The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association is hosting three Open House events in January, 2020. If you are interested in learning more about the Master Gardener Program in Texas or want to sign-up for the intensive 5o- hour certficiation training class, please be our guest at one of these three events:
La Grange Open House
January 8, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Fayette County AgriLife Meeting Room
255 Svoboda Ln, Rm 134
La Grange, TX 78945
Brenham Open House
January 9, 2020
11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Washington County Fairgrounds Sales Facility (Entrance on Independence St across from Sherriff’s Office)
1305 East Blue Bell Road
Brenham, TX 77833
Bellville Open House
January 9, 2020
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
AgriLife Extension Office – Austin County
800 E. Wendt St.
Bellville, TX 77418
The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association 2020 Training Class will be held in Brenham. Space is limited. For more information and to apply online visit our Application Page.
Our 2020 Master Gardener Certification Training Class is scheduled each Thursday from January 16th – April 23rd with the final graduation class on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Participants from Austin, Colorado, Fayette & Washington Counties are welcome. The 64 hours of classes will be held at the Washington County Extension Sales Facility at 1305 East Bell Road, Brenham, Texas 77833 (use the Independence Rd entrance) , plus some field trips to be announced in class. The updated training manual compiled by the Texas Master Gardener Association, is included in the $175 registration fee. You may register online below or contact the Washington County Extension office at (979) 277-6262 for more information.
“Advanced Master Gardener – Plant Propagation” training will be comprised of high-quality training including hands-on learning of a variety of propagation techniques: seeding, air-layering, stem cutting, soft and semi-hardwood cuttings, root cutting, bulb chipping, dividing, simple layering, grafting and more.
“Advanced Master Gardener – Budding & Grafting” training will be comprised of high-quality training and feature a format of detailed demonstration by the instructor, followed by hands-on practice of each technique.
While grafting has been practiced for over four millennia, the practice is still surrounded by mystery and awe. This two-day event will provide for a thorough understanding of both the art and science behind this exciting form of propagation. Specific techniques that will be covered include: cleft graft, bark graft, whip and tongue graft, side veneer graft, bench (machine) grafting, t-bud, chip-bud, and more. Several methods of herbaceous (vegetable) grafting will also be covered. Other topics will include history of grafting, scion collection and storage, rootstock production, and materials/tools used. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of how to propagate fruits, woody ornamentals, and herbaceous plants—along with the plants that they practice these techniques on.
To be eligible for the “Advanced Master Gardener – Budding & Grafting” training, an individual must possess an up-to-date Master Gardener certification, or be an employee of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services. Master Gardener applicants must be approved by their local County Extension Agent.
8:30 Board Meeting
10:00 Social Time
1030 – 12:00 Meeting & Program
BMGA’s Four County Extension Agents, Haylee Wolfford, Stephen Janak, Scott Willey & Kara Matheney present:
“Getting to know and working with your County Extension Agent! – Understanding the role Extension Agents play in providing education and leadership to programming efforts in the multi-county area.”