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Native Plant Selection

Arely Avitia / KTEP

On this week’s show, Denise, John and Jan offer tips on native plant selection with FloraFest guest speaker Kevin Floyd. With the desert climate seen within our city, we will discuss ways on caring for your plants and on how they will give you back benefits to your garden as well, such as allocating space, amount of sunlight, differences of soils, plant grouping, mature sizes of trees, 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 the first program to start within the state of Texas in 1981 by John White. Primary reasons for people to join the program is the love of gardening and the search for knowledge. Certified Master Gardeners can continue to volunteer with others who share their interest, gain continual horticultural training and give back to the community.

Additional information/Links

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

Originally aired on March 30, 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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