Top turfgrass producers converge in Dallas, preview latest zoysia, St. Augustine research

DALLAS — About a dozen of Texas’ leading turfgrass producers toured Texas A&M AgriLife Research facilities where ongoing studies aim to breed the next generation of high quality, resilient turfgrass varieties for the consumer market. The Dallas turfgrass breeding team, led by AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Ambika Chandra, welcomed the Turfgrass Producers of Texas, or […]

‘Basket of Fire’ pepper latest Texas Superstar release

COLLEGE STATION – A new pepper variety — Basket of Fire – which combines ornamental and edible variety characteristics, is the latest Texas Superstar available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries. The Basket of Fire pepper variety was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

The Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M University opens

COLLEGE STATION — The Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M University, a multi-million-dollar centerpiece on west campus in College Station, debuted June 15 with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. Phase I, The Leach Teaching Garden, is named for donors Tim and Amy Leach of Midland. “Amy and I knew that the Gardens at […]

Horticulture field day in Overton June 28 to feature hundreds of ornamental varieties

OVERTON – The 2018 East Texas Horticultural Field Day will feature more than 500 ornamental plant and vegetable trial varieties for public viewing, along with presentations by experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. The event, slated for June 28, will be held rain or shine.  Gardeners, professional landscape managers […]

AgriLife Extension makes two county appointment announcements

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has announced two personnel appointments — a transfer and a new hire — effective June 1 in the agency’s West Central District. Michaela Bradford has been hired as the agriculture and natural resources agent in Shackelford County, and Kandice Everitt will transfer from the family and […]

Elysian Fields ISD students receive Junior Master Gardener certificates

COLLEGE STATION – A year’s worth of participation in the Junior Master Gardener program came to a close for a group of middle school students who visited the Texas A&M University horticulture department in College Station and took part in a certificate ceremony. Middle school students, parents, faculty and school board members from Elysian Fields […]

AgriLife Extension offers two June water programs for professionals, homeowners

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tom Green County has two water programs planned in San Angelo during June — the first targets professional irrigators, the second is for homeowners. The Texas Water Star Conference for landscape professionals will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8. Individual registration is $30 due upon […]

AgriLife Extension expert: Grow tomatoes all season long

OVERTON – Timing and variety choice can help tomato aficionados avoid production gaps during the dog days of summer, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Texas gardeners typically plant tomatoes twice – in the spring and late-summer – with a break during extremely hot periods of July and August, during which production […]

Texas A&M AgriLife’s novel winter-hardy hibiscus hybrids hitting U.S. market

VERNON – The 2018 Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus collection by Texas A&M AgriLife Research debuts this weekend with 11 cultivars commercialized by J. Berry Nursery in Grand Saline. “For the first time ever, in collaboration with J. Berry Nursery, we have developed a number of compact cultivars with novel flower colors ranging from the illusive […]

Mystic Spires Blue Salvia latest Texas Superstar release

COLLEGE STATION – A new and improved salvia variety — Mystic Spires Improved Blue Salvia – has been named the latest Texas Superstar and is available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries. Mystic Spires Improved was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]