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.