Monday, March 10, 2014

8th Annual East Austin Garden Fair: A Passion for Plants

Saturday, April 12,  9am-2pm
Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 E. Gonzales Street, Austin TX

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation are partnering to present the East Austin Garden Fair.

Free and open to the public, this fun, hands-on fair involves community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit to improve their family diet as well as information about Earth-Kind landscaping.  Get expert advice from Master Gardeners on all aspects of gardening and composting, as well as backyard chickens and beekeeping.  The fair will feature an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including garden planning, kids’ activities and container garden building.  FREE vegetable, herb and ornamental plants offered to participants while supplies last.

This event is open to the public and parking and admission are free.
For more information, please call 512-854-9600.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Two great seminars this week!

Rainwater Harvesting
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10am - noon
Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff, 78724
Just in time for glorious spring showers, Master Gardener Ed Parken will give a presentation on rainwater harvesting, as we continue our series on Dealing with Drought Conditions. Don't let valuable rain water just wash down the gutter, when it could be watering your garden and landscaping. Learn the basics of rainwater harvesting and how to construct a system suited for your situation.
Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Water Conservation Series
Register at or by phone $15. 
Heirloom Plants in the Spring Garden
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10am - noon
Zilker Botanical Garden
Author of several gardening books and founding editor and publisher of Homegrown: Good Sense Organic Gardening, Judy Barrett will discuss the merits of heirloom plants in the spring garden. Find out what makes a plant an heirloom, the pros and cons of using heirloom plants, and which of these plants do well here in central Texas.
This seminar is free; Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior. The seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardener volunteers with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For information, call (512) 477-8672.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Aquaponics Program Thurs, Feb 20, 2014

Are you interested in learning more about aquaponics?  Join us for this seminar to learn more!

AgriLife Extension specialists in College Station will be joining us via web video to present this program. 

Small Acreage Horticulture Crops Series
Aquaponics--Principles and Practices (web Lync seminar)
          DATE:  Thursday, February 20, 2014

          TIME:  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

          LOCATION:  Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Rd

          COST:  $15

          REGISTRATION:  AgriLife Conference Services

          More information:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fabulous New Peach Varieties Just Released!

It's the perfect time to plant fruit trees!  Check out these new varieties, extensively researched and just released by our amazing TAMU AgriLife Research specialists.  More information in this AgriLife Today press release.  If you don't subscribe to AgriLife Today, you really should.  It's the best way to find out all the fabulous things going on in Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and our sister agency, Texas A&M AgriLife Research. 

For local fruit tree information, check out our recently redesigned and updated Central Texas Horticulture website

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fabulous Fruit Workshop with Extension Specialist Monte Nesbitt

Although we offer basic fruit tree seminars occasionally, once a year we try to snag an Extension fruit specialist to join us for an intensive workshop.  And this year we are honored to be joined by Monte Nesbitt, who serves our entire state regarding fruit crop issues.  His specialty is citrus crops, but he'll be covering the gamut, so you won't want to miss it!  Of course he'll give you a list of great fruit crop choices for you to choose from, but he'll also discuss fruit crops that may not be the best suited for our area.  Along with site selection and cultural practices for various crops.

Please join us for this fabulous workshop.  I hope to see you there (and you might just meet the amazing Augie, too!).

WHEN:         Saturday, October 19, 2013
TIME:           10am-1pm
LOCATION:  Travis County AgriLife Extension Office
                    1600 Smith Rd., Austin TX  78721
COST:          $35

REGISTRATION:  AgriLife Register or call 979.845.2604
MORE INFO:        Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture, Travis County

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Texas Watershed Workshop

You're invited to a free Texas Watershed Steward Workshop focusing on water quality issues related to Austin and the Colorado River. The training is open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the Austin area and will be held from 8am-4pm, October 11 at the LCRA Redbud Center at 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. in Austin, TX 

For a map to the workshop location please visit  

This workshop is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board as part of the Texas Watershed Steward Program in order to educate local residents about the hazards of impaired water quality and inform them of the current state of water bodies in the area. The workshop will also highlight ongoing efforts to address water quality in the Colorado River and its tributaries. 

The training will include a discussion of watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and protect water quality. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management. 

We are also offering continuing education credit through this training for TDA pesticide license holders and professional engineers as well as certified planners, teachers, crop advisors, landscape architects, and nutrient managers. More information on the continuing education provided through this workshop can be found at
Sorry for the short notice!


Monday, September 30, 2013

Tree Seminar-October 10

Selecting and Planting the Best Trees for Austin
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 10am-12pm
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office
1600 B Smith Rd., Austin TX  78721

There are many factors that help insure the health of your landscape trees.  Come hear about how to select the right tree and location to get the most from your landscape trees.  Jerry Naiser,  ISA Certified Arborist, Texas Forest Service – Certified Oak Wilt Specialist, and Travis County Master Gardener, will walk you through how to evaluate for all the right criteria including soil, purpose of the planting, fit in landscape, selection of good specimen and planting.  He will also address ongoing tree care to keep your new tree in top shape. Registration is required: or call 979-845-2604.  $10 early registration, same day registration $15.

This talk is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County.  Call (512) 854-9600 for more information.