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Volunteering Opportunities at FloraFest 2024

On this week’s show, Denise, John and Jan offer tips on volunteering at FloraFest 2024 with guest speaker and Botanical Curator Kevin Floyd. As FloraFest 2024 is approaching soon, we discuss the opportunities people can take advantage of in this year’s FloraFest, alongside with different events and discussing planting advice for our climate that can be useful to use in your garden. 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 Master Gardener program started as a way to provide horticultural information to the public as its basic function. The El Paso program began in 1981 and has over 6,000 Texas Master Gardeners within 112 counties. These volunteers also contributed over 400,000 hours of time and talent to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Additional information/Links

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

Originally aired on March 23, 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.
Edward Reyes is an intern who helps with editing and mixing audio for KTEP’s show “Good to Grow.”