Master Gardener Class


Highland Lakes Master Gardener Certification Class

Want to Learn About Plants, Water, Soil, and Helping Your Community? Become a Master Gardener!

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The 2020 class has been cancelled.  We want to try to have a class starting June 7th but check back here later for information.

Become a Master Gardener - Make a Difference in the Community. 

The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is accepting applications for their 2020 certification class. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. Classes will begin on February 17, 2020 and run for 10 weeks, meeting every Monday from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Burnet. The course provides a comprehensive background in horticulture principles and practices, conservation and sustainability.

The cost of the program is $165, which covers the cost of resource materials, t-shirt, and field trip admissions. To get more information or to download an application and the background check form (mandatory) go to the website: and click on the How-To-Join tab. For questions contact Gail Eltgroth at 512-626-5969 or

The course provides a comprehensive background in horticulture principles and practices with an emphasis on conservation, sustainability, and community service. Experts are invited each week to speak on such topics as geology, soil composition and amendments, trees, entomology, vegetable gardening, water irrigation, plant taxonomy, invasive plants, landscape design, water conservation, plant propagation, grafting, and rainwater harvesting. Several field trips are also planned. The classes are fun and stimulating. They not only train participants to be more knowledgeable gardeners for personal use but also to be a great resource to the community and to other gardeners.

To become a certified Master Gardener, it is MANDATORY that the participants meet the following minimum requirements:  1. Must attend ALL classes. (If a class must be missed, the participant must attend a make-up class before he/she can be certified.) 2. Must complete 10 hours of continuing education. 3. Must complete 50 hours of service to the community through approved Master Gardener projects. This is a great opportunity to glean knowledge from seasoned Master Gardeners. 

The cost of the program is $165 which covers the cost of resource materials, t-shirt, and field trip admissions. Download an application, a background check form and obtain more information from the website shown below. Applications must be received by January 17, 2020. Please note that the course is offered only once yearly and enrollment is limited . Get that application in early! 

Members are required to re-certify each year by earning a minimum of 6 additional hours of continuing education and contributing a minimum of 25 additional hours of approved volunteer service.  

General membership meetings (except for August) are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

See the HLMGA website for more information and to download the application and background check: 
Click on: How-to-join

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