23rd Northeast Texas Horticulture Field Day a hit with horticulture enthusiasts

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Brent Pemberton, 903-834-6191, b-pemberton@tamu.edu OVERTON – Master Gardeners Linda Brown and Brenda Kinney sat in the shade behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center’s main building, waiting for barbecue lunch to be served Thursday. The duo drove from Harrison County to join more than 250 attendees at […]

Composting with worms will be topic of July 16 program at Zilker Botanical Gardens

By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Daphne Richards, 512-854-9600, drichards@ag.tamu.edu AUSTIN – Easy Composting with Worms, one of the Saturday Seminars at Zilker Botanical Gardens, will be held from 10 a.m.- noon July 16 at the gardens, located at 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The program is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Ground breaks for The Gardens, unique outdoor classroom, public green space at Texas A&M

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Garden trowels pushed into potting soil at Texas A&M University today marked the beginning of The Gardens, a space officials said will be unique in its offerings for students and the general public. More than 200 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony, which included a variety of garden activities. Construction […]

AgriLife Extension experts team up for Earth-Kind turfgrass trials in North Texas

By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Matt Elmore, 972-952-9220, matthew.elmore@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Steve George, 972-540-2019, s-george3@tamu.edu Dr. Greg Church, 972-548-4232, gtchurch@ag.tamu.edu DALLAS – A team of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts has initiated the first research trials on ornamental turfgrass varieties applying Earth-Kind landscaping principles, which emphasize environmental responsibility through water conservation and limited […]

AgriLife Extension, Myer’s Park team up to tout Earth-Kind principles

Park is venue for world’s most extensive Earth-Kind research trials   By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Steve George, 972-540-2019, s-george3@tamu.edu Dr. Greg Church, 972-548-4232, gtchurch@ag.tamu.edu Judy Florence, 972-548-4792, mpec@collincountytx.gov MCKINNEY – Myer’s Park and Event Center not only provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of public and private events, it is also the […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — June 7

Heavy spring rains have home gardens looking good Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Roy Flora, 936-334-3230, roy.flora@ag.tamu.edu LIBERTY — Plenty of moisture could mean a good year for home gardeners looking to save money on vegetables and fruits, but it could also mean an emergence of problems such as weeds, pests and disease, according […]

New Texas Superstar introduced: Brazilian Red Hots

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Brent Pemberton, 903-834-6191, b-pemberton@tamu.edu Cynthia McKenney, 806-742-2838, cynthia.mckenney@ttu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Alternanthera varieties have been popular ornamental plants for decades, but the new Texas Superstar – Brazilian Red Hots – represents an exceptional new option with vigor and vibrant color, according to ornamental experts. Brazilian Red Hots is a […]

Texas tough plants will be topic of June 9 program in Austin

By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Daphne Richards, 512-854-9600, drichards@ag.tamu.edu AUSTIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County will offer another program in its Dealing with Drought series June 9 in Austin. The program, called Texas Tough Plants, will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the AgriLife Extension office for Travis […]

AgriLife Extension sets Texas Water Star Conference series in June

   Abilene, Midland, San Angelo to host water saving programs Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu    Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu   SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct three Texas Water Star Conferences in West Texas during June. Marvin Ensor, AgriLife Extension regional program leader at San Angelo, said the […]

Texas A&M to break ground on 7-acre outdoor classroom

Texas A&M’s first large-scale public teaching garden joins national network of high-quality university gardens Contacts: Dr. Doug Welsh, 979-862-1697, dougwelsh@tamu.edu Michaela Catalena, 979-458-5714, catalena@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION  – Thanks to the generous donations of former students and friends, Texas A&M University will break ground June 17 in College Station on the institution’s first large-scale public […]