Thursday, September 14, 2017

Water-Wise Symposium for Home Gardeners

Saturday -  September 30, 2017
10 am - 4:45 pm
Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library
651 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Water-Wise Symposium for Home Gardeners:
All-Day Program Features Experts from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Travis County Master Gardener Association and the City of Austin
Participants will learn how to save precious water and money by capturing, channeling and controlling water in the lawn and garden. They will get practical advice from a distinguished panel of Austin experts. Topics covered in the day-long program include rainwater collection, rainscapes, efficient home and garden design, grey water use and City of Austin rebates.
Marian Stasney, program coordinator, said: “Water conservation and control are increasingly crucial for Central Texas. This symposium is a unique opportunity for home gardeners to get comprehensive information all in one place, all in one day.” Attendance at the symposium is free. But, advance registration is required because seating is strictly limited.
The agenda for the full-day symposium is as follows;
  • 10:00 – 10:50   Rainwater Collection, Ed Parken, Travis County Master Gardener
  • 11:00 – 12:00   Rainscapes, Tom Franke, COA Watershed Protection Department
  • 1:00 – 1:50       Water Efficiency, Jerry Naiser, Travis County Master Gardener
  • 2:00 – 2:50       Holistic Home Design for Water Collection and Conservation, Billy Kniffen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, ARCSA instructor
  • 3:00 – 3:50       Grey Water Use and Design, Robert Stefani, Austin Water
  • 4:00 – 4:15       Rebates from City of Austin, Chris Charles, COA
  • 4:15 – 4:45       Panel Discussion:  Best Practices
Attendance at the symposium is limited to 45 people. Based on similar programs, the symposium is likely to sell out well in advance. Interested residents should register as soon as practical.
Attendance is free. But advance registration is required at The program will be held at the Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702. Lunch is not provided. Numerous restaurants are nearby.