Public Events

2017 Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, April 1, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm

Brazos County Extension Office (2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan)

Join the Brazos County Master Gardeners Association at their Spring 2017 Plant Sale. Come select from Natives, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs and Bulbs especially suited to Brazos County growing conditions.

Enjoy a wonderful time with fellow Brazos County gardeners!

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund the community education programs of the Brazos County Master Gardener Association, a non-profit organization of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension volunteers.

2017 – Final list of plants in BCMGA plant sale


 Beyond the Garden Gate

2017 Garden Tour

Saturday, April 29, 2017

9:00am – 2:00pm

Ticket Information – Tickets for the event are $10 for adults; up to two children ages 12 and under will be allowed in free with any paying adult. You may purchase tickets at the Brazos County AgriLife Extension Office located at 2619 Highway 21 W. in Bryan or at any of the gardens on the day of the tour. Checks only will be accepted at the office and cash or checks will be accepted at the gardens.

For more information: Brazos County Extension Office – 979.823.0129

The Gardens on the tour:

Classic Texas

10900 Boxley Bend, College Station

An echo of the Hill Country is to be found along a picturesque bend of the Brazos River.  These gardeners started with a cow pasture and some trees; their labor over several decades has resulted in the highly diverse and water-wise landscape we see today.

Two million pounds of limestone imported from Central Texas provide the structure of this garden cut into the side of a hill on which Native Americans camped for several thousand years.  Drought-tolerant plantings lead to and surround a 21st-century “dog run” house (not open to the public) that, on the river side, commands a panoramic view of an ox-bow, green pastures, and pecan orchards.

Water-wise Texas natives predominate, but it is not all cactus and succulents.  Pollinators, including Monarch Butterflies, are provided with an extensive menu of their favorite flowers.  Fruits and vegetables are mixed among the ornamentals.

Given the slope and clay content of the site, channeling and retaining water run-off is critical to this garden.  This sprawling country garden has lessons that can be adapted by the suburban homeowner.

Texas Best Practices Exemplified

9689 Valley View Drive, College Station

This gently rolling 10-acre property checks ALL the boxes in the Texas Master Gardener’s manual:  pollinator-friendly; composting; rainwater collection; run-off drainage and retention; trees, ornamentals, edibles; Texas natives; outdoor living rooms; recreation…

The plant diversity is impressive and colorful.  It provides not only beauty and tranquility for the gardeners, but nurture and refuge for the non-human residents. Visitors are led naturally through the property by following the curves of the landscaping.  No straight lines here!

These elements are unified by a thoughtful and elegant design that enhances the environment to the benefit of the homeowners, the wildlife, and the community.  See what following “best practices” can achieve in your garden!

Visitors allergic to bee stings should note that active hives are kept on this property.

The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG)

Brazos County Extension Office – 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan

The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG) is the beneficiary of thousands of volunteer hours by local Master Gardeners.    Over the years it has grown and been improved upon and now includes: a rose garden, butterfly garden,   shade garden, Texas Superstar garden, veggie garden, an arboretum and rainwater harvesting.

There will be hands-on-activities at this garden for pruning, propagating, saving rainwater and growing plants in the Brazos Valley.


Would you like your yard assessed by the county

horticulturist and trained Master Gardeners?

 

To get a water conservation yard evaluation, call or email us today to get on the schedule.

For additional information email: brazosmg@brazosmg.com or call 979-823-0129 – Brazos County Extension office.

 


The Eagle’s Gardening in the Brazos Valley

By Charla Anthony– Horticulture Prog. Asst/Master Gardener Coordinator – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service