Members of the intern class each year are required to write two informative articles, many of which may be printed in the Tyler Morning Telegraph newspaper. These articles, along with others submitted by other certified MGs, appear weekly on the gardening page of the Sunday Tyler Morning Telegraph. Go to https://txmg.org/smith/garden-notes/newspaper-columns/ to view the current articles.
Dating all the way back to 1997, the Speaker’s Bureau was organized to answer the need in the community for organizations seeking programs on gardening and related subjects. Programs were put together using slides and scripts and more recently, using electronic PowerPoint presentations.
A variety of organizations, especially Garden Clubs, avail themselves of these programs. Small groups of only a few people and large rooms full of people are accommodated and informed.
Master Gardener Specialists
As part of the statewide effort of the Master Garden, specialist training is offered for Master Gardeners willing to devote their time and make a commitment to training others in specific subjects. Smith County has specialists trained in Composting, Propagation, Entomology, Rainwater Harvesting, Vegetable Gardening and in FireWise and WaterWise techniques. These specialists train other Master Gardeners in their county or nearby counties. They also present their programs as part of the Speaker’s Bureau activity.
There many occasions where Master Gardener material is distributed to the public. These events could be at a special day in the Tyler zoo, at a Garden Club event or at a area school, etc. A team of Master Gardeners prepares a table-top exhibit of information and provides handouts to the interested visitor with the goal to provide information for good gardening practices, information on plants and problem solving in the garden.