Thursday, May 21, 2015

Preparing for the Fall Garden


June 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office
1600 B Smith Rd, Austin, 78721


Imagine gardening without sweat dripping from your brow or mosquitos buzzing in your ears or having to water every day. Those are just a few of the many benefits of the cool season vegetable garden. Join us as we discuss vegetable selection, soil preparation and the importance of timing for the fall and winter garden.

Master Gardener Patty Leander is a writer for Texas Gardener magazine and grows vegetables year round in her Oak Hill garden.
 
Space is limited, register to reserve your seat!
Cost: $10 thru 6/07, $15 starting 6/08 and onsite


Register by Phone: 
(979) 845-2604
Register Online: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600
Sue Carrasco, sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Information Sessions for 2015 Master Gardener Training Program-Travis County


Are you interested in becoming a Travis County Master Gardener?
If so, it’s time to apply!


In order to receive an application, you must attend one of our three (3) information sessions. Seating at each session is limited, so please arrive early to secure a seat.

All information sessions will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721

MG Information Session 1, Tuesday June 9, 2015, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
MG Information Session 2, Friday June 12, 2015, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
MG Information Session 3, Tuesday June 16, 2015, 10:00 to 11:00 AM


If you are unable to attend one of the 3 sessions offered, you will need to wait until the 2016 information sessions are offered, and thus you will not be able to apply for the 2015 program. No exceptions will be made.

At the information session, we will cover the details of the program, and answer any questions that you may have. You will receive a program application at your information session. Applications are not available elsewhere. No exceptions will be made.

After applications are received and reviewed, 50 applicants will be chosen for interviews. A maximum of 30 applicants will be accepted into the program. The fee for the 2015 Master Gardener program in Travis County is $250, payable upon acceptance into the program.

The course will meet every Tuesday, from 8 AM to 5 PM, from September 15 through November 17, at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Rd.

If you are accepted into the training program, complete the classroom training, and pass the final exam at the end of the course, you will be required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service by October 31 of the following year (2016 in this case). Your volunteer hours will be spent on various Extension-approved projects, which will be explained to you during the program.

A criminal background check is required of all Extension volunteers, including Master Gardeners. Therefore, as a matter of policy, criminal background checks will be run on all persons accepted into the Master Gardener training program.

The Master Gardener Program is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service a maximum of once per year in Travis County, but not necessarily held every year. The limited number of spaces in the program will be filled based on assessment of the applications and personal interviews.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Dealing with Drought – Alternative Methods of Gardening

May 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office
1600 B Smith Rd, Austin, 78721

If you have limited garden space or limited time yet still have a desire to nurture your green thumb, Master Gardener Pat Mokry will teach you how to raise carefree veggies, herbs and flowers using self-sufficient grow boxes. Then, for some ‘new’ gardening techniques, Master Gardener Marian Stasney will describe the ancient practices of both keyhole gardening and hugelkultur.


 
Cost: $10 through 5/10, $15 starting 5/11 and onsite 
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Butterflies in the Garden

May 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746



Want to start a butterfly garden for your school or even your own backyard? Do you want to help encourage pollinators to your plants? This seminar will focus on butterflies and how you can invite them into your space.

Kellyn Smith has been a Master Gardener since 2013 and has a specialization in entomology. A lover of all insects, she founded the butterfly garden at her school, a place she and her students treasure.

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. 

Presented by Travis Co Master Gardeners. For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

East Austin Garden Fair - Saturday 4/11


Rain or Shine - come enjoy this great event.  Meet us under the big oak trees or inside the Recreation Center (if raining).

April 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702


Visit Capital Metro for bus routes: https://www.capmetro.org/schedmap/
(#4 Montopolis, #17 Cesar Chavez or #300 Govalle)

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the ninth annual 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 the 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.

New information this year will address raising backyard rabbits, alternate methods of gardening, building a backyard greenhouse or hoop house, house plants and terrariums, and garden tools and techniques.

Long-standing partners and participants include the Sustainable Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Festival Beach Food Forest, Green Corn Project, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, Texas 4-H, AmeriCorps, AgriLife Extension Master Wellness Volunteers and Prairie View A&M University.

FREE vegetable, herb and ornamental plants offered to participants while supplies last.

For more information, please call 512-854-9600
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dealing with Drought – Tree Care

April 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
1600 B Smith Road,  Austin, TX 78721

$10 through 4/05, $15 starting 4/06 and onsite


Register:
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604

Space is limited so register early to reserve your seat!

NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
 
 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 droughts. 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 acting Program Manager at City of Austin Urban Forestry will share her knowledge on caring for trees.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

April Announcements!

Dealing with Drought – Tree Care


April 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Travis Co AgriLife Extension Service Office
1600 B Smith Road,  Austin, TX 78721

Registration: $10 through 4/05, $15 starting 4/06 and onsite
https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty

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

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

 
 

 A Passion for Plants: An East Austin Garden Fair


April 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the ninth annual 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 the 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.

New information this year will address raising backyard rabbits, alternate methods of gardening, building a backyard greenhouse or hoop house, house plants and terrariums, and garden tools and techniques.

Long-standing partners and participants include the Sustainable Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Festival Beach Food Forest, Green Corn Project, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, Texas 4-H, AmeriCorps, AgriLife Extension Master Wellness Volunteers and Prairie View A&M University.

FREE vegetable, herb and ornamental plants offered to participants while supplies last.

For more information, please call 512-854-9600
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