The more I talk to tree experts, professional irrigation and landscaping specialists, developers, foundation professionals and organic-gardening authorities, the more I'm convinced that water resources will be treated like oil in the next couple of decades.

I remember once recalling in one of my weekly email tips that, in 1985 during my Texas Farm Bureau days in Austin, a certain lawmaker got everyone's attention with, "I've got good news, and bad news. The good news is that we'll all be drinking recycled sewage water by 2050. The bad news is, there's not going to be enough of it to go around."

waterseminarBut if Texas can learn to save water and, more importantly, reduce water use, we can have water in ample supply for years to come. One way to learn how to make every drop count is by attending the Organic Horticultural Benefits Alliance's Water Management Seminar Jan. 17 at the United Way office, 50 Waugh Drive. It costs only $30, and a lunch is provided.

It is open to everyone, but landscapers, irrigation specialists, nursery operators, and tree growers are especially encouraged to attend. The half-day seminar will be led by experts who can teach attendees how to ...

  • Use water more efficiently
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Protect your investment
  • Reduce liabilities
  • Have beautiful and sustainable landscapes

The world is changing, and thanks to Houston's awesome economy we are getting much bigger. Sadly, it also means we are running short of water. OHBA believes "Organic Landscape Management" is the answer. So, I invite you to join me at this fast-paced seminar for one measly afternoon to learn how easy, inexpensive and rational water-efficient landscape management really is.

Schedule of Events:

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Check in, delicious lunch buffet, visit exhibitors
12:45-1:15 p.m. - Dr. Marco Palma, Texas A&M University economist - "The Economic Value of Landscapes"
1:15-2 p.m. - Dr. Calvin Finch, director of the Texas Water Resources Institute - "The Current Texas Water Dilemma"
2-2:30 p.m. - Mike Serant, OHBA president - "Creating Water-Efficient Landscapes Through Organics Revealed"
2:30-2:45 p.m. - Break; visit exhibits
2:45-3:15 p.m. - Mark Bowen, author and educator - "Water-Smart Landscape Design Principles for Our Area"
3:15-3:45 p.m. - John Ferguson, OHBA director - "Soil, Your Ultimate Water Reservoir. Tapping the Potential."
3:45-4 p.m. - Break; visit exhibits
4-4:30 p.m. - Gene Barnes, OHBA director - "Making Every Drop Count, Tying it all Together"

You can register at

Note: This will be the final GardenLine post for the year! We will resume on Jan. 9, 2014. Until then, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!