This month’s focus is on classes, classes, and more classes. From planting a new food garden to creating a rainscape, from attracting wildlife and beneficial insects to improving the quality of your soil, the classes this month cover everything you need to know to improve your landscaping. Enjoy Monarch Appreciation Day and National Public Lands Day with the community. There’s so much to do and learn in September. Let’s go to class together!
It’s Time to Register for Class
Sprouts Preschool Program – LBJ Wildflower Center
Parents interested in enrolling their children in the weekly Sprouts Preschool program should plan ahead. These fun events are held at the Little House at the LBJ Wildflower Center. Dress for the weather and plan for fun.
September 2 – November 20, Wed & Fri, 10:00am – 11:00am
Introduction to Food Gardening – SFC’s Grow Local
Whether you are new to gardening in Central Texas or you are interested in learning holistic methods of gardening, this class is right for you. Taught in two parts, this presentation covers selecting a garden site, building raised beds, harvesting rainwater, and maintaining your garden. Register ahead to reserve your spot. Course fee: $40
Saturday, September 5, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday, September 12, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Rainscape Rebate Class – City of Austin
If you’ve ever considered installing a rainscape on your property, this is the class for you. We’ll help you with topics such as site and plant selection. Get some great tips about the installation of a rain garden and take a look at an established rainscape. When you attend this class, you’ll also get information about the Rainscape Rebate program. Register in advance because this free class fills up fast!
Saturday, September 5, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Building Healthy Soil – SFC’s Grow Local
Improve the health of your plants, by boosting the quality of your soil. This class covers topics such as building the soils best for vegetables and herbs, the mineral components of the soil, how a healthy soil structure can ward off pests and diseases, and how to add compost to achieve the soil biology you want. Register soon because this class fills up fast. Class fee: $15
September 8, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Backyard Basics: Natural Pest Control – Grow Green
Can you tell which of the insects in your backyard are pests and which are helpful? Join Wizzie Brown in a presentation on the most common pests and some effective ways to manage them. This class is for anyone who wants to protect their landscape from backyard pests without harming those wild visitors who benefit the landscape. Class fee: $10
Thursday, September 10, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Stewardship 101 –Urban Forest & Habitat Steward
Are you interested in learning more about sustaining our beautiful urban forest and habitat? The Urban Forest & Habitat Steward Training Class covers the basis of stewardship over our unique habitat, takes a look at the native plants of Central Texas, and explores the importance of our urban forest. If you’ve worked to preserve the beauty of Austin in your landscaping, this series is for you. Attend this free introductory class to determine if the series is a good fit for you. Register in advance.
September 12, 9:00am – 1:30pm
Gardening for Wildlife – The Natural Gardener
Would you like to see more birds and butterflies when you look out your window? This free class covers the basics about creating landscapes that are attractive to both people and wild visitors. Learn to add the shelter, food, and water will invite beneficial insects and animals to your backyard. This free program is suitable for any audience. Call ahead to confirm the schedule and come early to get a good spot. This class is held outside, so please dress for the weather. Feel free to bring your own chair.
Saturday, September 12, 10:00am – 11:00am
Native Plant Gardening (NPG) Certificate – LBJ Wildflower Center
Are you looking for a new approach to landscaping? This series of classes covers many topics, centered around planning and installing a landscape full of beautiful native plants. You can register for the entire series or take a look at the individual classes: Landscape Design, Plants I, Plants II, Installation, Maintenance and Integrated Pest Management. Reserve your spot today!
September 12 – October 3
Planning a Successful Fall Garden – SFC’s Grow Local
This class will help you transition your summer garden to one that is ready for fall. You’ll learn which plants are appropriate to Central Texas, how to group plants for the best results, and how square foot gardening can help you maximize valuable space. There’s so much to cover in this class that you’ll have to attend to get all of the information. Registration is capped at 25, so plan ahead. Class fee: $15
September 19, 9:30am – 11:30am
Beneficial Insects – The Natural Gardener
Can you tell the difference between helpful bugs and garden pests? This free class will teach you to recognize garden helpers and how they work. Once you recognize them at work in your garden, you can avoid harming them. Beneficial insects play a vital role in the landscape. Without these helpers, you’ll have to do the jobs they once did. During the class, we’ll also take about the least harmful control methods to use when garden pests become a problem. This class is led by Forrest Arnold, Master Gardener.
Saturday, September 19, 10:00am – 11:00am
Managing Water Wisely –The Natural Gardener
Water can be life-giving or devastating to your landscaping. This talk will cover topics such as drainage issues, harvesting rainwater, and water management solutions. Let’s discuss runoff and flooding, how to create “zero runoff”, and how to catch silt. These topics and others will be discussed during this free class taught by Adams Kirkpatrick. As with other classes, prepare to attend outside. Dress for the weather and bring a chair.
Saturday, September 26, 10:00am – 11:00am
Community Events for the Family
Monarch Appreciation Day – Austin Parks & Recreation
This family-friendly event is all about the beauty and benefits of the Monarch butterfly. Learn how these pollinators affect the food we eat and our environment. You’ll get information about how you can create a habitat in your landscape to attract and feed these helpful visitors. The festivities are free with your admission to the Zilker Botanical Garden Center. Plan to park at the overflow lot on Stafford Drive.
Saturday, September 12, 10:00am to 4:00pm
National Public Lands Day – Austin Parks Foundation
Join the Austin Parks Foundation and Texas Conservation Corps to celebrate the beauty of our national public lands. Whether you want to put your yard care skills to good use or you’d like to learn more about mulching, habitat restoration, or landscape maintenance, this volunteer day offers plenty of opportunities. This single-day volunteer event is one of the largest in the nation. Show your pride for Austin and learn more about caring for our beautiful environment. Registration for volunteers opens August 31.
Saturday, September 26, 7:45am – all day
What Does This Fall Have in Store for You?
August saw just a third of an inch in rainfall, putting the state in drought or near-drought conditions after the flooding experienced in the months before. As we look forward to school days and cooler temperatures this fall, watch out for a lot of great opportunities to share our beautiful environment with your neighbors.
Here’s a sneak peek at October’s events: Watch out for classes on hummingbirds and honeybees from The Natural Gardener in October. The Sustainable Food Center will be offering classes on vegetable gardening in a small space, better composting practices, and how to garden for food and herbs. Catch a glimpse of nighttime bugs at the Wildflower Center and enjoy a bug-themed dinner.
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