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2012-09-27

Become a Hill Country Master Gardener

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Hill Country Master Gardeners are now accepting application from any resident of Kerr, Gillespie, Bandera or other surrounding county who wishes to become a master gardener.

Classes are taught by Texas A&M horticulture specialists, staff and area horticulture experts. The program offers more than 50 hours of instruction in shrub, tree, and lawn care; insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable and flower gardening; water conservation; and safe environmental practices.

After an interview, applicants will undergo a background check. Those who are accepted pay $175 in tuition.

Applications must be received by Oct. 31.

In exchange for the training, participants must volunteer 50 hours of their time within one year. Hours are earned through organization activities and service projects.

Application forms are available online at www.hillcountrymastergardeners.org or by calling 830-257-6568.

A service organization, Hill Country Master Gardeners assists the Texas AgriLife Extension Service meet the horticultural needs of the community.