The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County and its Travis County Master Gardeners volunteer horticulture organization will present the HOA Entrance Makeover webinar on Aug. 4 as part of the continuing Drought to Deluge Gardening series.

a beautiful landscape featuring grass bordered by a variety of ornamental green plants.
A webinar on working with people and organizations toward implementing community landscaping projects will be presented Aug. 4. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

The free live webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude around noon. It will be presented by Travis County Master Gardener Jo Anne Hargraves.

Those interested can register at https://bit.ly/3iv0cFX.

The webinar coincides with the recent publication of the book “From Drought to Deluge: The Resilient Central Texas Garden,” which can be purchased online from the Travis County Master Gardeners Association.

Due to technological constraints, participation in the live webinar will be limited to 100 attendees, but anyone can register to watch a recording of the program.  

“Those who register but are not among the first 100 attendees or who miss the webinar for any reason will be able to view it later,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County. “After they register, participants will be provided a link for the live session or to view a recording of the program.”

Program focus and content

Hargraves will present this program to help Austin area residents who may be involved in homeowner association or other community projects requiring coordination for new landscaping.

“Jo Anne served as project manager to redesign the entrance of her own River Place neighborhood after a road improvement project removed the existing intersection,” Richards explained.

The effort to replace the landscaping outside of Hargrave’s community included coordination with the homeowners association, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Gas Service, the city of Austin and Certified Management of Austin, as well as with various workers and landscape architects.

“Jo Anne will share what she learned to help others who may be embarking on similar projects,” Richards said. “She will discuss the scope of the project, its constraints and opportunities, project phases and some impediments to its progress.”  

Richards said the River Place project provided an opportunity to rethink the landscape design with water restrictions, fire abatement plantings and maintenance in mind.

“Jo Anne will also explain how plants were selected and placed as part of her presentation,” she said.

Richards said attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the webinar and receive answers during the live program as time allows. Questions not answered during the live webinar will be answered by email.

She said the Drought to Deluge book and 2021 educational series all revolve around xeriscaping principles. Other programs in this educational series will address soils, irrigation and lawns.

“There will be backyard fruit and vegetable growing webinars in the fall,” Richards said.  “These programs will be presented by experts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas A&M AgriLife and Travis County Master Gardeners.”

Recordings of past series webinars are listed on the “Our Favorite Gardening Resources for Austin and Travis County” portion of the website for AgriLife Extension in Travis County at https://bit.ly/3rn1syB

More information on the seminars can be found by signing up for event notifications and subscribing to the blog  or by visiting the AgriLife Extension’s Events Calendar.

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