Highland Lakes Master Gardeners accepting applications for 2014 class

SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE

MARBLE FALLS — The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is accepting applications for the 2014 class.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 21, 2014. There is only room for 20 participants.

The 12-week certification program begins Feb. 18 and provides a comprehensive background in horticultural principles and practices with an emphasis on conservation and sustainability.

Students must attend all classes to finish the 40-hour program that is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service.

In each class, experts will discuss topics such as geology, soil composition and amendments, trees, entomology, vegetable gardening, water irrigation, plant taxonomy, invasive plants, landscape design for water conservation, plant propagation, grafting and rainwater harvesting.

Students also must complete 50 volunteer hours in the community and 10 hours of advanced training in approved courses. Volunteer service projects include the Burnet Farmers’ Market, The Helping Center garden in Marble Falls, the Burnet Middle School greenhouse project, the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show and the Burnet County Area Fair.

The fee for the program is $175 and includes resource materials, a T-shirt and a background check.

Go to www.burnetcountyhighlandlakesmastergardener.org for more or to download applications or contact Becky Rodriguez at becky@southwestlearning.com or (830) 385-2791.