Guadalupe County Master Gardener class slated to begin mid-January

Classes will be Tuesday evenings Jan. 17 through May 23

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Cynthia Lyssy, 210-275-3970, cmlyssy@prodigy.net

SCHERTZ – Guadalupe County residents interested in learning more about gardening and sharing that knowledge with others are invited to participate in the upcoming Guadalupe County Master Gardener class, said program coordinators.

Classes will be from 5:45-8:45 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 17 through May 23 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz.

A Master Gardener class for residents of Guadalupe County will be held

A Master Gardener class for residents of Guadalupe County will be held Tuesdays from Jan. 17 through May 23 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway.  (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Attendees will hear about practical gardening techniques from faculty and staff of Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and certified Master Gardener specialists. Topics will include plant growth, good versus bad bugs, Earth-Kind gardening techniques, lawn care, herbs and vegetables, tree care and composting.

Individuals who complete the training become certified Master Gardeners and assist AgriLife Extension through community education in horticulture, said Guadalupe County Master Gardener Cynthia Lyssy. Volunteer hours may be applied to a variety of approved projects discussed during the training.

“Master Gardeners support the community by providing information and advice on gardening and landscaping, providing technical assistance, supporting the local green industry and being involved in a variety of horticulture-related community service projects,” she said.

Those completing classroom training will be required to provide a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service in youth and/or adult educational outreach their first year as a condition for becoming a Master Gardener, then 12 hours annually thereafter.

Lyssy said class size is limited so those interested should register as soon as practical.

The cost is $190, payable upon the applicant’s acceptance into the program.

For more information and to register, contact Lyssy at 210-275-3970 or cmlyssy@prodigy.net, or go to http://guadalupecountymastergardeners.org/.

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