Lunch with the Master Seminars – 2017

Again in 2017, McLennan County Master Gardener Association is proud to continue our popular Lunch With the Masters program in partnership with Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway. Each two hour program starts at noon the third Wednesday of each month. Bring a bag lunch. Complimentary bottles of drinking water and light snacks are provided to guests. Each month one of our certified Texas Master Gardeners or a highly qualified invited guest will present a program designed to be of interest to those who enjoy gardening-related topics. These programs are free of charge to the public. They are held at the Pavilion, the large building on the north side of the Arboretum. Ample free parking is available.

McLennan County Master Gardener Association is a voluntary auxiliary under the auspices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

All seminars are from 12 noon to 2:00pm.

Questions? Call 254-399-9204 or email.

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January 18

Container Gardening
Sandra Killough, Owner of Bonnie’s Greenhouse

February 15

Using Earthkind Plants in a Home Landscape Design
Sandy Katz, Master Gardener
The home landscape can totally enhance the curb appeal of your house just by making the right choices in plant selection and placement.  Bring a printed picture of your own front yard along with a pencil and we will sit and sketch out some slight changes you could make for a major impact.

March 15

Bee Gardening
Master Gardener Robin Liebe
Robin Liebe, Master Gardener, will presents an educational program on Bee Friendly Gardening with an emphasis on the importance of cultivating year round flowering native plants and provide general background information on bees and their absolute importance as pollinators.

April 19

Poetry in the Garden by Wendall Berry
LOCATION CHANGE: Whitehall Center, Carleen Bright Auditorium
Master Gardener Dr. Robert Creech
Dr. Robert Creech, Master Gardener  will speak on  “Wendell Barry’s Poetry in the Garden”.   Wendell Berry is an 81 year old Kentucky farmer, as well as an award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist, whose devotion to the land and to human community has been a life-long passion. His thinking about the land, soil, farming, and farmers has inspired me, especially as expressed in his poetry. I will introduce Mr. Berry and his work and will offer readings from his poetry along with some reflections on their implications. 

May 17

Great Garden Ideas and Peace, Love & Milagros
LOCATION CHANGE: Whitehall Center, Carleen Bright Auditorium
Horticulturist of Chandor Gardens, Steven Chamblee
Steve Chamblee of Chandor Gardens will take you “idea shopping” at dozens of stunning premier public and private gardens across the US. Steve has collected great stories about horticultural heavens, botanical blunders, and tender tales that will melt your heart.


No scheduled class

July 19

The Lore and Lure of Herbs
Dr. Joan Windmiller
Dr. Windmiller has been growing herbs for over 30 years. Join her as she discusses the folklore of the most fascinating plants we have and their links to the past. They flavor our foods and heal our wounds. What is the difference between herbs and spices? Come and learn that and much more.

August 16

What to Plant in the Fall
Master Gardener Carol Wood
Come and join the discussion of the best trees, bulbs, flowers and vegetables to plant in one of the best growing seasons in Texas.

September 20

Holiday Arrangements
R and R Landscaping, Rachel Kemp

October 18

Greenhouse Management
Master Gardener Louie McDaniel
Once you have a greenhouse, you will need to use it properly to get the best from it and Louie McDaniel, Greenhouse Specialist, will give some good guidance on using the greenhouse and tell you why it is like taking on a pet.

November 15

Anecdotes from the Garden: American’s Heritage, Recipes from the Garden
Master Gardener Pat Goaley
Let’s enjoy the Thanksgiving season with history of various foods for celebration from our historical roots. We will not only discuss the ingredients and their importance to early Americans but taste the recipes.


No scheduled class


Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

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