Is the Master Gardeners Program for me? To help you decide if you should apply to be a Master Gardener, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I want to learn more 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 the volunteer service?
If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardener program could be for you. If accepted into the Master Gardener program in your county, you will attend a Master Gardener training course and pay the tuition. Classes are taught by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff, and local experts. The program offers a minimum of 50 hours of instruction that covers topics including lawn care; ornamental trees and shrubs; insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers and water conservation.
For program details: TCMG Program Overview
The application process for the next Master Gardener training course will begin in May, 2014 and the program will begin in September, 2014.
If you would like to be notified when more information becomes available, please fill out the Online Notification Form and we will send you an email once we have set some of the details. However, if you have not heard from us by June 1st, 2014, please contact us at 512.854.9610.
In order to receive an application, you must attend an information session to learn more about the program and its volunteer requirements. The information sessions are held in June of each year that the program is offered. After the information sessions, approximately 50 applicants are chosen for 30-minute personal interviews with the selection committee, and approximately 30 applicants are accepted into the program.
The details of the program in 2013 were:
Cost: $250 Information Sessions: June 10, 14, and 19 Personal interviews: July 22 — August 2.
Class times and dates: Every Tuesday from 8 AM to 5 PM from September 10 through November 19. Although not always held on Tuesdays, the programs are always held from 8 AM to 5 PM on weekdays in the fall (due to scheduling of speakers, length of the program, and volunteer requirements once the classroom training is completed).