Who are Master Gardeners?
Lubbock Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn, willing to teach, and interested in helping others. Master Gardeners are able to communicate with diverse groups of people.
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 their cooperative extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday each month (except December) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Covenant Presbyterian Church 48th and Salem.
Lubbock County Master Gardeners was organized in 1992. The organization is a member of the Texas State Master Gardeners Association and the Lubbock Council of Garden Clubs.
Lubbock Master Gardeners on the Radio
Every Friday at 12:30 p.m., tune into Fox Talk radio (950 AM or 100.7 FM). Master Gardeners have a regular segment on "Ag Talk with Eddie Griffis." Each week, a different Master Gardener will give timely information about what is going on in Lubbock gardens and will answer questions on the telephone. The program is simulcast on DJTVD2 (Suddenlink Cable Channel 9).
For More Information
The application form and additional information are available from your Texas AgriLife Extension Office at:
916 Main Street, Suite 201 Lubbock TX 79401
Mailing Address: PO Box 10536 Lubbock TX 79408
Becoming a Master Gardener
The Master Gardener training course is offered every other year, and limited to 30 participants. Classes are taught by a variety of individuals who have expertise in specialized areas. Master Gardener interns are issued a comprehensive three-ring binder filled with material that will be used in the course.
The next course will begin in February 2015. An application, along with a fee of $200 to cover the cost of course materials and a background check is required. Please call the Extension Office at 806-775-1680 to be placed on the list to receive an application form when they are available.
For initial certification Master Gardeners must complete 50 volunteer hours within one year of the coursework.
To maintain certification, Master Gardeners must complete 12 hours of volunteer or teaching hours and 6 continuing education hours every year.