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. 

  Training

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 2018 beginning February 20 and going through May 1st.      

  Volunteer Commitment

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.

  Certification

Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course and fulfilled their

volunteer commitment.

   Cost


Cost of the certification program is $175.00.  The fee includes training materials and any admission fees involved in field trips. Installment payment plans are available.