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Re: was Cyclamen / now Master Gardeners

In a message dated 11/09/2003 6:33:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
Cersgarden@aol.com writes:

> Auralie, the members of our garden club that have completed the federated 
> programs of landscape design and garden study are also the MGs.  I think 
> federated programs are better than MGs. For the past few years Iowa MG 
> course allows 
> open book testing where federated does not which I favor.
>   Ceres 

Thanks for the good words.  Federated programs are very rigidly structured - 
so much so that I sometimes get very annoyed with them for their lack of 
flexibility - but you have to acknowledge that they have good curriculums and high 
In New York State we have a Horticulture School program that we feel is even 
better.  Our standards are quite high but we use local experts as far as 
possible. And the tests are absolutely not open-book, but are quite detailed and 
considered difficult.
(I'm prejudiced, of course, since I have been State Chairman for 12 years.)

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