Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people. They form a network of highly-qualified and concerned people who are capable of implementing a wide range of activities useful to the community.
What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their communities.
To help you decide if you should apply to be a Master Gardener, ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardener program could be for you.
In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time to their County Extension program.
The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs, and the abilities and interests of the Master Gardeners. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for information related to gardening. Others staff plant clinics or displays in shopping malls or community centers. Master Gardeners may speak to local groups and conduct workshops. They may help establish community garden projects, work with 4-H youth, or assist their agent with news or radio releases related to gardening. The Master Gardener Coordinator in the County Extension office decides how volunteer time can be best utilized.
Master Gardeners are representatives of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. In all volunteer work related to the program, Master Gardeners follow the research-based recommendations of Texas AgriLife Extension. The title of "Texas Master Gardener" can be used by volunteers only when engaged in Extension-sponsored activities.
Qualifications for the Master Gardener Program include:
Benefits of becoming a Master Gardener include:
If accepted into the Master Gardener program, you will attend a
Master Gardener training course. Classes are taught by Texas AgriLife
Extension Service specialists, staff, and local experts.
The Bexar County Master Gardeners assist the local County Extension Office:
Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the Intern training course, pass an examination administered by Texas AgriLife Extension, and volunteer a minimum of 50 hours within one year.
In order to retain the Texas Master Gardener title, individuals are required each year to participate in a minimum of six (6) hours of recertification training (CEU's) and provide an additional 30 hours of volunteer service through the Bexar County Extension office. Master Gardener Classes in Bexar County
In Bexar County, Master Gardener classes are usually offered three times during the year--spring, summer, and fall. Please note that the summer class is usually designed for teachers affiliated with the Texas Junior Master Gardener Program. All Master Gardener Classes will be advertised when class dates are determined, and we will accept applications at that time. Please do not send your application for a class that is scheduled for more than six months from the current date. To obtain an application, you may call the Extension office (210/467-6575) or download an application from this site.