Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or are re-evaluating your current landscape, the task before you can seem quite overwhelming.

Creating something functional and beautiful that meets your family’s needs and reflects your personality is the goal you are trying to achieve, but where do you begin?

Not to worry, three landscaping presentations are offered at the Ellis County Master Gardeners’ 2008 Lawn and Garden Expo. These will be held Saturday morning in the Crape Myrtle room of the Waxahachie Civic Center during the 2008 Ellis County Master Gardeners Lawn and Garden Expo. Each session will be 45 minutes, allowing for questions following the program.   

Landscape design is the greatest part of gardening. We have Ben Oefinger, a Johnson County Master Gardener, coming to offer you landscaping principles and suggestions using water-wise methods.

His program, “Intelligent Landscape Design,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. He will offer basic guidelines about plants and how to use them.

Creating an outdoor living space that has atmosphere, style and visual impact is every gardener’s dream. Coming at 10:30 a.m. to present “Hardscape in the Landscape” is Warren Tingley, a Tarrant County Master Gardener, to show you how to add decorative features and ornaments with flair and imagination.

Training trees and shrubs to develop to your expectations requires wise pruning methods. Lisa Grove, from the Grapevine Botanical Garden, will present “Pruning Trees and Shrubs” at 11:30 a.m. to show you how to prune with a purpose and explain the reasons for pruning.

There’s always something new to learn when you’re dealing with Ellis County’s climate and soil, and all the new plants hitting the market each spring.

We hope you plan to attend Saturday’s expo as many of the educational programs as possible to meet your landscaping challenges.