2020 MASTER GARDENER CERTIFICATION TRAINING
Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association offers a Certification course at the Texas AgriLife Extension office in Burnet. It begins on Monday, February 17, 2020 and runs for 10 weeks, meeting every Monday from 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM. The class usually meets in the Burnet location but occasionally we meet in other specified locations for field trips. Times also are flexible due to field trips.
The course provides a comprehensive background in horticulture principles and practices with an emphasis on conservation, sustainability, and community service. Experts are invited each week to speak on such topics as soil composition and amendments, trees, entomology, vegetable gardening, water irrigation, plant taxonomy, invasive plants, landscape design, water conservation, plant propagation, grafting, and rainwater harvesting. Several field trips are planned. The classes are fun and stimulating. They not only train the participants to be more knowledgeable gardeners for personal use but also to be of service and a resource to the community.
To become a certified Master Gardener, it is MANDATORY that the participants meet the following minimum requirements: 1. Must attend ALL classes. (If a class must be missed, the participant must attend a make-up class before he/she can be certified.)
2. Must complete 10 hours of continuing education. 3. Must complete 50 hours of service to the community through approved Master Gardener projects. This is a great opportunity to glean knowledge from seasoned Master Gardeners.
The cost of the program is $165 which covers the cost of resource materials, t-shirt, and fieldtrip admissions. Download an application, a background check form and obtain more information from this website. Applications must be received by January 24, 2020. For questions contact Gail Eltgroth, 512-626-5969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the course is offered only once yearly.
Master Gardeners are required to re-certify each year by earning a minimum of 6 additional hours of continuing education and contributing a minimum of 25 additional hours of approved volunteer service.
General membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.