Llano County Master Gardener Association
Llano County Master Gardener
Dear New Class Members,
Because of the uncertainty of the year 2021 and to ensure a healthy, safe experience for all involved, we will be changing how we handle our classes.
To become a Master Gardener, an intern needs 50 hours of education and 50 hours of community service. The 50 hours of community service you need can be acquired beginning this spring once you have signed up for the program. There are Llano Master Gardener projects you can help with. For example, instead of our annual Lawn and Garden Show, we will be hosting a plant sale in April to benefit our scholarship fund. Spring is a busy time in our gardens and there will be lots of opportunity to get those volunteer hours in before the actual class time begins.
At this time, we are planning to hold in person classes that will begin September 7, 2021 and will run every Tuesday for 6-7 weeks. As vaccinations occur and the virus is hopefully in check in April and beyond, we might plan 3-4 field trips that will be included in your education hours.
Please send in your application for the class. The payments can be made when we have decided on our first field trip.
We will not do anything that compromises your health.
Thanks for your understanding and flexibility and rest assured that we will do everything we can to make sure the Master Gardener training experience is a fun and educational one. We pride ourselves in having the best speakers and programs for our organization. We are ready to move on into 2021 and hope you will come along with us!
Martha Rowlett 325-248-3499
Llano Master Gardeners are area residents who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people. We are a fun group from a wide variety of backgrounds who enjoy working and learning together.
What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture.
In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through the County Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to local citizens, and contribute to public gardening projects in the community.
Is the Master Gardener Program for Me?
To help you decide if you should apply to be a Master Gardener, ask yourself these questions:
Do I want to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants?
Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
Do I have enough time to attend training and to complete the volunteer service?
If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardener program could be for you.
If accepted into the Master Gardener program, you will attend a Master Gardener training course. Classes are taught by Texas AgriLife Extension specialists, agents, and local experts.
The program offers a minimum of 40 hours of instruction that covers topics including lawn care, ornamental trees and shrubs, insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers; and water conservation.
A new certification class will be offered in 2021 beginning September 7, 2021.
In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time to their County Extension program.
At least 50 hours of volunteer service within one year following the training is required to earn the title
of “Texas Master Gardener.”
Volunteer opportunities abound. Master Gardeners may speak to local groups and conduct workshops. They may man the phones at the Extension Office, answering horticulture questions and assisting Extension office staff. Llano Master Gardeners have many ongoing projects. We designed, installed and maintain gardens at the Llano Public Library, and Pioneer Park adjacent to the Llano County Historical Museum. The Depot Garden at the Llano Visitor’s Center is our latest project. This is a joint project of Llano Master Gardeners, the Chamber of Commerce, Llano Main Street, the City of Llano, and the Llano Economic Development Corporation.
Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.
Cost of the certification program is $145.00. The fee includes training materials and any admission fees involved in field trips. Installment payment plans are available.