Bexar County Master Gardeners share their time and expertise with children and adults throughout Bexar County through many events and activities. See the Bexar County Master Gardeners Program Overview for more information on activities, benefits and requirements.
Educating homeowners and answering their questions is at the heart of the program. The Master Gardener Plant Hotline is staffed daily by volunteers who research and respond to thousands of questions each year.
Master Gardeners support Plant Trials at the San Antonio Food Bank, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and other locations throughout the area. The recent Watermelon Variety Trial is an example: 2015 Watermelon Variety Trial.
The Classroom Gardens program focuses on education, teaching children how to garden, emphasizing environmental stewardship, and encouraging good nutrition. Teachers in more than 150 participating schools use the gardens to teach math and science in a hands-on, non-traditional setting. School Gardens Training sessions are held twice a year for educators.
The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program offers horticulture and environmental science education through fun and creative activities. JMG introduces young gardeners to the art and science of gardening, and helps them develop life skills, leadership, and responsibility, enabling them to become good citizens within their communities, schools, and families.
Master Gardeners address social and environmental issues in Bexar County through their partnership with San Antonio Water System (SAWS), through various low water usage programs, educational events, and demonstration gardens.
Other Master Gardener programs include group presentations to garden clubs, civic groups, and homeowners associations; information and educational booths at local events, a major display for children and adults in The Little Buckaroo Barn at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and participation in special events at San Antonio Botanical Garden.
The Master Gardener program is much more than a horticulture class or garden club. It is an educational/volunteer program conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension that enables participants to serve their community. The program increases the availability of information and extends the effectiveness of projects throughout the community.