Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Pruning Fruit Trees and Berry Canes Workshop at Gus Garcia Community Garden

Pruning Fruit Trees
February is the perfect month for pruning fruit trees and berry canes. Travis County Master Gardeners Reed Burnam, Joe Posern, and Sheryl Williams will be conducting a hands-on workshop on how to prune peaches, plums, pomegranates, figs, persimmons, loquats, and blackberries.

Please join us February 15, 2020 from 10am to 1pm. The workshop is held outdoors at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center Community Garden, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78753.

Space is limited, please reserve your spot here

The Gus Garcia Community Garden features vegetable beds and fruit. It is a great example of what can be grown in your backyard or neighborhood. The trees and berries planted in the garden were selected from recommended varieties for Travis County.

Here's What to Bring

You will need to bring your own tools and dress appropriately. The workshop will occur rain or shine.
  • Hat
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Gloves
  • Coat/rain gear if needed
  • Rubber boots or closed toe shoes
  • Sunscreen if needed
  • Water
  • Hand pruners, loppers, and pruning saws that have been cleaned and disinfected with 70% isopropyl alcohol and are labeled with your name. Bring them all if you have them.

Liability Waiver Required

The Austin Parks Foundation requires each participant to sign their liability waiver form. You can download the form here. Please bring a signed copy with you.

Resources to Read Up On

Here is a list of resources you can review prior to the class. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and provide expert gardening advice to help you achieve success. You can find other great gardening resources on Our Favorite Gardening Resources for Austin and Travis County page.

Please allow time to stack brush at the conclusion of the workshop.

Questions? Please contact Sheryl Williams, 512-854-9600 or

Friday, January 17, 2020

Gardening Seminar on March 7: Drought to Deluge, Creating the Resilient Central Texas Garden

Drought to Deluge in Central Texas
Lake Travis during drought and deluge. Photo courtesy of KXAN.

Date/Time: March 7, 2020  / 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where:  Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden,  2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin 78746
Admissions: (credit card, cash or check):
  • Children (Ages 2 & Under) - Free
  • Youth (Ages 3-17) Austin Resident  $3.00, Non Austin Resident $4.00
  • Adults (Ages 18 - 61) Austin Resident $6.00,Non Austin Resident $8.00
Parking: Parking in the lot is very limited. Overflow parking can be found on Stratford Drive.

Gardening in Austin is tough. Texas meteorologist Isaac Monroe Cline reportedly said back in 1927 that “Texas is a land of perennial drought, broken by the occasional devastating flood.” The extremes of temperature and moisture coupled with the diverse geology of the region means that conventional gardening advice often doesn't apply.

Travis County Master Gardeners Sheryl Williams and Kirk Walden will discuss how to cope with weather patterns and how to work with the soil and gardening site you have. Additional topics include hydrozones, which are garden areas that have specific moisture requirements because of the plantings or natural factors, irrigation best practices and suggestions for a maintenance calendar.  This seminar will include a short walking tour of Zilker Botanical Garden to discuss its geology and water.

About the speakers: Sheryl Williams grew up on a farm and holds a degree in Agricultural Education from Oregon State University.  She is a Compost Specialist and has experience with food production, rainwater harvesting, permiculture, and growing native plants. Kirk Walden is a hands-on experiential gardener.  When he moved to Austin his home had virtually no landscaping, mostly just limestone and cedars.  His determination to beautify it led to an avocation as a serious gardener.