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.