Category Archives: Programs

East Texas Spring Landscape & Garden Conference – Feb. 12

February is a busy month not only in the yard and garden with folks getting ready for the new gardening year, but it also is a month with several educational programs sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Of particular interest to home gardeners will be the 18th annual East Texas Spring Landscape and Garden Conference on February 12th at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.  Previous year’s conferences have had up to 400 attending from the East Texas area, including visitors from Dallas, Houston, Austin, and points in… Read More →

January Gardening Notes

An arctic outbreak of cold air is predicted for next week. If it remains dry, be sure to run your irrigation several days prior to the arrival of cold air to minimize freeze damage to plants in your yard. Drought-stressed plants are more prone to severe freeze injury. However, watering during a freeze won’t help that much, and can damage plants with ice buildup. Take steps to protect marginally hardy plants – move potted plants to a protected area, apply mulch where practical, and protect pipes and irrigation… Read More →

Sowing Seeds for Economical Color

Looking for ways to beef up your landscape, but are on a shoestring budget? “Sowing Seeds for Economical Color” is next in the workshop series “1st Tuesday in the Garden”, sponsored by Smith County Master Gardeners, and held in their IDEA Demonstration Garden, located in the southeast corner of the Tyler Rose Garden.This free program, held over the noon hour, will give you ideas for making your landscape a showplace without breaking the budget. As an example, see the Cole Garden in the previous post, featured home on… Read More →

Spring Landscape & Garden Conference

Saturday, February 13, is the annual East Texas Spring Landscape & Garden Conference at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. One of the featured topics is “From the Garden to the Vase” – floral designing, presented by Jim Johnson, Director of the famed Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M. Johnson will teach while designing about 8 arrangements, ranging from traditional types anybody can put together with locally available materials, to a couple that are more modern or abstract. Finished designs will be raffled off, just in time… Read More →

East Texas Horticulture Field Day

It’s time for one of my favorite summer horticulture events in the East Texas area. That’s the Horticulture Field Day held at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton on Thursday, June 25. This event has grown in popularity as growers, landscapers and gardeners discover the trials and displays of the latest and newest bedding plant varieties and other horticultural novelties. The event is free. It starts in the morning at the Horticulture North Farm, north of the Overton Center, where row after row of bedding plants… Read More →

East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference Feb. 17

The East Texas Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Conference, is Tuesday, February 17, at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. This all-day program focuses on commercial fruit and vegetable production, and will feature presentations in the general session on incorporating integrated pest management strategies into fruit and vegetable production, marketing fruits and vegetables, herbicides for weed control, and pesticide safety. In the afternoon there will be 3 concurrent sessions. In the fruit session there will be talks on orchard site selection, and blackberry production. The vegetable session includes the subjects… Read More →

East Texas Landscape & Garden Conference – Feb. 14

The 16th annual East Texas Spring Landscape and Garden Conference is February 14th at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. One of the featured speakers for this year’s program is Dr. Neil Odenwald, retired director of the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, and popular speaker, author and award winning landscape architect. He will give two talks on landscape design during the conference. The first will focus on practical ideas for developing the space around your home into a functional and attractive area through the art of… Read More →

East Texas Turfgrass Conference Feb. 5, 2009

The East Texas Turfgrass Conference focuses on the management of turfgrass, and is of particular interest to those who are involved in the management of commercial, sports and home lawns and turf, including school districts, city parks and recreation departments, lawn and landscape managers, as well as homeowners. The Conference is Thursday, February 5, at the Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Overton. Topics include controlling turfgrass weeds and diseases,  aquatic weed control in ponds, designing and maintaining efficient irrigation systems, how to correctly identify common turfgrass… Read More →