Are members of the local community who are willing to learn and help others and are able to communicate with diverse groups of people. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture.
Their mission is to be an educational, nonprofit, volunteer and service corporation which renders non-biased, sound horticultural information to the community. Master Gardeners work in partnership with the AgriLive Extension and are the service arm of Extension Horticulture. Their objectives are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of Association Members.
Master Gardeners are an important aspect of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension home horticulture program in Dallas County They 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. 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 Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities. Master Gardeners complete 72 hours of intensive training and a year-long internship in order to offer research-based horticultural information and advice to the Central Texas community. They provide research based information through a variety of educational methods.
2017 General information: Application for the 2017 Master Gardener class is now open. Applications are due at the County Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Lane, Suite B-101, Dallas, TX 75229 by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 14, 2016. The fee for the class is $215 and includes all study materials.
The Master Gardener Training Program consists of 15 classes, all held on Mondays, from January 9 through April 24. The classes meet from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Classes are held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas County Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Lane.
To be accepted into the program, you must fill out an application, submit to a background check, and attend a mandatory orientation meeting on Monday, January 9, 10 am – 1 pm. In addition to the 72 hours of class time, you must contribute a minimum of 72 hours of approved volunteer work on Dallas County Master Gardener approved projects prior to November 30 of the year of the training. After that first year, you are required to contribute a minimum of 30 approved volunteer hours and 6 hours of continuing education each year to remain a Certified Master Gardener.
For more information on the Master Gardener Program to help you decide if this is something you are interested in, call Stephen Hudkins, County Extension Agent, Horticulture and Master Gardener Program Coordinator at 214.904.3054. We hope you’ll consider joining us for the 2017class.