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Landscaping with Native Plants Workshop
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 • Posted August 12, 2008

This is a reminder that the Blanco County Master Gardeners and Texas AgriLIFE Service, Blanco County will be conducting a workshop on Tuesday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The workshop is entitled “Go Native: Landscaping with Native Plants” and will be held at the Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds in Johnson City.

The workshop will focus on designing landscapes using a wide variety of Texas Hill Country native plants – including trees, shrubs and bushes, native grasses and wildflowers, perennials and annuals. Because many Hill Country residents own properties that have an abundance of ashe junipers and live oaks there is a need for creating more diverse landscapes that are more resistant to damaging diseases and yet are easy to maintain. The instructors will use numerous illustrations/handouts and will have live plants on hand so that attendees will learn to correctly identify native trees, shrubs and perennials.

The instructors are all Blanco County Master Gardeners with extensive experience with and training on Hill Country Native plants. They will focus on plants that have lower maintenance needs, are deer resistant, drought tolerant, have reduced need for pesticides and fertilizers, provide a diverse wildlife habitat and are aesthetically pleasing. The instructors live in different parts of Blanco Country and at different altitudes with different terrains. They will refer to these differences as they discuss the successes and failures they have experienced with Hill Country native plants.

There will be a $5.00 fee to cover handout materials. If you have any questions regarding this workshop you can contact the Texas AgriLIFE Service, Blanco County Office at 830-868-7167.

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