The 2021 Drought to Deluge Austin Gardening Programs

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If you’re gardening in Austin, sometimes it feels like everything is conspiring against you. The weather, the soil, the topography, and the number of pests and diseases can overwhelm even the most experienced gardener. Help is on the way!

Travis County Texas A&M AgriLife will be hosting several programs in 2021 to help Austin area gardeners be more successful. Topics range from Planning and Design to Vegetable Gardening.

The program features experts from Texas A&M University, AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners,  and the Wildflower Center. The focus is on the seven principles of xeriscaping as featured in the publication: From Drought to Deluge, The Resilient Central Texas Garden. The program also has two sessions on growing fruit and vegetables.

All Programs are Virtual
From Drought to Deluge book cover

The programs utilize an online webinar format with advance registration. The webinar capacity is 100 attendees, so please register early and sign-in on time. Participants will be able to submit questions to the speakers before and during the presentations.

The individual webinars will be posted on the Travis County Texas A&M AgriLife event calendar. You can get notified once the event links are available by subscribing to email notifications, or just by visiting the Events Calendar on the website. Events are also typically featured on the Travis County Horticulture home page.

Upcoming Topics

August – HOA Landscape Makeover and Plant Selection

Travis County Master Gardener Jo Anne Hargraves served as project manager to landscape the entrance of her RiverPlace neighborhood. She coordinated with her home owners association (HOA), TxDot, Texas Gas Service, various trades people, and landscape architects. If you’re doing similar landscaping projects with your HOA, don’t miss this session on August 4th from 10 am to noon. Jo Ann will take questions as time allows. Registration link coming soon.

September – Fruit Trees

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Photo courtesy Kerry Drake, Sunshine Community Gardens

Dr. Larry Stein, Horticulture Department Head from Texas A&M University will help you plan for and manage fruit in your landscape on September 14th from 10 am to noon.  Dr. Stein will take questions as time allows. Registration details coming soon.

Past Webinars in the Drought to Deluge Gardening Series

You can find links to all available recordings on Our Favorite Gardening Resources page.

  • Restore. Reimagine. Reinvent. Prairie Landscapes for Austin with John Hart. Broadcast Date 2/9/2021
  • Homeowner Landscaping Plans: Site Documentation and Analysis with Sandy Stone. Broadcast Date 2/19/2021
  • Homeowner Landscaping Plans Design & Construction with Sandy Stone. Broadcast Date 2/26/2021
  • Soil Nutrient Management with Dr. Jake Mowrer. Broadcast Date 3/2/2021
  • Practical Lawns – Turfgrass Management with Water In Mind with Dr. Chrissie Segars. Broadcast Date 4/8/2021
  • Drought to Deluge: Water-Wise Ways with Kirk Walden. Broadcast Date 5/25/2021
  • Vegetable Gardening in Central Texas with Sheryl Williams. Broadcast Date 6/15/2021

Additional Resources

Buy From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Central Texas Garden directly from Travis County Master Gardeners

Watch the interview about From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Central Texas Garden on Central Texas Gardener

Sign up for Travis County Horticulture Event Notifications

Monthly Gardening Calendar for the Austin Area

Basic Landscape Design

Soils and Composting for Austin

Lawns in the Home Landscape

How to Water Efficiently in Central Texas

Ornamental Plants

Plant Problems and Maintenance

Edible Gardens for Austin

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Sheryl Williams, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9616 or sheryl.williams@ag.tamu.edu ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

 

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