ELLIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
LAWN AND GARDEN 2020 EXPO
March 28, 2020
Waxahachie Civic Center
EXPO 2019 Photos
EXPO 2019 Vendors
10:00 AM – “Foodscaping” – Daniel Cunningham
Edible landscapes are one of the hottest trends in garden design! Utilizing areas in your landscape to grow edibles is a great way to add food to your table and reduce your grocery bill. This program teaches you the most apPEELing ways to incorporate edible plants into your home garden and landscape by taking advantage of their ornamental value. You will learn how herbs, fruits and vegetables can add to the colors and textures of your permanent landscape combining both aesthetics and functionality. Why mow it when you can grow it?!
As a horticulturist with Texas A&M AgriLife’s Water University program, Daniel provides professionals and the public with the most current research-based information on resource efficient and water-conserving landscape management.
Focused on a holistic approach, Cunningham specializes in native plants, edible landscaping, rainwater harvesting and utilizing landscapes as habitat for beneficial wildlife.
Keep up with Daniel by following his @TXPlantGuy social media pages, by catching his latest segments on NBC channel 5, articles in the Dallas Morning News and Edible DFW or listen in on 95.3 “The Range” for tips on how to get the most out of your lawn, landscape, or vegetable garden.
|Horticulturist, Project Manager|
12:30 PM: Bluebonnets: The Gateway to Native Plants – Jay White
Think Texas natives can only be used in a “southwestern” style landscape? Think again! Texas natives are beautiful, reliable and relatively pest free. This talk provides attendees with a list of tough Texas plants that can be worked into any style of landscape.
Jay White is the owner and publisher of Texas Gardener magazine. He is an avid gardener who grows vegetables, herbs, native and improved flowers, flowering shrubs, fruit trees and native hardwoods on his two acre Brenham property. He is a huge supporter of local farmers who are growing ecologically responsible flowers for the cut-flower market and the favorite things in his gardens are the heirloom and pass-along plants that have been shared with him by the incredible gardeners he has been blessed to know.
Jay loves sharing the stories of the plants and the people that make Texans the greatest group of garden enthusiasts on the planet. While Jay is a hobby gardener, he has a B.S. and M.S. in Agriculture. His time in graduate school at Texas A&M helped him develop a passion for the science of horticulture which he loves sharing in his fast-paced and entertaining lectures. Whether you love growing fresh sprouts that only take a few days or mighty trees that take a lifetime, Jay’s talks will give you the encouragement and knowledge you need to be highly successful in your Texas garden.
2:30 PM – Restore, Regenerate, and Re-native your Soil, Plants and Property – Heather Rinaldi
From small backyards to Texas size ranches, improving our soil health for better plant health and water management is key to growing success, along with personal, community, and planetary health. Furthermore, insect and bird populations have been critically impacted by many stresses. All Texans can help improve these situations with simple solutions to improve their soil life and property habitats for a wide range of beneficial organisms and human enjoyment.
Heather Rinaldi is a lifelong gardener and environmental steward. Raised in the farm and ranch land of Oklahoma, she finished her degree in Health in 1993 at Oklahoma State University and had a professional career at Texas Instruments and Raytheon.
Before starting her own business in 2008, Texas Worm Ranch, Heather had invested over 5 years in learning more about soil health to improve her own organic lawn and gardens. Her self-directed research in soil microbiology and ecosystem health led her to follow the teachings of Dr. Elaine Ingham, Allan Savory, Gabe Brown, and many other soil scientists, range land practitioners, and regenerative agriculturists.
Heather has combined her agriculture background and health knowledge with her lifelong love of growing plants and observing the natural world. The mission of Texas Worm Ranch is to educate and empower healthy people, healthy community, and healthy planet through healthy soil.
|BS Health, Oklahoma State University|
|Owner, Texas Worm Ranch, since 2008|
|Life in the Soils Course Student with Dr. Elaine Ingham|
|Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Award, 2016|
|Featured Book Interviews: Worm Farming Revolution, by Pauly Piccirillo, The Worm Farmer’s handbook, by Rhonda Sherman|
|Speaker Highlights: Mother Earth News Speaker, North Carolina State University; Vermiculture Conference Speaker|
The Children’s Workshop Room has become a favorite area at the annual Ellis County Master Gardener Lawn & Garden Expo. Both children and adults enjoy the educational exhibits, hands-on activities, and lively atmosphere of the children’s workshop room.
This year, we will have a special focus on edible landscaping. From seed to fork, there will be info and examples of how to grow your own veggies. To top it off, there will also be an exhibit of nature’s garbage disposal- worms! Worm composting is an excellent way to teach children about caring for the environment, so join us to learn more about what these creatures can do for your garden.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring their gardening questions to the numerous Master Gardener volunteers that will be available. Junior Master Gardener program volunteers will also be present to share information about the youth gardening program that supports hands-on learning experiences. The Indian Trail Master Naturalists are always an important part of the children’s workshop room and working closely with the master gardeners will provide fun learning activities throughout the day.
The workshop will be filled with activities for children and will also include a few take-home surprises. Thanks to Texas Tree Farms of Waxahachie, they will also go home with a young tree to plant. The Children’s Workshop Room is sure to be buzzing with activity, so please plan on joining us.