Walker County Texas Master Gardeners Honors New Grads | New

HUNTSVILLE – Ready to grow and live to serve!

The A&M AgriLife Extension Department in Walker County, Texas recently welcomed 13 newly certified Texas Master Gardeners at the annual intern graduation ceremony earlier this month.

The local Texas Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer development program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and is led by the Walker County AgriLife Extension office. Candidates were selected at the end of 2020 to take 15 weekly specialized horticulture training courses from January to May 2021.

This cohort was unique in that they took the very first fully online training courses. Graduates received over 50 hours of horticultural training in the areas of soil and plant nutrition; control of insects, diseases and weeds; lawn care; vegetable gardening; home fruit production; ornamental flowers, shrubs and trees; water conservation; and ecological landscaping.

Enthusiasm and a willingness to serve and educate the community is at the heart of the Texas Master Gardener program. All Master Gardener graduates have completed at least 50 hours of volunteer service as well as hours of teacher training in order to qualify to become a certified Texas Master Gardener.

Beginning in 1978, the Texas Master Gardener Program was established to help meet the community demand for horticultural knowledge. Today, it is one of the most successful voluntary organizations in the state. It is run by a large group of volunteers who have a love for gardening and a passion for learning and sharing horticultural knowledge within their community. Each master gardener has unique areas of interest and expertise that allow the program to meet the diverse needs of the community it serves.

You’ll find Walker County Master Gardeners answering phone inquiries to assist the home gardener with gardening information, working in the AgriLife Demonstration Gardens and Greenhouse, teaching youth at the Junior Master Gardener Summer Camps and in the classroom gardens, collect seeds and grow plants to sell for sale as spring and fall plants, among other community educational outreach projects.

Do you want to learn more about growing and caring for a variety of types of plants? Are you looking forward to participating in a hands-on and intense training program? Do you like to share your knowledge with people? Do you have enough time to train and supplement volunteer hours with a genuine interest in nature and gardening?

If you answered yes to these questions, you might just be one of our next Texas Master Gardener graduates! Our Walker County Master Gardener program is always looking for dedicated volunteers to serve our community. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a Texas Master Gardener here in Walker County, we are delighted to meet you!

Walker County – Texas A&M AgriLife was created on Facebook to provide timely updates and information to Walker County residents and landowners. For more information on Walker County Master Gardeners, please call (936) 435-2426 or visit the Walker County Master Gardeners Facebook page. The WCMG Facebook page is full of useful gardening information and citizens are encouraged to browse it often. If you have any questions about the information in this article or any of the extension programs, please contact the Walker County A&M AgriLife Extension Office at (936) 435-2426.

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