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.


July 2016 – Magnificent Mulch, by Richard Snyder

August 2016 – “Go Fish” to Feed Your Plants, by Jeanna Godfrey, DVM

August 2016 – The Secret Life of Crepe Myrtles, by Timothy Mullin

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, 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 and Mid-Coast Chapter Master Naturalist.   Hands-on garden art workshop.  $12.00 advance fee required by August 10.  Enrollment limitedCall 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.  Learn about herbs and the many things you can do with them.  Books will be available for sale and signing.


Tuesday, Sept. 20, BROWN BAG, noon-1:00 p.m.  “In Our Coastal Garden-What to Plant, Where”, presented by Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners.



Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Coastal Oaks Garden


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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