In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time to their County Extension program. At least 50 hours of volunteer service within one year following the training is required to earn the title of “Texas Master Gardener.”
The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs, and the abilities and interests of the Master Gardeners. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for information related to gardening. Others staff plant clinics or displays in shopping malls or community centers. Master Gardeners may speak to local groups and conduct workshops. They may help establish community garden projects, work with 4-H youth, or assist their agent with news or radio releases related to gardening. The Master Gardener Coordinator in the County Extension office decides how volunteer time can best be utilized.
Master Gardeners are representatives of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. In all volunteer work related to the program, Master Gardeners follow the research-based recommendations of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. The title “Texas Master Gardener” can be used by volunteers only when engaged in Extension Service-sponsored activities.
Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.