You can become a Master Gardener

Grow your love of plants and help share that wisdom with others

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - If you have a passion for plants, think about expanding your knowledge as a Master Gardener. Organizations across the country bring together people who have a deep love and interest of things that grow. Members receive special training in Horticulture through a series of classes . They learn all of the new tips and tricks from agriculture and scientific programs throughout the process. Classes run over several weeks. Topics include soils, bugs, insecticides, botany, vegetables, flowers and more.

In turn, Master Gardeners share their knowledge throughout the community. Some speak with local groups. Others volunteer at public gardens. The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners holds a Plant Sale and Bulb Sale every year. See a list of events here. There’s even a hotline if you have gardening questions (1-318-408-0984).

According to the LSU Ag Center website, more than 3,500 volunteers have gone through the program and over 100 have become Advanced Master Gardeners. These folks have spent over 54,000 hours in volunteer service.

If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener in Louisiana, check out the LSU Ag Center website for course instruction, fees and upcoming classes. In East Texas, explore the Smith County Master Gardeners website associated with Texas A&M here. Find a list of Southwest Arkansas Extension Offices here.

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.