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Re: was Cyclamen / now Master Gardeners

I am showing my ignorance.  What are federated programs?

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 11/09/2003 4:10:33 PM
> Subject: Re: was [CHAT] 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
> > programs of landscape design and garden study are also the MGs.  I
> > 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 
> standards.  
> In New York State we have a Horticulture School program that we feel is
> 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
> Auralie
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