Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Last-Minute Pick-up Registration Packets and Parking Passes at Hilton Hotel, 801 University Drive East, College Station
6:30am-10:00am

*You must have a pre-purchased parking pass to park on campus. These are available when you register. Car-pooling is encouraged!

Note: If the session or tour of your choice is full, you may be placed on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation by emailing Nicky at 2018tmgaconference@gmail.com.

Memorial Student Center and Rudder Tower
Texas A&M University Campus

KEYNOTE SESSIONS

8:45am-9:15am
Welcome by Dr. Douglas Steele, Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

9:15am-10:15am
The Birth of the Master Gardener Program by David Gibby, Co-Founder of the MG Program            

10:15am-10:45am
Break

10:45am-12:00pm
Five Seasons Film featuring Piet Oudolf, Internationally Acclaimed Dutch Landscape Designer

12:00pm-1:30pm
Specialist and Milestone Luncheon Buffet

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1:30pm-2:30pm
Organic Gardening Techniques that Work by Skip Richter, Extension Agent, Harris Co. FULL (runs again Thursday at 3:00pm)
How to Recognize Bad Insects and Use Good Ones to your Advantage by Erfan Vafaie, Extension Program Specialist IPM, Overton
Growing Strawberries in Texas: Do’s and Don’ts  by Russ Wallace, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Lubbock
Water U Doing, Texas? by Daniel Cunningham, Horticulturist, Texas A&M Water University
Old Garden Roses Grown Organically and the Peggy Martin Rose by Peggy Martin, VP of Heritage Rose Foundation

WORKSHOPS

1:30pm-4:30pm (Double Session)
Growing JMG in Your County by Randy Seagraves and Caren Walton, Program Specialists – JMG®  $65.00
Basics of Propagation by Budding and Grafting by Tim Hartmann, Extension Program Specialist – Earth-Kind®  $50.00  FULL

2:30pm-3:00pm
Break

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

3:00pm-4:00pm
Let Me Introduce You: Plants I’ve Introduced to the Gardening World and the Stories That Go with Them by Greg Grant, Author and Horticulturalist, Smith County  FULL
Texas Plant Explorers: Our Fascinating Past that Inspires our Gardens Today by Bill Welch, Professor and Texas AgriLife Extension Horticulturist
Working with Farmer’s Markets by Laura Miller, Commercial Horticulture Agent, Tarrant Co.
Building Healthy Communities Around Nature by Andrea Merritt, Executive Director of Millican Alliance
Succulents, They’re Just Plants! by Robin Stockwell, Author and Presenter

WORKSHOPS

3:00pm-4:30pm
Connecting Nature through Nesting Boxes (runs until 4:30pm) by Linda Crum, The Bluebird Lady, Master Gardener/Master Naturalist  $15.00  THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

4:30pm-7:00pm
The TMGACome and Go” Evening at The Gardens – AgriLife Center
Cocktails and Five Gourmet Food Stations

5:30pm
Address by Joseph Johnson

Full Conference Schedule