The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County and John Hart, host of the “Central Texas Gardener” TV show on PBS, will kick off the 2021 Central Texas horticultural education series with the webinar “Restore. Reimagine. Reinvent. Prairie Landscapes for Austin.”
This first program of this free webinar series will begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9 and interested parties are encouraged to register now. Closed captioning will be provided. There will be a short break at around 11 a.m., and the program will conclude around noon.
Due to technological constraints, the webinar has a limit of 100 attendees, but an unlimited number of people can register and see a recording of the program.
“Those who register but are not among the first 100 attendees or who miss the webinar for any reason will be able to view it later,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County and a frequent guest on the “Central Texas Gardener” program. “After they register, participants will be provided a link for the live session or to view a recording of the program.”
Program focus and content
Hart will present this program designed to help Austin area residents find gardening success with the challenging weather and geological conditions found in Travis County. It coincides with the recent publication of the book “From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Central Texas Garden,” which can be purchased online from the Travis County Master Gardeners Association.
“The program will provide inspiration and guidance on how to design fully functional landscapes that incorporate beauty, provide clean air and water, sequester carbon and bring nature into urban areas,” Richards said. “There will also be information on prairie restoration and guidance on how homeowners can install pocket prairie landscapes in their own gardens.”
Richards said attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the webinar and receive answers during the live program as time allows.
“Questions not answered during the webinar will be answered by email,” Richards said.
She said the book and 2021 educational series revolve around xeriscaping principles.
“John starts off our program under the planning and design topic,” Richards said. “Other programs in the series will address soils, lawns, irrigation and plant selection. Then we will have backyard fruit and vegetable growing webinars in the fall. These programs will be presented by experts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas A&M University and Travis County Master Gardeners.