The 2022 Master Gardener Training Class

Conducted by

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Begins: August 24, 2022 – Ends: November 18, 2022
Classes meet every Wednesday, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
(Unless otherwise indicated)

Class Location:
San Antonio Botanical Garden Culinary Garden Educational Room
555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209
Field Trips:

Wed, Sept 21, 9 AM – 12 PM, San Antonio Botanical Garden
Friday, Nov 18, 9 AM – 12 PM, Peterson Brothers (Wholesale grower)

Submission of application does not guarantee acceptance into the class.

Application Deadline – Thursday, June 30, 2022

Texas Master Gardeners provide support to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service by providing unbiased, research-based, gardening information to the public. By applying to become a Master Gardener, you are expressing your willingness to support this community education through your volunteer service. You will also provide support to the Bexar County Master Gardeners through talents/skills which you may already have or are willing to learn.

To be considered for the Master Gardener Program you must:

  • Complete the online application found below
  • Attend an in-person group interview in July

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Master Gardener Internship

If accepted for the Master Gardener Program, you will be admitted as a Master Gardener Intern. The Intern period is from August 24, 2022, through November 30, 2023. During this time MG Interns will :

  • Complete classroom horticulture training:
    • 12 4-hr. in-class training sessions
    • 2 field trips
    • Final exam
  • Provide a minimum of 50 volunteer hours (VHs) of service under the guidance of veteran Master Gardeners. Of which:
    • A minimum of 20 VHs will be from required events, programs, and committees designed to give a wider overview and understanding of the entire organization’s back-office functions and how we enable/support the mission and actual hands-on horticultural activities. These required VHs will include
      • Research – Successfully research and write an educational article (150 words)
      • Phone Helpline – Work with veteran MGs for 2 shifts
      • Committee Work – Serve on a committee/team – such as the Scion/Blog, Leaflet, Calendar, Publicity, Scholarship, Facebook, Education, etc.
      • Children’s Education – Working directly with children under the guidance of veteran MGs or the Youth Gardening Coordinator at the Children’s Vegetable Gardens (2 shifts) or don a Children’s Task Force event (watering the garden or assembling activity kits do not count)
      • Speaker’s Bureau – Assisting with the development of a presentation and/or assisting a speaker. All work is done with a veteran MG.
      • Observe 1 BCMG Board Meeting (2 VHs)
    • The remaining hours are from your choice of approved MG programs and events
  • Graduation/Certification will be at the 2023 December Holiday and Awards Party

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Master Gardener Annual Certification

Each year certified Master Gardeners must complete the following to continue their certified status for the following year:

  • Provide 30 VHs of service
  • Earn 6 hours of approved Continuing Education (CE)
  • Attend 2 BCMG Monthly Membership Meetings
  • Pay BCMG Dues, currently $25
  • Renew a background check (once every three years)

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Interview

Applicants will attend a group interview to complete the application process. During the interview you will be given 3 minutes to help us learn more about you and how you might engage as a Master Gardener educator. Please address the first two questions (in bold) plus one or more of the following topics:

  • Why are you applying for the Master Gardener Training?
  • What can you offer Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar County Master Gardeners Program?
  • Briefly describe your work history and educational background
  • Briefly describe your gardening experience
  • Briefly describe your experience working with youth/adult groups
  • Briefly describe your public speaking experience
  • Briefly describe your event planning experience
  • Briefly describe your board or committee experience
  • Are you bilingual? If yes, in what languages(s)?
  • Anything else you would like to share

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Registration Information

  • Approved applicants must attend a group interview (July 18, 19, 20, or 25) for selection.
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $300 is payable in full, on the first day of class. Needs-based reduced fees may be available, please contact David Rodriguez, at dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu.
  • Fee covers: MG manual, top-notch presenters, all supplies, etc.
  • NOTE: A background check is required on all applicants participating in Extension Volunteer Programs and will be completed on the first day of class.

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BCMG MG Training Application

Please fill out either the online application or mail (or drop off) the printed application:

AgriLife Extension Office
3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., STE #212
San Antonio, TX 78230
ATTN: Nick Vazquez, Office Assistant IV – Horticulture

Printed Application

Online Application



    Please complete the following interest survey


    I have experience and am comfortable and willing to speak.I have limited/no experience, but I am interested in becoming a speakerI am not interested in becoming a speaker


    I have experience with PowerPoint, and would like to helpI have limited/no experience with PowerPoint, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with creating presentations


    I have experience in curriculum development, and I would like to helpI have limited/no experience, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with curriculum development


    Yes, I have experience and would like to helpI have limited/no experience, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with publicity




    I have experience and would like to helpI have limited/no experience, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with IT


    I have experience working with virtual platformsI have limited/no experience, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with virtual platforms


    I have experience and would like to helpI have limited/no experience, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping work with spreadsheets


    I have experience and would like to helpI have limited/no experience, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in graphic design


    I have experience using Square to take paymentsI have limited/no experience, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping as a cashier


    I have experience with fundraising and would be willing to helpI have limited/no experience with fundraising, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with fundraising


    I have experience with grant writing and would be willing to helpI have limited/no experience with grant writing, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with grant writing


    I have experience with bookkeeping and would like to helpI have limited/no experience with bookkeeping, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping with bookkeeping


    I have experience with the set-up and tear-down of structures and displays and would like to helpI have limited/no experience with the set-up and tear-down of structures and displays, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in helping to set-up and tear-down structures and displays.


    Yes, I really want to work with youth!I will help occasionallyI am not interested in helping with youth programs and events


    Yes, I want to help develop new youth programsI will help occasionallyI am not interested in helping with developing new youth programs


    I have considerable experienceI have limited experienceI have no experience


    I would be interested in helpingI will help occasionallyI am not interested in helping with plant research trials


    I am interested in serving in this type of activityI will train and serve, only if needed, in this type of activityI am not interested in serving in this type of activity


    I have experience in this area and would like to helpI have limited/no experience in leading or organizing events, but I am willing to learn and helpI am not interested in serving in this capacity

    Please indicate your first (1) and second (2) choice for interview times. Please plan to attend for the full group time.


    Group 1: Mon, July 18, 1-3pmGroup 2: Tue, July 19, 8-10amGroup 3: Wed, July 20, 8-10amGroup 4: Mon, July 25, 1-3pm


    Group 1: Mon, July 18, 1-3pmGroup 2: Tue, July 19, 8-10amGroup 3: Wed, July 20, 8-10amGroup 4: Mon, July 25, 1-3pm


    You may submit letters of reference (optional):

    Please click the Submit button only once. It may take the system a few seconds to respond.

    If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Lynn Cox at lynn.cox@bexarmg.org.

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    Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating San Antonio.