Full Schedule of Events

We have assembled an amazing agenda of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, tours, and other experiences to make this special anniversary conference the very best for you, our Master Gardeners!

 

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April 4, 2018

Welcome
8:45am  -  9:15am
Welcome
Rudder Auditorium

Welcome

Welcome to the 2018 Texas Master Gardener Conference Dr. Doug Steele, Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jayla Fry, […]

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The Birth of the Master Gardener Program
9:15am  -  10:45am
The Birth of the Master Gardener Program
Rudder Auditorium

The Birth of the Master Gardener Program

In this session, attendees will hear how the Master Gardener program was conceived amid skepticism and misgivings. David Gibby will […]

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Piet Oudolf Film Presentation
10:45am  -  12:00pm
Piet Oudolf Film Presentation
Rudder Auditorium

Piet Oudolf Film Presentation

An immersive and meditative documentary that reveals how the revolutionary landscape designer, Piet Oudolf, upends our conventional notions of nature, […]

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Specialist and Milestone Luncheon
12:00pm  -  1:30pm
Specialist and Milestone Luncheon
Bethancourt Ballroom - MSC 2300

Specialist and Milestone Luncheon

During this special luncheon, we will recognize those who have become Specialists and completed their additional service hours. We will […]

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Organic Gardening Techniques that Work
1:30pm FULL  -  2:30pm
Organic Gardening Techniques that Work
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Organic Gardening Techniques that Work

This session is full. It runs again on Thursday, April 5th at 3:00pm. Natural gardening techniques are popular among many […]

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How to Recognize Bad Insects and Use Good Ones to Your Advantage
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
How to Recognize Bad Insects and Use Good Ones to Your Advantage
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

How to Recognize Bad Insects and Use Good Ones to Your Advantage

Most insects found in the garden are considered either inconsequential or beneficial. Applying pesticides on non-pest insects can be costly […]

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Growing Strawberries in Texas: Do’s and Don’ts
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Growing Strawberries in Texas: Do’s and Don’ts
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Growing Strawberries in Texas: Do’s and Don’ts

Strawberry production in Texas continues to increase not only with growers but with homeowners as well. This is largely due […]

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Water U Doing, Texas?
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Water U Doing, Texas?
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Water U Doing, Texas?

Texas is one of the fastest growing states, dominating the U.S. census list, with 6 out of the top 12 […]

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Growing Junior Master Gardeners in your County – WORKSHOP
1:30pm  -  4:30pm
Growing Junior Master Gardeners in your County – WORKSHOP
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Growing Junior Master Gardeners in your County – WORKSHOP

If you want to know how to use the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program to grow the next generation of […]

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Basics of Propagation by Budding and Grafting – WORKSHOP
1:30pm FULL  -  4:00pm
Basics of Propagation by Budding and Grafting – WORKSHOP
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Basics of Propagation by Budding and Grafting – WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL! Come sharpen your horticultural and propagation skills as you learn all about the basics of propagation […]

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Old Garden Roses Grown Organically, and the Peggy Martin Rose – FULL
1:30pm FULL  -  2:30pm FULL
Old Garden Roses Grown Organically, and the Peggy Martin Rose – FULL
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Old Garden Roses Grown Organically, and the Peggy Martin Rose – FULL

In this session, attendees will learn how easy it is to grow roses organically, the strength and longevity of Old […]

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Building Healthy Communities Around Nature
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Building Healthy Communities Around Nature
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Building Healthy Communities Around Nature

The Millican Reserve is a conservation-based development in South College Station where the focus is to create a healthy community […]

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Succulents, They’re Just Plants!
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Succulents, They’re Just Plants!
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Succulents, They’re Just Plants!

Many people, including plant professionals, think succulents are different than other plants. While succulents do have some uniquely valuable characteristics, […]

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Connecting Nature through Nesting Boxes – WORKSHOP
3:00pm FULL  -  4:30pm
Connecting Nature through Nesting Boxes – WORKSHOP
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Connecting Nature through Nesting Boxes – WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.  This fascinating workshop is twofold! Master Gardeners will get hands-on experience of build a nesting box […]

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Let Me Introduce You: Plants I’ve Introduced to the Gardening World and the Stories that Go with Them
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Let Me Introduce You: Plants I’ve Introduced to the Gardening World and the Stories that Go with Them
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower
Texas Plant Explorers: Our Fascinating Past that Inspires our Gardens Today
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Texas Plant Explorers: Our Fascinating Past that Inspires our Gardens Today
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Texas Plant Explorers: Our Fascinating Past that Inspires our Gardens Today

Attendees will learn about early Texas plant explorers and nurserymen, such as Lindheimer, Watson, and Aflac and how their influence […]

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Working with Farmers’ Markets
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Working with Farmers’ Markets
Memorial Student Center/Rudder Tower

Working with Farmers’ Markets

Master Gardener groups can form mutually beneficial partnerships with local farmers’ markets as they work together to educate their communities […]

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April 5, 2018

Shades of Wisdom: Lessons Learned from an Old Oak Tree
10:45am  -  12:00pm
Shades of Wisdom: Lessons Learned from an Old Oak Tree
Reed Arena - Main Seating Bowl

Shades of Wisdom: Lessons Learned from an Old Oak Tree

Trees resonate deeply in the souls of millions of people. That Tree, a majestic bur oak, standing alone in a […]

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Center Stage: Creating Centerpieces for Events – WORKSHOP
1:00pm FULL  -  2:30pm
Center Stage: Creating Centerpieces for Events – WORKSHOP
Benz School of Floral Design

Center Stage: Creating Centerpieces for Events – WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!  With a little guidance from the instructor, the floral designs that you create in this workshop […]

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The Backyard Forester
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
The Backyard Forester
Reed Arena

The Backyard Forester

In the right environment, pine trees make great yard trees across all of Texas: they grow taller than they do […]

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The Best Camera is the One You Have With You
1:30pm FULL  -  2:30pm
The Best Camera is the One You Have With You
Reed Arena

The Best Camera is the One You Have With You

THIS SESSION IS FULL.  There is a second session offered on Friday at 1:30pm. A simple approach to smartphone photography: […]

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Youth and Water Do Mix – Youth Water Education Made Fun – WORKSHOP
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Youth and Water Do Mix – Youth Water Education Made Fun – WORKSHOP
Reed Arena

Youth and Water Do Mix – Youth Water Education Made Fun – WORKSHOP

With fun, active activities, youth learn the value of water conservation and water quality protection. Dotty takes these activities to […]

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Genetically Modified: Scientific Perspectives from a Public Corn Breeder
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Genetically Modified: Scientific Perspectives from a Public Corn Breeder
Reed Arena

Genetically Modified: Scientific Perspectives from a Public Corn Breeder

Despite over 23 years in the marketplace, unfounded concerns about genetically modified organisms (GMOs, i.e. transgenic crops) still exist and […]

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Tissue Culture, Seed Dormancy and BEYOND! – WORKSHOP
1:30pm  -  4:00pm
Tissue Culture, Seed Dormancy and BEYOND! – WORKSHOP
Horticulture/Forest Sciences Building

Tissue Culture, Seed Dormancy and BEYOND! – WORKSHOP

In this workshop, attendees will propagate plants by tissue culture while learning the principles underlying this process.  Attendees will be […]

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Adventures in Rose Breeding
1:30pm FULL  -  2:30pm FULL
Adventures in Rose Breeding
Reed Arena

Adventures in Rose Breeding

Thanks to the donations of two innovative rose breeders, Dr. Basye and Mr. Moore, the Texas A&M University Rose Breeding […]

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Wine 101
1:30pm FULL  -  2:30pm
Wine 101
Reed Arena

Wine 101

THIS SESSION IS FULL.  There is a second session offered at 3:00pm. This session will discuss the history of wine […]

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Center Stage: Creating Centerpieces for Events – WORKSHOP
3:00pm FULL  -  4:30pm
Center Stage: Creating Centerpieces for Events – WORKSHOP
Benz School of Floral Design

Center Stage: Creating Centerpieces for Events – WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.   With a little guidance from the instructor, the floral designs that you create in this […]

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Wine 101
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Wine 101
Reed Arena

Wine 101

This session will discuss the history of wine and how Texas came to be the fifth leading wine producing state […]

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Texas Plant Explorers: Our Fascinating Past That Inspires our Gardens Today
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Texas Plant Explorers: Our Fascinating Past That Inspires our Gardens Today
Reed Arena

Texas Plant Explorers: Our Fascinating Past That Inspires our Gardens Today

Attendees will learn about early Texas plant explorers and nurserymen, such as Lindheimer, Watson, and Aflac and how their influence […]

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Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas
Reed Arena

Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas

This presentation covers the basics of landscape design and site development, specifics on designing with edible plants of Texas and […]

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Connecting Nature through Nesting Boxes – WORKSHOP
3:00pm FULL  -  4:00pm
Connecting Nature through Nesting Boxes – WORKSHOP
Reed Arena

Connecting Nature through Nesting Boxes – WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. This fascinating workshop is twofold! Master Gardeners will get hands-on experience of build a nesting box […]

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Climate-Change-Friendly Woody Ornamentals for a 21st Century Texas
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Climate-Change-Friendly Woody Ornamentals for a 21st Century Texas
Reed Arena

Climate-Change-Friendly Woody Ornamentals for a 21st Century Texas

All predictions call for warmer temperatures and more extreme weather patterns in Texas. Should we begin the process now for […]

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Organic Gardening Techniques that Work
3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Organic Gardening Techniques that Work
Reed Arena

Organic Gardening Techniques that Work

Natural gardening techniques are popular among many gardeners; however, not everything you read in print or online is accurate, and […]

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TMGA Search for Excellence Awards Banquet
6:00pm  -  8:30pm
TMGA Search for Excellence Awards Banquet
Reed Arena

TMGA Search for Excellence Awards Banquet

Join us as we present the 2017 Awards for exemplary achievement demonstrated by our Master Gardeners and associations while enjoying […]

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Texas Master Gardeners: A History of Service, Excellence and Fun!
9:00am  -  10:15am
Texas Master Gardeners: A History of Service, Excellence and Fun!
Reed Arena - Main Seating Bowl

Texas Master Gardeners: A History of Service, Excellence and Fun!

For 40 years, Master Gardeners have served Texans. Based on the Washington state model, Extension professionals and volunteers with vision, […]

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April 6, 2018

Peckerwood Garden: Bridging the Gap between Conservation and the Promotion of a Diverse Landscape
11:00am  -  12:00pm FULL
Peckerwood Garden: Bridging the Gap between Conservation and the Promotion of a Diverse Landscape
Reed Arena
Butter Beans to Asian Greens: Old Favorites and New Flavors
11:00am  -  12:00pm
Butter Beans to Asian Greens: Old Favorites and New Flavors
Reed Arena

Butter Beans to Asian Greens: Old Favorites and New Flavors

When was the last time you ate fresh butter beans? How about spiraled cauliflower, baby bok choy or purple carrots? […]

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Green Roofs 101: Growing Plants Where Plants Don’t Want to Grow
11:00am FULL  -  12:00pm FULL
Green Roofs 101: Growing Plants Where Plants Don’t Want to Grow
Reed Arena

Green Roofs 101: Growing Plants Where Plants Don’t Want to Grow

THIS SESSION IS FULL Green roofs have become popular urban tools to help mitigate storm water, minimize urban heat islands, […]

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Adopting and Sustaining a Junior Master Gardener Program
11:00am  -  12:00pm
Adopting and Sustaining a Junior Master Gardener Program
Reed Arena

Adopting and Sustaining a Junior Master Gardener Program

The Junior Master Gardener (JMG®) program grows good kids through igniting a passion for learning, success, and service. Through this […]

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Pruning: A Science and an Art – WORKSHOP
11:00am FULL  -  12:00pm
Pruning: A Science and an Art – WORKSHOP
Reed Arena

Pruning: A Science and an Art – WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL! Pruning is both a science and an art, and can be perplexing! Correct pruning can enhance […]

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Open the Door and Invite the Garden Inside
11:00am  -  12:00pm
Open the Door and Invite the Garden Inside
Reed Arena

Open the Door and Invite the Garden Inside

Just as there are many types and styles of gardens, there are many types and styles of floral design. This […]

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Home Garden Statistics: Average Gardeners, Mean Vegetables and Distributed Benefits
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Home Garden Statistics: Average Gardeners, Mean Vegetables and Distributed Benefits
Reed Arena

Home Garden Statistics: Average Gardeners, Mean Vegetables and Distributed Benefits

Garden educators prepare better training materials and create better curriculum when they understand a few basic statistics relating to home […]

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Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas
Reed Arena

Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas

This presentation covers the basics of landscape design and site development, specifics on designing with edible plants of Texas and […]

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Gardening Lessons Learned from Harvey
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Gardening Lessons Learned from Harvey
Reed Arena

Gardening Lessons Learned from Harvey

Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal areas of Texas hard. Many areas were totally devastated. There were, however, valuable gardening lessons […]

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Climate-Change-Friendly Woody Ornamentals for a 21st Century Texas
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
Climate-Change-Friendly Woody Ornamentals for a 21st Century Texas
Reed Arena

Climate-Change-Friendly Woody Ornamentals for a 21st Century Texas

All predictions call for warmer temperatures and more extreme weather patterns in Texas. Should we begin the process now for […]

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The Best Camera is the One You Have with You – WORKSHOP
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
The Best Camera is the One You Have with You – WORKSHOP
Reed Arena

The Best Camera is the One You Have with You – WORKSHOP

A simple approach to smartphone photography: this photography workshop teaches the techniques, apps, compositional formulas, tools, and methods to help […]

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The Patio Fruit Grower
1:30pm  -  2:30pm
The Patio Fruit Grower
Reed Arena

The Patio Fruit Grower

Take that sunny patio and turn it into a productive fruit orchard! With proper selection, care and pruning, fruits can […]

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Pruning: A Science and an Art – WORKSHOP
1:30pm FULL  -  2:30pm
Pruning: A Science and an Art – WORKSHOP
Reed Arena

Pruning: A Science and an Art – WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL! Pruning is both a science and an art, and can be perplexing! Correct pruning can enhance […]

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Hot Color, Dry Garden
3:00pm  -  4:30
Hot Color, Dry Garden
Reed Arena - Main Seating Bowl

Hot Color, Dry Garden

Many people expect water-wise gardens to be brown and drab but nothing could be further from the truth. Water-wise gardens […]

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How to Create a Garden of Love, Not a Labor of Love
9:15am  -  10:30am
How to Create a Garden of Love, Not a Labor of Love
Reed Arena - Main Seating Bowl

How to Create a Garden of Love, Not a Labor of Love

Gardens should be our love, not our labor of love. It’s time to tune into some words of hard-won wisdom […]

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