Workshops & Events

Jun
9
Tue
Master Gardener Training-Information Session #1 @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you interested in becoming a Travis County Master Gardener? If so, it’s time to apply!

In order to receive an application, you must attend one of our information sessions. Seating at each session is limited, so please arrive early to secure a seat.

MG Information Session 1, Tuesday June 9, 2015, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
MG Information Session 2, Friday June 12, 2015, 12:00 to1:00 PM
MG Information Session 3, Tuesday June 16, 2015, 10:00 to 11:00 AM

All information sessions will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions offered, you will need to wait until the 2016 information sessions are offered, and thus you will not be able to apply for the 2015 program. No exceptions will be made

Jun
12
Fri
Master Gardener Training-Information Session #2 @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office
Jun 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in becoming a Travis County Master Gardener? If so, it’s time to apply!

In order to receive an application, you must attend one of our information sessions. Seating at each session is limited, so please arrive early to secure a seat.

MG Information Session 1, Tuesday June 9, 2015, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
MG Information Session 2, Friday June 12, 2015, 12:00 to1:00 PM
MG Information Session 3, Tuesday June 16, 2015, 10:00 to 11:00 AM

All information sessions will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions offered, you will need to wait until the 2016 information sessions are offered, and thus you will not be able to apply for the 2015 program. No exceptions will be made

Jun
20
Sat
Best Culinary Herbs for Austin @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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June 20th – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

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.

Make meals more flavorful by growing your own herbs.  Mild or savory herbs are delicate while pungent herbs add zest. Master Gardener Judith Craft will talk about the best herbs to grow in the Austin area. If time allows, she will lead a walk through the herb garden at Zilker.

Judith became a Master Gardener after retiring and has been the primary volunteer in the herb garden at Zilker Botanical Garden for the past 10 years and a member of the Austin Herb Society for 25 years.

Jul
18
Sat
Pond Basics – the Big, Bad and Beautiful @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pond Basics - the Big, Bad and Beautiful @ Zilker Botanical Garden | Austin | Texas | United States

July 18 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

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

 

Come learn about the steps of building a pond in your backyard and the best tips for success.

Jeannie Farrier, Austin Pond Society Board Member and 2014 President, and also a retired teacher, has had ponds for over a decade.  Her most recent pond holds 10,000 gallons.

Aug
8
Sat
Photography in the Garden @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Photography in the Garden @ Zilker Botanical Garden | Austin | Texas | United States

August 8,  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

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

Learn how to take plant pictures with impact –namely composition and lighting.  This seminar will begin with an overview of cameras (film & digital), lenses and composition.  Course prerequisites:  study the owner’s manual on your camera.

Sam is a long time photographer and Master Gardener specializing in presentations on Beneficial Insects and Plant Photography. In 2009, he was selected as “Photographer of the Year” in the Travis County Master Gardener photo contest.

Oct
17
Sat
Inside Austin Gardens Tour @ various locations
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Inside Austin Gardens Tour @ various locations

The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will hold the ever popular Inside Austin Gardens Tour (IAGT) – Oct 17, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm.
The tour provides a rare look inside six special private gardens and one public experimental garden that demonstrate realistic, sustainable gardening practices for Central Texas.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via the website or at the garden sites. Complete information and tickets at www.InsideAustinGardens.org.

Access to the public garden at 1600 B Smith Road is free and Master Gardeners will gladly show you how to create a garden utilizing soil building techniques, share guidelines on building a rainwater harvesting system, reveal efficient water delivery methods, introduce you to a wide range of adapted plants that survive and thrive plus tips for growing your own flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Tour presented by Travis County Master Gardeners Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 512-854-9600.

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.

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