Applications being accepted for 2018 Bexar County Master Gardener intern training

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

Contact: David Rodriguez, 210-631-0400, dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County is now accepting applications for its Master Gardener Intern Training – Class No. 62, said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County.

“Master Gardener volunteer training is conducted by AgriLife Extension and is for adults interested in gardening, horticulture and related topics,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said classes will be conducted from noon-4 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 21 to May 16 in Suite 208 of the AgriLife Extension offices in Conroy Square, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio.

The Bexar County Master Gardener program is accepting applications for its next intern training. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Master Gardener classes address topics ranging from plant growth and development to plant diseases, insects, soils, basic landscaping and garden design. Specific topics for this training will include Earth-Kind landscaping, integrated pest management, home orchards and vegetable gardens, water conservation, rainwater harvesting and turfgrass selection and care.

The fee for the training is $260 to cover the cost of instruction and materials.

Applications are available at the AgriLife Extension office or online at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

Completed applications can be mailed to Denise Perez at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 212, San Antonio, TX 78230-4818 or emailed to dsperez@ag.tamu.edu.

Rodriguez said submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the class and class size is limited to 30. The deadline for submitting an application is Feb. 9.

Those completing classroom training and passing the final exam will be required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service toward youth and adult education outreach. Individuals completing the training become certified Master Gardeners, assisting AgriLife Extension through community education in horticulture. Volunteer hours may be applied to a variety of approved projects discussed during training.

“Acceptance to the class is based on the person’s willingness to volunteer and the completeness of their application,” Rodriguez said. “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.”

For more information, contact Perez at 210-631-0400.

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