Friday, September 25, 2015

Inside Austin Gardens Tour

October 17, 2015 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
6 private gardens,  1 public garden
The Travis County Master Gardeners Association's popular Inside Austin Gardens Tour provides a rare look inside six special private gardens and one public experimental garden that demonstrate realistic, sustainable gardening practices for Central Texas.

Tickets purchased via the website or at garden sites.
$19 advance purchase, $20 at the gardens.
Single-garden tickets available on the day of the tour for $5.

Information and tickets at
Tour Map

Garden Themes:
Flashy Natives – bright and colorful
Sunbathing Natives – brutal, full sun
Shady Natives – shade and under trees
Death-Defying Natives – especially hardy, minimal water
Cottage Natives – Texas tough classics
Oh Deer! – deer-resistant, not deer-proof
Native Testing Ground – new varieties and proven winners

Tour presented by Travis County Master Gardeners Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 512-854-9600

Friday, September 18, 2015

Backyard Basics - Plant Propagation

October 8, 10 a.m. to noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin 78721

Learn how to make new plants for your yard through propagation methods such as rooting slips and cuttings. In this workshop you will assemble a self-watering propagator and select cuttings to grow new plants. All supplies, instructions, and cuttings will be provided for each participant.

Master Gardener Sue King, a Plant Propagation Specialist, is a retired school librarian, an avid soup-maker, and a life-long gardener. Master Gardener Carolyn Turman found propagating plants using cuttings as an easy and inexpensive way to add wonderful additions to her landscape.

Only 8 seats left - No on-site registration available.
Cost: $25 thru 9/28, $30 starting 9/29.

Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
No cash accepted-checks & credit cards only.

Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or

Monday, September 14, 2015

Central Texas Grounds Maintenance Workshop-Austin

When:  Friday, October 23, 2015,  8:30 Registration, 9 am - 4 pm Program
Where: Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Rd, Austin, 78724
Cost: $60 (through 10/13), $75 (10/14 and on-site), BBQ lunch is included
CEUs: 3 TDA Pesticide CEUs

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co will hold a Grounds Maintenance Workshop on Oct 23, 2015. This conference is in response to our ongoing critical water issues.

The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms.

The goal of the workshop is to share best practices for water conservation and turfgrass management. Three Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) pesticide credits are available to attendees.
Presentations and speakers:
  • Irrigation Practices, Soil Management and LCRA Rebates/Resources,  Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA
  • Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment,  Daphne Richards, Travis County Extension Agent – Horticulture
  • Turfgrass Selection & New Cultivar Releases,  Matt Elmore, Assistant Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist 
  • Turfgrass Management (Insects, Weeds & Diseases),  Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist
On-line Registration:

Register by phone: 979-845-2604

Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture, 512.854.9600

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Seminar Next Week - Natural Pest Control

Thursday, September 10, 2015
10 am to 12-noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Come learn how to tell pests from other insects found in your backyard.

Learn a combination of practices to prevent or avoid pest problems rather than treating them once they occur.

Stabilize your landscape so that conditions are more favorable for plants than for pests.

Wizzie Brown serves as Program Specialist – IPM in the Austin metroplex encompassing Travis County and surrounding counties.

Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Cost: $15, No cash accepted-checks & credit cards only.
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Backyard Basics series.