The mission of the Cameron County Master Gardener Association is to beautify and environmentally improve communities through promotion of good gardening practice and horticulture education in an atmosphere of friendship, fellowship and fun, in support of Texas Agri-Life Extension.
The Cameron County Master Gardener Association is a non-profit, educational and charitable association of volunteers in support of Texas Agri-Life Extension.
- to increase the gardening knowledge of its members and the general public,
- to support and assist Texas Cooperative Extension by providing the community with information and guidance on good gardening practices through personal contact, news articles, clinics, presentations at garden clubs, schools and other community groups,
- to support youth horticulture education, and
- to assist Master Gardener Interns in fulfilling their volunteer commitment.
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Our largest current project is The Arboretum located at the Cameron County Annex in San Benito (the corner of Expressway 77 and Williams Road. The property was dedicated by the Cameron County Commissioners Court for Master Gardener use in August of 2007. In November, 29 large native and naturalized trees were planted. This gave us the beginning of the Valley Native Forest.
Our current push is to share composting how-to (and why-to) with Cameron County residents. We want to keep compostable kitchen and garden waste out of our landfills!
Every year, we attend the Birding Festival in Harlingen. We sell herbs and other butterfly attracting plants – and we answer gardening questions and share information about the annual Master Gardener course.
Every Spring, we have a booth with a children’s gardening activity at RioFest.
The Rainwater Harvesting project at the Los Indios Family Learning Center was a Cameron County Master Gardener project.
We host educational seminars for the general public. This past spring, we hosted a one day EarthKind Gardening and Landscape Seminar. Over 50 participants enjoyed the day long seminar. Speakers included Dr. Steve Chaney, Dr. William Johnson, Mrs. Jennifer Wilson, and Mr. Jimmy Wilson.
Every 3 or 4 years, we host an Herb Extravaganza. In 2006, Deni Bown was our keynote speaker. What a treat that was for everyone who attended!
Cameron County Master Gardeners are involved in many individual projects in their local towns – anything from giving presentations to judging horticulture events to giving planting advice to local government entities.