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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.

2018 Intern Graduation – Held During the December General Meeting

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

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

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 →

Hurricane Damage Repair On Granny’s House Has Been Completed

Granny’s House was toppled by hurricane Harvey in August of 2017. The Nueces County Master Gardeners came to help with garden clean up in September of 2017.  Workers removed the fallen trees and debris so that the house could be righted. Once the area was cleared of all the debri.  Granny’s house was set back up but still in need of some major repair work. San Patricio County Master Gardener, Gus Halliman accepted the challenge and began the repairs.  He finished all the repairs this summer and brought… Read More →

Fall Plant Sale to be held Saturday, September 8 from 9am-1pm

Final preparations are underway for the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale.  The sale will be held this Saturday, September 8 from 9 am until 1 pm at Coastal Oaks Garden, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, TX 78382.  You will want to come early for the best selection. Master Gardeners will be working all week setting up the propagation area in the Coastal Oaks Demonstration Garden for the sale.  They will be busy tagging plants and moving them around to the sale tables to make them easy for… Read More →

Hurricane Harvey Anniversary Workday

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport exactly one year ago – August 25, 2017.  So on August 25, 2018 the Master Gardeners remembered by holding a workday in the Children’s Garden area of the Coastal Oaks Demonstration Garden. Master Gardeners along with members of the 2018 Intern class met at 7:30 am to weed flower beds, clear paths and prune trees. Another special event was held last Thursday, August 23 during the regular Landscape Committee meeting.  At that event Master Gardeners and Interns worked in the main garden… Read More →

Save Our Trees

We had a full house on Tuesday when Aransas County AgriLife Extension Agent, Virginia “Ginger” Easton Smith took to the floor to talk about TREES.  Our local tree population is still stressed one year after Hurricane Harvey blew through the Coastal Bend.  Ginger shared with us what we need to do to help our trees to not only live, but to thrive.  Unfortunately, she said that many of our trees are barely hanging in there and that we may still loose some of them.  She told us that… Read More →

MG’s Bid Farewell to Laurel Cahill and Todd Cutting

It is always sad when one of our members moves away but it was doubly sad today when we gathered for a luncheon in the AgriLife Conference Room to say goodbye to two of our members, Laurel Cahill and Todd Cutting. Laurel is leaving us to move back to her hometown in Ohio.  She, her husband Dave and her mother June will be leaving in a couple of weeks. Todd and his wife Charlotte will be moving back to Michigan at the end of the month. Laurel has… Read More →