At Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, we are excited about the growing interest in home horticulture among Ector County residents!
To encourage the great local interest in environmental stewardship and home gardening, we offer a wide spectrum of literature and practical resources, host workshops and events throughout the Odessa area, and coordinate the Permian Basin Master Gardener volunteer program.
Ector County’s Horticulture program holds free or low-cost public seminars on gardening and food preservation topics at various locations throughout the year. These interactive seminars help the public get more joy and productivity from their gardens, troubleshoot problems, and develop environmentally sensitive gardening techniques.
Seminars cover topics such as rainwater harvesting, vegetable gardening, lawn maintenance, tree care, native and adapted plants, food canning, propagating plants, and much more. More extensive, in-depth horticultural programs are also offered to individuals, viticulturists and green industry professionals. Many programs offer Continuing Education Units for private pesticide applicators and Texas Nursery & Landscape Association members.
Master Gardener volunteers are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people. What really sets Master Gardener volunteers apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, these AgriLife volunteers give back to the community, working under the direction of their Extension office, to provide horticultural-related information to their communities. Master Gardeners complete 60 hours of intensive training and a year-long internship in order to offer research-based horticultural information and advice to the West Texas community.