The Denton County Master Gardener Association (DCMGA) is a volunteer program designed to grow horticultural information throughout Denton County. To become a Denton County Master Gardener, a participant attends 70 hours of instruction, conducted under the guidance of the Denton County Extension Agent in horticulture, then shares this knowledge by donating 70 hours of volunteer service back to the community. We work on dozens of projects each year, as well as three special projects: the annual Garden Tour, Plant Sale and Garden Shoppe in the spring and the Fall Garden Festival in October.
We would like to encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a Denton County Master Gardener to submit an application to join our next class. We also invite college students majoring in horticulture to apply for our scholarship.
Our Horticulture Agent
The Denton County Master Gardener Association is under the guidance of the Denton County Horticulture Agent, Janet Laminack. Janet began working as the Denton County Extension Agent in horticulture in September, 2008. She received her B.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M University as well as a Masters of Education in agricultural education. Her previous experience includes working as a horticultural therapist at Denver Botanic Gardens for several years and as the horticulture Extension Agent in Taylor County (Abilene, Texas). Prior to coming to Denton, Janet served 28 months in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, South America, where she provided technical assistance in organic vegetable gardening to impoverished families in fourteen communities. Janet is a native Texan who has lived in many small towns around the state.
Denton County Master Gardeners contribute many volunteer hours to help schools, churches,businesses and citizens with all types of gardening projects and information. See our project list for details.
In addition to participating in dozens of educational projects and speaking engagements and answering hundreds of questions, the DCMGA presents three major events each year. In the Spring, the annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale (and Garden Shoppe) have become much-anticipated events with Denton County residents. The tour allows visitors to view some of our member’s gardens for inspiration and to see how the owners have solved common gardening problems, while the Plant Sale includes plants that thrive in our sometimes difficult North Texas climate. In October, our annual Fall Garden Festival is a fun and educational event. Information about currently scheduled events can be found on the Events page.
Become a Denton County Master Gardener
Does this sound like the program for you? Our training classes are scheduled February – May each year. Prospective trainees should submit an application by October of the previous year. Details and an application can be found on the Become a Master Gardener page.
DCMGA also sponsors the $1000 Tom Harpool Horticultural Scholarship annually to assist and encourage college students enrolled in the study of horticulture. If you are a horticulture student, see the Scholarship page for additional information and application forms.