For those of you who are interested in attending the next Orange County Master Gardener training class, we will have a class in 2020. Our 2019 class will run in 2 semesters starting April 4 and ran thru May 30 and will resume September 5 running every Thursday thru November 14 for the second semester. There will not be any class on Thursday October 31, Halloween. We will meet each Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:30PM at the Orange County EXPO Center 11475 FM 1442 in Orangefield (Exit 869 S off IH10). There will be some Saturday classes and field trips.
Applications can be downloaded and printed at Orange County Master Gardeners Application for our 2020 class which will start approximately the first part of April following the same schedule as 2019’s class. If you are interested, please send your application to:
Orange County Master Gardeners Association
11475A FM 1442
Orange, Texas 77630
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 program and is repeated every couple of years. Volunteer_Background_Check
Tentative Class Schedule starting in September:
Class Outline (Subject to change)
All Classes at Orange County EXPO Center in the DuPont Room unless otherwise noted.
SECOND SEMESTER OF CLASS – Welcome Back!!! (This is a continuation of class)
September 5 (6 – 8:30PM) All About Bees – Len VanMarion – Master BeeKeeper & Master Gardener
September 12 (6 – 8:30PM) Monthly MG meeting and interns meeting
Chapter 5: Home Fruit and Nut Production
Speaker – Mike Beard (Creekwood Blueberry Farm)
Read Chapter 6 – Pages 48 – End only – Vegetable and Herb Gardening for September 19 class
September 14 (9 – Noon) Field trip to Creekwood Farm
From Mauriceville Hwy 62 it is a little over 4 miles to Creekwood on the right. Paul’s Seafood is 1 block on the left before Creekwood.
From Vidor IH10 it is a little over 5 miles to Creekwood on the left. If you reach Paul’s Seafood on the right you went to far.
Map to be passed out in class
Reminder – Read Chapter 6 – Pages 48 – End only– Vegetable and Herb Gardening for September 19 class Meet at Field of Plenty, Wickard St. behind Orange Christian Services on Park.
September 19 (6 – 8:30PM) Chapter 6 – Pages 48 – End only– Vegetable and Herb Gardening
Meet at Field of Plenty on Wickard St. behind Orange Christian Services on Park
Speaker: Sandra Hoke, OCMGA
Drawing for Pick a Vegetable night to give report at next class on
September 26 (6 – 8:30PM) Chapter 6 Vegetable and Herb Gardening
Pick a Vegetable night: Share your report with the class
Read Chapter 7: Landscape Horticulture for October 3 class
October 3 (6 – 8:30PM) Chapter 6 Vegetable and Herb Gardening
Speaker: David Oates, County Agent, Jefferson County AgriLife
(Additional credit: Create a landscape project of your own yard for 2 hours credit)
October 10 (6 – 8:30PM) regular MG meeting and interns meeting
Native Plant Presentation
Speaker: Sharon Odegar – OCMGA & Native Plant Society
Read Chapter 8: Lawn Care for October 17 class
October 17 (6 – 8:30PM) Chapter 6: Vegetable and Herb Gardening (cont’d)
Speaker: (Not yet confirmed)
Read Chapter 4: Plant Health Problems: Diagnosis and Management for October 24 class
October 19 (9 – Noon) Shangri La Botanical Gardens Garden Tour (Shangri La Gardens)
Scavenger Hunt thru the gardens
October 24 (6 – 8:30PM) Chapter 4: Plant Health Problems: Diagnosis and Management
Speaker: Wanda Woods, OCMGA
November 7 (6 – 8:30pm) Final Exercise
Give the class a 5 – 10 minute overview of what knowledge you gained from thisclass or favorite plant and what you would like to do with your knowledge overand above volunteering with Master Gardeners & AgriLife.
Or share a topic you are interested in (class related) with the group in a short 5 – 10 minute delivery. This can be combined with 2 – 3 others to lengthen your presentation.
November 14 (6 – 8:30PM) regular Monthly Meeting Celebration Banquet – Robert’s Steakhouse
Speaker: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension County Agent, Orange County
In the event you miss a class you may do the following to make up 2.5 hours of missed time:
Take an open book quiz on the chapter missed.
Working any of these activities can help build your 50 volunteer hours workingtoward your certification completion. Some of these activities could be used as education time.
- Youth Cooking Class – June
- Outdoor Awareness for Kids Camp – June
- Youth Canning & Bread Making Class – July
- Kids Beginner Sewing – July
- Clover Kids Camp – July and August
- Attend any of the Master Gardener monthly meetings during the summer
- Weeding the gardens around the EXPO Center
- Summer workshop and field trips organized by Master Gardeners or AgriLife