Online home landscaping education slated in February

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Travis County Master Gardeners are hosting two free webinars designed to help attendees create and implement their own landscaping master plan.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Travis County Master Gardeners will host two online webinars in February on planning, designing, and implementing a landscaping master plan. (Photo by Texas A&M AgriLife)

Travis County’s Master Gardener Sandy Stone will attend both webinars.

The first webinar, Homeowner Landscape Plans: Site Documentation and Analysis, will take place on February 19th at 10 a.m. The second program, Homeowner Landscape Plans: Design, Implement and Build, will take place on February 26th at 10am.

Subtitles are provided for both webinars. There will be short breaks around 11 a.m. and the programs will end around noon.

“These two webinars are designed to help Austin residents find success in the garden with the challenging weather and geological conditions in Travis County,” said Daphne Richards, gardener at AgriLife Extension in Travis County.

According to Richards, the webinars coincide with the recent publication of From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Garden in Central Texas, available online from the Travis County Master Gardeners Association.

“Both the book and webinars that are part of the Central Texas Horticultural Education 2021 Series are about xeriscaping principles,” said Richards.

According to Richards, the AgriLife Extension Horticultural Program in Travis County offers free or low-cost public programs on gardening and food preservation topics year round.

“These interactive programs help the public be more enjoyable and productive in their gardens, troubleshoot problems, and develop environmentally sensitive gardening techniques,” she said.

Many of the programs also offer training sessions for those who have pesticide applicator licenses from the Texas Department of Agriculture and membership of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. Contact Richards for more information on professional CEUs.

Home landscaping education

“The February 19 program will focus on the steps to follow to begin your landscape plan,” said Richards. “Attendees are given instructions on how to create a map, where to collect code and zone information, and what current site conditions to analyze.

“The February 26 webinar will look at design issues and choosing materials and plantings to support the concept. It will also cover how to organize and install hardscapes, watering, plants, and mulch. “

According to Richards, for technological reasons, the webinars have a limit of 100 participants, “but an unlimited number of people can register to watch the recorded webinars.”

“Those who register but are not in the top 100 or miss the webinar for any reason can view it later,” said Richards. “After registration, attendees will receive a link for the live session – or to view a recording of the program.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions prior to the webinars and receive answers during the live program if time permits. Questions that were not answered during the live webinars will be answered by email.

“Sandy’s presentations expand the subject of landscape planning and design for homeowners,” said Richards. “Other programs in the series deal with soils, lawns, irrigation and plant selection. Then we will host webinars on growing fruit and vegetables in the backyard in the fall. “

All programs are presented by experts from Texas A&M University and the Travis County Master Gardeners Association.

For more information about the seminars, please sign up for event notifications and subscribe to the blog. Also visit the AgriLife extension’s calendar of events.


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