Extension Agent: Victoria County Master Gardener Training Class

Peter McGuill

If you enjoy gardening, spending time outdoors or have always wanted to have the best looking landscape in the neighborhood, then the Master Gardener program may be for you.

The Victoria County Master Gardener Association is a volunteer organization of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. This group of energetic and highly motivated folks provide a tremendous service to the people of Victoria and surrounding counties through the countless service projects, educational programs, news columns and through the highly acclaimed Victoria Educational Gardens, or VEG. Not to mention the great social benefits that the members receive.

Master Gardeners share one common trait that brings and keeps them together: their love of gardening. For some, this passion is vegetable gardening; for others, it is colorful blooms and a manicured landscape. Still, others simply enjoy the relaxation of digging in the dirt and taking in the gifts that nature provides.

Beginning with its first training class in 1997, the Victoria County Master Gardener Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension have been providing in-depth, technical training to individuals that want to learn better gardening techniques and share this knowledge with others in the community. The training program on the road to becoming a Master Gardener is a 16-week course that offers detailed instruction on everything gardening.

The 2014 Fall Master Gardener Training Class will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, beginning with an orientation Aug. 7 at the Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion. Training sessions will provide very specific instruction to help you better your gardening skills. Those that complete the 16-week training class will be required to give back to the community 50 hours of service over the next year to become Master Gardeners.

Applications for the training class will be accepted at the Victoria County Extension Office until July 17, and applicants that are accepted into the training program will be notified by July 24. Applications can be picked up at the Victoria County Extension Office or found on the Victoria County Master Gardener website at vcmga.org.

For more information about the upcoming Master Gardener training, check out the Gardener's Dirt Column in Friday's Advocate or call the extension office at 361-575-4581.

Peter J. McGuill is the Victoria County extension agent - ag and natural resources. Contact him at 361-575-4581 or pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.