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 If you want to know more about Aquaponics, Habiturf, sustainable landscapes or native and adapted plants then you need to mark Saturday, April 5 on your calendar! Or if you know just the spot in your landscape for a native or adapted plants you can’t miss the plant sale hosted by the Williamson County Master Gardeners during their spring educational fair. Both events plus tours of the demonstration gardens will be held from 8 am to 2 pm at the Williamson County AgriLife Campus located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.

The educational programs begin at 8 a.m. with Master Gardener Wayne Rhoden highlighting the care and requirements of the plants available for sale at 9 a.m.

Also beginning at 9 a.m. are the tours of the demonstration gardens and the Extension grounds.

At 9:15 a.m. Joe Schram, owner and operator of Joli Farms organically grown produce will present an introduction to aquaponics and hydroponics. Schram operates a aquaponics greenhouse and supplies greens to several local restaurants.

At 10:30 a.m., Stephen Scace will present information on Habiturf., a blend of native grasses developed at the Lady Bird Johnson Foundation that is producing amazing turf with limited resource use.

Breakfast burritos, snacks and lunch will be provided by the Georgetown 4-Hers. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and will allow visitors to check out the grounds or visit the plant sale.

Then at 12:30 p.m., Master Gardener Cat McGrath-Farmer with present information on what is a sustainable landscape.

The community is invited to attend the free educational program and the plant purchases will help provide funds for programs and projects that the local Master Gardeners provide to citizens.

For more information about this or other AgriLife Extension events, contact the Williamson County Extension office at 512.943.3300.

 

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