Friday, June 10, 2016

Saturday Seminars - Zilker Botanical Garden

Saturday Seminars are free and open to the public.
No RSVP is required.

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



 
Easy Composting with Worms!
July 16, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

Let these “little composters” save landfill space while turning your kitchen vegetable and fruit waste into black gold! Even if you live in an apartment you can host a small bin under the kitchen sink. Worm castings are useful in many ways: compost tea, potting soils, top dressing for house plants and seedlings, to name a few. Tommie Clayton, Master Gardener Compost Specialist, will show you how worm bins work, demonstrate how to construct your own worm bin, methods for harvesting castings plus brewing your own compost tea.


Growing Green in Austin
August 6, 2016, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

Grow Green is an education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices. It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling, and an Integrated Pest Management philosophy, which encourages the least‐toxic way to address pest issues. Attend this class to discover tips and all of the FREE resources available to help you create and maintain a beautiful Central Texas landscape that is good for your pocket book and the environment. Denise Delaney coordinates the Grow Green program for the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.



Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives
November 12, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

Invasive species have the potential to drastically change our Texas landscape. This presentation will cover the threats posed by invasive species, as well as responses to the threat. The Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program will be introduced, as one of several ways you can get involved in managing invasive species. As the Invasive Species Program Coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Hans Landel manages the Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program, manages the Texasinvasives.org website, and collaborates with other agencies and organizations in managing invasive species. He has performed conservation research both in the U.S. and internationally.  Site Photo: Giant reed (Arundo donax) along the Rio Grande, National Park Service ‐http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/chdn/monitor/exotics.cfm


Seminars are free and open to the public - No RSVP is required.
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12), seniors (age 62 & over), $3 for non-Austin Residents.  Cash or check accepted.

Contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Texas Tough Plants

June 9, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600 Smith Rd, 78721


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: $15
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

Friday, May 20, 2016

June Seminar

Texas Tough Plants
June 9, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600 Smith Rd, 78721

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.

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

Friday, May 6, 2016

Seminars Next Week!

Dealing with Drought - Tree Care
Thursday - May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600 Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721

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 Program Manager at City of Austin Urban Forestry, will share her knowledge on caring for trees.

Cost: $15 - 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


Firewise Gardening
Saturday - May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
A 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.

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

Friday, April 22, 2016

May Seminars

Dealing with Drought - Tree Care
Thursday - May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600 Smith Rd,  Austin, TX 78721

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 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


Firewise Gardening
Saturday - May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746

A 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.

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

East Austin Garden Fair - Saturday!

Come to a great garden fair - Rain or Shine! Saturday - April 16, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center - Gymnasium
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702
 
Free: Admission, Plants (vegetables & herbs), Garden buckets, Garden books/magazines and soil screening for food gardeners. Easy instructions for soil sampling at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen
 
Visit with friendly gardeners regarding:
  • Bee Keeping, Backyard Chickens, Bugs & Butterfly Gardening
  • Growing Fruit, Citrus, Vegetables & Herbs
  • Preserving Your Harvest & Food Safety
  • Lawns, Turfgrass & Tree Care
  • Drip Irrigation Methods & Rainwater Harvesting
  • Straw-bale Gardening, Grow Boxes & Keyhole Gardens
  • Firewise Landscaping & Native and Adapted Plants
  • Composting Basics & Worm Composting
  • Houseplants, Terrariums, Greenhouses & Hoophouses
  • Aquaponics, Community Gardens & Bio-intensive Methods
  • Caring for Garden Tools & much more!
 
Kids will have a great time with 20 activities on bugs, birds, bees, butterflies, seeds, herbs, leaves, soils and seeing nature up close. Get an apron and build a tool box at the Home Depot Kid's workshop.
 
For more information, please call 512-854-9600
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/east-austin-garden-fair/ 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Use

Thursday, April 14, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721


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 AgriLife Extension Service - Demonstration Garden.

Cost: $15  - 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

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series.