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Master Gardener Association
The Houston area has a nationwide Master Gardener Association,which is the voluntary arm of the Agricultural Extension Services . These gardeners are passionate about anything green, garden orientated and are enthusiastic to learn more. Sharing what they are constantly learning within the community, they are also an inspiring group willing to help those unfamiliar with native and Texan horticulture.

What really sets Master Gardeners apart from hobby-gardeners is their special training in horticulture. The curriculum for the Master Gardener Course includes topics such as landscape design, entomology, soil, herbs, tree production/transplanting, grafting, perennials, pecan tree care and maintenance, growing grapes, flower gardening, xeriscaping, honeybees, organic farming and more.

The courses are taught by specialists and professors at Texas A&M. In exchange for the training, people who become Master Gardeners have to contribute time as volunteers. A volunteer works through their cooperative Extension Office to provide horticulture-related information to their communities.

  • Harris County Texas Master Gardener Training
    To apply for the Master Gardener Class call:
    Tel: + 1 (281) 855 5600 
  • Texas Agricultural Extension Service
    (In Bear Creek Park, north of Patterson, between Eldridge and Hwy 6)
    2 Abercrombie Drive
    There are a minimum of two classes per year, one beginning on the last Thursday of August and the other beginning on the last Thursday in January.
    These classes are taught on 12 consecutive Thursdays from about 9:00am until 3:00pm. Additional classes are taught at Mercer Arboretum and at Precinct 2 in Southeast Harris County.
    After completion of class training, trainees are required to donate a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer service, 48 of which includes answering the Master Gardener Telephone Hotline.
    Many calls will prompt research from the excellent horticultural library maintained in the Master Gardener Room.
    If you wish to learn more about the program consult Tom H. Robb's
  • Fort Bend County Texas Master Gardener Training
    These courses are offered bi-annually: in the Spring and Fall.
    For the convenience of participants; both morning and evening classes are offered. Four-hour classes are held each week for 13 weeks. Requirements to attain Master Gardener certification include the successful completion of the 13-week course and completion of 60 hours of volunteer service for the Extension Service.
    For more information or to receive an application package call or visit :
  • Extension office
    1436 Band Road
    Tel: + 1 (281) 341 7068
    Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Urban harvest
The goal of this non-profit organization is to establish communities from the ground up by promoting sustainable urban land and horticultural practices to grow food and reduce hunger. They achieve this by working with volunteers and community groups that create community gardens and orchards.
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Most communities have their own Garden club, we mentioned below the ones that - both for their activities and long established existence - are part of the gardening panorama of the city and known to the local home-gardeners. They organize annual events like swap and sale of plants, bulbs, trees etc.

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