Tropicals, natives, citrus and more on menu for symposium
September 15, 2005
Have any plans for Sept. 24, the first Saturday of the 2005 fall season? No?
Then why not plan to spend the day with us at the Victoria County Master
Gardener Association (VCMGA) Fall Gardening Symposium, which will begin at 9
a.m. at the 4-H Activity Center, on
VCMGA has been hosting this type of educational event since 1999. As in years past, the information offered will be timely and appropriate for our area, with presentations by people who are experts in their fields. The $30 registration fee covers admission for a menu of five presentations, a goody bag with various items including sample products, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, along with chances to win door prizes and place bids in the silent auction. Another perk this year will be early-bird entry for symposium attendees to shop the Master Gardener plant sale beginning at 8 a.m.
VCMGA members have been propagating tropicals, among other natives, herbs and popular plants that thrive in our area.
Early fall has proven to be an excellent time for planting in the
First on the schedule, Dave Goris of
It may be difficult to understand how plumeria lovers can appreciate bare sticks in the ground in early spring or in their garages all winter, but when you see them in bloom, the beauty and the fragrance of the inflorescence explains why frangipani, or plumerias are one of the favorite tropicals for our area. Mr. Goris will show the different cultivars or varieties he grows and explain his methods for success.
The next presenter will be Tom LeRoy, who started
the first Master Gardener program in the state of
LeRoy graduated from
Among the many tropicals he will discuss are fire spike, Persian shield, cat whiskers, several gingers, a few hibiscus varieties, bougainvillea, clerodendrum, jatropha, clumping bamboo, bananas, orchid trees, and a small tree called fireman's cap.
During the lunch break, Master Gardener Intern Barbara Wheelis
will do a floral design demonstration using cut flowers from the garden.
Barbara is one of those types of people who just jumps in and shares her ideas
with others. She attended the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M and will demonstrate how to make practical designs
for home, hospital, church, and business. She took the master gardener training
class last fall after moving here with her ranching family from
Ernie Edmundson is on the schedule following
lunch. She is a master gardener and master naturalist residing in Rockport. She
holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education
As a transplanted gardener from the North Texas area, Edmundson
began searching for plants that could survive in
Herman Auer is a master gardener from
For those of you who have want to start some fruit trees, we are sure Auer will have some good information for selecting the right varieties and providing the best cultural practices for our area.
Each presentation will be about an hour long with breaks in between for participants to be able to bid on the various silent auction items acquired by Victoria County Master Gardeners. This auction has always been fun in the past and has provided resources for continuing master gardener programs and projects.
VCMGA's foremost project,
The objective of VCMGA is to increase the knowledge of gardening to its members and the general public. Victoria County Master Gardeners continue to provide and share gardening knowledge through projects like symposiums and biannual plant sales, educational tours and expansion projects at the educational gardens, the Annual Garden Tour with highlighted plant guide materials, a water conservation project, and participation at community events like the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show, Herbfest at Earthworks Nursery and Coleto Creek 25th Anniversary Celebration.
VCMGA' s landscape projects are Victoria County Extension Office, the 4-H Activity Center, entrance to the airport, and the Victoria County Animal Shelter, the newest facility at the airport.
Call the Extension Office at 361-575-4581 to sign up for the symposium; send
your $30 registration fee to VCMGA,