Re: Master Gardener class/Garden Study
We have a similar situation here, though, not as bad as you described
because no one is turned away from our MG program unless they pose some
sort of security threat. You may have to wait for an opening, get on a
list, but when your name comes up, it is your choice to take the class
or wait until the next year (depends if you are available for the hours
it is taught that yr)
In Ft Wayne we have a group called the conservateers, that volunteer
through the Botanical Conservatory. It's a more genteel group, sometimes
snooty, and they conduct all their activities during the day, weekdays
when working people can't come (except some Sat activites for children)
There is some crossover of people belonging to both MGs and
Conservateers, but not much. And when the Cs have their annual garden
walk they ask MGs to man the gardens to answer qestions. I don't know if
it's because they don't have enough of their own people or because they
can't answer the questions. They do seem to be more the tea party type -
those that have their gardens tended for them. The MGs are mostly more
an 'earthy' group, though we do have our orchid specialists, etc.
The Cs also have access to space in a city greenhouse and conduct a huge
fundraiser in the spring. They can bring in $25000 in a day and run it
for several days, while the MGs only bring in about $3000 for each of 4
sales. The Cs efforts are better known because they are affiliated with
the city. MGs have to beg for any publicity.
> Unfortunately in this area the Master Gardeners sneer at garden
> club people. A past District Director was turned down when she
> applied to the program because of her garden club connections.
> Their speakers boycott our programs. I have never been able to
> understand this attitude - it seems to me we are all on the same
> side - why this animosity?
> Enjoy your Garden Study courses!
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