Master Gardeners are enthusiastic about their favorite subjects — none more so than the volunteers who contribute their time to present horticultural-related information throughout their communities. The following is a list of our certified Master Gardeners who are available for presentations to your group or organization. We are happy to tailor a program to your group's needs and interests. If you see a topic of interest in the list below, give us a call. 
 

Hill Country Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau
830.377.8113
You may email Kathy Lewis, Speakers Bureau Chair, at
klewis@beecreek.net
 

BEST BLADE PLANS

If you're looking for a (White-Tail) Deer-proof landscape, consider starting with native and adapted grass plants.  They give your yard a big sensational bang  for minimum care.  There is no regular mowing in the summer, fertilizing is optional.  They come in many colors and shapes, and thrive in a wide variety of garden conditions.  In the autumn, ornamental grasses more than live up to their name, giving the turning leaves a run for their money.  They provide other attributes as well, so give a listen.         

Length of talk: 30-40 Minutes (From late September through Early November)
Speaker: Jackie Skinner

TRUE LOVE AND HOMEGROWN TOMATOES!
That may be a great country song, but for now, let’s just stick to homegrown tomatoes.  We will learn a brief history of the origin of the tomato and how it came to be a cultivated plant. Starting your own seedlings enables you to have a greater variety of plants, and we will also look at a listing of some of the varieties that do well in the Texas Hill Country. Included is information on the most successful growing conditions for tomatoes, also some of the most common problems associated with growing tomatoes.

Length of talk: one hour, including Q&A
Speaker: Connie Townsend

THOSE AWESOME ALLIUMS
What’s an allium, anyway? This presentation would include information about the most common alliums, onions and garlic, and others not quite so commonly used. Information on growing these in the Hill Country would include when and how to plant, the best varieties for this area, and how to care for them. When they are ready to harvest and how to do so is part of this presentation. Some mention of nutritional and healthful properties of these would also be addressed.

Length of talk: 30-45 minutes
Speaker: Connie Townsend

 
PLANT PROPAGATION
Propagating your own plants is fun! Whether you propagate from seeds or from cuttings, cultivating your own creation is rewarding and inexpensive. Learn the current techniques about how to prepare your soil, how to make cuttings depending on the plant material, and how to collect and grow seeds.

Length of talk: one hour
Speaker: Anne Brown, Plant Propagation Specialist

HILL COUNTY BUTTERFLIES and THEIR HOST PLANTS
This program begins with an introduction to the science of butterflies and then covers many of the members of the eight families of butterflies found in the Hill Country including the plants necessary for the caterpillar stage of their life cycle. The program finishes up with steps you can take to improve your chance of bringing butterflies to your own gardens and tools to help you learn to identify butterflies.

Length of talk: 45 to 60 minutes
Speaker: Thomas Collins

COMPANION GARDENING
Just as with human beings, plants have companions with which they prefer to be planted and others that they would prefer to avoid. Learn what seems to explain some of these preferences, why the companion is beneficial, and what combinations to avoid. Concentration will be on vegetable plants, although some brief mention will be made regarding flowers.

Length of talk: one hour, including Q&A
Speaker: Connie Townsend

VEGETABLE GARDENING IN THE HILL COUNTRY
Information presented will be based primarily on personal experience and observation. Included will be soil, water, and nutritional requirements of various kitchen garden crops as well as timelines for best production of these veggies. Recommendations for planting dates for both fall and spring gardens will be addressed.

Length of talk: one hour, including Q&A
Speaker: Connie Townsend

 
COMPOSTING MADE EASY
Discover the value and fun of composting! Learn to improve your lawn, flowers and vegetables, by using yard and kitchen waste. Compost retains water, provides nutrients, reduces stress on your plants and more. This class includes demonstrations, discussion and take home instructions.

Length of talk: 30 to 45 minutes
Speaker: Chris Seifert

RAINWATER HARVESTING
Texas' water supply planning process had identified that surface and groundwater supplies will not be able to meet future water demand in the State. Water conservation and development of alternative water supplies are vitally important. Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts, and stores rainwater for later use. Learn all about harvesting this precious commodity.

Length of talk: one hour
Speaker: Anne Brown, Rainwater Harvesting Specialist

 
SHRUBS AND TREES OF THE HILL COUNTRY
The Texas Forest Service recommends trees and shrubs proven to tolerate our unique climate, our soil (rocks), and our weather. Learn to avoid costly mistakes by selecting and planting the best plants for your landscape.

Length of talk: 45 to 60 minutes
Speaker, Anne Brown

WHO AND WHAT IS A MASTER GARDENER
Hill Country Master Gardeners assist their communities and the Agrilife Extension Office by answering horticulture questions and diagnosing plant problems for homeowners. Making new friends, learning continually, and working on volunteer projects make being a Master Gardener a rich experience.

Length of talk: 45 minutes
Speaker: Anne Brown

 
KNOW YOUR COLORSIN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, THAT IS
Do you remember the 1980’s, when knowing what colors would be your best to wear was popular? Today, knowing your colors is still, or perhaps even more, important. Now it is the relationship between the different fruits and veggies and our health. All the colors of the spectrum contribute in beneficial ways to our health. This presentation focuses on these benefits. It is not truly a gardening presentation, but the emphasis is on the health benefits we derive from our gardening efforts.

Length of talk: one hour, including Q&A
Speaker: Connie Townsend

OAK WILT — FACTS AND MYTHS
Oak wilt is a fungal disease that attacks oaks, primarily live and red oaks. Learn how to identify the disease, prevention techniques, its life cycle, and the truth about firewood from diseased trees.Length of talk: one hour
Speaker: Anne Brown, Oak Wilt Specialist


 

Call 830.377.8113
to book a Hill Country Master Gardener to speak at your next meeting
or email Chairperson Kathy Lewis at
klewis@beecreek.net