AgriLife Today

North Texas gardening courses offer comprehensive ‘newcomer’ instruction

Writer: Gabe Saldana, 956-408-5040,
Contact: Daniel Cunningham, 972-952-9223,
Patrick Dickinson, 972-952-9673,

DALLAS — Two free public courses aim to equip new gardeners with the tools to establish lush lawns, vibrant landscapes and bountiful vegetable gardens in the unique and unforgiving growing conditions of North Texas, organizers said.

The first session of Newcomers Guide to Gardening in North Texas is Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dallas.

The second installment is March 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Collin College Conference Center, 2400 Community Avenue, McKinney.

The courses are conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s Dallas-based Water University program along with local cities and water providers. Daniel Cunningham and Patrick Dickinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturists in Dallas, will lead attendees through comprehensive instruction on gardening basics including soil preparation, effective fertilization, fruits, vegetables, regionally adapted turfgrasses and proper selection of plants.


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