Backyard gardening enthusiasts who would like to learn more about planning and maintaining beautiful lawns and gardens are invited to attend a special program on “Texas Superstar Plants” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Saturday, May 4, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
Fort Bend County Master Gardener Josefina Alcala will talk about Texas Superstars® — plants that have shown to provide superior performance under Texas’s tough growing conditions. Learn about growing Superstar perennials, annuals, semi-tropical plants, trees, and edible plants, and get ideas on how to incorporate them into garden designs.
Plants are designated Texas Superstars by the Texas Superstar Executive Board, which is made up of seven AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension horticulturalists, after years of field trials around the state. According to AgriLife Extension horticulturists, to be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must not only be beautiful but must also perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state. Texas Superstars must be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are widely available throughout Texas and reasonably priced. Texas Superstar is a registered trademark owned by AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System.
Alcala has been a Fort Bend County Master Gardener for nine years. In addition, she is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, a master’s degree in Horticulture, and a doctorate in plant breeding.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.