SmartScape classes start Thursday

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Want to learn to garden from a Master Gardeners, learn build your own rain barrel and find out how to fix your own sprinklers? The Water Utility Department has coordinated with Tarrant County Master Gardner Association to host a series of Texas SmartScape Classes, which are free for Mansfield residents.

“Texas SmartScape classes focus on planting native plants that are drought tolerant,” said Arianne Shipley, education specialist with the city. “They save water and residents money. We try to teach residents that planting native doesn't mean having a ‘desert yard.’ It’s simply the plants that are native to our area and already thrive in our soils and weather. Some of our classes focus on your irrigation system. We like to teach residents how to save money and water by fixing your sprinkler heads or converting your system to drip irrigation yourself.”

This year, classes will include Gardening with Kids, where parents can children will learn to make topiaries, terrariums and pickles.

Classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at the Water Treatment Plant, 707 Pleasant Ridge Court. Starting from Seeds is set for Oct. 3, Rain Barrels & Drip Irrigation on Oct. 10, Irrigation Quick Fixes on Oct. 17 and Gardening with Kids on Oct. 24.

Seating is limited, so sign up at (817) 477-2248 or by e-mail at

Texas SmartScape is a result of regional cooperation of cities, counties, Texas AgriLife Extension Agency and NCTCOG. See http://www.txsmartscape.comfor more information.

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