Friday, March 25, 2016

Great Events for April!

Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Use
Thursday, April 14, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Take advantage of a rainwater collection system to help your landscape, trees and lawn survive Central Texas’ drought conditions. Master Gardener Ed Parken will discuss ways to collect rain, how to use it and ways to add art to a tank. He will provide a tutorial on PVC pipe construction and a tour of the rainwater collection system at the Extension Office Demonstration Garden.
Cost: $10 through 4/4; $15 starting 4/5 and on-site
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series.

A Passion for Plants: An East Austin Garden Fair
April 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702
Rain or Shine – come enjoy this great FREE event.

Ask the experts and get garden ideas.
Lots of kid-friendly activities!
Free vegetable, herb and ornamental plants
Free Soil Screening for food gardeners – Bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag. Easy instructions for soil sampling at

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the 10th 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. Travis County Master Gardeners offer University-based information to fairgoers on a diverse variety of horticulture topics, while Community Partner Organizations provide information on closely-related services, programs and projects.

The fair features an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including building a rain barrel, raised bed or compost bin, and information about waterwise irrigation methods and gardening in containers and straw bales. Learn how to care for house plants as well as your garden tools! Booths on backyard chickens and beekeeping are a big hit with all ages and there will be plenty of activities for kids.

Long-standing community partners and new participants include the Sustainable Food Center, Green Corn Project, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, Austin Public Library, Austin Fire Department, Austin Resource Recovery/Kansas State Univ, City of Austin-Urban Forestry, Brite Ideas – Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics, Austin Herb Society, 4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps, Travis County 4-H, Travis Co Master Wellness Volunteers and Travis County Cooperative Extension Program-Prairie View A&M University.

For more information, please call 512-854-9600 or visit: