Education & Online Resources
Sustainable Landscape Series
The Series is back for the spring of 2020. This year, the entire series builds upon the beginning classes and is best if attendance can occur for all the series. The speakers vary with topics, however, all speakers are professionals with several years of education and experience in the horticulture industry. This entire series is designed to give the resident successful and sustainable gardening practices using less resources. Most classes are free, however, you must pre-register.
The series kicks off with a multi-city event called Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas. This event will be held at McKinney ISD Community Center located on the south end of the new stadium located at Hwy 121 and Hardin Road. This program is designed to give the foundation for success in our area. It will consist of some lecture, some meet the experts with hands-on demonstration, and time for individual questions. The event will run from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Expected Attendance is 700 people. Please register.
Upcoming Classes for 2020:
February 1 & 8- Do-it-yourself Landscape Design 1:00 p.m. Class limited to 20. You must be able to attend both Saturday classes in order to complete the class.
February 22- Turf Talk 1:00 p.m. Do you have trouble with that lush green look you want for your home? Then this is the class! This free seminar will help you learn the best varieties of turfgrass for our area, and best maintenance practices for a healthy lawn. Presenter: Gail Donaldson, City of Allen.
February 29- Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives 1:00 p.m. Come take a tour through all the most common available groundcovers and how they are properly used. Learn about alternative plants that may be used to solve particular problems in the landscape. Presenter: Rusty Allen, North Haven Gardens.
March 7- Native and Adapted Plants 1:00 p.m. Native and adapted plants are the best choice for our landscapes in North Texas. With a variety of textures, shapes, sizes, and flower color, these shrubs and perennials are sure to make you have a successful and healthy landscape. Presenter: Jarratt Calvert, Shades of Green Nursery.
March 14 and 15- Come visit the water conservation booth at the Collin County Master Gardeners annual Garden Show and receive a free gift. This annual event has grown to include vendors for plants, gifts, and gardening supplies as well as educational seminars and activities. Visit CCMGA for details.
March 21- Getting to Know Your Sprinkler System 1:00 p.m. Come learn the basics of residential sprinkler systems through presentation and hands-on activities. Topics include system operation and maintenance and a few simple do-it-yourself repairs. Presenter: Gail Donaldson, City of Allen.
April 18- DIY Rain Barrel Class 9:00 a.m. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55 gallon rain barrel to take home. Allen residents can apply for a rebate through the H2Ome Improvement Rebate Program to offset cost. This class will be held at Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas, Water and Land Resources Building located at 17360 Coit Road Dallas, TX 75252.
New Lunchtime Sessions:
March 30- Let's Ketchup on Tomatoes 11:30 a.m. Have you always wanted to grow this delicious fruit? The most sought-after garden treasure can be challenging to grow in the extreme climate and soils of North Texas. We'll go into depth, providing tips on how to get the most production out of your tomato plants covering everything from variety selection, proper planting, best irrigation practices to pest and disease control. No matter your gardening skills, this class will be sweet! Presenter: Texas A&M Water University. Location: Allen Senior Recreation Center.
April 22- Herb Your Enthusiasm: Herb Gardening 11:30 a.m. Get the most out of your landscape or kitchen garden by choosing from the assortment of tasty and beautiful herbs adapted to Texas. We'll talk about everything from design and plant selection, proper soil prep and planting techniques, to the many uses of our favorite herbs inside and outside the home. This class is sure to be a great thyme! Presenter: Texas A&M Water University. Location: Allen Senior Recreation Center.Texas A&M Water University.
- Evaluate water resources and conservation techniques
- Critically think about our water supply and future demands
- Inspire change