Workshops & Events

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.

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