A-U-S-T-I-N, TX – Here I Come!

2015_Symposium_Location_Highres_ClearBackground-548x344No more laughing A-T me — my Great Lakes horticulture project now has something other than sea legs.

I just learned that the American Horticultural Society has selected my presentation to be included in this year’s 2015 National Children and Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS).

The event is being held in downtown Austin this summer and is being sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the International Junior Master Gardener Program. My proposal, “Composting Zebra Mussels: Learning About Invasive Species and Environmental Stewardship,” will highlight the youth gardening project I’ve been working on for the past two years.

I will be conducting a session with one of my students from Near West. He will be traveling to Texas with his dad, so it will be a great learning opportunity for him.

As for me, I just like to travel and learn from others about what they are doing in their urban farms and gardens. While I am visiting, maybe I can connect with someone from  Texasinvasives.org, who can tell me how they are managing their zebra mussel population. If you visit their website, you’ll probably run across this:

Hello Zebra Mussels. Goodbye Texas Lakes.

It seems as though these critters are everywhere.