Throughout the year the Travis County Master Gardeners go on the road to public events around the county, including garden festivals, community fairs, our own public seminars, and special nursery events to bring sound gardening advice to event-goers. We talk one-on-one with the public, giving out free Extension publications on many gardening topics, and we will discuss with you what plants will grow in different conditions, how to help them thrive, and we will even diagnose your plant problems if you bring us a sample.
We also sponsor public seminars on gardening topics throughout the year at different locations in the county. In the Spring, a Dealing with Drought Series is offered and in the Fall we host Backyard Basics. Our goal is to help the public learn easy-to-follow tips they can do on their own that will help them get more joy from their gardens, and to learn from research-based Extension and other sources what can go wrong in the garden and what to do about it in environmentally sensitive ways.
Lectures include such common themes as rainwater harvesting, vegetable gardening, lawn care, tree maintenance, native and adapted plants, propagating plants, and much more. Join us for some really great free learning opportunities and bring your questions!
Our other events include the Inside Austin Gardens Tour, East Austin Garden Fair and Zilkerfest. The Inside Austin Gardens Tour is a great opportunity to see first hand the fundamentals of sustainable gardening in private gardens. The annual East Austin Garden Fair is a FREE public gardening event that features booths, presentations and activities that include growing vegetables, backyard chickens, bee keeping, nutrition and cooking, pests, square foot gardening, and activities for kids. At Zilkerfest, native and adapted annuals & perennials grown by Master Gardeners are for sale. Stop by the Gardening Talks area to enjoy a seminar and take the children to Kids’ Corner to learn about plants and take home seedlings.
To find out more about these great workshops and semianrs – visit http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/calendar-2/
Looking for a speaker for your garden group? The Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau provides trained speakers on a wide variety of gardening topics. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your group name, meeting date and place, and topic to be discussed.