Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spring Garden Events in Austin, TX

I'm looking forward to these Austin gardening events!

Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, March 13, 10 am - noon
Zilker Botanical Garden
Enjoy juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and delectable green beans straight from your garden. Learn how to plant and maintain a spring vegetable garden from Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist Patty Leander, who will share her expertise on vegetable varieties that perform well in Central Texas, recommended planting times, and composting. This seminar is loaded with basic facts and helpful ideas, useful to both new and experienced vegetable gardeners. This seminar is free and open to the public. This is one of our most popular seminars, so please come early to get a seat.

African Violet Show & Sale
Saturday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden

Cool Plants for the Shade Garden
Friday, April 9, 9-11am
Demonstration Garden at AgriLife Extension Office of Travis County
Cool Plants for the Shade Garden is a free in-the-garden discussion. See some of the shade loving plants growing and learn about other perennials and annuals which require limited sun. This seminar is free and open to the public.

Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Spring Show & Sale
April 10 & 11, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden

These are the events I'm most interested in, but there's lots more events listed at the Travis County Master Gardeners Association website and the ACSS website.

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  1. Hi Caroline - I love the cactus and succulent show, but it was a madhouse last year. I'm not sure I have the will to brave it again. It desperately needs a bigger venue! Especially with people pressed against each other like sardines - while carrying very spiney and prickly plants!!

  2. I hear ya, Diana! My friend and I went in the late afternoon on Sunday last year and it wasn't as crazy. Of course the limited/rare specimens are gone by that point!

  3. Thanks for the info, Caroline. I should really go to the Spring Veggie seminar. Maybe I'll see you there!

  4. Thanks for posting this! I'm passing your link on to our garden club. Some good looking field trips on your list.

  5. Joseph, I went to the fall session, and it was great. Highly recommended!

    Kathleen, be sure to check out the other events on those links -- there's many more than the four I listed!

  6. Here's another:
    Spring Festival Plant Sale & Fundraiser
    Sunshine Community Gardens - (Austin, TX)

    Spring plant sale - organic vegetables & herbs - heirloom tomatoes, hot & sweet peppers, eggplant, culinary & medicinal herbs. Live music, local vendors & artists. Free admission.

    Date: Mar 6, 2010
    Start Time: 9:00 AM
    End Time: 2:00 PM
    Organizers: Sunshine Community Gardens
    Web site:
    Address: 4814 Sunshine Drive, Austin, TX 78756
    Phone: 512/458-2009