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Become a Master Gardener


Want to know more about becoming a Hill Country Master Gardener?
 

Training

Any resident of Kerr, Gillespie, Bandera, or other counties included in the area, who wishes to become a Hill Country Master Gardener must make application, complete an interview and background check  The tuition fee for the class is $175 for individuals.  For Couples interested in attending if you share a book the price is $300.

Applications are now accepted year round.

The Master Gardener training program is involved and required Students to attend 8 weeks of scheduled classes

Classes are taught by Texas A&M horticulture specialists, staff, and area horticulture experts. The program offers more than 60 hours of instruction covering such topics as shrub, tree, and lawn care; insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable and flower gardening; water conservation; and safe environmental practices. 

The 2018 Class schedule dates along with the topics of instruction will be posted to this site once it is completed.  

Certification

In exchange for the 50 hours of training, participants must volunteer 50 hours of their time within one year of graduating from the classroom instruction.  The breakdown of hours and requirements are thoroughly explained during the training class. Interns become certified Texas Master Gardeners when the initial volunteer commitment is fulfilled. Hours are earned through organization activities and service projects. Master Gardeners are representatives of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. In all volunteer work related to the program, Master Gardeners follow the research-based recommendations of the Extension Service.

To maintain yearly certification, Master Gardeners must fulfill 25 volunteer hours and six continuing education hours yearly. Master Gardeners — all gardeners — never stop learning. The first Wednesday of each month Hill Country Master Gardeners meet for the monthly membership meeting and then to hear a speaker present information on some aspect of gardening. Committee reports are heard and ongoing projects are discussed as well.

Printable application

Master Gardener Class Schedule 2018

February 2018

    February 6: Class Orientation/Backyard Wildlife   (Crock Pot Lunch)

    February 8: Soils of the Hill Country/Composting and Soil Amendments

    February 13: Plant Biology/Water Conservation   (Brown Bag Lunch)

    February 15: Texas Super Stars/Herbs—Care and Culture Adaptive to Hill Country

    February 20: Entomology 101/Field Trip—Worm Farm—worm farm lecture

    February 22: Weed Identification and Chemical Safety/Fire-wise Landscaping

    February 27: Fruit Trees—Dr. Stein/Trees—E. Wieser (US Forestry Service)

 March 2018

     March 1: Projects Tour—Fredericksburg Field Trip/Plant Pathology—Gillespie County Ag. Ext. Office

     March 6: Field Trip—Boerne: Herff Farms/African Violet Nursery

     March 8: Intro. to Landscaping Principles in the Hill Country—Dennis Hale/Ornamental, Native and Turf Grasses

     March 13: Native Plants of the Hill Country—Gillespie Co. Ag. Ex. Office/Field Trip to K. Lyle Property

     March 15: Vegetable Gardening in the Hill Country—Dr. Parsons/Organic Gardening—Leander      FINAL EXAM

     March 20: Propagation/Garden Planting and Maintenance—Hands on Lab

     March 22: Volunteer Opportunities/Research Desk  COLLECT FINAL EXAM

     March 27: Review Final Exam/ Post Test Survey/Graduation (or bad weather make up day)

     March 29: Alternate Final Exam review/Post Test Survey/Graduation Day

 

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