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President's Message

Duddly Hargrove (D)
Duddly Hargrove
2019 TMGA President


To my great surprise, one of my grandsons asked for a switch for Christmas.  In my younger days, getting switches for Christmas, usually a bag of switches, meant that you had behaved in such a way that Santa would probably not visit that year.

So, I asked my grandson, “Do you want a whole bag of switches or will just one switch be enough?”

He was confused by my question, and my daughter began laughing.  She explained, “Dad, a “Switch” is a game, like a video game or an X-box like thingy. It’s made by Nintendo.”  I’d never heard of such a thing and since I had no clue where to even look for something like that, I volunteered money for his mother to shop for one of those switch-box, thingies.  I suppose I’m further behind on these technology gadgets than I thought.

An article in the newspaper recently said IBM estimates that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created about us every day.  (A quintillion has 18 zeros.)  Also, that 90% of all the data in history (information, statistics, facts, figures, numbers, etc.) has been created in the last two years.

A demographics research article entitled “Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of the 21st Century, says that for nearly 50 years of Master Gardener programs (since 1972), the programing has changed very little.  Extension, known in most states as Cooperative Extension, has some strong roots right here in Texas beginning in 1902.  But does that mean that we Master Gardeners always must be what we’ve always been since our beginning?  Aren’t there any new ideas?

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says:
“If you are thinking one year ahead, you plant rice.  If you are thinking twenty years ahead, you plant trees.  If you are thinking a hundred years ahead, you educate people.”

Duddly Hargrove

2019 TMGA Conference
April 25-27, 2019

Registration for the conference is now open!

Bloomhilda - January 2018

Bloomhilda News Alert!

After a wonderful Christmas, Bloomhilda is on the road again urging all of you to register for the 2019 TMGA Conference April 25-27 in Victoria.
Registration December 1 - February 28 - $175
Late registration March 1 - April 1 - $200

Great speakers, plenty of good food, wonderful tours and garden-crafty workshops are planned for you!  
In the next few weeks Bloomhilda will email flyers to TMGA associations inviting each of you to the event, to be copied and distributed to your members.  To make sure your association receives a flyer, email lindajunelees@gmail.com. Happy New Year!
A "Wall Map of Activities" is planned for the conference and wants to share your MG Association's activity pictures.  Send your pictures to mkschilek@sbc.global.net.

The Headquarter Hotel is Homewood Suites by Hilton in Victoria.  Ask for the Master Gardener rate.  See other accommodation choices.
To register, go to the TMGA Conference website 2019tmgaconference.com.



Leadership Workshop Request

(from Duddly Hargrove)

Our Leadership Workshop, initiated at last year's conference, is scheduled at the 2019 Annual TMGA conference for Wednesday, April 24 from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm.  It’s a great place to share new ideas and concepts, especially since technology advances so rapidly these days.

We need some help with speakers/presenters this year for the Leadership Workshop.  This year we would especially like to talk about mentoring, technology, and fundraising topics.  Some of our Master Gardener associations have terrific mentor programs and others have expertise in dealing with today’s technology such as iPads, iPhones, and social media.  Others have amazing fund-raising programs.

Would you or your group be interested in sharing about your program and giving us some pointers that we all might use to enhance our programs?  If so, please send an email to duddlyhargrove@tx.rr.com or call my cellphone at 972-816-1911.

You can register for the Leadership Workshop when you register for the Conference.


Search for Excellence awards

Deadline January 31, 2019 - 10 p.m.

Send in your 2018 Search for Excellence Awards 

Details on Award Submissions
(Rules and Changes)


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Upcoming Deadlines

January 31, 2019

Awards Submissions
Officer/Director Roster
Advanced Training Dates

(Links above go to TXMG website forms and information)

Outreach Committee Members from each Region may be contacting Associations and / or Directors soon for current updates to Officers and Directors in your association.  


2019 International Conference logo 8
International Master Gardeners Conference
June 17-21, 2019
Valley Forge, PA

Go to the website and see the map and all the activities and speakers planned!  (14 from Texas already registered)

Some tours and workshops are filled, but many remain available.  

Review all of the information on the website before going to the registration web page.



Advanced Training

Fruit & Nut Trees for South Texas (Home Fruit)
Feb. 7-8, 2019, hosted by Gonzales County, Gonzales

Feb. 13-15, 2019, hosted by Dallas County, Dallas

Tree Care
Mar. 13-15, 2019, hosted by Dallas County, Dallas

Save these dates!
Turfgrass – Mar. 14-15, 2019, hosted by Montgomery County, Conroe
Budding & Grafting -- April 2-3, 2019, hosted by Waller County
Tree Care – Jun. 12-14, 2019, hosted by Kerr County, Kerrville
Earth-Kind® – May 16-18, 2019, hosted by Henderson County, Athens
Vegetables – Aug. 13-15, 2019, hosted by Bexar County, San Antonio


Training - Knowledge 2

Want to Schedule
Master Gardener Advanced Training Sessions?

"Specialist" Training is now "Advanced" Training.  Starting in 2019, the deadline for submitting Master Gardener Advanced Training dates and event details for the year is January 31.  The trainings can be held any time during the year, but the deadline for scheduling them is January 31. 

If your association would like more information on hosting training, contact

Advanced Training Committee Chair
Duane Robinson




Meet Your 2019 TMGA Executive Committee

Duddly Hargrove President

President - Duddly Hargrove 
(Kaufman County)


In 2008, Duddly became a Master Gardener in Dallas County.  After being President of Dallas County Master Gardeners for two years, he transferred to the Kaufman County Master Gardener program and served as Vice President and President.  Duddly served as 1st Vice President of TMGA in 2018.  
One of Duddly’s favorite quotes: “Someone said...No matter where you start, you’re in charge of where you end.”

Louie McDaniel 1st VP1st Vice President - Louie McDaniel 
(McLennan County)

Louie is an extremely active Texas Master Gardener at the local and state levels.  He currently serves as Past President of the McLennan County MGA and holds all the Specialist certifications currently offered.  Louie says he likes to continue to learn something new, and other than plants, his favorite thing about being a Master Gardener is meeting other Master Gardeners from local, state, and international places. 

Robin Collins 2nd VP2nd Vice President - Robin Collins 
(Galveston County)

Robin became Master Gardener in 2016 because she loves gardening and cooking and canning.  Robin serves as the newsletter editor for the Galveston County Master Gardener Association and was an instrumental and passionate planner and fund-raiser for the recent aquaponics addition to the Galveston County Master Gardeners demonstration garden.  

As for her role on the Executive Committee this year, Robin says, “I look forward to meeting more Master Gardeners at the state level while representing my Galveston County program at the state level. I hope to bring to the State level a ‘roll up your sleeves and pitch in’ attitude and learn from those whom are in front of me how to contribute best.” 

Jamie Bruns Secretary 2Secretary - Jamie Brunn 
(Grimes County)

Jamie and her husband retired and moved to their weekend place in Grimes County (Shiro) in 2010 after raising their family and enjoying Houston for 30 years. When she moved to Grimes County, she was determined to have a proper vegetable garden but had no training other than trial and error. Jamie became a certified Texas Master Gardener in 2012 and was elected President of the Grimes County Master Gardeners for 2013 and 2014. 


Judy Ratzlaff 2Treasurer - Judy Ratzlaff 
(Tarrant County)

When Judy’s son suffered a life-threatening brain cancer 17 years ago, he asked her to concentrate on something else besides the cancer.  Judy chose and entered the Master Gardener program.  She says it was her anchor and a life changing experience; it allowed her to be as busy as she wanted to be. “A busy body doesn't have time to worry. Sharing what we all love to do - gardening - is a miracle in itself.”  She has a Propagation Specialist Certification, has served in multiple capacities with Tarrant County MGs, and currently serves as President of Tarrant County Master Gardener Association.

Judy’s philosophy in Master Gardener's: " Surround yourself with fun and energetic people and learn to delegate....then let them do their job. I firmly believe people are more productive and are willing to work harder when they know someone respects them and believes they will do a good job. I do not believe in micro managing --  if I'm needed, I'm available.”

Nicky Maddams 2018Past President - Nicky Maddams

Nicky is originally from Canada, and upon moving to Texas, she certified as a Texas Master Gardener in 2012.  At the state TMGA level, Nicky has served as newsletter editor, webmaster, secretary, 2nd VP, 1st VP and 2018 President. She chaired 2017’s TMGA cruise conference and also chaired the special 40th Anniversary TMGA Conference. Nicky also works as an Extension Assistant with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  


(Read more about members of the 2019 Executive Committee)


Here's to a
Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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TMGA currently serves 99 counties with 6,802 volunteers

Next Directors Meeting:

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Social: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Director’s Meeting: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Horticulture/Forest Science Bldg., Room 102 *
Parking: Lot #74 off of Olsen Street
*to be confirmed


Stay updated on state association information

Website:  www.txmg.org

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