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.


Row of plants with informative signs

At Coastal Oaks Garden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, 78382.   Rain or shine!  No pets please.  Cash, Check, and Credit/Debit Cards will all be accepted.  Come early for the best selection and don’t forget to bring your wagon!

The fall sale will feature a fantastic selection of native plants that will flourish in our part of Texas, including annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, trees, cacti and succulents.  Most of the native plants and other local favorites have been propagated and grown on site.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you with your shopping and to answer your gardening questions.  We will also have various gardening-related items available for sale.  Look for a free copy of In Our Coastal Garden, a horticultural publication specific to our area that was produced by our local Master Gardeners.  Information will also be available on how you too can become a Master Gardener.

We are going all out to make our Fall Plant Sale the best one to yet.  So mark your calendars – we can’t wait to see you on September 9th!  All proceeds from this sale benefit Aransas/San Patricio County Master Gardener educational programs and maintenance of the demonstration garden.  Call 361-790-0103 for more information.

‘Fall Vegetable Gardening’

AUGUST 15, 2017

Noon-1:00 pm

Fall is a wonderful time for vegetable gardening in the Coastal Bend. It is almost too hot to garden in August making it the perfect time to stay inside and make plans for starting your fall vegetable garden.  Come to our August Brown Bag and you will receive advice on preparing your garden for fall, fall vegetable plant selection, when to plant what and so many more tips on growing veggies.

This FREE program presented by Todd Cutting, Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener and is a must attend for all vegetable gardeners in the area.

Please join the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners  and our Guest Speaker: Todd Cutting for our Brown Bag Lecture – “Fall Vegetable Gardening”.  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.


May 2017 – Symptoms of Drought Stress by Ginger Easton Smith

June 2017 – Avoiding Lawn Problems by Ginger Easton Smith

July 2017 – Air Plants, Part 3 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.



Tue August 15 BROWN BAG—“Fall Vegetable Gardening”,  Noon–1:00 P.M.

Saturday, September 9 – Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale


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.