City of McKinney Environmental Education has partnered with eight cities and five agencies to host a free gardening event for newcomers to the area and gardening newbies. The Newcomers Guide to Gardening in North Texas event was designed with the “transplant” or gardening “newbie” in mind. 

Through a variety of short lectures, local experts will share their horticultural expertise, research based information and hands on experience about the challenges and rewards of gardening in North Texas. Lecture topics include: Why EarthKindR is Important, North Texas Soils, Butterfly Gardening, How to Water Wisely, Vegetable Gardening and the Top 100 Plants for North Texas.   

Speakers include:

·         Dr. Greg Church, former Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent for Horticulture in Collin County

·         Patrick Dickinson, Horticulturist & Program Coordinator at Texas A&M AgriLife Water University

·         Daniel Cunningham , Horticulturist at Texas A&M AgriLife  Water University

·         Nancy Payne, Master Gardener and certified Texas Certified Nursery Professional

·         Bryan Moore, Collin County Master Gardener and Compost Operations Supervisor at Texas Pure Products

·         Gail Donaldson, Horticulturist and Water Conservation Manager at the City of Allen

Participants are invited to attend all the lectures or just stay for the ones that interest them. The event is free, but please reserve your seat online at  

Event is hosted by City of McKinney Environmental Education – Keep McKinney Beautiful in cooperation with the cities of Allen, Plano, Richardson, Frisco, Rowlett, Princeton, Prosper, Melissa, Texas Pure Products, the Collin County Master Gardener Association, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Collin County, Texas A&M Agrilife Water University and the North Texas Municipal Water District.  

Info: City of McKinney Environmental Education, 972-547-7335 or

Event Location: 
Collin College Conference Center
2400 Community Ave. Near US 75 and Hwy 380
McKinney , TX
Date and Time: 
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
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