Beautiful gardens by William Johnson
EVERYONE at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Service office invites all county residents to attend our open house tomorrow, Thursday, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Come and meet our staff and volunteers, including master gardeners, master naturalists and 4-H leaders. Our office is in Carbide Park at 4102B Main Street, La Marque.
As well as myself, the office has four other county extension agents including Courtney White, who is responsible for the county 4-H program, Julie Massey, who manages our coastal and marine resources, Phoenix Rogers, responsible for agriculture and 4-H animal projects, and Jymann, Davis who manages family and consumer sciences projects. All five of us will be available during the open house.
The master-gardener volunteers will also be available to discuss readers’ gardening problems and questions and their horticulture research and demonstration garden in Carbide Park will be open for touring.
You are invited to bring samples of insect, disease and other plant pest problems for a free diagnosis. You may also bring lawn weeds for identification. If you need more information, call us at 281-309-5065 before setting out.
Be sure to include your name and address with each sample. All samples should be enclosed in a plastic or paper bag to avoid drying out.
The staff and our volunteers welcome you to come and look us over. We’re part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which forms a Texas-
sized partnership between a great educational institution – the Texas A&M university system – and each Texas county commissioners court.
AgriLife Extension is the educational outreach arm of the A&M system. From extension specialists with statewide responsibilities to district extension specialists and county extension agents and extension volunteers within each county, Extension Service personnel have the knowledge and research-based information it takes to successfully nurture things.
Those “things” start with food and fiber products but also include families, youth, economics, businesses, communities and leaders.
From Anderson to Zavala counties and the 252 alphabetically in between, including Galveston, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is continuing to build upon a century-long tradition of excellence in serving adults and youth throughout the state.
So be sure to pencil in a notation on your things-to-do list to acquaint yourself with our staff and volunteers during our open house and to tour our facilities and horticulture demonstration garden.
William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Visit his website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.htm.
Retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forester and professor Lanny Dreesen demonstrates how to determine the age of a tree to class members in a master-gardener training course.
– PHOTO CREDIT: William Johnson
Train to be a master gardener
TEXAS Master Gardeners Association’s members form
a corps of highly trained volunteers who help people and communities through horticultural education. They are people from the local community who have completed 80 hours of classroom instruction and provided 50 hours of volunteer service to help provide county programs on horticultural issues.
The association’s Galveston County branch has scheduled a number of volunteer training courses for next year, most of which will be taught by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service professors who are widely recognized in their areas of expertise.
The course curriculum includes botany, soils and soil fertility, ecology, pesticide safety, identification and management of insects, plant disease and weeds, vegetables, composting, turf grasses and home vegetable production.
Outdoor classroom training
is also scheduled, including a field trip to Mercer arboretum. Class participants will tour our horticulture research and demonstration gardens with certified master gardeners for a chance
to see practical applications
of their newly gained knowledge.
The master gardener volunteer experience is all about learning and you will come away from the training much more knowledgeable than when you start. The volunteer experience also emphasizes fellowship and forging friendships with other master gardeners.
To learn more about the county master-gardener program and how to become a master gardener, visit Galveston County AgriLife Extension Service’s office at the Carbide Park address stated in this week’s main article or visit our website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston to download an application and additional details.
If you join the organization, you will enjoy a learning experience that will last a lifetime. The 18-session training program begins on Wednesday, February 1 and classes will then meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-5:00pm at the extension-service office until April 6.
Applications will be accepted until December 21, so don’t miss this great opportunity.