In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer to their County Extension Program. At least 60 hours of volunteer service during the year of training is required to earn the title “Texas Master Gardener”.
The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs and the ability and interests of the Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners get to do a wide variety of volunteer activities, such as office work, answer horticulture questions, work in demonstration gardens, plan educational activities, give gardening programs, conduct workshops, assist with numerous horticulture educational events, activities, tours and programs.
Master Gardeners are representatives of Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension. In all volunteer work related to the program, Master Gardeners follow the research based recommendations of Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension.
They work with youth, through the Junior Master Gardener program and other youth groups, teaching them about plants and gardening skills.
They make home, yard and garden visits when deemed necessary.
They give garden talks to interested groups, help judge horticulture shows, help conduct tours.
They conduct result demonstration work, evaluate variety trials and compile horticulture reports.
They plan, organize and implement community beautification projects.
They teach and promote environmentally sound educational programs like “EarthKind”, Backyard Composting, "Don't Bag It", Gardening Seminars, Home Landscape School, and landscape water conservation programs that deal with using water in our landscapes.