Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener or in learning about the program is encouraged to attend a free informational session from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Aransas County office, 892 Airport Rd.

Master Gardener Intern Training is held once a year in Aransas County. This year it is every Tuesday, from August 4 through November 10. The instruction is provided by Extension Specialists and Agents, certified Master Gardeners and other local horticultural experts. Some of the topics include basic botany, native plants, vegetables, tree care and pruning, composting, plant selection care, propagation, entomology, fruit growing, irrigation, and attracting birds and butterflies.

The Master Gardener program, which exists in all 50 states, is managed in Texas by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. What sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture, and willingness to share that information. People who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through the county’s Extension office, on projects designed to bring horticulture, and related education to the community.

Registration deadline is July 28 and class size is limited. Classes will be a combination of in person and online.

For more information and to sign up for the session, call Aransas County Extension at 790-0103, or email aransas-tx@tamu.edu. Learn more about Master Gardeners by searching Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners on Facebook, or visiting http://txmg.org/aransas/.

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