Re: Master Gardener
- Subject: Re: Master Gardener
- From: Louanna Simmons <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2002 10:27:24 -0600
Glen: I've been an Extension Master Gardener here in
Johnson County KS for 15 years, the past 5 of them as emerita mainly
because of non-gardening family obligations. I cannot express too
strongly my great enthusiasm for the EMG program, for what it does for
our greater-Kansas City metro area through volunteer activities and for
what I have gained from it! I joined thinking I'd get some tips and
learn some basic rules along the way (already an "experienced"
gardener or so I thought) but what I got was Fourth-of-July fireworks
with Roman candles. Wow!
You're in the dull-but-necessary part just now,
and while asking questions would be nice (my classes were live, so I
can't really compare notes with your experience), you'll no doubt have
access to the info, and the people who have the answers, when classes are
over and your volunteer service begins.
I could write a book, but will try to be brief:
the EMG program in my county, which started in 1980, now has well over
200 active members, is unlike any "garden club" around in that
there are no cliques--we're just all involved in learning that never
ends, committees and areas of service that meet our present interests and
are broad enough, open and inclusive enough, to draw us into new areas
that broaden our scope of knowledge, and add new friendships. There
is truly something for any and everyone--herbs, perennials, woodies,
annuals, bulbs, butterfly gardening, speakers bureau, planting at a
nursing home, learning plant photography, answering the thousands of
questions that come in to gardeners' hotline, a biennial garden tour,
sick plant clinics, etc.etc.....It's almost a way of life!
On my side of the state line alone, at least 25
Master Gardeners are also members of our 200-plus member Heartland Hosta
& Shade Plant Society, to the benefit and betterment of both
groups. Stick with it, it'll "grow" on you!
HOSTAlly, Louanna Simmons
At 09:43 AM 4/4/02 , you wrote:
Would be interested in other peoples'
experiences in the Master Gardener
Program. Am about 1/2 through. I know the programs vary from region
region and zone to zone. I am taking the program in an interactive TV
up at a local school. There are 10 different sites and most of our
are involved with our state university. Live questions are possible,
difficult because of the 230 different students.But of course questions
be called or, or e-mail is an easy possibility. I certainly have
complaints about most of the material we are covering, but find
wishing more time were spent on the material. I am adjusting slowly to
live TV aspect, but reading some of the overhead projections on the
is difficult....and live microphones always make life interesting.
I was thinking of the time that Henry Kissinger was heard on a
michrophone refering to President Nixon as oue meatball
course G. Bush had his problems too. But back to the point....if
I am bothered by one cosmetic thing. The "MASTER" Gardner is a
pompous title. I expect that there might be one or two true master
gardeners in my course, but if one has the illusion that this course
going to turn someone into a MASTER GARDENER then it's time for them to
the airplane glue away. The course here in Vermont has a lot of
volunteer stuff going on, and in some ways this seems to be its major
I am benefiting, happy, and may need new glasses, but I would like to
how this course functions elsewhere.
P.S. Strangely enough I have been the only one to mention hostas.
CHOWRIE: n.: a fly-swatter fashioned from a yak's tail.
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Springfield , Vermont
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