Fall is in the Air!?

Fall is in the air!? Uh, I’m sure it is somewhere! Texas, however always seems to be the last to know! Well, we DO want you to be the first to know of matters within the TMGA!

Donna on Jasper the donkey

Donna on Jasper the Donkey

I am delighted to let you all know that we are moving forward with the plan to have our 2017 TMGA Conference aboard a 4-day cruise to Cozumel! Two-third of our survey respondents voted in favor, so we will forge ahead with those plans! More details will be coming in the next few months regarding dates, costs, deposits, etc., and a formal vote of the Directors will take place at our meeting in December.

Work has also begun our state website. If you haven’t visited it lately, be sure to check it out – and do so several times in the coming months. Changes have been gradual but will soon be picking up steam! One primary change that should be in place by the time you read this is in our Upcoming Events submission process. The form has changed slightly but the biggest change will be that the events should appear within a much shorter turnaround as we have automated the process. See Nicky’s article below for details on navigating the site as we go forward. And as always, please let us know what you think, good or bad!

Donations for The Gardens at Texas A&M continue to come in. We currently have donations and pledges of over $120,000 with more associations working hard to gather their contributions! Remember, we will be accepting donations for the Texas Master Gardener Earth-Kind® Garden until December of 2017. If your association has not yet been able to participate, there is still plenty of time!

The Awards handbook and forms are available on the website. You may download them at any time. Submissions will be accepted after the first of the year with a deadline of January 31st, but it’s never too early to get a jumpstart on getting those entries discussed and written.

And lastly, I want to thank the Texas Sage Master Gardeners for allowing me to visit and present at their very first training class. It was an honor to be included in this special day. The venue in Luling at the Zedler Mill was just gorgeous and so unique. If you ever have opportunity to be in that area, it is worth a stop!

Donna Hagar
TMGA President