July Brown Bag

Native grasses such as Little Bluestem can often be a wonderful addition to the low maintenance garden.  Come learn how to identify these grasses so that you can add your favorite species to your flower beds/yard.  Ray Kirkwood, Master Naturalist, and local expert will show you how to tell the difference between the many similar species. Join us on July 16 from Noon-1 pm in the AgriLife Conference room.  We will be glad to see you and you will be glad you came.

Become a Master Gardener – Free Informational Session July 23rd

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Master Gardeners are members of the local community who provide education on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are well-trained, enthusiastic, willing to learn and to teach others. An informational session on the Master Gardener program will be held Tuesday, July 23rd, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Aransas County office.  What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, people who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through the county’s… Read More →

Brazos Citrus Pre-Order of Fruit, Nut, and Citrus trees

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You can pre-order Brazos fruit, nut and citrus trees.  We are taking orders until Friday, May 3rd –EXTENDED until May 5th. A list of trees, updated daily, is available on our Facebook page. You can find the link on the “Our Facebook” tab.

Master Gardeners’ Held A Very Successful Sale!

The Aransas/San Patricio County Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale on April 6 was one of our most successful to date! The cool and overcast weather made it enjoyable for the over 550 people in attendance to shop and enjoy the beautiful Coastal Oaks Demonstration Gardens.  In four hours, we sold the majority of our plants. This money will help fund vital maintenance at the garden and the educational programs presented to the community. Potted Plants Hanging Baskets This year, in addition to the plants, we offered many non-plant… Read More →

March Dinner Meeting and Awards Presentation

The March dinner meeting was once again a culinary delight.  The Master Gardeners are notorious for being as skillful in their kitchens as they are in their gardens. Awards are always presented at the March meeting with all of the recertifying Master Gardeners receiving a pin.  Pins are also awarded for reaching milestones in continuing education hours and volunteer service hours.  There is always a long list of gardeners reaching these milestones. This year we are especially excited about Doree Osmun reaching 300 hours of continuing education and… Read More →

Gardening with Neli

JANUARY BROWN BAG – Your Spring Garden and Plants for Pollinators Master Gardener/Master Naturalist Neli Spurrell presented an informative talk about the beautiful plants you can use to attract pollinators to your yard.  Her program – Gardening with Neli pointed out the importance of knowing what plants you need to attract pollinators to your garden.  She also told us about the different pollinators and why they are a necessary part of our gardens. Neli is also the volunteer coordinator for the Aransas Pathways Butterfly Gardens.  Before coming to… Read More →

2018 Intern Graduation – Held During the December General Meeting

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The December general dinner meeting is always a special event.  Not only is the food fantastic.  But the current years intern class holds its graduation ceremony. We are pleased to announce that everyone in the class of 2018 graduated They are Dana Barganski, Ava Brandon, Jama Brandon, Kerry Green, Phil Grunewald, Martha Habluetzel, Rita Hardy, Zim Hoofard, Lynne Kiley, Bobbie Miner, Mary Spencer, Christy Thompson-Hutt, Suzy Williams. We also had several Interns Certifing this year including:  Glenn DuPont, Rosiland DuPont, Marlene Oldham, Stephanie Redding, Jennifer Williams, Karry Green,… Read More →

How Poinsettias Came To US

By:  Timothy Mullin, Master Gardener It would be an error to assume that the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Poinsett ‘discovered’ the plant we call by his name.  While Mr. Poinsett was the first person to bring the plant back to the United States, the native inhabitants of Central America had known about this winter blooming plant for a long time. Spanish overlords sent samples to Carl Linnaeus for official descriptions and naming in the 1700s, but it isn’t an easy plant to bring into bloom,… Read More →

November Brown Bag will be held at the Aquarium Education Center

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Due to construction at the Agri-Life building, the November Brown Bag will be held at the Aquarium Education Center, 706 Navigation Center, Rockport. It is not necessary to register, just come and enjoy this free program hosted by the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Aransas County Office. For more information call 361- 790-0103. Feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch. The Pop-Up Plant Sale usually held after the Brown Bag has been cancelled due to flooding in the Garden.

Coastal Oaks Garden Floods

Flooded entrance to Coastal Oaks Demonstration Garden

No, it is not a swamp.  It is the entrance to the Coastal Oaks Demonstration Garden.  The drainage pond has been out of its banks for over a month and has kept areas in the Demonstration Garden under almost knee deep water. Since it started raining in September, work at the Coastal Oaks Demonstration Garden has been limited to the upper gardens.  The Children’s Garden Area, Granny’s Garden and the Office beds are doing well and all the rain has been making them look lush. We have lost… Read More →