Animated photo of gardensThe Master Gardeners of Hunt County is an educational and volunteer program offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System. After 66 hours of instruction in botany, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, turf grass, fruits, nuts, and berries, vegetable gardening, etc., Master Gardeners volunteer at least 50 hours the first year and at least 12 hours there after.  As a group, the Master Gardeners of Hunt County volunteered 5962 hours in 2010, with a value of $124,000.00 to the Hunt County Community. 2011 marks the 15th year of the Hunt County Program, which has been recognized locally and on the state level for outstanding educational programming. The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community.  Applications are taken every two years for new master gardeners.  Inquire at the Extension Office if you are interested in applying.