The Master Gardeners of Bell County
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.
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Bell County Master Gardeners Program. Topics include basic botany, soil science and information on specific plants, trees, grasses, pests and diseases, fire ant control, organic gardening, Earth kind landscaping and fire-wise gardening. The 2016 class will be limited to 25 applicants who submit their application and class fee of $250 before orientation Jan. 6. Overflow applicants will be placed on a waiting list for 2017.
The official first day of class is from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13. The class will then meet each Wednesday through May 13. For more information or to sign up, call the Bell County AgriLife Extension Office at 254-933-5305.
The Bell County Master Gardeners will have their annual Spring plant sale April 2, 2016. Watch this page for further information.
BCMGA members can enter their service and education hours in the Texas 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
Read our newsletter “The Blooming Bell” for news and monthly activity calendar