Welcome

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.

Miniature Garden Workshop

The Miniature Garden Workshop was a fun-filled success.  The entertaining instructor, Carol Krank arrived in her beautiful fairy attire.  She was accompanied by her able and fun loving assistants Stephanie and Gary Martin.  These Nueces County Master Gardeners are wonderful speakers/presenters.  We all laughed so hard that the time just flew by and we all learned enough to take home some beautiful miniature gardens. Check out the photos below…

SPRING PLANT SALE
Saturday, March 4
9:00 am-1:00 pm

Take heart if your garden looks a bit sad after the January deep freeze! Plan to attend the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners 2017 Spring Plant Sale.

At Coastal Oaks Garden, located behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, 78382.   Rain or shine!  No pets please.

We’re making it easier to load up your plants with a new drive-through pick up option. Select and pay for your plants, drive to the pick-up area, and a plant sale volunteer will load your purchases in your vehicle.

The sales tables will be filled with plants well suited to our coastal area and many that attract hummingbirds and other birds, butterflies, and pollinators. Select from hundreds of annuals, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. We accept credit cards, check, or cash for your purchases.

The Master Gardener Propagation Team works hard year round to fill the sales area with extra special native plants and other local favorites grown on site.

Need help picking out the right plant for shade or sun, or have questions about planting, fertilizing, or other garden and lawn care topics? Get advice from our knowledgeable Master Gardeners who will be on hand to assist you. We can’t wait to see you on March 4 at our Coastal Oaks Garden!

Overflow parking is next door at the Transfer Station. For more information call 361- 790-0103.

CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES

December 2016 – Xeriscape Landscaping and Gardening, by Jean Chiuminatta

January 2017 – How To Help Plants Before and After a Freeze, by Ginger Easton Smith

February 2016 – Oh Bambi, You Cannot Munch On These by Jean Chiuminatta

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.

EVENTS THIS MONTH

Tuesday, February 21, BROWN BAG, noon-1:00 p.m.  “What to Plant, presented by Ellen Reisinger, Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener.

COMING NEXT MONTH

Tuesday, March 21, BROWN BAG, noon-1:00 p.m.  “Reptiles and Their Importance in Our Yards and Homes, presented by Chad Huckabee, Master Naturalist.

 VISIT US!

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.

You can also find us on Facebook!

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.