At Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, we are thrilled to see an immense and growing interest in home horticulture among Travis County residents!
To encourage the great local interest in environmental stewardship and home gardening, we offer a wide spectrum of literature and practical resources, host workshops and events throughout the Austin area, and coordinate the Travis County Master Gardener volunteer program.
Travis County’s Horticulture program holds free or low-cost public seminars on gardening and food preservation topics at various locations throughout the year. These interactive seminars help the public get more joy and productivity from their gardens, troubleshoot problems, and develop environmentally-sensitive gardening techniques. Seminars cover topics such as rainwater harvesting, seasonal vegetable gardening, lawn care, tree maintenance, native and adapted plants, food canning, propagating plants, and much more. More extensive, in-depth horticultural programs are also offered to individuals, farmers and green industry professionals. Many programs offer CEUs for private pesticide applicator licenses and Texas Nursery & Landscape Association membership.
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, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities. Master Gardeners complete 50 hours of intensive training and a year-long internship in order to offer research-based horticultural information and advice to the Central Texas community.
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