We are taking applications now to attend our online classes. Currently all classes are videos which are about 4 hours long. You can watch them at your leisure. We do not have any in-person classes at the present time for our complete training. After you have viewed all the videos, we will complete your training with a few in person classes (socially distanced) and field trips. Speakers for the online videos are teachers or professors from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service or TAMU.
If you would like to start working towards your Master Gardener certification, please click on the links below. Initial requirements to become a Certified Texas Master Gardener, Orange County, are a minimum of 50 hours of approved basic training and 50 hours of approved volunteer service within a year after completing your education portion. Each year thereafter to maintain your certification the requirement is 12 approved volunteer service hours and 6 approved advanced training hours. We have many opportunties in which you can gain these hours.
A background check is required of all Extension volunteers, including Master Gardeners.
Therefore, as a matter of policy, criminal background checks will be run on all persons applying for the Master Gardener training. The program and is repeated every couple of years.
Click on these links to download both the Master Gardener Program Application and Volunteer Background Verification Form. These forms can be returned to the address below. All participants must apply in advance along with payment being made. Once applications and payment are recieved, arrangements will be made to pick up your materials and video links provided.
Orange County Master Gardeners Association
11475A FM 1442
Orange, Texas 77630
Additional classes will be scheduled from after the online session is complete. Some of the subjects include hands-on propagation training and presentations of Native, Perennial and Texas Superstar Plants along with several field trips. This will then complete the required 50 class education hours towards your certification.
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