Bowie County Master Gardeners 2016 Training Class

Texas Master GardenerDo you like to garden? Do you enjoy learning more about gardening? Do you enjoy sharing your gardening knowledge? Do you have the time to share your gardening passion and talents with others? If you answered ‘yes’ to these 4 questions, then you should consider becoming a Texas Master Gardener.

The Bowie County Master Gardeners, a volunteer organization of horticultural enthusiasts, is seeking applicants for its 2016 Training Class. Master Gardeners receive extensive training in horticulture and provide volunteer service through approved projects back to their communities.

Training classes begin January 11 and end February 25. Classes will be held from 1 to 5 PM on Mondays and Thursdays at the Texarkana College TexAmerica’s Center in Hooks. In order to become a certified Texas Master Gardener, ‘interns’ as trainees are called, must complete the 50+ hour training course and provide 50 hours of service to approved projects. Once these milestones are met, interns become Certified Texas Master Gardeners. Certified Texas Master Gardeners must provide at least 12 hours of service and attend at least 6 hours of continuing education annually, in order to retain their certification.

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If you are interested in applying for the 2016 Bowie County Master Gardener intern class, contact Teresa Slack, President, at 903-831-7494. She can answer your questions and provide you with an application.

Cost for the intern class is $125 per person. This fee includes the training manual, first year Master Gardener dues, a Master Gardener name tag, and a required criminal background check. Couples may participate together for a reduced fee of $200, provided they share a training manual. Persons wishing to participate in this program who have special needs are asked to notify us in advance so that necessary accommodations can be made.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

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