Libraries Host Online Gardening Program On Backyard Fruit Trees

Fort Bend County Libraries will present an online gardening program, “Fruit Trees for the Backyard,” on Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 2:00 pm. Part 7 of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office’s Landscape Success series for homeowners, this program will be live-streamed via Webex; it will NOT be in person.

Fort Bend County Master Gardener Deborah Birge will talk about varieties of fruit trees that can thrive in the Gulf Coast climate. Hear about proper planting techniques and recommended maintenance tips to encourage fruit production, including pruning, feeding and watering.

Having earned her Fort Bend County Master Gardener certification in 2002, Birge has since earned advanced certifications in Citrus Culture, Home Fruit Production, and First-Detector Plant Disease.

She is currently conducting a citrus-hardiness demonstration using 72 citrus trees of 12 varieties. She also maintains a home orchard of more than 60 trees and vines, both in-ground and in containers.

The series will continue on Tuesday, November 16, with a program on “Tree Care Basics,” presented by Boone Holladay.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the program so that a link to the Webex session can be emailed to all who register. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office at 281-633-4734.