AgriLife Extension to present native plant landscaping program March 12 in Austin

AUSTINThe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Travis County will be presenting another of its drought series programs from 10 a.m. to noon March 12 at its offices at 1600-B Smith Road in Austin.

Low Impact Landscape  Properly designed West Texas landscapes can add beauty and value to a home when the right plants are selected and thoughtfully placed on the property.  Added benefits include reduced water consumption, lower energy bills and less time performing maintenance. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Jeff Floyd)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a program on native plant use in landscaping on March 12 at its Travis County office at 1600-B Smith Road in southwest Austin.  (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Jeff Floyd)

“Even though it’s still cold outside, now is a good time to learn about ways to help landscapes and gardens perform in the hot, dry summer months that lie ahead,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County. “The well-prepared gardener should be thinking about choosing plants and trees and how to best maintain them during the summer, especially under Central Texas drought conditions.”

She said “Using Native Plants in the Landscape” will be the next installment of the agency’s Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series being presented from February through June.

“Native Texas plants bring beauty and function to your garden while being well adapted to handle blazing sun, drought and other weather extremes,” Richards said. “They also provide great benefits to pollinators and birds.”

Richards said Meredith O’Reilly, the agency’s 4-H gardening specialist and Texas Master Naturalist, will guide attendees in choosing the right native plants for their yard and garden.

The cost is $10 per seminar for early registration and $15 per seminar for late or on-site registration. To register, go to

For more information, contact Richards at 512-854-9600 or



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