Your chance to master the garden

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hood, Johnson and Somervell Counties will be offering a Multi-County Master Gardener Training this spring for persons interested in learning about all aspects of gardening and serving their community.

A Master Gardener is an individual who has completed extensive training and has served the community by sharing their gardening knowledge through the activities of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

In the Master Gardener program you will receive a minimum of 60 hours of instruction on all phases and types of gardening, pass an examination administered by the Extension Service and volunteer at least 50 hours of service to the community in a one-year period to earn the title of Texas Master Gardener.

In order to retain the Texas Master Gardener title, individuals are required to complete recertification training and provide volunteer service through the Extension Office every year.

By conducting the Master Gardener Program, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Hood County Office strives to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve the quality of life with horticultural projects.

Currently Lake Granbury Master Gardeners work in the result demonstration garden doing research, speak at gardening and civic club meetings and offer educational gardening programs to the community.

The cost of the class will be a training fee of $140, and the deadline to sign up is Feb. 22. Due to space requirements our class will be limited to the first 25 gardeners to sign up. Classes will take place once a week from March 26 to May 28.

Each class will give you the opportunity to meet with top Extension specialists from Texas A&M University and top-notched professionals in the field of horticulture.

Classes will be held in Granbury, Cleburne, and Glen Rose and consist of classroom-type lecture and occasional field trips to other sites including the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.

For more information stop by the Hood County Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St., or call 817-579-3280.