The Master Gardener Program in Texas grew from a need for more personnel in the Extension office. More people to assist the public in growing beautiful gardens and lawns, more people to do simple tasks such as answer telephones, and help with office needs, and more people to talk to garden clubs and other organizations that were interested in learning more about the art and science of horticulture.
It was not feasible to hire all the people needed to do all these tasks, so the reasonable thing to do was to train volunteers. The program was begun. Texas A&M had the people with the knowledge, who taught the volunteers, and in return for gaining the knowledge, the volunteers gave of their time, and shared the knowledge with the community. This is the Master Gardener Program.
The Jackson County Master Gardener Association is a part of the Jackson County AgriLife Extension, working to educate the residents of Jackson County and beyond in the area of horticultural education. We strive to improve and encourage gardening, using environmentally sound practices promoted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Master Gardener Association, Aggie Horticulture, and EarthKind.
The Jackson County Master Gardener Association pledges their active participation in bringing current information to our community, and to improve the quality of life in Jackson County through our various horticultural projects.