Gardening enthusiasts living in Victoria and surrounding counties are eligible to apply. The deadline for application is July 18. Applications may be obtained by writing Victoria County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 528 Waco Circle, Victoria, TX 77904, emailing Victoria@ag.tamu.edu, or they may be picked up at the Victoria County Extension office. Applications are available also through the VCMGA website, vcmga.org, and by calling 361-575-4581.
Applicants selected for the class will be notified by July 25.
Classes will be held each Thursday through Nov. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. The first class will be held at the Victoria County Extension Office, and remaining classes will be held at Victoria County 4-H Activity Center, 259 Bachelor Drive. Both locations are within the Victoria Regional Airport complex.
A registration fee of $175 will be paid at the end of the first class. In addition to 16 weeks of comprehensive gardening lectures, each member of the class will receive a handbook which will be used throughout the class. There also will be an optional $45 fee for a field trip to be held Oct. 17.
The program offers a minimum of 50 hours of instruction covering topics from botany and landscaping design, to insect identification and the use of pesticides, plus many more horticulture subjects. Lectures will be provided by leading horticulture experts from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and VCMGA volunteers.
The class will conclude with a Dec. 10 awards holiday celebration. Those who have completed the course will become interns at that time. Interns will be asked to perform at least 50 hours of volunteer service within the following year to achieve the title of “Master Gardener.”
There are 144 VCMGA volunteers and interns dedicated to providing horticulture education within their communities. VCMGA is a nonprofit organization sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Victoria County AgriLife Extension.