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.

We would like to thank all of the
Nueces County Master Gardeners
who helped us with our garden cleanup after hurricane Harvey!

On Friday, September 29, 2017 the Nueces County Master Gardeners came to the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners Coastal Oaks Garden to assist us with the cleanup in our garden.  They came armed with chain saws, pole saws, loppers and clippers.  They worked hard alongside our members to help us take the first step toward making  Coastal Oaks Garden as beautiful as it was before the storm.  We are eternally grateful.



‘Herbs and Spices’

MARCH20, 2018

Noon-1:00 pm

You have a beautiful rosemary bush, along with amazing cilantro and dill volunteers popping up everywhere.  If you want to learn what other herbs and spices you can grow and what you can do with them in the kitchen, come listen to David Leal, Healthy South Teas Specialist as he delves into the magical world of Herbs and Spices.  Join us at the

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.

March 31 – Workshop
“Free Plants –
Propagating your own”
Registration Required

Aransas County Master Gardeners Ann Smith & Melody Waggoner will present this hands-on workshop.  Come learn how to expand your garden bed using the plants you already have in your yard, or your neighbors yard.    $15.00 advance fee required by March 28th . Enrollment limited to 25.   Call 361-790-0103 for more information.


October 2017 – Let’s Plant Some Trees by Bernadette Brown

October 2017 – Origin of Bromeliads by Jean Chiuminatta

November 2017 – TLC for Trees and Palms by Ginger Easton Smith

November 2017 – Grow Your Own Plants By Propagating Cuttings by Vicki Coble

December 2017 – Post Harvey Tree Effects by Todd Cutting

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.


April 20 – Brown Bag
“Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus”

Speaker to be announced from Noon–1:00 P.M at the Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Service-Aransas County, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, TX.


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.