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President's Message

Nicky Maddams 2018
Nicky Maddams
2018 TMGA President

past president

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This has been a thrilling year as we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Texas Master Gardener program, the 25th year of the TMGA, as well as the opening of The Gardens at Texas A&M University!
I was even more honored during my tenure as President to chair the special anniversary conference in April; what a significant event! I enjoyed meeting so many of you over the three days.

This past Saturday, at the Directors Meeting, I passed the torch to the very qualified Duddly Hargrove from Kaufman County. Our association is in good hands with Duddly at the helm along with a stellar executive committee. The TMGA is an incredible organization and I have enjoyed my five years as an officer. I encourage you to become involved at the state level!

I will remain involved in the TMGA and of course with AgriLife Extension Services, although I will be spending some extra time with my menagerie at the ranch.

Thank you for the privilege of having me serve as your President in 2018.

Kind Regards,

Nicky Maddams

2019 TMGA Conference
April 25-27, 2019

Registration for the conference is now open!

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Bloomhilda News Alert!

The 2018 TMGA conference will be held at Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St., in Victoria. There will be eight great speakers, five wonderful tours and three garden craft workshops in addition to plenty of good food.    

"Bloomhilda" (a/k/a Victoria MG President Brynn Lee) made an appearance at the Directors Meeting and added this information to what is available on the website:

Bloomhilda - December Directors Meeting (edited)
"No stairs, ample parking, sessions all in one location!"

"If you don't have an email for registration, please ask a friend to sign you up."

"A 'Wall Map of Activities' is planned for the conference and needs your MG Association's activity pictures. 

Send your pictures to mkschilek@sbc.global.net." 

"Merchandise for the conference is a tab under the Activities page on the website."

"Sorry, but guests can't be registered for the Thursday and Friday lunches."


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Search for Excellence awards

Beginning January 1, 2019

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.  

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The new leadership for 2019 was voted in at the December 1st Directors meeting.  Congratulations!  Here's to another great year.

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Pictured above (left to right)
TMGA Past President:  Nicky Maddams (Waller County)

President: Duddly Hargrove (Kaufman County)
1st Vice President: Louie McDaniel (McLennan County)
2nd Vice President: Robin Collins (Galveston County)
Secretary: Jamie Bruns (Grimes County)
Treasurer: Judy Ratzlaff (Tarrant County)

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International Master Gardeners Conference
June 16-21, 2019
Valley Forge, PA

Registration online will open soon.  

You can see and plan your schedules, costs, accommodations, workshop and tour choices on the website.  Then, when Registration opens, you'll be all ready to go!

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spotlight on...

Two Texas Master Gardener Associations Win International
Search for Excellence Awards


Special Needs Audiences

2nd Place
GreenWorks Learning Center
Tarrant County

Innovative Project
3rd Place
Children's Vegetable Garden Blog
Bexar County

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Association Events

January 10 - Austin/Colorado/Fayette/Washington Counties--Open House
January 14 - Victoria County - Making Your Lawn Happy
January 18 - Smith County - Master Gardeners at the Library
March 8 - Comal County – Dynamics of the Four Seasons 
Register now (This one fills up quickly!)


Advanced Training

Fruit & Nut Trees for South Texas (Home Fruit)
Feb. 8-9, 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! (more information to come)
Turfgrass – Mar. 14-15, 2019, hosted by Montgomery County, Conroe
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

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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


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MG License Plate

Looking for a good Christmas gift for a Master Gardener (or yourself?)  The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is pleased to offer the Texas Master Gardener license plate.

The license plate is available for $30 annually in addition to your vehicle registration fee. Personalization is an additional $40.  

Of the $30 plate fee, $22 is returned to the Texas Master Gardener Program for scholarships and associated activities.

Order from the TxDMV online, by fax or by mail.

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TMGA currently serves 83 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


Stay updated on state association information

Website:  www.txmg.org

Texas Master Gardeners Association


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