The 2021 Master Gardener Training Class

Conducted by

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, San Antonio, TX 78230-4818

Begins: August 25, 2021 – Ends: November 19, 2021
Classes meet every Wednesday, 12 – 4 PM
(Unless otherwise indicated)
Field Trips: Nov 19 and one additional (TBA)
Class size is limited to 30 individuals

Submission of application does not guarantee acceptance into the class.

Application Deadline – Thursday, July 1, 2021

Registration Information:

  • Approved applicants must attend a group interview (July 19, 20, or 21) for selection
  • Registration fee of $275 is payable in full — on first day of class.
  • NOTE: A background check is required on all applicants participating in any Extension Volunteer Program and will be completed on the first day of class.
  • If applicant withdraws prior to August 25, 2021, a processing fee of $100 will be administered, no refunds will be issued after August 25, 2021.

Before You Apply:

The Master Gardeners of Bexar County is a volunteer service organization representing Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Educational Outreach efforts.

The training focuses on the fundamentals of good horticultural practices and techniques. Topics usually include such things as:

  • Water conservation in the garden
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Earth-Kind principles
  • Soils and composting
  • Integrated Pest Management/Entomology
  • Tree care
  • Turf grass maintenance & diseases
  • Propagation
  • Fruits & nuts
  • Plant identification

For more information please read.

We are looking for individuals with the time and willingness to volunteer in Youth and Adult educational outreach.

Can you say YES to the following?

  • I can attend all Master Gardener Training Classes and Field Trips.
  • I have the time to commit to the required outside reading assignments, quizzes and a final that I must pass in order to complete my class training and begin to serve as a Master Gardener Intern.
  • I can complete the 50 (or more) required volunteer hours (VHs) to complete my internship by November 30, 2022. Here is a list of current Bexar County Master Gardener volunteer opportunities.
  • After my Internship (August 25, 2021 – November 30, 2022), I can continue to keep my Master Gardener certification by doing the following each year:
    • Complete at least 30 volunteer hours
    • Complete at least 6 hours of Continuing Education (CE)
    • Attend at least 2 Bexar County Master Gardeners Monthly Meetings
    • Pay the $25 Bexar County Master Gardeners dues.
    • Complete Background Checks every 3 years.

What Happens After I Apply?

You will receive an confirmation email asking you to select a Group Interview date/time.

Monday, July 5, you will receive an email with

  • Your Group Interview date/time
  • A questionnaire to be filled out and returned. You may (but not required) attach 2 letters of recommendation from Master Gardeners, Extension Service staff (AgriLife or out-of-state), a business/school/non-profit colleague, or other person.
  • And any other information you may need prior to the interview.
  • During the Group Interview you will be given time (5 minutes maximum) to share why you want to become a Master Gardener and what you would bring to the organization.

To Apply:

  • Complete the online submission below, or
  • Download the printed form.
    • Mail to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge St., Ste. 212, San Antonio, TX, 78230-4818. ATTN: David Rodriguez, or
    • Use the dropbox at the AgriLife Extension office (same address), or
    • Attach the forms and email to dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu





    By submitting this application, I indicate that I have read and understand the expectations of holding a Bexar County Master Gardener certification. I agree to fully complete the training and volunteer at least 50 hours of service as a MG Intern volunteer as outlined above.

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