Step into the North Courtyard gardens lovingly maintained by Collin County Master Gardeners. Immerse yourself in the beauty of eight garden beds showcasing resilient plants thriving in Texas' harsh conditions. Learn Earth-Kind® principles and find inspiration for your own landscape. Sit back on inviting benches, read a book, and relish the serene surroundings.
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Drought-Tolerant Plants For Water-Wise Gardening
Water restrictions have become the norm, so choosing plants that can survive with minimal irrigation is essential. From drought-tolerant perennials and annuals to stunning trees and shrubs, countless options attract pollinators and add color to your garden. Learn the top research-proven favorites and get expert tips on soil amendment, group planting, mulching, and more.
Doing Your Part: Drop By Drop
As the population in Collin County continues to grow, the strain on our water supply becomes increasingly apparent. In this article, discover practical steps residents and businesses can take to conserve water without sacrificing their landscapes or facing soaring water bills. From selecting drought-tolerant plants to implementing efficient irrigation systems, learn how you can become a steward of our finite water resources.
Gardening With Children
Discover the joys of gardening with your children! Not only is it an enjoyable activity, but it also offers a variety of educational opportunities and promotes healthy habits. Learn from the insights and tips of gardening enthusiast Dawn Oldfield to inspire a new generation of green thumbs.
The Garden Show Was Everything A Garden Show Should Be!
The Garden Show in McKinney, Texas, was an event to remember, with over 6,000 attendees enjoying the vendors, speakers and educational booths. But the real highlight came when the CCMGA President honored Neil Sperry and Lynn Sperry for their contributions to horticulture and education.
Spotlight on the Children’s Garden at Myers Park
Discover the joy of gardening and its benefits for children with the Children's Garden at Myers Park in McKinney, Texas. Designed by Master Gardener Angela Hooper, the garden aims to educate children about nature and gardening through school field trips, scouting workshops, and family visits.
The Veritable Vegetable… Harvest Home Grown Happiness
Get ready to taste the freshest, most delicious veggies from your garden with these tips from the Collin County Master Gardeners Association. Learn how to choose the best location, amend the soil, water properly, and start small for a successful harvest.
Spotlight on Myers Park Vegetable Garden
Discover a hidden gem in northern McKinney, Texas at the Myers Park and Event Center. The Collin County Master Gardeners maintain a vegetable garden that not only produces an abundance of fresh produce but also serves as a demonstration and research garden. Using EarthKind principles and custom-made row covers, the garden's volunteers work around 1,500 hours annually to maintain the garden and perform data collection for research purposes.
Spotlight on Myers Park Gardens
Did you know Collin County has a free botanical garden?? The 158-acre Myers Park and Event Center is located in northern McKinney where you will see the handiwork of hundreds of Collin County Master Gardeners.
It’s Always a Good Thyme for Herbs!
Whether you have a large lot or a small space you can have success growing herbs in raised beds and containers.
Spotlight on CCMGA Projects
Have you ever wondered: what exactly is a Master Gardener and what do they do? Let us lead you on a journey around Collin County as we shine a monthly spotlight on many of our community outreach gardens and projects right here in your own backyard.
Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden
January 2023 Question of the Month: I hear a lot about planting companion plants in my vegetable garden. Would you tell me more about this topic?