The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension is hosting a free informational session on the Master Gardener program from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Aransas County office, 892 Airport Road.

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who provide education on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are well-trained, enthusiastic, and are willing to learn and teach others.

What sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, those 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.

The Master Gardener program exists in all 50 states. In Texas, the program is managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension with all training and instruction provided by Extension Specialists, Agents and local horticultural experts. Some of the topics include basic botany, lawn care, vegetables, tree care and pruning, composting, plant selection care, propagation, entomology, fruit growing, irrigation, and attracting birds and butterflies. Class size for the intern-training program is limited. Registration deadline is July 31 and classes are from August 6 through November 19.

For more information, attend the info session, stop by the office, or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Aransas County at 790-0103.

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