Free Garden Classes, Native Plants & Water Conservation
in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano
There's a few things you need to know when landscaping your yard and maintaining your irrigation system in North Texas. To assist homeowners with this
process, several of the area cities have provided demonstration gardens that are open during daylight hours. Some offer free classes. Be sure to visit
all of the area gardens, because each one seems to offer something a little different.
Plant Hardiness Map
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Wouldn't it be great if you could know if a plant is going to make it in our area--before you purchase it? You can. Most plants sold at commercial
growers (or reviewed online) will carry a Plant Hardiness Zone tag. Collin County is in Zone 8a, which means winter plants must be able to withstand
cold temperatures 10 to 15 (F) or -12.2222 to -9.44444 (C).
Education Gardens in Allen
Allen Public Library Courtyard Research & Demonstration Gardens
The project demonstrates Earth-Kind® gardening which combines organic and traditional gardening to obtain results in Texas' harsh weather. Free and
open to the public.
300 N Allen Dr, Allen TX 75013
(Allen Public Library Courtyard)
Education Gardens in Frisco
Shawnee Trail Demonstration Garden
Blooming examples of what you can successfully plant in your own garden, demonstrating over seventy varieties of plants. Free and open to the public
10701 Preston Vineyard Dr, Frisco TX 75035
Education Gardens in McKinney
Craig Ranch Veterans Memorial Park
Garden is diagonal from Craig Ranch HOA office and across from Veterans Memorial Park. There is a flag retirement box and a pet waste station
in the center of the flower bed.
7951 Collin McKinney Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75070
McKinney Community Center
Garden is located on north (back) side of building. There are directional signs from the parking lot and from the playground sidewalk area.
2001 S Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070
Rural Heritage Trail at Myers Event Center
Walk the path through multiple gardens in one location featuring crape myrtles, roses and perennials. Free self-guided tours of the gardens are
available to the public when Myers Park is open and when not closed for an event, so do call ahead before heading out. Guided tours are available on
the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 9:00 am.
7117 Co Rd 166, McKinney TX 75071
Crape Myrtles Trail World Collection Park
This seven-acre park was planted in 2011 as a showcase of all known varieties of crape myrtles. Pack a picnic lunch. (No restrooms.) Free and open to
the public daily. If you have a crape myrtle in your yard, and you probably do, this website is an excellent resource for caring for your crape myrtle.
6452 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney TX 75070
Education Gardens in Plano
Texas SmartScape® Demonstration Gardens
Native and well-adapted plants are showcased here as well as interactive educational exhibits for water efficient irrigation and drought-tolerant
landscaping. A children's Nature Explore® garden is adjacent to the "adult" garden which encourages children to dig for worms or crawl through a
tunnel like a worm--along with other learning play opportunities. Free and open to the public during daylight hours. Free classes are also offered on everything
from DIY irrigation to gardening.
4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano TX 75093
Education Gardens in Prosper
Water Tower Demonstration Garden
There are three gardens located in close proximity: the Research Garden, Demonstration Garden, and Jana Thomson Garden. The first two are designed for
adult learning. The Research Garden includes dwarf shrubs and ornamental grasses. The Earth-Kind Demonstration Garden has a variety of plants for
homeowners to view and determine what they'd like to plant. Earth-Kind is a manner of gardening that preserves and protects the environment, yet yields
beautiful results for the homeowner. The Jana Thomson Garden is located at Rucker Elementary School and it appears there is access to the area even
when the PISD campuses are closed.
432 South Craig Road, Prosper TX 75078
Additional Gardening Assistance
Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension
As the name implies, this center focuses on everything agriculture. The center serves the DFW area including Collin County
Water My Yard
Enter your address and you'll receive instructions on how to water your yard, removing the guess work and resulting in a healthy lawn!
This site is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension.
Also sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension, this is a free digital tool which provides design and plant recommendations for
the specific areas of a home landscape.
Updated Augut 17, 2019