
14
Sat
Firewise Gardening @ Zilker Botanical Garden
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Firewise-ColemanA 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 to create a defensible space, things you can do to make your home more fire resistant. Review checklists for family preparedness, disaster plans and evacuations provided by the Texas Forestry Service and the Austin Fire Department.

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd,  Austin, TX 78746

Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over),  $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

 

Jun
9
Thu
Texas Tough Plants @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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 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.

Cost: $10 through 5/30; $15 starting 5/31 and on-site
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu