Using earth-wise practices can save you time, energy, and money while helping to protect our precious water resources – our streams, lakes, and aquifers.
Click here to subscribe online to be notified by mail about gardening classes or call 512-974-2550 and ask to be put on the emailing list for gardening classes. You will receive notification when a homeowner class is scheduled. We usually offer classes a couple of times a year. Please also check the Grow Green home page occasionally. We post classes from multiple City departments and the Travis County Master Gardeners - but will not be sending out announcements for those classes individually.
The Native and Adapted Plant Guides were developed for City of Austin residents. Due to its popularity it is made available for purchase to entities outside of our area.
Citizens of Austin and Travis County:
It is available for free to Austin and Travis County residents.
Outside of Travis County – north to Killeen and to the south of San Antonio:
The priority for the distribution of Native & Adapted Plant Guides, paid for by Austin citizens, are Grow Green nurseries and program partners. As a courtesy, we sell them to businesses and entities outside of Austin, but we reserve the right to limit the sale, when the inventory is low or an anticipated high demand period is expected.
We only sell the Plant Guides by the box of 40.
Please Note : The plant guides cannot be sold for profit or as a fund-raiser. If they are resold it has to be for the price that was paid for the guide. (If you pay $1/guide you can only resell them for $1). Entities that violate this policy will not be allowed to purchase the guides in the future.
The program is a partnership between the City of Austin and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. All materials are designed by the City using the technical expertise of the Texas AgriLife Extension Services and city staff. The City manages the program and the AgriLife Extension Service assists with distribution of materials in Ausin and parts of Travis County.
As of September 12, 2014, the priority for the distribution of Native & Adapted Plant Guides, paid for by Austin citizens, are Grow Green nurseries and program partners. As a courtesy, we sell them to businesses and entities outside of Austin, but we reserve the right to limit the sale, when the inventory is low or an anticipated high demand period is expected. When sales are allowed, the maximum number of boxes will be 2 per organization
Formalized on October 14, 2013
The City of Austin Grow Green program partners with Austin nursery businesses to provide the public with information about earthwise landscaping and management of common landscape pests. The information is intended to help protect water resources by reducing the amount of pesticides that enter our waterways.
The materials are provided and distributed free to Austin-area businesses that sell plants, pesticides or both. They are provided at the point-of-sale to educate people about plant selection and integrated pest management alternatives, with emphasis on the least toxic, most effective solution. Materials are also all available electronically at www.growgreen.org.
Grow Green Coordinator Responsibilities
Applications are accepted twice per year, December 1 – March 31 for spring installations and June 1 – September 30 for fall installations.
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Native plants are acclimated to local climate conditions and soils, provide habitat for wildlife, typically require less water and maintenance once established, and do not rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides to thrive. These homegrown plants also give us a sense of place and help maintain the region's wide variety of flora and fauna. Not only do they provide all of these wonderful benefits, but they are beautiful, too!
Participating city departments and programs include:
The Native Plant Society of Texas promotes research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas throughout the state and includes Texas Native Plant Week events on their website.
Grow Green offers 23 fact sheets that help you identify and solve pest and disease problems and provide general landscaping design, installation and maintenance recommendations. It offers a Native and Adapted Plant Guide that recommends 200 plants that not only survive, but thrive in Central Texas. It also provides workshops and technical information to nursery sales associates so that they can better serve their customers. All materials are offered FREE to Austin citizens and the garden centers.
October 16-22, 2017
Click here to view all the Grow Green fact sheets.
Nearly every nursery and some home improvement stores throughout Austin have 23 Grow Green fact sheets and the very popular Native and Adapted Landscape Plant Guide. The information is also available online at www.growgreen.org.
Grow Green and xeriscaping have very similar principles. Xeriscaping is landscaping whose main goal is to conserve water (Water Wise Austin). The seven principles of Xeriscape include: Planning and Design, Soil Analysis, Plant Selection, Practical Turf Areas, Efficient Irrigation, Use of Mulches, and Maintenance. Grow Green goes beyond Xeriscaping in emphasizing the use of least toxic products in the landscape. Minimizing chemical input in the landscape protects our living areas and our water ways.