2014 Smith County Master Gardener Training

Smith County Master Gardeners - volunteers for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Smith County Master Gardeners – volunteers for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

It’s that time year again when the Smith County Master Gardener program is seeking applicants to become part of a highly trained core of volunteers who assist the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to conduct gardening educational programs and projects in Smith County.

Consider the following: Do you like to share with friends, young people or others your interest in plants and gardening? Would you like to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants? Would you like to participate in a practical and intensive horticulture-training program? Do you have time to attend a 2-month training? And, are you willing and able to complete 72 hours of volunteer work for the AgriLife Extension Service – Smith County office within a year after the training?

If you answered yes to all these questions, the Smith County Master Gardener program is for you. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Smith County program is seeking gardeners who would like to use their gardening knowledge and experience to teach and help others the joys of gardening in exchange for some of the best training in horticulture available.

Master Gardener teaching children about herbs during AgriWorld held at the East Texas State Fair.

Master Gardener teaching children about herbs during AgriWorld held at the East Texas State Fair.

The Master Gardener program, sponsored by AgriLife Extension, is a volunteer program whereby trained volunteers provide research-based home gardening information to the residents of Smith County. This is done through various programs and activities such as workshops, speaker’s bureau, school projects, gardening publications, research and demonstration gardens, and answering individual requests for gardening information at the Smith County Extension office.

If you are a resident of a nearby county, please contact your own county Extension agent, because there are Master Gardener programs in all of the counties surrounding Smith County.

Applicants selected to be Master Gardener trainees will receive instruction in home horticulture from AgriLife Extension specialists, staff, Master Gardeners and local experts.

The program offers 72 hours of instruction covering: plant growth & development; lawn care; ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers; insect, disease and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening; home fruit production; composting; plant propagation; pruning; diagnosing plant problems; landscape maintenance and more.

For more information, please visit the Educational Programs section of East Texas Gardening website, where you will find an informational cover letter, application form, and the training schedule.  To see more Smith Co. Master Gardener activities, visit the Smith County Master Gardener website.

There will be an orientation meeting Thursday, November 21, from 2:00 to about 3:30 p.m. at the Extension meeting room in the Smith County Cotton Belt Building (Room 116), 1517 West Front St., where you can learn more about and ask questions regarding the Smith County Master Gardener program. All applicants are required to attend this meeting. No pre-registration is required.

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