WHY NOT BECOME A TEXAS MASTER GARDENER?
JULY 24, 2003
Victoria County Master Gardener
Numerous inquiries about Master
Gardener training and certification have prompted this information article.
Supporting various educational programs sponsored by Texas Cooperative
Extension’s network of county offices, research and Extension centers, and
academic departments, Master Gardeners and Extension faculty share a commitment
The Master Gardener program began in
Beginning August 14, 2003, Victoria County Extension will offer its seventh year of teaching a sixteen-week Master Gardening Class. The classes will be on each Thursday from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM with the last class ending on December 4, 2003. The cost of the class is $125.00, which includes a Master Gardener Handbook, a comprehensive book detailing management of various landscape and horticultural aspects about gardening.
The classes are taught by Texas
Cooperative Extension Specialists,
· A basic course in Botany
· Pruning landscape ornamentals
· Plant propagation methods
· Interior plant care
· Tropical plants for
· Insect identification and control
· Vegetable gardening using organic and
· Plant disease diagnosis and management
· Pesticide safety and environmental quality
· Water gardening
· Living with urban wildlife
· Working with
· Turf grass varieties and Weeds and their control
· Trees for the urban homeowner
· Typical tree problems
·Fruit and nut trees for
· Landscaping with native and adapted plants and Old Garden Roses
· Additionally, other subjects will be included as the course continues.
The course also features a tour of
Speakers for the various topics
range from District Extension Entomologist Dr. Roy Parker to Skip Richter,
Travis County Extension Horticulture Agent, to Caroline Reinhardt,
Horticulturist with Evergreen Plant Care, Inc. of
If accepted into the Master Gardener
Is the Master Gardener Program for you? If you answer yes to these questions, the Master Gardener Program could be for you! · 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 intensive horticultural 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 work?
Study and think about the above
questions. If you can make the commitments as outlined above, call the Texas
Cooperative Extension -
Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperating. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodations in order to participate in this meeting are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office at 361/575-4581 to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made. The information given herein is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Cooperative Extension Service is implied.