Landscape, gardening seminar slated Nov. 3 in Weslaco

WESLACO  –  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cameron County Master Gardeners will hold a landscape and gardening seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Texas A&M University Kingsville Citrus Center, 312 N. International Blvd. in Weslaco.

Participants at last year’s landscape and gardening seminar examine rainfall effects on turfgrasses. (AgriLife Extension photo courtesy of Jennifer Herrera)

“We are especially pleased to have as our keynote speaker a best-selling author, Dr. William Welch, a Texas A&M professor and landscape horticulturist with AgriLife Extension in College Station,” said Jennifer Herrera, an AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Cameron County.

Welch, a pioneer in the use of perennials in Southern gardens, is a regular contributor to Southern Living Magazine and has written several books on horticulture, Herrera said.

“He is the author of Heirloom Gardening in the South, Antique Roses for the South, The Southern Heirloom Garden and Perennial Garden Color,” she said. “He is a well-known authority on horticulture online, in print and on radio, and he has graciously agreed to be available for book signing.”

Other speakers include Dr. Juan Anciso, an AgriLife Extension citrus and vegetable specialist in Weslaco; Chris Doug Purl, owner of Doug’s Drip Irrigation in La Feria; and Chris Hathcock, a wildlife and native plant specialist at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge south of Alamo, Herrera said.

Topics to be covered include cultural contributions to South Texas gardens; antique and landscape roses for the Lower Rio Grande Valley; perennials, bulbs, trees and shrubs adapted to the area; native plants; drip irrigation and integrated pest management.

Registration is $65 and includes lunch and a landscape notebook.

To register or for more information, contact Rosalinda Salinas at 956-498-7840.

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