2016 Texas Tech Turf and Ornamental Plant Field Day

HPWD attended the third annual Texas Tech Turf and Ornamental Plant Field Day to learn about the varieties of turf. The attendees were separated into two tour groups: the homeowners and the professionals. HPWD was a part of the homeowners group. Starting the morning off was a talk about enhancing urban pollinator populations. The group learned about bees and butterflies and what plants are most useful to them while pollinating. Next, the group went to the turf drip area where there were nine different varieties of turf currently being studied. The group was then moved to the McKenney area where we learned about drought tolerant plants and the lasagna garden. Each person in the group was given three flags to place next to their first, second and third favorite plants throughout the garden. Lastly, we hopped on a tractor to the Bermuda grass area where we learned about different residential wetting agents.

Ending the afternoon was Q&A and a catered lunch.

Presenters included:

  • Joey Young
  • Scott Longing
  • Travis Culpepper
  • Cynthia McKenney
  • Vikrim Baliga
  • Alicia Patridge
Travis Culpepper (far right) and his group learning about different turf species water requirements on drip.

Travis Culpepper (far right) and his group learning about different turf species water requirements on drip.

Attendees using flags to stick next to their first, second and third favorite plants throughout the McKenney area.

Attendees using flags to stick next to their first, second and third favorite plants throughout the McKenney area.

Left to right: Vikrim Baliga and Joey Young talking to the homeowners group about various residential wetting agents.

Left to right: Vikrim Baliga and Joey Young talking to the homeowners group about various residential wetting agents.