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Gardening Trends

Michael Miller
Texas A&M AgriLife

On this week’s show, Denise, John and Jan offer tips on gardening trends that are noticed within the desert southwest. Within our climate in El Paso, we like to share useful trends that you can use in your garden such as pollinator gardens, smart yard technology, eco-lawns, etc. Denise will also provide more updates and information on the El Paso County Master Gardeners programs that will be available for anyone to attend.

The El Paso Master Gardeners Program was started by John White, a County Extension Agent, back in 1981, being the first program within the state. A love of gardening and the search for knowledge is a primary reason for joining the Master Gardeners program. Trained and certified Master Gardeners can continue to volunteer with others who share their interests, gain continual horticultural training and give back to their communities.

Additional information/Links

  • Visit the  El Paso County Master Gardeners website for questions, tips, and upcoming calendar events:

Originally aired on January 27, 2024

Denise S. Rodriguez, County Administrator and Horticulture Extension Agent, is an El Paso native who earned her BS and MS in Horticulture at New Mexico State University. Denise previously worked at the AgriLife Research Center at El Paso where she was part of a research team focusing on determining the drought and salt tolerance of low water use plants in urban horticulture. She has tailored her home gardens to be kid friendly in hopes of inspiring her own children to engage in gardening.
Jan Petrzelka is a voluntter host on Good To grow on Saturdays at 11:15 AM. She is a Master Gardner with the Texas A&M Extension service and conducts workshops on gardening.
John White, is a volunteer host on Good to Grow on Saturdays at 11:15 AM. He serves as curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
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