Master Gardener Volunteer Training will be offered May 16th to August 15th

Do you want to be able to improve your gardening skills, share information about gardening and the environment with the community, and build gardening skills with local specialists? Here is your opportunity to gain all these skills and more.

Ashley Gregory, the local Texas A&M AgriLife Agent, will hold an orientation program for this upcoming class on April 30, 2019, at 6:00 PM in the Hidalgo County Multi Purpose Room, 509 E. Earling Road, San Juan, TX. Classes will begin Thursday May 16 and run through Thursday August 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Please register by April 15, 2019 at our web site https://hidalgo.agrilife.org/horticulture/upcoming-horticulture-events

Master Gardeners are members of the local communities who have an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens. They are individuals who are willing to learn and to help others, and are able to communicate with diverse groups of people. Master Gardeners are representatives of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The Training for the Master Gardener Program consists of fifty (50) hours of classroom training. The classes are taught by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff, local experts and other Master Gardeners. The topics cover subjects from lawn care and landscape planning to fruits and vegetables, water conservation and more. This course includes four Saturday field trips to supplement classroom lectures. A training manual covering course material is provided. The cost of the program is $200.00.

In addition to classroom training a commitment of fifty (50) hours of volunteer service within one (1) year following classes is required to earn the title “TEXAS MASTER GARDENER”.

The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs and the abilities and interests of the Master Gardeners. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for information related to gardening. Other volunteers hold workshops on specific topics such as vegetable gardening or water conservation with a drip system. Some staff a booth at local farmers markets or home shows. Local school frequent request volunteers for assistance with children’s gardening projects.

SO IF you want to learn more about care and maintenance of many types of plants, participate in a practical and intense training program, want to share this knowledge with people in the community and have enough time to attend training and volunteer service please contact the TEXAS MASTER GARDENERS PROGRAM .