Fort Bend County Master Gardeners help maintain several demonstration gardens. We invite you to visit our 4 acres of Demonstration Gardens and talk to the volunteers who design and maintain them. It’s a great way to learn! Park in front of the Agriculture Center located at 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg, 77471. Take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building to find the Master Gardeners at work.
What will you see?
- Specialty Gardens – gardens planted with a special focus or purpose
- Texas Gardens – gardens featuring Texas hardy plants
- Food Production Gardens – gardens that produce edible products, either as the main or secondary objective
- Trial Gardens – gardens that will help Fort Bend County residents know what or how to best grow certain plants or plant varieties.
If you cannot come in person, check out this month’s featured garden — the Backyard Orchard!
Photo credit: Julie Evett, Fort Bend Master Gardener
Why Demonstration Gardens?
Our Demonstration Gardens are used for many purposes but our primary goal is to determine how well certain plants perform in the Fort Bend County area. We ask questions such as:
- Will this (tomato, berry, peach) variety produce here? If so, how much fruit can we expect to get from one plant in a season? Is the fruit tasty, fleshy, firm, large, small, etc.?
- Can this variety be cut and rooted here?
- Will the growth rate of this variety be increased with the addition of compost, more water, organic fertilizer?
Of course, our gardens are also used to train Master Gardeners in horticultural skills. We get hands-on training in planting techniques, transplanting, rooting, plant identification, landscape design, insect control and identification, and many other areas.
These skills are not classroom based. We get our hands dirty on our workdays!