Who are Master Gardeners? Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others and able to communicate with diverse groups of people. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training individuals who become Master Gardeners contribute horticultural-related information to members of their community through a variety of vehicles.
Is Master Gardening for me? Answer these questions
- Do I want to learn about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants?
- Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
- Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
- Do I have enough time to attend training and to complete volunteer service?
If you answer yes to these questions, then the Master Gardener program is right for you!
Master Gardener Training
If accepted into the Master Gardener program, you will attend a Master Gardener training course. Classes are taught by Texas A & M specialists and staff and by local experts. The 84 hour training program begins in January and continues every Tuesday and Thursday for seven weeks.
The instruction addresses topic such as landscaping, plant disease and insects, soils and soil improvement, composting, vegetable gardening, fruit production, lawn care, plant nutrition, plant propagation and garden flowers.
Master Gardeners in training are required to complete 60 hours of volunteer service during their first year in addition to the classroom portion of the program.
Master Gardener Certification
At the completion of the training year, after all requirements are met, the Master Gardener in training becomes a certified Montgomery County Master Gardener.
How do I proceed?
Attend the Orientation Program for the future Master Gardener Training Classes which is held once a year every September. Please contact our Master Gardener help desk at 936-539-7824 for information on the next orientation meeting date. Attending this orientation is required for acceptance into the Master Gardener Training. After the orientation you may complete an application for the program and pay your class tuition. You will be notified of your acceptance shortly after the orientation.
For more information contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 936-539-7824.