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Sustainable Landscape Series

The Series is back for the spring of 2020. This year, the entire series builds upon the beginning classes and is best if attendance can occur for all the series. The speakers vary with topics, however, all speakers are professionals with several years of education and experience in the horticulture industry. This entire  series is designed to give the resident successful and sustainable gardening practices using less resources. Most classes are free, however, you must pre-register.

The series kicks off with a multi-city event called Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas. This event will be held at McKinney ISD Community Center located on the south end of the new stadium located at Hwy 121 and Hardin Road. This program is designed to give the foundation for success in our area. It will consist of some lecture, some meet the experts with hands-on demonstration, and time for individual questions. The event will run from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Expected Attendance is 700 people. Please register.

Upcoming Classes for 2020:

February 1 & 8- Do-it-yourself Landscape Design 1:00 p.mClass limited to 20. This free class is a two-part seminar that will enable you to design the yard of your dreams. The first class will instruct how to begin the drawing, and give you tons of ideas. The second class will help you narrow the design and plant palate to finish the design. You must be able to attend both Saturday classes in order to complete the class. Presenter: Gail Donaldson, City of Allen.

February 22- Turf Talk 1:00 p.m.  Do you have trouble with that lush green look you want for your home? Then this is the class! This free seminar will help you learn the best varieties of turfgrass for our area, and best maintenance practices for a healthy lawn. Presenter: Gail Donaldson, City of Allen.

February 29- Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives 1:00 p.m. Come take a tour through all the most common available groundcovers and how they are properly used. Learn about alternative plants that may be used to solve particular problems in the landscape. Presenter:  Rusty Allen, North Haven Gardens. 

March 7- Native and Adapted Plants 1:00 p.m. Native and adapted plants are the best choice for our landscapes in North Texas. With a variety of textures, shapes, sizes, and flower color, these shrubs and perennials are sure to make you have a successful and healthy landscape. Presenter: Jarratt Calvert, Shades of Green Nursery.

March 14 and 15- Come visit the water conservation booth at the Collin County Master Gardeners annual Garden Show and receive a free gift. This annual event has grown to include vendors for plants, gifts, and gardening supplies as well as educational seminars and activities. Visit CCMGA for details.

March 21- Getting to Know Your Sprinkler System 1:00 p.m. Come learn the basics of residential sprinkler systems through presentation and hands-on activities. Topics include system operation and maintenance and a few simple do-it-yourself repairs. Presenter: Gail Donaldson, City of Allen.

April 18- DIY Rain Barrel Class 9:00 a.m. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55 gallon rain barrel to take home. Allen residents can apply for a rebate through the H2Ome Improvement Rebate Program to offset cost. This class will be held at Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas, Water and Land Resources Building located at 17360 Coit Road Dallas, TX 75252.

Some of the previous seminars were videotaped and can be viewed here.
Once you have viewed the videos, if you have a suggested topic for next year’s series please let us know

If you are looking for classes to attend during other times of the year, check out the classes offered by Texas A&M Water University