The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

August 1, 2013

Master Gardeners to host lecture on water conservation

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — The Anderson County Master Gardeners Association will present a free lecture on “Have a Beautiful Landscape and Save Water” in August.

The speaker will be Dotty Woodson, water resource program specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.

Woodson’s programs cover landscape water conservation practices, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, irrigation efficiency and drip irrigation.

The Lynn O’Daniel lecture will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ben E. Keith Community Room, located at 2019 W. Oak St.

“They can learn how to save and use the natural resources that are available and save money on water bills,” Anderson County Master Gardener Sunny Broyles explained. “Also they can learn how to survive that drought and still have a nice looking landscape.

“Our speaker will go over some plant materials that are best for drought and this area.”

Woodson is one of the creators of Texas SmartScape (, a landscape water conservation design and maintenance program promoted by the North Central Texas Central of Governments.

Woodson is a member of the Texas Water Development Board Water Conservation Advisory Committee, Water Efficiency Educators of North Texas, North Central Texas Stormwater Education Task Force, Fort Worth Water Department's Conservation Committee, Texas Rainwater Harvesting Team and Extension Southern Region Water Program.

She also is a member of the Extension Water Team for North Texas which provides educational programs and demonstrations about landscape water conservation, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, irrigation efficiency, drip irrigation, stream restoration and low-impact development.

Woodson appears weekly on NBC Channel 5 Sunday Morning News, “Gardening with Dotty” on Arlington cable, “Extension in the City” on Fort Worth cable and “Dig in Texas” on FOX4.