Season begins for Master Gardener training classes

Master Gardener training classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 9 and the deadline to register is Aug. 29. Registration is limited to the first 25 paid applicants, and the class will be cancelled if fewer than 10 sign up. Applications may be picked up at the McCulloch County Extension office at 114 West Main Street in Brady or can be printed from the Extension office’s website at http://McCulloch-Tx.tamu.edu. Classes will meet every Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. through Dec. 2. Instructors from surrounding counties will speak on a variety of subjects designed to enhance each participant’s knowledge and enjoyment of gardening. Field trips are scheduled to Fredericksburg for a wildflower planting workshop and to San Angelo for hands-on plant propagation techniques. The fee for the class is $75 for those who commit to the Master Gardener program which requires participants to donate at least 50 hours of volunteer service within a year to their county extension program and community. The training will be offered for a fee of $125 to persons who want to attend the classes but cannot commit to the volunteer service and do not desire to earn the title of Texas Master Gardener. Participants from surrounding counties are welcome with the understanding that their volunteer service may be satisfied in their county of residence. For more information, contact the Texas Cooperative Extension McCulloch County office at 597-1295 or Pat Summer, one of the volunteer coordinators, by phone at 597-0378 or by e-mail at patfrombrady @webtv.net.

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