2017 Junior Master Gardener Specialist Training for Master Gardeners

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August 1-4, 2017

Global Spheres Center
7801 S. Interstate 35E
Corinth, TX 76208  (see map below)


The Junior Master Gardener® Program is growing good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education.  This dynamic and intensive 3-1/2 day training conference is designed for Master Gardeners coordinating or supporting JMG programs at the local, county, and regional level.

Come join us and learn new ideas and techniques that will help you implement effective youth gardening programs through JMG.  Together, we can cultivate a love of plants and gardening while fostering leadership and community service in youth nationwide.

All attendees will receive a host of invaluable resources to grow JMG and youth gardening programs at the local, regional or state level.

Download a printable flyer.

Attendees will participate in:

  • JMG Program Presentations (including comprehensive program overview, current research findings, connecting to schools, successful partnerships, best practices, developing community support and fundraising)
  • Field trip to the Dallas Arboretum
  • Networking Sessions
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Panel discussion groups

Registration Includes:

  • JMG Specialist Resource Book
  • JMG Specialist Presenter Kit including
      • USB flash drive with resource materials
      • Sample training agendas and handout materials
  • Two JMG Curriculum books
  • Meals – three lunches, one evening reception (chef’s tastings and cash bar), snacks & drinks during training


The training begins with check-in at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 1.   A networking reception with the group is planned for after class on Tuesday evening.  A field trip to the Dallas Arboretum is planned for Wednesday.  Class ends the first 3 days at 5:00 P.M.  The conference ends at noon on Friday, August 4.


The classes are held at the Global Spheres Center at 7801 S. Interstate 35E in Corinth, Texas, just south of Denton.

Hotel and Local Area Information:

DCMGA has arranged a special room rate of $99 at the

Marriott Courtyard
2800 Colorado Blvd.
Denton, TX 76210.

Reservations can be made by clicking the link below or by calling the hotel directly at (640) 382-4600.  Please make sure to mention you are with the Denton County Master Gardner Association in order to receive your special room rate.  All reservations must be made by 5 PM CDT, June 30, 2017.  (A map and additional hotel information is available via the link below.)

View hotel information and book reservations.

Nearby medical facilities and 24-hour pharmacies:

Texas Health Denton
3000 North I-35
Denton, TX 76201
Medical City Denton
3535 S Interstate 35
Denton, TX 76210
Phone: (940) 384-3535
3200 Teasley Ln
Denton, TX 76210
Phone:(940) 382-1810
1700 S Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
(940) 220-0574

Specialist Training and Service Requirements:

Master Gardeners who have completed the Junior Master Gardener Specialist training are expected to be a local county resource and contribute volunteer service by training other Master Gardeners and the public. After completing the training, you are required to serve at least one year as a Junior Master Gardener Specialist, providing a minimum of 20 hours of service in a designated program or project.

Specialist Recognition and Certification:

Upon completion of the Junior Master Gardener Specialist service requirements, you will be formally recognized at the annual Texas Master Gardener Conference, at which time you will be awarded a Master Gardener Specialist Certificate and lapel pin.

To Register:

Registration is now closed.

Complete the registration form and mail it, along with a check made out to DCMGA for the total amount indicated on the form, to:

Denton County Master Gardener Association
Attn. Kami Gildersleeve JMG Specialist Training
401 W. Hickory St., Suite 112
Denton, Texas 76201

Registration fee is $325.00.   Checks must be postmarked by July 15, 2017.

Please note:   Supplies are ordered in advance.  Cancellations after May 31st, 2017, will incur a $50 penalty deducted from the registration fee and no refunds will be offered after July 15th, 2017.  Class is limited to 48 applicants and the class will be filled based on the order of receipt of payment and registration form.

This specialist training is open to all Master Gardeners with approval by the local MG Coordinator/Extension Agent (see registration form).


If you would like to order a t-shirt, click this link to order directly from C.C. Creations.  Orders must be placed by July 16.


Email sciencewithattitude@gmail.com.


Hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Denton County Master Gardener Association.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

We will seek to provide reasonable accommodation for all persons with disabilities for this program. We ask that you notify the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office of the auxiliary aid or service that will be required.

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