The Texas Master Gardener Symposium will be held September 10 in San Angelo


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Master Gardeners will present the annual Concho Valley Master Gardener Fall Landscaping Symposium on September 10 in San Angelo.

The Concho Valley Master Gardeners will present their fall symposium on September 10 in San Angelo. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Susan Himes)

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with on-site registration starting at 8:00 a.m. The symposium will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at 7887 NUS Highway 87.

The cost is $30, or $40 with an optional floral design workshop. Registration by September 7 is required at Attendees can also mail in a registration form or drop by the center. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

“This is the 11th annual symposium and each year it is a fun, informative and enjoyable event with great feedback from attendees,” said Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension Horticulturist, Tom Green County.

“The goal of this annual event is to help homeowners be good stewards of their property and local resources while creating a beautiful paradise in their own backyard.”

Watkins said the Concho Valley Master Gardeners are excited to welcome local attendees as well as visitors from throughout West Central Texas and beyond.

Symposium speakers, themes

Fall zinnias are gardeners’ favorites for their fall color. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Robert Burns)

Ron Knight, master gardener and event chair, has prioritized bringing excellent speakers to the symposium to cover a variety of interesting and important topics, Watkins said. The program topics and speakers are:

  • Overcoming Design Challenges — Tam Honaker, Owner, Farmer’s Daughter, San Angelo.
  • Plant trees in your home landscape — Garrett Mikulik, owner, Scherz Landscape Co., San Angelo.
  • Go ahead and multiply!Carol Reese, writer, lecturer and retired specialist in extension horticulture, Jackson, Tennessee.
  • Travel Companions: Plants and People – Reese.
  • Beautiful Lawns in West Texas – Monte Sims, Owner, BES-TEX Supply, San Angelo.
  • Floral design and decoration of your gardenLisa Whittlesey, AgriLife Extension Program Specialist and Junior Master Gardener Program International Coordinator, Bryan-College Station.

Optional floral workshop

Whittlesey will teach an optional floral design workshop from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The hands-on event will include a take-home project. The $10 cost of this workshop, payable at registration, includes the necessary supplies and materials. Places are limited to the first 25 registered.



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