Master Gardeners seek applicants

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MIDLAND, Tx. (KOSA) - The new year is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby, which also helps the community.

The gardeners work with the community to educate West Texans about their lawns, trees and shrubs.

Master Gardeners of the Permian Basin are seeking residents who want to become a certified Master Gardener.

They are seeking people in both Midland and Odessa to enter the program.

The gardeners work with the community to educate West Texans about their lawns, trees and shrubs.

Trainees must complete 60 hours of training to become a certified Master Gardener. Organizers said every hour put in is worth it.

According to Jeanette Castañon with Texas A&M AgriLife, any applicant that is approved will receive a handbook, t-shirt and instruction on how to be the best gardener in West Texas.

"People take a lot of pride in their yards out here and I have noticed that a lot since I have moved out here. Their lawns - they want to know what the best grass to grow so it stays green all year round,” said Castañon.

Organizers said they will be accepting applications for the program up until this week. Anyone is encouraged to apply.

"Trees out here - if you go to people's lawns, they take pride in their trees - and it is just important that we take pride in the community we live in and try to beautify the best we can,” explained Castañon.