Abilene has been selected as the 2013 recipient for the Taylor County Extension Cooperator of the Year – Horticulture. Cisco College will be recognized at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service annual meeting on November 14, 2013 at 6:00pm at the Taylor County Extension Office on 1982 Lytle Way, Abilene, TX.
Each year the Extension Leadership Advisory Board, which is a diverse group of volunteers who are responsible for the overall Extension program in Taylor County, select their Extension cooperators of the year. Cisco College was chosen as the recipient this year’s award due to their participation in a trial garden test project sponsored by the Texas A&M Earth Kind Roses ® project.
In 2012, Cisco College was chosen by Texas A&M University’s Texas AgriLife Extension Service to participate in a research project studying the viability of Earth Kind Roses ® and other drought tolerant perennial plants.
The trial began with a rose garden planting at the Abilene location of Cisco College in June of 2012, followed by the creation of the perennial garden later in the summer. The gardens are on the west side of the Abilene Educational Center, and are visible from Loop 322.
The gardens have thrived under the care of the Big Country Master Gardener’s Association, which is made up of volunteers who work for the AgriLife Extension Service of Texas A&M. Master Gardener Kathy Feagan of Abilene is in charge of the team who planted and maintain the gardens.
Cisco College was chosen as the site for the gardens due to the Abilene was selected as the location for the pilot Earth-Kind® of Roses and Perennial Trial Gardens project because the area’s climate and conditions are ideal for the long-term trials. Amazingly, only one rose plant did not survive the test.