Applications for the upcoming Master Gardener class are now being accepted through July 24.

A $175 fee covers manuals, supplies, and soil testing costs. Orientation is mandatory and scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 24 at 710 East Main Street, Suite 1, Robstown, Texas 78380.

Classes are available in Robstown and Rockport and are open to residents in Aransas, San Patricio and Nueces Counties.

The Nueces County classes begin Aug. 7 and run through November 20th. They are held in Robstown on Wednesday mornings from 8:15am-12. The Aransas/San Patricio class starts Aug. 6 and concludes on Nov. 19. They will be held in Rockport on Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Master Gardeners are volunteers who assist in the horticultural programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Some volunteer projects include “Learning To Grow” school gardens, the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, beautification projects, assisting with composting classes and plant care clinics, and answering phone questions from the general public, to name a few.

Interns receive a minimum of 50 hours of specialized training by state and local experts. In exchange, they commit to 50 hours of volunteer service within a year of completing the class.

For more information on taking the Master Gardener class, call the following numbers:

Rockport: 361-790-0103 (Ginger Easton-Smith)

Corpus Christi/Robstown: 361-767-5217 (Zach Davis)