Become a Bexar County Master Gardener

Bexar County Master Gardeners help the community in many ways, and enjoy sharing knowledge with others and keeping up with the latest tools and techniques for successful gardening in South/Central Texas. Annual Membership Fee of $25.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, see the Master Gardener Program overview or call us at (210) 631-0402. We hope you’ll consider joining us!

How the Program Works

We welcome, train, and accept new Master Gardeners each year through a process defined by the Texas Master Gardeners Association. Here are the steps required for becoming a Bexar County Master Gardener:

Training Program for 2017

When: February 22, 2017 through May 24, 2017; details on the Class 61 Schedule.

Classes are usually held once per year.

What To Expect

The Master Gardener Training Program consists of 14 classes, all held on Wednesdays, February through May. The classes meet from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at varying locations.

To be accepted into the program, you must:

  • Fill out an application (available here for each class) and submit it by due date.
  • Pay the $260 class fee at first class.
  • Submit to a background check.
  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of approved volunteer work on Bexar County Master Gardener approved projects over the first 12 months.

After the first year, you are required to contribute a minimum of 30 approved volunteer hours and 6 hours of continuing education (3 of 6 hrs at BCMG Meetings/Seminars) each year to remain a certified Bexar County Master Gardener.

Who’s Eligible to become a Master Gardener?

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

Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

Transferring Your Master Gardener Membership

Are you a Master Gardener relocating to Bexar County? Welcome!

Send your completed transfer form In State Transfer Form or BCMG Transfer Form outside Texas to dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu.

Some of the Things We Do

Curious about what a Bexar County Master Gardener does? Our Master Gardeners volunteer hundreds of hours each month, and help the community with efforts such as:

  • Giving instructional outreach presentations to homeowners’ associations, schools and other community groups
  • Answering gardening questions and representing BCMG at community events like the Texas Folklife Festival and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Helping kids create and maintain vegetable plots at the San Antonio Botanical Garden and local schools
  • Working with the Wounded Warriors Garden
  • Volunteering at the Food Bank gardens
  • Assisting Texas A&M Horticulture Department with plant field research
  • Promoting water conservation
  • Supporting other programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

And many more!

To get involved in these fun activities, your next step is to become a Bexar County Master Gardener. See the program overview for a full description of the program.