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Do you love gardening and want to learn more about it in a fun, low pressure way while you are doing great service to the community? Consider participating in one of the gardening volunteer groups in our region.
The Bexar County Master Gardeners is the first group to consider. They offer the most formal training and volunteer service regime.
To be a Master Gardener, you must apply for a training slot and if accepted attend the thirteen week, four hour/week training course. The Master Gardeners are organized, trained, and supervised by the Texas Cooperative Extension. To remain in good standing you must perform 50 hours of volunteer service each year and receive six hours of continuing education each year. There is a $200 training fee.
Bexar County Master Gardeners are not the oldest chapter
The next Master Gardeners Class begins
Master Gardener Chapters also exist in
Garden Volunteers of South Texas are similar to the Master Gardeners in many ways, and, in fact, a large number of area gardeners are active members of both groups. The GVST perform services in water conservation, charitable plantings, and adult education. The organization offers several education programs every month for members and the public, but there is no formal training required to be a member. A set amount of voluntary service is not required to be a GVST member. For more information, contact them at (210) 522-9220. The GVST website is www.gardeningvolunteers.org.
Another great opportunity exists at the
If your yen for training and volunteer service is heavy on native plants, and especially ecology, consider the Audubon Center Docents (210) 628-1639, or the Master Naturalists (210) 372-9124.