• Upcoming Seminar: Fruits and Nuts

    August 6, 2014 • 1:00pm

    Dr. Larry Stein is the Extension Horticulturist for Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service. Professor Stein will show you how to properly prune your fruit and nut trees for maximum production. You will also learn about the overall care of your trees before and after harvest.

    Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum • 9001 Bosque Blvd • Woodway, TX 76712
    $10.00 admission fee

  • Upcoming Seminar: Central Texas Trees

    August 27, 2014 • 1pm

    Important Tree Problems—Oak Wilt and Drought: Dr. David Appel is the head of Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station. He is considered by many as the go-to for oak wilt in the state of Texas. There is strong argument that central Texas is the oak wilt capita l of the world. The epidemic is at its worst here in our own back yard.

    Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum • 9001 Bosque Blvd • Woodway, TX 76712
    $10.00 admission fee

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  • Cedar Ridge Green Classroom

    The Cedar Ridge Green Classroom is one of our ongoing projects. The garden, started in 2005, is maintained by MCMG volunteers. A Day in the Garden is enjoyed monthly by the children, staff, and volunteers.

    Sandy Back started this project which is now coordinated by Nelda Cooper and Ann Sefcik.

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  • Educational Field Trips

    Master Gardeners don't mind hitting the road for a day of gardening education.

  • Annual Plant Sale

    One of our annual project is the MCMG Plant Sale. Held in May, it is our annual fundraiser and gives us a chance to share our plants and educate the public about plants that will grow well in our area. Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions.

  • Trailside Gardens

    Trailside Gardens were developed by McLennan County Master Gardeners and is the newest and largest addition to the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway. Featuring a native-stone fountain, shade, and fragrance, Trailside Gardens show Arboretum visitors how beautiful an easy-care, environmentally-friendly landscape can be.

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  • McGregor Demonstration Garden

    As you enter the town of McGregor, Texas, there is an existing welcome sign and rather large corner lot. Jene Hering, a Master Gardener and long time resident of the city, has long had a vision that this corner could not only be an attractive asset to the city, but a place to showcase Texas hardy plants for the area. The garden now symbolizes the very spirit of our state and demonstrates species of plants that work well for most people in their landscape. The bed shape of a star catches the eye of people passing by the busy intersection.

who we areThe Texas Master Gardener Program is an educational activity offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Texas A&M University System. It is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community. It provides invaluable training and educational opportunities.

Persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their AgriLIFE Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.

what we doThe McLennan County Master Gardeners have many projects that they have contributed to the community such as the Extension Office Shade Garden, the Texas Superstar Garden at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, and Trailside Gardens to name a few. In addition we volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, the HOT Gardening Coalition as well as maintain a flower pot recycling program and conduct an annual plant sale. We also have classes at elementary schools.

To help you decide if you should apply to be a Master Gardener, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types 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 enough time to attend training and to complete the volunteer service?

If you answered YES to these questions, we invite you to join us!