Master Gardeners are members of the local community who provide education on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are well-trained, enthusiastic, willing to learn and to teach others. An informational session on the Master Gardener program will be held Tuesday, July 23rd, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Aransas County office.
What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, people who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through the county’s Extension office, on projects designed to bring horticulture and related education to the community.
The Master Gardener program exists in all 50 states. In Texas, the program is managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension with all training and instruction provided by Extension Specialists and Agents and local horticultural experts. Some of the topics include basic botany, lawn care, vegetables, tree care and pruning, composting, plant selection care, propagation, entomology, fruit growing, irrigation, and attracting birds and butterflies. Class size for the Intern training program is limited. Registration deadline is July 31st and classes are from August 6th through November 19th. Cost is $225 with $50 being refunded on completion of initial 50 hours of volunteer service. For more information, attend the free Info Session, call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Aransas County at 361-790-0103 or stop by the office at 892 Airport Road, Rockport, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–noon, and 1:00-5:00 p.m. http://aransas.agrilife.org/ or https://txmg.org/aransas/