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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Sustainable Landscape Series begins February 1

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The Sustainable Landscape Series is back for spring 2020. If you are beginner, this series is for you!

Learn about successful, sustainable gardening practices using less resources. The series includes various topics from professionals with years of education and experience in the horticulture industry. Most classes are free; however, you must pre-register, and attendance to all classes is preferred.

You can view previously recorded seminars here. 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.

Upcoming Classes in 2020

February 1 and February 8, 1 p.m. – DIY Landscape Design
This free class is a two-part seminar to 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. Class is limited to 20 participants. Register for Feb. 1. Register for Feb. 8.

February 22, 1 p.m. – Turf Talk
Do you have trouble with that lush green look you want for your home? This is the class for you! This free seminar will teach the best varieties of turfgrass for our area and best maintenance practices for a healthy lawn. Presented by Gail Donaldson, City of Allen. Register.

February 29, 1 p.m. – Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives
Take a tour through the most common available groundcovers and how they are properly used. Learn about alternative plants that may be used to solve specific problems in the landscape. Presented by Rusty Allen, North Haven Gardens. Register.

March 7, 1 p.m. – Native and Adapted Plants
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. Presented by Jarratt Calvert, Shades of Green Nursery. Register.

March 14 and 15 – Collin County Master Gardeners Annual Garden Show 
Receive a free gift when you visit the water conservation booth at the Collin County Master Gardeners Annual Garden Show. This annual event includes vendors for plants, gifts and gardening supplies, as well as educational seminars and activities. Visit for details.

March 21, 1 p.m. – Getting to Know Your Sprinkler System
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. Presented by Gail Donaldson, City of Allen. Register.

April 18, 9 a.m. – DIY Rain Barrel Class
Learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and construct your 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. Presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Water University. Register.

New Lunchtime Sessions

March 30, 11:30 a.m. – Let’s Ketchup on Tomatoes
Tomatoes, the most sought-after garden treasure, can be challenging to grow in the extreme climate and soils of North Texas. We’ll go into depth, providing tips on how to get the most production out of your tomato plants, and cover everything from variety selection, proper planting and best irrigation practices to pest and disease control. No matter your gardening skills, this class will be sweet! Presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Water University. Register.

April 22, 11:30 a.m. – Herb Your Enthusiasm: Herb Gardening
Get the most out of your landscape or kitchen garden by choosing from the assortment of tasty and beautiful herbs adapted to Texas. We’ll talk about everything from design and plant selection, proper soil prep and planting techniques, to the many uses of our favorite herbs inside and outside the home. This class is sure to be a great thyme! Presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Water University. Register.

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