This February, several educational opportunities, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, are coming up that will be of interest to gardeners, growers and those in the landscaping business in the East Texas area.
The East Texas Garden Lecture Series kicks off on February 16 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center with “A Morning with Scott and Lauren Ogden”. The Environmental Horticultural Committee which plans this event revamped it from an all-day to a morning-only program. Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden are nationally renowned garden designers and horticultural consultants, designing both public and private garden spaces around the country, spanning many climate zones.
The Ogden’s latest book, “Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens that Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit”, is the basis for their first of 2 talks that morning. They will share their unique approach to designing gardens, and will inspire you to look at your own garden space in a new way. They have each authored three other books, and the Scott’s “The Moonlit Garden” is the subject of the second lecture that morning.
The Ogdens will be available to sign books, and there will be copies of several of their titles there to purchase.
Also at the Conference, several gardening-related businesses and organizations will be exhibiting their services and selling garden products. There is a $25 registration fee (cash or check, registration at the door only). Check out our Facebook page: (facebook.com/ETGardenConference) for updates, posts and reminders.
The East Texas Garden Lecture Series will continue this spring with two more programs. On March 16, “Creating Creative Container Gardens” will feature three local garden experts designing various styles of containers. Then on April 13, Janet McKinney of Flower Hill Farm, a local cut flower grower, will share about “Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers” for home use. Mark your calendars, and follow us on Facebook.
Other educational events in February include the East Texas Turfgrass Conference at the A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton on Thursday, February 7. Program topics include: “Soil Testing”, “New Efficient Irrigation Practices in East Texas”, “Weed Control and Herbicide Updates”, “IPM and Its Role in Local School Districts”, “Choosing Turfgrass for Use in East Texas”, and “Laws and Regulation Update for Applicators”. 5 TDA and 4 Structural Pest Control License CEU’s will be given. Registration is $30 at the door and includes lunch. The full agenda is also posted on my web site.
Finally, the East Texas Fruit & Vegetable Conference will be held Tuesday, February 26 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.