Free Grape Pruning Workshop at Raincatcher's Garden - February 25, 2017
The Grape Pruning Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Raincatchers Garden, located on the grounds of Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, TX 75229, from 10:00 am to Noon.
Michael Cook, Viticulture Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss proper pruning and training techniques for both backyard and commercial growers. This hands-on demonstration will provide an opportunity to practice the art of pruning and training. The Grapevines are on teh northeast sid of the property at Midway Hills Christian Church with parking nearby. Two varieties are grown at Raincatchers: "Carlos" (Muscadine) Vitis rotundi-folia, which is native to East Texas and 'Champanel" Vitis Vinifera, which is an American hybrid of native Texas grapes.
This workshop is free.
2017 International Master Gardener Conference - Portland, OR - July 10-14, 2017
The International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) has been held every two years since 1987. The IMGC provides an opportunity for Master Gardeners, State and County coordinators to come together and learn through seminars and tours, celebrate successes through the International Search for Excellence Program, and meet and network with Master Gardener volunteers, faculty and staff from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea.
Conference including 44 concurrent session classes and 16 tours to choose from; extra events such as the opening reception and 3 movies in a film festival. For more information and to Register go to the Conference Site. Please note that Early Registration ends on February 28, 2017.
Keep Current with Master Gardener CEU Hours.
Check out the Education Opportunity Section of this web site for a calendar of approved courses for CEU credit.
The DCMGA Website is constantly updated. Check out these new or changed items.
The list of approved projects has changed and a new category, consultations vs community projects, has been added. There are many exciting volunteer opportunities here. Please note the new Farmer's Market Project. For more infromation go to the Community Projects Page.
This is important to you as a Dallas County Master Gardener. The requirements for what qualifies as the first 30 hours each year must be in one of these projects. For more information please see the Requirements section on the Submit Hours Today! Page.
We have New Social Media Opportunities
Master Gardener Lauren Clarke is our new Social Media Coordinator. She is working on enhancing our public presence. You may know or even be a member of our closed Facebook group. She is working on a public Facebook presence and other Social Media projects.
New Landscape Design Study Course - February 27-28, 2017.
The Landscape Design Study Courses are held in conjunction with the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. and Texas AgriLife Extension Service. They are offered in four separate schools, approximately six months apart in the the Bryan-College Station area. Participants may take the four courese in any sequence. Master Gardeners are welcome to attend. For more information please check out the Southern Garden website.
Garden 2 Table Free Course March 25, 2017
This course is part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Educational Workshop Series. The focus is on Urban Gardening and Healthy Living. The Course will be presented at teh Methodist - Charlton Medical Center Auditorium. For more information, please visit Dallas Urban Programs site.
There is a new AgriLife Website
Check out the "new" Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Dallas County web page. This is the web site for all Extension programs in Dallas County. This will not take the place of the DCMGA web site but will work in concert with it. Check it out here.
Other upcoming Master Gardener Specialist Trainings
Check out the upcoming Specialist training sessions scheduled for the remainder of 2017. For 2017 training information throughout the State, please check here.
The State of Texas Master Gardener Propogation Course is scheduled in Arlington on March 24-25, 2017.
2017 DCMGA Board Contact List!
Click here for a list of all those currently serving on the Board, Nominating Committee, Financial Review Committee and our TMGA directors and alternates and their email information.
Spanish Speaking Volunteers Needed!
As we look at our emerging issues and needs in addressing the Extension Home Horticultural information as provided by the Master Gardener volunteers, the MG Advisory Committee has recommended that we form specific teams to assist in the delivery of these programs. We will be calling on the MG volunteers who have received specialist training as well as other well qualified volunteers to form each team. One major need is to provide educational information to our Spanish speaking audiences.
The Community Outreach team has seen an increase interest in having Master Gardeners at events that have a mainly Hispanic population. We are requesting that if you are bilingual in Spanish that you be part of a group that we can call on to provide outreach education to our Hispanic neighbors around Dallas County. We currently have 3 brochures that have been translated into Spanish, and we hope to have more.
February 23, 2017, 11:30 am - Annual Awards Ceremony
Program: Annual Awards Ceremony!
Location: Texas Discovery Gardens, Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas 75210
Bring your lunch, but dessert and water will be provided!
March 23, 2017, 11:30 am - More Volunteer Appreciation
Program: Picnic lunch sponsored by Raincatcher's Garden at Midway Hills Christian Church and Dallas County Master Gardener Assoc.
Presentation: "The Recently Uncovered History of the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park" by Cynthia Mulcahy, conceptual artist and independent curator, and a board member of Friends of Oak Cliff Parks. For more information on the Japanese Garden, click here.
Location: Raincatcher's Garden at Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Rd., Dallas, Texas 75229
Upcoming meetings: 4th Thursday of every month, except November (adjusted for Thanksgiving); no meeting in December
April 27, 2017
May 25, 2017
June 22, 2017
Become a Dallas County Master Gardener
Applications for the 2017 Master Gardener School are now closed. Check back next year for the 2018 class!
The Master Gardener Training Program consists of 15 classes, all held on Mondays, from January through April. The classes meet from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Classes are held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas County Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Lane in Dallas.
To be accepted into the program, you must fill out an application, submit to a background check, and attend a mandatory orientation meeting generally held in January. In addition to the 72 hours of class time, you must contribute a minimum of 72 hours of approved volunteer work on Dallas County Master Gardener approved projects prior to November 30 of the year of the training. After that first year, you are required to contribute a minimum of 30 approved volunteer hours and 6 hours of continuing education each year to remain a Certified Master Gardener.
For more information on the Master Gardener Program to help you decide if this is something you are interested in, download the Master Gardener Program overview or call Stephen Hudkins, County Extension Agent, Horticulture and Master Gardener Program Coordinator at 214.904.3054. We hope you'll consider joining us for the 2017class.
Gardening Resources for North Texas
At the bottom of these links is a list of brochures you can download on specific topics.
Websites: Below are links to our favorite websites for advice:
- Aggie Horticulture - the world's #1 site for all things horticultural!
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center Bookstore - access to a wide range of printable information including lawns, garden and landscape
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Dallas County
- Texas Master Gardeners Association
- Junior Master Gardeners - home site for this national 4-H program
- Aggie Turf - the top site for Texas lawn information
- City Bugs - information from Extension on insects
- Aggie Insects - Texas A&M University's Entomology Department site
- HortIPM - a Texas collaborative site to identify insects
- SchoolIPM - Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program information for Texas schools
- Sick Plants - the Extension site for help with plant diseases
- Plant Pathology - Texas A&M University's Plant Pathology Department site
- Soil Testing - home for Texas A&M University's Soil, Water and Forage Testing site. This site provides access to printable forms to have your soil, water and forage tested.
- Soil & Crop - home for Texas A&M University's Soil and Crop Science Department
- Organic Lifestyles - organic information site
- Wildlife Management - The Texas Wildlife Management site
- Texas Forest Service - home site for the Texas Forest Service and the best place to secure champion tree information
- A&M Forestry - Texas A&M University's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM)
- Texas Winegrapes - the Texas Winegrape Network home site plus Texas weather information
- US National Arboretum - United States National Arboretum home site
- Plant Hardiness Zones - United States Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone Map
- Botanical Research Institute of Texas - home site
- Water Wise Council - home site of the Water Wise Council, Inc. of Texas
- Save Dallas Water
- American Horticultural Therapy Association - home site
- Earth-Kind® Roses - the story of Earth-Kind® roses
- Neil Sperry’s Gardens
- Dallas Arboretum
- Texas Discovery Gardens
Brochures: We have many brochures that are great resources on multiple topics. Just click on the title to download the brochure.
- Butterfly Gardening
- Earth-Kind Roses
- Herbs in the WaterWise Garden
- Hummingbird Gardening
- Lawns and Turfgrasses
- Native and Adapted Plants
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Recommended Trees for N. Texas
- Scented Gardens
- Sex in the Garden
- Texas Discovery Gardens
- We Can Talk About It!
Starting a community garden: The following articles provide helpful information on how community gardens benefit us all and how to start one:
- Starting a Community Garden
- What Can Community Gardens Do For You?
- Making a Case for the Urban Garden
The Dallas County Master Gardener Speakers Bureau provides trained volunteer speakers to talk to groups of 10 or more. Groups include civic groups, neighborhood associations, garden clubs and events in Dallas County. To request a speaker, click on the link above and fill out a Program Request Form. A Speakers Bureau scheduler will contact you to arrange a talk at the location, date and time of your choice.
More information will be coming soon with hints and tips on conserving water.
Right now, you can take the 40 Gallon Challenge. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has compiled some helpful information on the need to conserve water and the 40 Gallon Challenge. Click here to read the Texas point of view. Click here for more information on ways you can conserve water in your home and garden today.
You can also view Texas A&M's Water Education Network featuring programs and education related to water conservation, water management, irrigation and water quality.
Dallas County Master Gardener Association, Inc. is a non-profit, educational and volunteer service organization affiliated with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an agency of Texas A&M University and is open to people of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, handicap or national origin.