UTEP FloraFEST Sidewalk Sale in Time for Mother’s Day!

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Friday, May 6
10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FloraFEST Sidewalk Plant Sale
(click for more info on flyer)
Saturday, May 7
9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FloraFEST Sidewalk Plant Sale
(click for more info on flyer)

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Master Gardener of the Quarter

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Congratulations to Charles McGuire! He’s our latest Master Gardener of the Quarter, having been chosen for the first quarter of 2016. With the Master Gardener of the Quarter program, El Paso Master Gardeners recognize a Certified Master Gardener each quarter. One person who has done an exceptional job within their committee or who has assisted the committee with its goals in an exceptional manner is honored.CharlieMcGuire_MG of Qtr

The AgriLife Garden Committee would like to nominate Charles McGuire for Master Gardener of the Quarter. He is one of our Emeritus members and despite health issues, he still manages to come to the greenhouse several days each week. He has trained many of us so that we can manage the greenhouse when he cannot be there. Charles used to come to the greenhouse every day. He has instructed us in the propagation of all the plants that we sell at the plant sale and many of those that we plant at both the Ascarate teaching garden and at the AgriLife market garden. Charles has been a Master Gardener since 2000 and been working at the greenhouse for many of the years he has been certified.
Submitted by Mary Ann McCravey, AgriLife Garden Committee Co-chair

See previous Master Gardener of the Quarter recipients here.

Look Ahead to the New Library Gardening Workshop Series! 

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Teaming up with our local libraries, the El Paso Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau is set to teach you about soil, container gardening, herbs, tomatoes, composting and more. You may want to come to one or all of these free workshops which are part of El Paso Public Library’s Sow.Grow.ReapEat. educational program. Scheduled from April through September and offered at four city libraries, the workshops vary where they are located as shown in the table below. Please check our Events pages to see when they are scheduled. You can go also online to the El Paso Public Library Sow.Grow.ReapEat. Facebook page (click on the image to open the flyers) to see the flyers for workshops scheduled at the four libraries hosting the free workshops.

Sow.Grow.ReapEat Workshops

Library Locations

Getting Dirty With Garden Soil Memorial Park, Dorris Van Doren, Esperanza Acosta Moreno
Pots & More for Plants Memorial Park, Dorris Van Doren, Esperanza Acosta Moreno    
Do Me a Flavor (Herbs) Memorial Park, Dorris Van Doren, Esperanza Acosta Moreno
What’s the Matter with My ‘maters? (Tomatoes) Esperanza Acosta Moreno, Dorris Van Doren, Main Branch
Cashing In on Black Gold (Composting) Esperanza Acosta Moreno, Dorris Van Doren, Main Branch
Fall and Winter Gardening Start Now! Esperanza Acosta Moreno, Dorris Van Doren, Main Branch

You may register for the workshops by phoning the public library where they will be held or go online to register at sowgrowreapeat.eventbrite.com. Each workshop requires a separate registration. The spring and summer workshop series is designed to help you get started with seeds you can check out from the Sow.Grow.ReapEat. program at the public libraries.

Save the Date!

Gardening 101 workshop flyer

April kicked off the beginning of the Gardening 101 Workshop Series to help you learn more about gardening in El Paso. Taught by Master Gardeners in our Speakers Bureau, and in collaboration with the El Paso City Office of Resilience and Sustainability, the five classes over several months will familiarize you with important gardening topics. Join us for one workshop or all of them to get a well-rounded look at gardening in El Paso. Each requires a separate registration, here. Check our Events page for more information.


Monthly Gardening Tips


Warmer weather brings new gardening activities. You can plant warm-season grasses and fertilize established lawns of warm-season turf grasses, such as Bermuda, Buffalo, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. When fertilizing trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers, make sure NOT to use a “weed and feed” type fertilizer which will damage these plants. 

You’ll want to plant hot-weather annuals, such as lantana, moss rose, daisies, sunflowers and marigolds. Deadhead old blossoms from established spring-flowering annuals such as pansies and snapdragons to prolong the flowering season. Flowering perennials will benefit from deadheading, too. Both newly planted annual and perennial plants can be encouraged to be more compact by pinching off their branch ends as this encourages more branching with more flowers.

Read more of May’s Monthly Tips»

Environmental Stewardship through Earth-Kind® Landscaping  by Sarah G. Wood, El Paso Master Gardener

 Earth-Kind photoWhat is in a name? Xeriscape™, water-wise, water-smart, green garden are familiar names for garden design and maintenance techniques that share the goal of environmental resource conservation while establishing an attractive, pleasant landscape in which to live. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has chosen and registered the name “Earth-Kind®” to identify its environmental stewardship program.

Earth-Kind® landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment.


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The recent Good to Grow radio shows discuss gardening in our windy spring weather, May gardening tips, and where to plant your new trees, shrubs or perennials plants to ensure their success in your landscape.

Kid w_ headphonesGardening in the Wind

Kid w_ headphonesThe Right Plant in the Right Place

Help Desk for Plant and Gardening Questions

Do you have a question about your plants, gardens or yards? Call the El Paso Master Gardener Help Desk (915-771-2354) to talk with a volunteer. You’ll get help with your gardening questions during the hours given below:

ask us pictureMonday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If a Master Gardener is not available when you call, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Or, you may complete the Ask the Help Desk form which accepts photos and gives the option to receive an answer by phone or email.

Who We Are

The El Paso County Master Gardeners Association, as a member of the Texas Master Gardeners Association, is a non-profit educational and charitable organization supporting the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of El PasoCounty. Our local volunteers receive extensive training and experience in a wide range of subjects before certification as Master Gardeners. 

In collaboration with the County A&M AgriLife Horticultural Agent, we conduct community educational projects through workshops and demonstration gardens. Members of the Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau, Help Desk, and Information Table committees provide information, education, and recommendations on horticultural topics to all residents of El Paso County.

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