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Janet Laminack: Learn how to become a Master Gardener by attending reception

Have you ever wanted to be a Master Gardener? Join us for an informational reception Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon to learn more about becoming a Master Gardener at the Texas AgriLife Extension office at 306 N. Loop 288 in Denton.

Master Gardeners are volunteers for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, educating Denton County residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that help promote healthy gardens, landscapes and communities.

In 2011, Denton County Master Gardeners contributed more than 13,000 volunteer hours to help schools, churches, businesses and citizens with various horticultural projects. Master Gardeners conduct presentations, answer lawn and landscape questions from the public and partner with other local organizations to better our community.

Master Gardeners are intensely trained in a 70-hour course on all aspects of horticulture such as plant pathology, insects, landscape horticulture, vegetable production, lawn care and soils.

The class is held all day each Tuesday from February through May. All classes are held at the Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. There is a one-time fee of $225 for training, which covers the official Master Gardener manual and other materials.

Upon completion of the classroom training, you will become a Master Gardener intern and must fulfill 70 volunteer hours of service in the community in order to become a certified Master Gardener. Once certified, Denton County Master Gardeners earn a minimum of 12 hours of advanced training and volunteer a minimum of 12 hours annually in order to maintain active status.

Wednesday’s annual event, the “Master Gardener Roundup,” is an opportunity for interested county residents to hear more about the activities the organizations supports, meet with veteran Master Gardeners and ask questions about the program. Those wishing to apply for the program must do so by Oct. 31. Applications are available online at or by calling 940-349-2883.

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2883. Her e-mail address is jelaminack@ag.