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Re: was Cyclamen / now Master Gardeners

We have a number of husband/wife teams...maybe 4-5 of the 35.  Actually, we
have a number of men who are taking it by themselves.  One has a landscape
business who wanted to know more...he guarantees his plants...another is a
personal trainer who is thinking about incorporating gardening into fitness
exercises and toning, another is a retired nuclear engineer...and another a
beekeeper.  I am still learning about the others.  There are three female
Master Gardeners who moved here from other places and need to learn what to
do in ETN.  We also have a female vet who just likes to learn new things.  
From what I have seen around here, males also tend to show up to
volunteer...the UT Trial Gardens, Ijams Nature Center, various community
projects to create or perk up parks...and the garden clubs tend to be
female and more social.   There are some other organizations that are more
specific to a species or type that seem to attract more males.  Because the
local programs are shared by Anderson (Oak Ridge) and Knox Counties, the
Master Gardeners to be in this class have all been invited to join the
"Anderson County Master Gardener What's Up Network."  We have a new state
Master Gardeners Volunteer Coordinator and this is an initiative  to build
a database of past, current and future master gardeners in and around
Anderson County.

"The What's Up Network is an initiative to communicate quickly and easily
with gardeners (master and otherwise) about programs and opportunities
which may be of particular interest. This will include courses available at
UT and other colleges, programs through the Extension Service, training and
certification information through associations such as the TNLA, and local
gardening programs, volunteer opportunities and communication from other
master gardener associations and clubs."

However, their first broadcast communication is regarding a cruise to
Cozumel, scheduled for June 2004.   Gardening courses are included....not
exactly my cup of tea.  One garden at Xcaret Park with emphasis on growing
orchids...the rest is more social.  I guess if I were really into orchids,
this would be attractive.  I think I would be more attracted to a community
initiative or project.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: Gene Bush <genebush@otherside.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 11/08/2003 6:02:44 AM
> Subject: Re: was [CHAT] Cyclamen / now Master Gardeners
> Curious, Bonnie...
>     How many of your group are husband-wife teams? I was surprised at the
> number of Master Gardeners who are married, took their first classes
> together. In fact I am surprised at the number of males in MG classes
> More than the percentage of men who show up at the usual garden club
> meetings. And.... they actually volunteer and participate. It is not
> for me to show up at a garden club meeting and be the only male there.
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message -----
> > Gene,
> > I have been enjoying this course thoroughly.  We've been introduced to
> > numerous specialists, toured several related businesses and private
> > gardens, and received a ton of material.  I mentioned that we are
> > exchanging plants.  In addition, we are trying to get a local list serve
> > going.  I suggested it based on the enjoyment and information I have
> > obtained from this one.  I have found several classmates who not only
> enjoy
> > gardening but also enjoy many of my other hobbies so  we've been
> exchanging
> > book titles as well as gardening tidbits.
> snip, snip.....
> > Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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