Registration open for Fall Landscaping Symposium set Sept. 7 in San Angelo

Native host plants for Texas butterflies and moths will be one of the topics covered at the Fall Symposium. (AgriLife photo by Susan Himes)

SAN ANGELO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Concho Valley Master Gardeners annual Fall Landscaping Symposium is just three weeks away and registration is now open.

The eighth annual event will be held Sept. 7 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 7887 N. U.S. Highway 87 in San Angelo. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The cost is $30; participants may pay at if using a credit card, or by calling 325-659-6522. Sept. 4 is the deadline to preregister. 

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m, with day-of registration at 8 a.m. 

“I’m very proud of this program the Master Gardeners have built over the last eight years. Every year seems to get better and better,” said Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent, Tom Green County. “There are great speakers to hear from. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a very educational event that is helpful for everyone from newbies to pros.”

Presentations and speakers include:

  • Adding Water as a Design Element to Your Garden – Anita Nelson, owner, Nelson Water Gardens, Katy.
  • Starting from the Ground Up: Earth-Kind Soil Management for the Concho Valley – John Begnaud, retired AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Tom Green County.
  • Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies and Moths – Jim and Lynne Weber, Texas Master Naturalists, San Angelo.
  • From the Backyard to the Back Forty: Managing Landscapes or Ranchland to Benefit Native Birds – Rufus Stephens, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, wildlife biologist, Kerrville.
  • The Healthy Lawns Checklist: A Simple Guide to Managing a “Happy” and Sustainable Texas Lawn – Becky Grubbs-Bowling, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station.

“In West Texas, fall is an important time of year for landscaping and gardening – even more so than spring, “ Watkins said. “We are excited about this event because it’s a great opportunity to hear from top speakers across the state, and we hope to inspire and encourage homeowners with education on a variety of topics.”

She said the event typically attracts over 100 participants.

“Whether they have a small backyard garden or own acres of ranchland, participants will leave this symposium with valuable information they can implement to improve their own piece of Texas,” Watkins said.

Visit or call 325-659-6522 for additional information.


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