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.


June 2015 – I Love Mosquitoes! by Ginger Easton Smith

June 2016 – Solarize Your Garden, by Richard Snyder

July 2016 – Container Gardening

July 2016 – Do I Really Want to Plant a Garden?, by Jean Chiuminatta

July 2016 – Preventing Plant Disease, by Ginger Easton Smith

July 2016 – Grow with Master Gardeners


Wednesday, July 13, 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.

The BROWN BAG originally announced for Tuesday, July 19, has been rescheduled:

Tuesday, July 26, BROWN BAG, noon-1:00 p.m.  “Bees”, presented by Justin Hodge, Beekeeper.  Learn the difference and how to recognize them.  Bees are beneficial to the community and to our flower and vegetable gardens.


Tuesday, August 2, Master Gardener Training Classes BeginREGISTRATION REQUIRED  1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  This is the first class in a 17 week training program.  For more information about the Master Gardener program, contact the Office, or go to Aransas AgriLife Extension’s website at  http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu .

Saturday, Aug. 13, WORKSHOP – REGISTRATION REQUIRED,  10:00 a.m.–noon. “Pot People”, presented by Linda Swiggett, Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener, Mid-Coast Chapter Master Naturalist.   Hands-on garden art workshop.  $12.00 advance fee required by July 23.  Enrollment limited. Call 361-790-0103 for information.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, BROWN BAG, noon-1:00 p.m.  “What Can I Do With My Herbs?”, presented by Judy Barrett, Author, Editor and Gardener.  Books will be available for sale and signing.


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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MG 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.