Saturday Seminars are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600 or visit http://centraltexashorticulture.blogspot.com/2016/06/saturday-seminars-zilker-botanical.html

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Easy Composting with Worms!

July 16, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

Let these “little composters” save landfill space while turning your kitchen vegetable and fruit waste into black gold! Even if you live in an apartment you can host a small bin under the kitchen sink. Worm castings are useful in many ways: compost tea, potting soils, top dressing for house plants and seedlings, to name a few. Tommie Clayton, Master Gardener Compost Specialist, will show you how worm bins work, demonstrate how to construct your own worm bin, methods for harvesting castings plus brewing your own compost tea.

Growing Green in Austin

August 6, 2016, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

Grow Green is an education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices. It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling, and an Integrated Pest Management philosophy, which encourages the least‐toxic way to address pest issues. Attend this class to discover tips and all of the FREE resources available to help you create and maintain a beautiful Central Texas landscape that is good for your pocket book and the environment. Denise Delaney coordinates the Grow Green program for the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.

Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives

November 12, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746

Invasive species have the potential to drastically change our Texas landscape. This presentation will cover the threats posed by invasive species, as well as responses to the threat. The Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program will be introduced, as one of several ways you can get involved in managing invasive species. As the Invasive Species Program Coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Hans Landel manages the Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program, manages the Texasinvasives.org website, and collaborates with other agencies and organizations in managing invasive species. He has performed conservation research both in the U.S. and internationally.

Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12), seniors (age 62 & over), $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.