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REGISTER TODAY! Limited Seating - Lunch Served
REGISTER TODAY! Limited Seating - Lunch Served

REGISTER TODAY! Limited Seating - Lunch Served

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The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are pleased to invite you to our fall symposium where three leading experts will discuss the vital role live oak trees and other native plants play in supporting birds and butterflies that residents/visitors love, protecting bay/estuary water quality and even reducing flooding in our Coastal Bend community.
Friday September 22, 2023
9:00am – 2:30 pm – lunch served
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension conf. room 
892 Airport Road, Rockport 

This is a special invitation event, with limited seating, for community leaders and horticulture educators, who will in turn train others throughout the community. Registration required - no walk-ins. 

For more information call: 361-790-0103
Symposium Agenda: 
Made possible, in part, through a generous grant from Castaways
8:30 - 9:00 - Check-in
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome - Virginia Easton-Smith, County Extension Agent Aransas County

9:15am - 10:15am Doug Tallamy Keynote speaker - American entomologist, ecologist and conservationist, Doug Tallamy, will join us via Zoom to discuss his research on the importance of Live Oak trees and their critical role the “food web” that sustains birds, butterflies and even humans! Tallamy is a New York Times bestselling author of “The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees.” and "Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants."
10:15am - 10:30am Q&A

10:45am - 11:45am  Dr. David N. Appel – Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and professor with the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, retired. Dr. Appel is considered the expert on tree health across Texas. His studies of pathogen threats to Texas trees, including oak wilt and sudden oak death, have led to novel treatments for management and control, transforming how we think about trees.

11:45am - 12:00 noon Questions and Answers
12:00 noon - 1pm Lunch served

1pm - 2pm - Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co. - This Corpus Christi nursery actively invests in providing native species options – and is a leader in this trending market. Nursery representatives will discuss landscaping with native plant alternatives to non-native plants. 

2:15pm - 2:30pm Questions and Answers
Master Gardeners is a non-profit program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Our goal is to educate and engage county residents in the implementation of research based horticultural and environmental practices that create sustainable gardens, landscapes and communities.