to the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners Website

We’re your neighbors who love gardening and want to pass that love along.  Here you’ll find tested advice about gardening in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas.  The lack of severe winters, heat and humidity, wind, unique soil, and lack of water – all conspire to form a unique and challenging environment for growing plants. Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced pro, we’ve got the scoop on the latest and greatest in gardening for our area.

  • What to plant?  Take a look at “In Our Coastal Gardens” under PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES at the top of the page.  This booklet is available free (thank you San Patricio Water District) at the AgriLife Extension Office and covers trees, shrubs, palms, tropicals, and even what not to plant.  If vegetables and herbs are your cup of tea, we’ve got the when and how for our area.
  • When plants have problems.  Contact our help desk, either by phone or come in to the Agrilife Extension Office.  We have experienced gardeners available as well as printed articles on plant diseases, soil conditioning, insects, and all topics garden-related.  Bring in a sample of the problem (in a zip-locked bag) and we’ll put our best detectives to work on it.  We also come to you – request a visit from our “Tree Team” to sleuth out what ails your prized arboreal specimen.
  • Meet and learn from other gardeners.  Throughout the year we have talks by local and area experts.  Our monthly Brown Bag talks are one hour long at noon – take a break at lunch and find out what’s new and exciting.  Seminars are held at various times of the year and are a more in-depth look at timely topics.

Who are the Master Gardeners?  We are members of a non-profit program of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service designed to increase horticultural knowledge in our area and around the state.  Started at Washington State University in the early 1970s, the Master Gardeners program spread to Texas A&M University in 1978 and then to all 50 states and 4 Canadian provinces.  Currently, the program has almost 100,000 members who volunteer 5 million hours of service per year to their communities.  Master Gardeners is a federal and state non-profit program and depends totally on donations and fund-raising for its programs and activities.

Locally, the program is led by Ginger Easton Smith, County Extension Agent for Aransas County.  To join Master Gardeners, we offer a 3-month training course starting in August, with an Introduction & Registration session in mid-July.  Please contact the Extension Office, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, Texas, 78382, 361-790-0103, for more information.

LEARN, GROW, EAT, GO! Participants and
on their TXMG Search for Excellence Wins

Attending the 2017 Texas Master Gardener Association Awards luncheon were (l-r) Virginia (Ginger) Easton Smith, Aransas County AgrilLife Extension Agent; Linda Frank, Laurel Cahill, Pam Larson, Chris Carpenter-McLester and Yolanda Goynes. Pam Larson (2016 President) gratefully accepted the First Place Award for our 2016 Learn, Grow, Eat, Go! Program on behalf of all of the Master Gardeners who participated in the program. Chris Carpenter-McLester accepted the Third Place Award as Outstanding Master Gardener. We are in the medium large category.

Hot, Hot Peppers

JUNE 20, 2017

Noon-1:00 pm

Do you like eating peppers?  Well come and learn how to grow all kinds of different peppers.  Then learn how to turn them into some tasty dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This FREE program presented by Joe Culpepper of RJ’s Surf and Turf Nursery in Fulton is one you won’t want to miss.

Please join the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners  and our Guest Speaker: Joe Culpepper for our Brown Bag Lecture – “Hot, Hot Peppers”.  The lecture will be held in the conference room at:

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Aransas County
892 Airport Road, Rockport, TX

For more information call:
361- 790-0103

Overflow parking is next door at the Transfer Station.  It is not necessary to register, just come and enjoy this free program.  Feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch.


April 2017 – Moss and Lichens vs. Mistletoe by Timothy Mullin

April 2017 – Mosquitoes How to Avoid Them by Vivienne Heines

May 2017 – Symptoms of Drought Stress by Ginger Easton Smith

June 2017 – Avoiding Lawn Problems by Ginger Easton Smith

Events will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County office, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, 78382, 361-790-0103, unless otherwise noted. Overflow parking is next door at the county facilities.


Tuesday,  June 20  BROWN BAG—“Hot, Hot Peppers”, presented by Joe Culpepper of RJs Surf & Turf Nursery in Fulton, TX, Noon–1 P.M.


Wed Jul 12  INFORMATION & REGISTRATION SESSION—Become A Master Gardener, 1:30-3:00 P.M. Find out about the upcoming MG Intern Training weekly classes, August thru November.

Tue Jul 18 BROWN BAG—“Keyhole Gardening”,  Noon–1:00 P.M.



Coastal Oaks Garden, the demonstration gardens designed and maintained by the Master Gardeners, is now open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed holidays). As you approach the gardens, follow the signs and continue to the left corner of the fence where there is a small gate. This gate opens out only. Please be sure to close it if it does not close behind you.

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Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners logoAransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are volunteers who work with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service to improve gardening skills throughout the community. We share our gardening knowledge through community service and outreach, gardener training and educational programs.

Our Mission: Improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education.