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Collin County seeks Master Gardener interns

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The Collin County Master Gardener Association is accepting applications for its intern class of 2012 now through August.

The Texas Master Gardener program is a volunteer educational program offered by the state’s AgriLife Extension Service. Master Gardeners are Collin County residents who are active in horticulture and want to share that interest with others.

Master Gardener training includes 65 hours of instruction covering everything from turf, tree and shrubs to insects, fruits and vegetables, flowers and conservation. Classes are taught by Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialists and recognized experts. The 2012 Collin County Master Gardener Training includes 11 classes that run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each Tuesday between Sept. 4 and Nov. 13, 2012. Classes meet at the Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166 in McKinney.

Class cost is $200 and must be paid by check. Orientation for interested Collin County residents is set for 10:30 a.m. on July 26 at The Landing at Myers Park.

To become a Certified Master Gardener, interns must complete 65 hours of volunteer work within their first year with the organization. Each year thereafter, Master Gardeners must volunteer a minimum of 25 hours and take at least 6 hours of continuing education. For complete details about the program and participation requirements, visit http://ccmgatx.org/Association/BecomeAMember.asp or email mgcollin@ag.tamu.edu.

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