Bell County Master Gardeners are volunteers who work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to improve gardening skills throughout the community. Program objectives are implemented through the training of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners. We collaborate with Extension to conduct youth and community education; establish and maintain demonstration gardens; and provide a speakers bureau. We work with special audiences in the community (4-H horticultural clubs, Junior Master Gardener groups, schools, and others) for youth and community outreach of a horticultural nature. We recruit and educate new Master Gardener candidates for effective volunteering. Master Gardeners are local volunteers in your community who work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve your communities quality of life through various horticultural projects.
Bell County Master Gardeners hold monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30am at the Bell County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Classroom at 1605 N. Main St., Belton. A social gathering time before the meeting begins at 10:00 am. Monthly meetings include a business meeting followed by an educational session. These educational sessions qualify for one hour of continuing education for Master Gardeners. All Master Gardeners and the public are invited to attend.
Future Bell County Master Gardeners
Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Bell County Master Gardeners New Class.
Mandatory Orientation is Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm. Weekly classes begin Wednesday, January 11, 2017 through the middle of May. All classes are from 1 to 5 pm. Orientation and classes are held in the Bell County AgriLife Extension Office classroom located at 1605 N. Main, Belton, Texas.
Your $250 check for the class fee must accompany your application and background check form to reserve a spot in the 2017 class. (No credit cards, please) Class limit is 25 and the deadline for applications is December 15, 2016. When the class is filled, others will be put on a waiting list for 2018.
Hand carry or mail your application to the Bell County AgriLife Extension Office at 1605 N. Main, Room 102, Belton, Texas. If you have any questions, please call 254-933-5305.
2016 MASTER GARDENER FALL PLANT SALE
COME TO the 2016 Bell County Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale featuring Trees, Shrubs and the Shade Plants That Love Them! Our selection of trees, shrubs and shade plants is targeted to provide Bell County and our neighboring county residents with a selection of plants that are sometimes hard to find, at very reasonable prices.
Fall is a great time to plant in Central Texas as featured in the attached article “Fall is for Planting” by our Bell County Extension agent Lyle Zoeller. Another article by agent Zoeller deals with plantings of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries which will also be features of this fall’s sale.
The list of plants available for the 2016 FALL PLANT SALE is posted below, along with photos of some specific categories of plants including different varieties in that category, e.g. butterfly bushes, sages and salvias, and succulents. For the FALL 2016 SALE, the BCMG are promoting many plants designated as Earth-Kind by the Texas A&M Extension Service. The attached PDF list designates those Earth-Kind featured plants and we encourage you to research the A&M Earth-Kind links we have provided. We are offering plants in the full range of Earth-Kind ratings for our area of the state, from 1-10. If you are looking for plants that will need little maintenance once established in order to perform well, look for those with a designation of 8-10. Earth-Kind designations of less than 8 may require more attention, but will still perform in our area with proper attention and care.
Another feature of the Fall Sale will be Shade Plants for all of you who need help with those deep shade areas of your landscape. Plants which will perform well for you in varying degrees of shade are designated SHADE and will be set aside in an area of their own at the sale to help you find them.
As of this date, we anticipate that 95% of all offerings on the following 2016 FALL PLANT SALE ALL PLANT CATEGORIES list will be available for the Fall Plant Sale, but quantities are limited so please come early to be sure you can get the trees, shrubs, shade plants or others you are looking for. There will be Master Gardeners on hand throughout the sale to answer your gardening questions. We will also offer handouts on topics like How to Plant a Tree, Growing Acid Loving Plants in Our Alkaline Soil, Earth-Kind Plants for Fall Planting, Rainwater Harvesting and more.
Our Fall Plant Sale will include a “Gardener’s Stuff” Garage Sale of items gleaned from the gardening sheds, yards and gardens of our Master Gardener membership. You can find tools, pots, gardening décor, Master Gardener propagated plantings and more at great Garage Sale prices so come early to get the best selections.
We look forward to seeing you on September 10th!
HERE ARE PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE ACTUAL SUCCULENTS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON SEPTEMBER 10TH
AND PHOTOS OF A FEW OF OUR ACTUAL VEGETABLE SELECTIONS FOR THE FALL PLANT SALE
BCMGA members can enter their service and education hours in the Texas we Volunteer System at the following web site: https://texas.volunteersystem.org/UniversalLogin.cfm
Click on the following file to print the form for membership background checks:
Background Check Form 01-20-2016 (Background check)
Click on the following PDF file to print
Brick Sale Form: BCMGAbrickform for website
Project Approval Request Form: Bell County Project Approval Form
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