Public Works Employee, Carlos Flores Completes Texas Master Gardener Program

The City of Port Isabel is proud to announce that one of its Public Works Employees, Carlos A. Flores, Building Maintenance Supervisor, successfully completed the required course of study and volunteer service to be honored with the distinguished title of "Texas Master Gardener" with the AgriLife Extension of the Texas A&M System. The programs and workshops were held from January through March at the Cameron County Extension Office in San Benito. Discussions at the workshops, which ran every Wednesday of the month included, "Soil and Soil Fertility, Composting for the Landscape of Earth-wise Organics", "Drip Irrigation in the Landscape- Turf and Lawn Care- Plant Propagation in your Landscape", "Plant Growth and Development, Plant Diseases, Plant Pathology, Ornamental Landscape, Vegetable Garden Insect Control, and Identification Biological and Chemical", "Rio Grande Natives for the Landscape- Butterfly Gardening in the Landscape", "Raised, Bed Gardening for Vegetables and Herb Gardening", "Home Fruits for your Landscape, Establishing and Managing Herbs in the Landscape", "Tree Care and Management for your Landscape". With this certification, Mr. Flores will save the City funds by having the knowledge about the maintenance and care of lawns, plants and trees. Mr. Flores stated, "I am so glad and thankful to Mr. Balde Alaniz, Public Works Director, and the City of Port Isabel for giving me this opportunity to attend the programs and workshops so that I could learn more about the art and science of horticulture". City Manager Edward Meza stated, "This is the first time that a City Employee has been trained as a 'Texas Master Gardener'. Mr. Flores' certification will aid the City in making sure its public parks and grounds are healthy and green and enhance the beauty of the community which is vital to tourism and quality of life for our residents and visitors." Baldemar Alaniz, Public Works Director and Chair of the City's Beautification Committee, stated, "I am so proud that we have a 'Texas Master Gardener' on our city staff."
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