Composting – Nature’s Recycling
Stewart Donley, Austin Resource Recovery
Come early, learn how to get started composting. Class will be held in the compost demonstration area, across from the red barn blacksmith's shop in Zilker Botanical Garden. A great way to recycle your kitchen waste and yard trimmings, reduce your trash output and generate a free and rich soil conditioner for trees, herbs, vegetables, flowers and natives. Compost will improve the soil and make all of your plants healthier. Go home with a counter top compost collector and everything you need to know to about composting to reduce greenhouse gasses, save natural resources, and help Austin become a more sustainable city.
Natives Any HOA Will Love
A landscape designer and owner of Agarita Garden Design, Cheryl's foundation in design stems in part from a degree in art, with honors from the University of Texas. She also has several years of experience doing design for manufacturing and engineering with IBM and 3M. Cheryl has been a certified Master Gardener with the Travis County Master Gardeners Association since 2005. Also a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, she has an extensive knowledge of native and adapted plants, and selects plants which will thrive in Central Texas and require less maintenance and resources. She is committed to sustainable gardening practices and provides coaching to her clients about plant care and maintenance. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, travel, and of course, puttering in the garden. www.agaritagardendesign.com
Hardscape in Landscape Design
A talented design architect, Gregory Thomas utilizes his diverse background in architecture, structural engineering, and fine arts to create spirited, site-specific and climatically responsive homes. He designs outdoor living spaces and landscapes as well: several have been featured on KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener, in magazines and books. Landscape watering is the greatest use of potable water. Many people are considering how to reduce lawn areas, especially, to save money and to do their part to protect our water resources. Reducing lawn areas to essential, functional areas can leave the rest of the landscape open for alternative uses, including planting areas (‘softscapes’) and structured areas, or ‘hardscapes.’ This talk will survey some of the available hardscape options. A lifelong gardener, Gregory was certified in 2011 as a Travis County Master Gardener. Photo of Gregory’s design for an arroyo, taken by Steve Knetig.
Pruning For Healthier Trees
Involved in the "Green" industry for over 25 years, Jerry has seen varying attitudes, ideas, and processes that “ultimately made me a better person, both personally & professionally”. Educated at St. Edwards and Texas A&M, some would say he is a successful serial business owner. Early in life he worked two and three jobs, a work ethic inspired by his single mom who raised 4 children doing the same. At 53 he has been self-employed most of his adult life; he is currently President and CEO at Real Green Pest and Lawn, and President & CEO at Arbor Consulting. Jerry is a Water Stars Board Member at Texas A&M AgriLife. He is a Travis County Master Gardener, with additional Tree Care Specialist certification from TCMG. A Certified Arborist, he will share his vast experience and knowledge about keeping trees healthy by properly pruning them. “I enjoy the opportunity to share what I’ve learned and learn from others”, says Jerry. www.ArborDistributing.com
Filling In Landscapes With Fabulous Herbs
The Special Projects Director for the American Botanical Council (ABC) where she has worked since 1995, Gayle enjoys using her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Texas at Austin in a nontraditional educational setting. She currently manages the development and maintenance of ABC’s website, coordinates the development of content on special projects, writes for ABC’s publications, supervises its educational efforts, guides the development of its medicinal demonstration gardens, and gives presentations to educational groups and plant-oriented organizations, including tours of ABC’s gardens, demonstrations, study groups, and lectures on various aspects of herbs and plant-based medicine. Photo shows dill and borage blooming with aloe in a bed along the front porch at ABC. www.herbalgram.org
A retired businessman/ mechanical engineer with BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University, Ed held technical and management positions with IBM, Lexus/Nexus and Scientific-Atlanta. He retired in 2001 and moved back to Austin. Currently he is serving on the Austin Area Garden Council Board and the Zilker Botanical Garden Horticulture Committee.
Ed became a Master Gardener in 2003, a rainwater harvesting (RWH) specialist in 2011 and has made a number of Master Gardener-sponsored presentations on how to plan and construct a rainwater harvesting system. He has been involved in the planning and construction of a number of rainwater harvesting systems, including two systems at Zilker Botanical Garden— a project spearheaded by his friend Bud Kane.