As October moves into central Texas, we are ready to enjoy a second gardening season. This month also offers fun and festivities duringTexas Native Plants Week and Arbor Day. Enjoy plenty of great chances to learn more, celebrate our diverse array of native plants, and jump into volunteer opportunities.
Introduction to Food Gardening– SFC’s Grow Local
If you’re new to the area and are interested in learning to garden in our unique environment, plan to attend our Introduction to Food Gardening class. You’ll learn about gardening in Central Texas, gain important tips for planning a sustainable garden, and discover how to build a raised bed, compost effectively, manage garden pests, and harvest rainwater! These classes are part of a two-part series. Be sure to schedule time for each session.
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, part 1
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, part 2
Green Stormwater Conservation Class – Austin Parks
Did you know that the health of urban creeks can influence the water quality in your area? Learn how terracing, berms, and swales can be used in large properties to benefit our natural environment. During this workshop, you’ll also learn how to strategically use native planting successfully.
Saturday, October 3, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hummingbird Gardens – Natural Gardener
If you love hummingbirds and you’d like to attract them to your property, then this is the class for you. Join Mark Klym to delve into the myths and mysteries of the hummingbird. Find out what would attract these welcome garden visitors to your yard.
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am
Integrated Pest Management Class – Grow Green
Which insects in your garden are helping and which are a threat? Attend this class to learn the best ways to management garden pests. We’ll cover the basics in insect identification, pest management, plant cultivation, and more. This is the first session in a six-part series. Register ahead to participate in the Native Plant Gardening Certificate Program.
Saturday, October 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Gardening 101: Welcome to Central Texas – Natural Gardener
Do you need some basic advice on gardening in Texas? Join us for a discussion on preparing the soil, what types of plants are best, and become more familiar with the weather, pests, and diseases that are common to our area.
Tuesday, October 6, 11:00 am
Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces – SFC’s Grow Local
Austin is home to households of many sizes. You might think you can’t keep a vegetable garden without a yard, but this class intends to prove that notion wrong! Join us to learn everything you need to know about container gardening. The class will also cover topics useful to homeowners who want to make the fullest use of their gardening space.
Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Backyard Basics: Plant Propagation – Grow Green
There’s more than one way to propagate new plants. Master Gardeners Sue King and Carolyn Turman will present this class. Learn about rooting slips and making cuttings. Find out how to select the right spot to make cuttings. During this workshop, you’ll make your own self-watering propagator. Register right away because seating is limited.
Thursday, October 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas Wildflowers, Lawns, & Ornamental Grasses – Natural Gardener
If you need help with gardening in the Texas climate, then plan to participate in this free class. George Cates from Native American Seed Company will present information on how to care for native wildflowers and grasses.
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 am
Composting Techniques – Sustainable Food Center
Stop! Before you throw those vegetable peels into the trash, register for this composting class! You’ll learn how to put different types of composting techniques to work in your backyard. Find out which method of applying compost is best for your type of garden. You’ll also learn how to adjust for small spaces. The class is capped at 25, so plan ahead.
Saturday, October 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Homeowner’s Landscape Training – Grow Green
Enjoy an evening of free landscape training. Classes are available on topics such as earth-wise lawn care practices, how to attract pollinators, and alternatives to putting in a lawn. There’s no cost for this training, but you do need to register in advance.
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Gardening with Herbs – Sustainable Food Center
As autumn ushers in the cooler weather, gardeners in central Texas grab a chance to put in a second season garden. One popular type of plant for this season isthe herb. You’ll learn how to mix up the best soil, the best techniques for harvesting and processing herbs, and how to use herbs to support your health.
October 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Arbor Day With Like-Minded Enthusiasts
Arbor Day Celebration – City of Austin
Join us for a celebration of trees as part of your Arbor Day festivities. We’ll plant between 50 and 100 trees, enjoy information booths, and music. If you love trees as much as we do, this is the day for you! Join us in Gus Garcia Park.
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tree Block Walk – Austin Community
Volunteers will be provided training and a map before heading into neighborhoods where you will locate properties that qualify for free trees. You’ll be equipped with door hangers to notify those residents that they are eligible. Please come prepared with water, work gloves, sunscreen, and a hat. Trees will be delivered the following Saturday.
Saturday, October 17, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Activities Scheduled for Texas Native Plant Week
Why so much fuss about native plants? The week will be filled with answers to that question through lectures, book signings, nature walks and more. There will be plenty to learn and all kinds of fun. Start out the celebration by joining us at the Wildflower Center. Admission is required.
Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am – Sunday, October 11, 5:00 pm
Take a peek inside six private gardens and a public experimental garden. You’ll get to see some of the best sustainable gardening practices in use.
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
There are more than 500 acres of ponds, woodlands, and trails at Onion Creek Park. Walk through the park with Elias Guerrero and learn the names of many native plants.
Sunday, October 18, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Join Dick Davis, the land steward at the Wildflower Center, for an exploration of the plant life along Blunn Creek. Dress appropriately for a leisurely stroll along the creek.
Sunday, October 18, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Karen Clary leads this meander through our beautiful gardens. Prepare to learn some fascinating information about the beautiful fall plants blooming along this walk.
Tuesday, October 20, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Plant conservation begins with knowing when, where, and how to gather the seeds. Join Minnette Marr to learn the basics and collect seeds on the lands of the Wildflower Center.
Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Enjoy this tour that focuses on the entwined histories of Lady Bird Johnson and the LBJ Wildflower Center. Plus, get information on adding native plants to your landscaping.
Thursday, October 22, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
This walking tour will take you through acreage on the University of Texas campus. You’ll learn better techniques for maintaining your own trees and how to avoid common mistakes.
Friday, October 23, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Rainfall in September was just under 2 inches. Keep an eye out this month for classes that will help you landscape while conserving water. There’s plenty to do this month, so keep your calendar ready and get excited about more planting!