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:
(#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

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 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.