What is a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners are local volunteers in your community who work with the AgriLife Extension to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve your communities quality of life through various horticultural projects.
The Master Gardeners of Brazoria County are volunteers who work with the AgriLIFE Extension to improve gardening skills throughout the community. We share our gardening knowledge through community service and outreach, gardener training and educational programs.
Times are exciting for the Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association (BCMGA). Since our first Master Gardener Training Class held in 1995, we continue to grow stronger. Our Speakers Bureau offers gardening programs to civic groups, garden club and the general public. We are developing our Demonstration and Plant Trial Gardens and our Extension Office Gardens. Our Spring Plant and Fruit Tree Sales keep getting bigger and better.
To be a gardener is to be an optimist.
Who are Texas Master Gardeners?
Texas Master Gardeners is a volunteer program designed to grow horticultural information throughout the state, town by town. To become a Texas Master Gardener, a participant attends 60 hours of instruction, conducted by the local Extension county agent, then shares this knowledge by donating 60 hours of volunteer service back to the community.
The touch of Texas Master Gardeners’ green thumbs can be found across the state -- in school garden projects, horticultural therapy projects, community gardens and demonstration gardens; by volunteers who also conduct gardening programs and answer gardening questions. Anything anyone wants to know about gardening, a Master Gardener can help. That includes young wannabe gardeners too – Master Gardeners help set up 4-H gardening clubs and Junior Master Gardener groups.
In fact, when it comes to green and growing things, Master Gardeners dig into their service in all kinds of ways: teaching, giving presentations, writing newsletters and articles, providing clerical help, and designing and maintaining Web pages.
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In 2008, more than 6,400 volunteers were Texas Master Gardeners, according to the organization’s annual report.
That year Texas Master Gardeners gave 2,200 presentations for a combined audience of 68,087 of their neighbors, and provided research-based horticulture information to 18,000 others.
Volunteers contributed 454,036 hours to horticulture-based educational projects in 2008, a benefit to the state that was worth $9 million.