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Hays County Master Gardeners Association

Educating and Teaching Hays County Residents About Gardening in Central Texas 

About Us

The members of the Hays County Master Gardeners Association (HCMGA) are people from Dripping Springs to San Marcos and Wimberley to Buda who take an active interest in the unique challenges of creating thriving landscaping, trees, and gardens in our Central Texas conditions and who strive to teach our community about sound horticultural practices like using native plants and capturing rainwater. Members receive invaluable training and continuing opportunities for education, then share their horticultural expertise through a wide variety of projects benefiting Hays County residents and organizations.

In a typical year, Hays County Master Gardeners log nearly 6000 hours of volunteer service to the community. We spend a lot of time getting our hands dirty planting and tending public and community garden sites. We log many hours answering horticulture questions from the public or presenting talks and gardening advice at schools, and working with community groups ranging from food pantries to women’s shelters. At our greenhouse, you’re likely to find us working on our propagation techniques and experimenting with water-efficient container gardening.  

In 2020, the Texas Master Gardener Association gave us first prize in their annual awards for outstanding work at our Jacob’s Well Greenhouse and Demonstration Garden, which we developed with help from an innovation grant provided by the IBM Corporation. The Hays County Child Protective Board also recognized HCMGA for our work on the Remme Rainbow Room in San Marcos, a new facility where case workers can welcome and comfort children recently removed from dangerous situations. HCMGA volunteers designed and an installed landscaping featuring Texas native plants and a shaded outdoor seating area with colorful benches.

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How To Support Us

 

There are multiple ways to support the efforts of Hay's County Master Gardener's Association. We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  We use your generous donations to support our community gardens and demonstration greenhouse, food pantry work and youth and community outreach efforts throughout Hays County. Here is how you can help:

Cash Donations

Cash donations qualify as a tax-deductible contribution per the IRS. You can mail a check (clearly marked “Donation”) to:

Hays County Master Gardeners Association

Attn: Treasurer

200 Stillwater Drive

Wimberley, TX 78676

PayPal

It's super easy to donate online with a credit card using PayPal. You don't need to have a PayPal account of your own, and you'll receive a receipt from PayPal for your tax records.  

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Amazon Smile 

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HCMGA is a registered charitable organization with AmazonSmile. By designating the Hays County Master Gardener Association Inc. as your charity of choice, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .05% of all qualified purchases to the Association.

 

The most important thing to remember is that your purchases must be made on smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com.

 

  • Go to: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2656661

  • Amazon will ask you if you want to choose the charity "Texas Master Gardeners Association."

  • In spite of the label Texas Master Gardeners, you'll actually be choosing Hays County Master Gardener Association. 

  • Select and Save. This will then apply to all future purchases.

For additional information, visit:  About AmazonSmile

Whenever You Drive

You can support the Texas Master Gardener Association by displaying specialty license plates on your vehicle. From the $30 specialty plate fee, $22 goes to the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service for graduate student assistantships within the Texas Master Gardener Program and to support activities related to the Texas Master Gardener Program.

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