Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Spring Events

March 25 & 26
Zilker Garden Festival


Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin 78746
Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stop by the Travis County Master Gardener’s vendor tent to purchase a variety of ornamental plants, vegetables and herbs then head over to Kids’ Corner for fun educational garden activities.

Entrance - $10 Adults (age 13+), $4 Children (age 4-12), Under age 4 Free, Parking $5

For more information visit
http://www.zilkergarden.org/ZGF/index.html


April 8
A Passion for Plants: An East Austin Garden Fair


Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin 78702
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rain or Shine

Ask the experts and get garden ideas - Lots of Kid-friendly activities! Fair showcases creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit as well as information about landscaping, backyard animals and an assortment of demonstration activities.

Free plants, garden magazines, seed catalogs and plastic garden buckets. Free soil screening for food gardeners – bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag.
 
For more information call 512-854-9600 or visit http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/east-austin-garden-fair/


May 6
Inside Austin Gardens Tour


5 private gardens, 1 public garden
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Rain or Shine

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at gardens that demonstrate realistic, sustainable practices for Central Texas. 


Garden Themes:
  • Earth-Kind Landscaping – environmentally friendly principles and a secret garden.
  • Wildlife Restoration/Preservation – fruits, veggies, beehives & miniature horses.
  • Birds, Butterflies, and Zen – natives, natural attractors along with meditation space.
  • Sun & Shade – sunny daylilies, shady umbrellas and gingers to soothe the soul.
  • Journey Through Fairyland – whimsical design, plethora of plants & a garden piano.
  • AgriLife Testing Ground – rainwater collection, new varieties and proven winners.
 
$20 advance purchase, $25 on tour day, $5 on tour day for single-garden ticket.
 
Information and tickets at www.InsideAustinGardens.org
 
 

Friday, January 27, 2017

All About Roses

Saturday - February 4, 2017
10 am - 12 noon
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

 
Incorporate user friendly roses into your new or existing garden plans! Travis County Master Gardener Cher Coleman has 30 years’ experience in the use of roses in a landscape.

She will teach you methods for proper selection of rose varieties, site prep and maintenance like pruning, pest control and fertilization. This session is excellent for newbies and experienced gardeners and questions are encouraged.

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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

All About Roses

Saturday - February 4, 2017
10 am - 12 noon
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

Incorporate user friendly roses into your new or existing garden plans! Travis County Master Gardener Cher Coleman has 30 years’ experience in the use of roses in a landscape.

She will teach you methods for proper selection of rose varieties, site prep and maintenance like pruning, pest control and fertilization. This session is excellent for newbies and experienced gardeners and questions are encouraged.

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, December 30, 2016

2017 Grow Green Landscape Professional Training

Landscape Professionals -
Registration is now open for the 2017 Grow Green Landscape Professional Training Series from the City of Austin.  This training gives professionals the opportunity to learn about earth-wise landscaping and management practices from experts. 

Classes will be held on five Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from January 20th through March 17th.

Registration & payment deadline is January 16, 2017. The classes are $20 per day or $75 for the series**.  Many of the talks will qualify for professional CEU’s.

Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/department/professional-training to register.  For questions contact Denise Delaney at Denise.Delaney@austintexas.gov or call  (512) 974-2581.


January 20 - Plants & Trees, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
February 3 - Edibles & Wildlife, Fiesta Gardens
February 17 - Rainscape Workshop, One Texas Center
March 3 - Maintenance & Treating Pests, Dougherty Arts Center
March 17 - Firewise Landscaping & Wildflower Center Tours, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

New attendees who would like to be listed on the Grow Green website will be required to attend all 5 days, but you can register for individual days. Returning attendees are required to attend at least one day of training each year to stay posted.

Attendees will receive a different giveaway each day, including a reusable travel mug, a garden kneeling pad, and a flash drive. Attendees who become Grow Green Landscape Professionals will also get a high quality folio or tablet case and 2 car magnets!
 
**Please note when you register on EventBrite there is a column before the quantity box that says the class is free. The classes are $20 per day or $75 for the series.  We cannot remove the word FREE from the EventBrite site.

Questions - Contact: Denise Delaney at Denise.Delaney@austintexas.gov, (512) 974-2581

www.austintexas.gov/watershed
www.facebook.com/austinwatershed
www.twitter.com/austinwatershed
www.growgreen.org

#ATXGrowGreen


Monday, December 5, 2016

Aquaponics 101 program - New Braunfels

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Comal County will hold an Aquaponics 101 program in New Braunfels in December. 

The program will be held in two parts at the AgriLife Extension office, located at 325 Resource Drive, New Braunfels.

$15 registration fee, which covers both parts of the program, is payable by cash or personal check at the door.

Part 1: Aquaponics terminology, system design, economics and marketing

Dec 14, 6-9 pm and repeated Dec 15, 9 am -noon

Part 2: Hands-on demonstration of how to build a simple system
Jan 10, 9 am - noon

The presenter is Peter Woods, AgriLife Extension program fisheries specialist, Corpus Christi.

This workshop is intended to provide information to people interested in growing fish and vegetables or other plants together in a closed system.  This is a good opportunity for participants to get hands-on experience with the construction and maintenance of an aquaponics system, along with getting information on the components needed to ensure successful system operation and production.  The program will address many practical aspects of aquaponics, including what type of fish to use, and how to measure pH, nutrient concentration, nitrate levels and more.

The first part of the program will be presented from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14, then repeated from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 15. This part will address aquaponics terminology, system design, economics and marketing.

The second part of the program from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 10 will be a hands-on demonstration of how to build a simple system.

To RSVP, contact Janet Sweet at 830-620-3440 or jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday Nov 5 - Demonstration Field Day

Using Water Wisely

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9 am to 1 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721


Learn about the entire spectrum of water saving solutions from high tech to no tech at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office Demonstration Field Day in Austin. You determine the best answer for your situation and pocket book.

Travis County Master Gardeners and Horticulturist Daphne Richards will be available to demonstrate and answer your questions on a one-on-one basis.

Discover various rain water catchment methods. See examples of various watering methods from a wicking bed to drip irrigation. Understand the importance of compost for water conservation and plant health. Gain knowledge about the importance of selecting the right plant for the right place. Look at ways to control heat (summer and winter) to increase vegetable garden production.

Come stroll the diverse garden and ask questions. Enjoy watching the butterflies, bees, blooming flowers, and growing vegetables. Take home lettuce seeds and how-to knowledge to accomplish your next project.

Demonstration Field Day is free and open to the public – No RSVP is required.

For more information, contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Seminars for November!

Preserving the Harvest
Thursday - November 10
10 am - 12 noon

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721


Learn about key food preservation processes; freezing, dehydration and canning. Factors related to food spoilage and science involved in prevention will be covered along with a basic review of tools and techniques involved.

Master Gardener Jeff Peters will provide a step‐by step illustration of the hot water bath canning process.

Cost: $10 thru 10/31, $15 starting 11/1 and onsite
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited, register 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
 
 

Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives 
Saturday - November 12
10 am - 12 noon

2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746
 
Photo: Giant reed (Arundo donax) along the Rio Grande, National Park Service ‐http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/chdn/monitor/exotics.cfm
 
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, 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. 

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), 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