The number of Master Gardeners in Aransas County continues to grow following the graduation of 22 individuals from the Master Gardener Intern Program in Aransas County on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
The ceremony, held at the Aransas County Extension office (892 Airport Rd.) recognized the graduates for completing 52.5 hours of classes during the past 15 weeks, beginning in August. Graduates also passed an extensive exam.
In addition to the classes, Interns must complete 50 hours of volunteer work in the Coastal Oaks Demonstration Gardens or the Extension office. Master Gardeners are educators and provide science-based horticultural information to home gardeners and communities.
Master Gardeners is a program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in the state. Extension specialists, agents, certified Master Gardeners, and other area experts in their field, teach the classes.
Botany, plant disease, entomology, soil science, tree and palm cultivation and pruning, vegetable gardening, and home fruit growing are some of the topics covered.
The Master Gardener program began more than 40 years ago at Washington State University to expand the Extension Services reach. The first Master Gardener class in Texas was held in 1979. The program has grown steadily since then.
For information, call the Extension office at (361) 790-0103.