Travis County Master Gardener Training

If offered in 2015, the application process for the next Master Gardener training course will begin in May, 2015 and, if offered, the program will begin in September, 2015.

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, 2015, please contact us at 512.854.9600.

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 2014 (subject to change) were:

Cost:  $250

Information Sessions:  June 10, 17, and 18

Personal interviews:  July 7 — August 1.

Class times and dates:  Every Tuesday from 8 AM to 5 PM from September 9 through November 18.

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).

Here is an overview of the program:

Who are Texas 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, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.  For more information – http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/master-gardeners/

Training

If accepted into the Master Gardener program in your county, you will attend a Master Gardener training course. Classes are taught by AgriLife Extension specialists & agents, 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. (The training is offered at various times during the year at various locations across the state.)

Volunteer Commitment

In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time to their County Extension program. At least 50 hours of volunteer service within one year following the training is required to earn the title of “Texas Master Gardener.”

Certification

Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course, passed the final exam, and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.

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