Green Thumb Program

Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association


Highland Lakes Master Gardener
  Green Thumb Program

The Highland Lakes Master Gardeners present a Green Thumb Program focused on enhancing the experience of the local public in all aspects of plants and their environment.  Presentations by local experts are free and open for all to attend. Watch your local newspaper for announcements about the 2020 informative presentations at the Libraries in Buchanan Dam and Kingsland. For additional information contact Gary Hoffmann,

We have some exciting programs coming up in 2020.   (click here for the events calendar)   
Here are the programs scheduled for this year. Sign up to be reminded by email so you won't miss any programs. We will remind you about these classes and other free events put on by the Master Gardeners, Garden Club, Birding and Wildflower Society, Native Plant Society and other local organizations. We know you will have a good time at these free programs and we hope to see you there.

2020 Green Thumb Programs
Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association
All programs are on the 2nd Wednesdays of each month except July
All these programs are approved for Advanced Training Credit for Master Gardeners
  K Kingsland Library,  125 W. Polk, Kingsland   1:00 PM to 2:00 PM                            
                   L Lakeshore Library      7346 RR 261, Buchanan Dam      2:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

March 11  Cancel          Health Benefits and Indoor Plants                 Willard Horn ,                L Lakeshore Library
                                                                                                            Master Gardener

April 8   Cancel        Monarch Butterflies In Our Neck of the Woods   Sondra Fox                    L Lakeshore Library
                                                                                                             Master Naturalist

May 13                   Turf Grass Diseases                                              Kelly Tarla                        K Kingsland Library
                                                                                                              Burnet County
                                                                                                              Extension Agent

June 10                   Keyhole Gardening - Using a Small Space to       Gail Eltgroth                     Kingsland Library
                                Grow a Large Variety of Garden Plants                Master Gardener

July 9                       The Why, What, When & How                                Kelly Tarla                        L Lakeshore Library
                                 of Soil Sampling                                                   Burnet County
                                                                                                               Extension Agent
August 12                 Landscaping With Texas Native Plants                  Gail Eltgroth                      L Lakeshore Library
                                                                                                                          Master Gardener

September 9            Threats to Texas Trees and the Remedies             Rebecca Johnson            L Lakeshore Library 
                                                                                                                           Certified Arborist

October 14                The Right Irrigation System for                             Suzy Buchanan               K Kingsland Library
                                     Your Needs                                                              Irrigation Specialist
                                                                                                                            Master Gardener

 As specified above, five programs are at Lakeshore Library.
                    K Kingsland Library                 125 W. Polk, Kingsland  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
                   L Lakeshore Library                         7346 RR 261, Buchanan Dam  2:00 PM   to 3:00 PM                                                           

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Lampasas Plant Talks by Highland Lakes Master Gardeners

Every 4th Tuesday starting in April: Noon to One PM


Currently, we are still planning on hosting “Plant Talks” at the Lampasas AgriLife Extension Office conference room starting on April 28.  This may change; so, stay tuned! 

We have coordinated a great group of speakers for Master Gardeners and members of the community.  Each talk will last one hour and is eligible for Master Gardener Advanced Training hours.       

This series of talks is free and is open to the public.  The Lampasas AgriLife Extension office is located at 409 Pecan Street right on the Lampasas Town Square.  A few of the talks will be “hands on” and participants can expect to take home projects they have created during the talk.  Each month we will include a short description of the talk prior to the event. 

Keep in touch in case there are cancellations due to the current health crisis.     




April 28

Cancelled Gail Eltgroth and Lanetta Sprott

Cancelled  Art in the Garden

May 26

Christy Stephens

Propagating African Violets (hands on)

June 23

Willard Horn

Nitescapes- Evening Flower Beds

July 28

Suzy Buchanan

War on Weeds or Irrigation Efficiency

Aug 25

Mark Walton from Xanadu Acres

All Things Lavender

Sept 22

Manena Rueffer 

Growing the Best Roses

Oct 27

Christy Stephens 

Pruning Fruit Trees

Nov 24

Amy Parke

The Wonderful World of Gourds (hands on)


Art in the Garden        

April 28, 12-1 pm

By Gail Eltgroth and Lanetta Sprott

We will discover how to enhance our garden through art. We will find ways to engage our five senses using the principles of design. This presentation will offer us the inspiration to spend more time outdoors in our gardens that are filled with whimsy, surprises, memories, and a whole lot more!

Check out the Gardening Events Calendar for future Green Thumb and Plant Talk Programs and other gardening activities.  We hope to see you soon.