Would you like to learn how to grow fragrant flowers and fresh vegetables in Central Texas?

If so, the Bell County Master Gardeners would like you to join their program. Applications are currently available at the Texas A&M Agri/Life Extension Service at 1605 N. Main St. in Belton or online at http://txmg.org/bell/.

Orientation is Nov. 13, and classes begin Jan. 8 and continue from 1 to 5 p.m. each Wednesday until completion in May.

Classes cover topics from composting to rainwater harvesting, all taught by experts in each area.

Many classes, such as propagation, are hands-on, and others, such as growing and cooking with herbs, include in-class demonstrations.

The program also includes a full-day field trip to selected gardens. The cost of all materials and transportation for the trips is included in the $250 class fee.

Master Gardeners has been an active volunteer organization in Bell County for 16 years and is currently involved in projects such as the demonstration gardens at the Agri/Life office, the Killeen Municipal Gardens and Whistle Stop Park in Temple.

Call 254-933-5305.

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