|What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture.|
Are you new to South Texas? Or, have you been here a while, but still want to know more about landscaping in our area? If you have some spare time, you might want to consider becoming a Bexar County Master Gardener.
What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their communities.
Master Gardeners work closely with the Bexar County Extension Office by answering horticultural questions through the hotline, giving educational talks to local groups, and introducing youth to gardening. They also offer support to 4-H and related programs by presenting information at garden and trade events, organizing educational programs and conferences, and creating and maintaining demonstration gardens.
Before you sign up, ask yourself:
- 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?
Applications are being accepted now through August 21 for Class #50, which takes place every Wednesday from noon-4 p.m. August 26-November 18. For more information on the program, including cost, qualifications and a downloadable application, visit bexar-tx.tamu.edu.
Donna Fossum is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System.