What is a Hunt County MasterĀ  Gardener? An individual trained by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in all basic areas of horticulture to increase the availablility of horticulture information and improve the quality of life of Hunt County citizens through horticultural projects.
How do I become a Hunt County Master Gardener? Applications for the volunteer training class are accepted every other May with a $10 application fee. Persons accepted into the training class attend 66 hours of training in August, September, and October. They then volunteer 50 hours over the following year to become a certified Texas Master Gardener.
Does it cost money? Yes, the course fees are $175 for 11 weeks of training. This includes the course manual, background screening, name tag, and speaker fees for the course.
What are the current projects of the Hunt County Master Gardeners? Hunt County has an extremely active Master Gardener Program. These volunteers design, maintain, and oversee the Heritage Garden of Hunt County, prepare weekly horticultural news articles, present quarterly programs at the library on a variety of horticultural topics, answer consumer horticulture questions weekly at the Extension Office, present a tour of gardens once a year in June, have a twice yearly plant swap at the Market Square, and speak to a variety of local organizations. This is a sampling of the projects of the Hunt County Master Gardeners.