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Texas Master Gardener Newsletter             September 2015
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Ch..ch...ch...Changes
 
As gardeners, we are all well aware of the nature of changes. They happen regularly in our gardens from season to season. Sometimes from month to month as we have experienced lately with the crazy Texas weather! In my garden, even chicks grow up to sometimes unexpected, lovable roosters!
 
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Well, get ready for some more exciting changes! In the next couple of months, you will see transformations in the newsletter and website as we work to make them more integrated with each other as well as social media outlets. As we make these transitions, we would love feedback, both good and bad, from you!
 
Donations continue to come in for the MG Earth-Kind® Garden within The Gardens at Texas A&M University. The generosity and support of Master Gardeners from all over Texas continues to astound! Remember, all donations will remain a part of the Earth-Kind® Gardens, expanding and enhancing the Gardens by furthering the Master Gardener program and Earth-Kind® principles. 
 
Be sure to read through this newsletter and visit our website to find upcoming fall plant sales and programs throughout
the state!
 
Donna                             



SPECIALIST TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

First Detector Specialist
September 21 & 22, 2015
Belton, TX

 
First Detector - Invasive Pest & Pathogen: This training will introduce participants to the National Plant Diagnostic Network’s efforts to protect US agriculture and plants through awareness information of invasive non-native pests and pathogens. View the flyer here.

Texas Superstar® Plant Specialist
September 16-18, 2015
San Antonio, TX

 
The Master Gardener - Texas Superstar® Plant Specialist Training focuses on the history of the Texas Superstar® plant program and the benefits and landscape usages of these plants in a modern day landscape setting.  More information may be found here.

Rainwater Harvesting Specialist
October 20-22, 2015
Austin, TX

 
This training will teach you about rainwater harvesting with various systems, explain how to hold rain barrel classes in  your county and to work with water conservation groups, groundwater conservation districts, storm water departments and other interested groups.  Visit the website for more information and registration.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS


Gardening in the Fall and Winter Seminar
Kaufman County Master Gardeners
Crandell, TX
Saturday, September 12
Fall Landscaping Symposium
Concho Valley Master Gardeners
San Angelo, TX
Saturday, September 12

Texas Pollinator PowWow 
Texas Master Naturalist Program
Kerrville, TX
Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20
Landscape Design School XXIV - Course III
Texas Gardens Clubs/AgriLife Extension
College Station, TX
Monday and Tuesday, September 21 and 22
Wildscapes Workshop & Native Plant Sale
Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston, Houston, TX 
Saturday, September 29 

Fall Garden Fest
Denton County Master Gardeners
Flower Mound, TX
Saturday, October 3 
Fall Conference and Bulb Sale
Smith County Master Gardeners
Tyler, TX
Saturday, October 10
Fall Garden Show
Grayson County Master Gardeners
Denison, TX
Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11
  Texas Pollinators Garden Symposium
Walker County Master Gardeners
Huntsville, TX
Friday, October 16
Inside Austin Garden Tours
Travis County Master Gardeners
Austin, TX
Saturday, October 17
Beyond the Garden Gate Garden Tour
Brazos County Master Gardeners
Bryan, TX
Sunday, October 25
 
 


The TMGA Awards Handbook and Forms for 2015 are online and may be viewed on our website.
 



If you haven't already done so, kindly take 1-2 minutes to answer the survey regarding the proposal for the 2017 State Master Gardener Conference by following this link.  All answers are confidential and the survey may only be taken one time. 

 
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MEET GRAYSON COUNTY MG'S!
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Up Next!
October:  Gregg
November:  Guadalupe
December:  Hamilton


The Grayson County Master Gardener Program has been in operation since late 1990's and we currently have 85 members from many varied backgrounds, all with a love of gardening. 
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They support seven project gardens in the Grayson County area:
  • Eisenhower Birthplace
  • Eisenhower State Park
  • McGee Meditation Garden
  • Memorial Garden in Whitesboro
  • Groff Beds at the Grayson County Courthouse
  • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
  • Adopt-A-Spot Fairview Memorial Garden
Read the whole article here.
Mark Your Calendars! 
2016 Texas Master Gardener State Conference:
Buds and Bark: Earth-Kind® in the Park

 
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Come play in the dirt with the Collin County Master Gardeners Association!  CCMGA cordially invites you to join us for the 2016 Texas Master Gardener Conference.  Buds and Bark: Earth-Kind® in the Park will be held at beautiful Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney, Texas. Whether a novice or a veteran, a gardener’s education is never complete.  Cultivate new ideas and learn from renowned horticultural specialists at the May 17-19, 2016 event.  Registration will open late August, 2015.

Get all the dirt by clicking this link.
 
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Next Directors Meeting:  Saturday, December 5, 2015




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