VERNON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon opened its hibiscus research plots to local Master Gardeners as a response to growing public interest in research activity there.
Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, Vernon, recently hosted a show-and-tell tour of the center’s research plots in Lockett for members of the Wichita County Master Gardeners Association.
Master Gardeners had visited the center for presentations, but it was the first time they toured the facility’s AgriLife Research hibiscus trial plots, he said. Vernon is the only location in Texas breeding new winter-hardy hibiscus varieties as part of a regular research program.
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