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  • Who Are Texas Master Gardeners?
  • Is The Master Gardener Program for Me?


Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in research-based horticulture including soils, water conservation, composting, entomology, plant pathology and related subjects.  As Brazos County Extension Service volunteers, they give to the community by extending research-based knowledge and providing solutions in one-to-one problem solving, in a demonstration garden, educational programs and both in-print and social media.

Individuals make application to enter the training.  Once accepted into the program, trainees begin a one year process that begins with a minimum of 50 hours of specialized classroom instruction. Master Gardener interns finish requirements by contributing a minimum of 50 service hours by year’s end to be then certified as a Master Gardener.

The certification and title are good for one year.  To retain certification in Brazos County, Master Gardeners annually contribute a minimum of 25 service hours and acquire 6 hours of continuing education.

***Attention:  The 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer training class in Brazos County is delayed.***

We prefer to do these classes in person and typically conduct our classes from January through May, but we are delaying the start of the 2021 class for two reasons:

  1. The uncertainty of COVID-19, state and county directives, and the impact on in-person indoor gatherings.
  2. Construction of our new building, which is expected to be completed sometime in January with a subsequent move-in that would interfere with classes.

These things are subject to change and feel that it is in the best interest of all to delay the start of the class until late spring or early summer.  This would ensure an uninterrupted training session and provide more time for a favorable resolution to the COVID-19 situation.

If you would like to be in 2021 class, please email us at or call us at 979/823-0129.  We will put you on the email list and send the details as they come available.

Brazos County Master Gardener training is typically offered annually, with applications accepted from September 1 to November 1.  A training fee and annual membership fee is required.  Fees cover textbook, instructional materials, supplies and membership privileges in the Brazos County Master Gardener Association.

Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin, genetic information or veteran status

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  • Do I want to learn more about the culture and maintenance of plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have the time to complete the training and give volunteer service?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardener program could be for you.  If you are a Brazos County resident, we invite you to contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Office in Brazos County about their Master Gardener program.  Applications are available from the Master Gardener Coordinator. 

Brazos County office
Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension

2619 Highway 21 West
Bryan, Texas 77803