Gardening Conference In Athens


Henderson County Master Gardeners announces its 2015 Spring Conference on March 19.  The keynote speaker is Richard “Skip” Richter and his topic is “Smarter Gardening the Easy Way.”

The conference takes place at the First United Methodist Church, 225 Lovers Lane in Athens, from 5-9 p.m.

The conference features a dinner and a silent auction of many garden-related items and door prizes.  Attendees have the opportunity to ask local master gardeners about the program and other gardening questions.  Henderson County Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch is scheduled to attend as well.

Richter is a 24-year employee with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Montgomery, Travis and Harris Counties, where he currently serves as a Texas AgriLife Extension Agent in horticulture.

He is an enthusiastic student and teacher of natural gardening techniques. He helped develop the Extension’s “Don’t Bag It” yard waste recycling programs, the “Composting for Kids” educational webpage and the Grow Green environmental education program, which educated Austin residents on landscaping practices that protect water quality.

Richter has gardened in the brush country of south Texas, the rocky hills of the Missouri Ozarks, the acid sands of the East Texas piney woods, the semi-arid climate and high pH soils of central Texas, and the humid, hot climate and black clays of southeast Texas.

He writes a bi-weekly Internet column for the National Gardening Association and numerous newspaper and magazine articles on gardening. His “Gardening with Skip” YouTube channel features more than120 brief gardening videos. Skip has served as the National Gardening Association’s regional horticulturist for the southeastern U.S. and is a contributing editor to Texas Gardener magazine.

Skip is a weekly guest on “Your Livable Garden” radio show, the nation’s longest running landscape architecture radio show.

Tickets are $20 each and include dinner.  Purchase tickets from any Henderson County Master Gardener or contact the Henderson County AgriLife Extension Office at 903.675.6130.

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