FROM STAFF REPORTS
LLANO — If you’re looking for a place to exercise your green thumb, or develop it a little more, you need to check out the Llano Master Gardener’s 2013 Lawn and Garden Show on March 16.
This year’s theme is “Grow Green … Water Wisely.” People will discover several sessions reflecting water conservation, including talks on native plants, drought management and xeriscape gardening.
With the ongoing drought serving as a reminder of water concerns, the Llano Master Gardeners Association works closely with the city of Llano to help educate citizens about planting and maintaining gardens during times of dry weather. Members also will emphasize making the most of available water resources through rainwater collection.
The show will be at the St. James Lutheran Church’s Schorlemmer Hall, 1401 Ford St. The event runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Llano Master Gardener Association and the Llano County Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service are sponsoring the show.
Admission is free.
People will be able to browse booths featuring gardening supplies, expert how-to advice, exhibits and food.
This year’s speakers are:
• Keenan Fletcher (9:15-9:45 a.m.) will discuss “Heirloom Bulbs: Preserving the Past.” Fletcher is known as a “bulb rescuer” because she finds and relocates heirloom bulbs that are in danger of being destroyed or lost.
• Larry Payne (10-10:30 a.m.) will present “Tips on Building an Energy-Efficient Greenhouse.” He is a digital architectural illustrator and co-owner of Payne Rowlett. The company builds a Gothic-arch style greenhouse that can be used in all seasons. He will discuss the best materials to use and the best methods of cooling and heating greenhouse.
• Sheryl Smith-Rodgers (10:45-11:15 a.m.) will present “Window of Texas Wildscapes.” A noted photographer and freelance writer, she will share her insights into transforming your yard into a wildscape.
• Bill Luedecke (11:30 a.m.-noon) will discuss “Get Your Garden Ready for Spring Planting.” Luedecke regularly shares his gardening wisdom and knowledge with readers of area newspapers.
• Mike Reagor (12:15-12:45 p.m.) is the mayor of Llano and a retired rangeland management specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation. Reagor will explain concerns about local water issues.
• Inell and Dave Franks (1-1:30 p.m.) will show you how to do xeriscape gardening, a style of landscape design requiring little or no water and maintenance.
For more information about the show, call (325) 247-5159.