The Master Gardeners of Henderson County we are an educational and volunteer program offered by the AgriLife Extension of the Texas A&M University System. The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community. These goals are implemented through the training and employment of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners.

The Master Gardeners in Henderson County provides invaluable training and educational opportunities. Professional and amateur horticulturists, as well as persons simply seeking up-to-date horticultural information, can advance their gardening expertise, and gain self-satisfaction through volunteer efforts. The volunteer aspect of the Master Gardener program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in their community using the science and art of horticulture.


Gardening Guide Offered 

Henderson County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA) is pleased to offer a month-by-month gardening guide to the public for only $15.  This guide is specific to East Texas and is available now.  The guide lists vegetable planting dates and gardening chores for flowers; shrubs and trees; and lawn and ground cover each month   

Specific tips and tricks relating to the chores listed are included.  For example, pruning information for roses, hydrangeas, and clematis is given..  Additionally, the four different types of hydrangeas commonly grown in East Texas are listed, along with the correct pruning method and timing for each type.  A breakdown of clematis types and the proper pruning of each one is also included.   

Twelve different articles on subjects pertaining to gardening in East Texas has been added throughout the book.  Soils; watering; butterfly and bee gardens; Texas Superstar® plants; bulbs; wildflowers; herbs; and several other topics are explained in detail.  

This book should become a treasure to every gardener in East Texas for two reasons.  First, this guide can be used year after year, unlike a calendar which loses its usefulness.  Secondly, the guide has additional pages each month for notes.  This allows each gardener to personalize it to their own specific garden. 

Covered with plastic, this spiral-bound book is approximately 5.5 x 8.5 inches, just the perfect size to pop into your tote or wagon and take out in the garden with you.  You may want to purchase several for friends and family, and some for Christmas gifts. 

This gardening guide was the project chosen by the 2018 HCGMA intern class.  Interns have taken the Master Gardener class and are working on their volunteer hours to obtain certification.  Proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward funding horticultural educational projects and programs designed to meet the needs of Henderson County gardeners.  HCMGA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

The guides will be available for pick up at the Henderson County Extension Office, 3rd floor, Courthouse, Athens.  Call 903-675-6130 to reserve your copy today.  

For more information, call 903-675-6130, email hendersonCMGA@gmail.com, or visit txmg.org/hendersonmg.


The Henderson County Master Gardeners broke ground at the Fairgrounds!  Watch for more information on the new Harvest Garden!



HCMGA “Learn at the Library” series

FEBRUARY: Square-foot Gardening, by Master Gardener Susan Skommesa

Three of Susan Skommesa’s square-foot gardens

February 19, 2019 at 5:30pm – free

As part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s Library Series, Master Gardener Susan Skommesa will share on the topic of “Square-foot Gardening”. Her presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 19, at 5:30 pm at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 W. Prairieville, Athens.

This past year Ms. Skommesa trellised watermelon, and this winter she has a greens garden in progress. Come learn from her experiments, successes, and do-overs. Learn how to set up a raised bed and garden the square-foot gardening way. This presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call (903)675-6130, send an email to hendersoncmga@gmail.com or visit our website:  txmg.org/hendersonmg.