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Learn About Plants, Water, Soil, and Helping Your Community, Become a Master Gardener
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013

The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Assoc. is accepting applications now for the 2014 class. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and the class will begin on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. This 12-week certification program provides a comprehensive background in horticultural principles and practices with an emphasis on conservation and sustainability. Equally important to Master Gardeners, however is service to the community. Class members must be committed to attend ALL classes to finish this 40-hour course sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service. They must also volunteer in the community for 50 hours and complete 10 hours of advanced training in approved courses. Some of the volunteer service projects include the Burnet Farmers Market, the Marble Falls Helping Center Garden, the Burnet Middle School Greenhouse project, the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show and the Burnet County Area Fair. Class members will have an opportunity to join certified members who volunteer their time and share their acquired knowledge with them.

This course is stimulating, fun, and trains participants to be more knowledgeable gardeners on their own property as well as a resource in the community. In each class there are experts who speak on topics such as geology, soil composition and soil amendments, trees, entomology, vegetable gardening, water irrigation, plant taxonomy, invasive plants, landscape design for water conservation, plant propagation, grafting, and rainwater harvesting.

The cost for the course is $175 which includes resource materials, a t-shirt, and a background check. See the HLMGA website for more information and to download the application and background check: www.burnetcountyhighland lakesmastergardener.org. Contact Becky Rodriguez at 830-385-2791 or becky@southwestlearning.com with questions. Please note that the course is held once a year in the spring and there is room for only 20 participants. You may want to get your application in early!

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