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I've been accepted for MG program

wonka's picture

I decided that this year I needed to take on some of the things I have been wanting to do for a long time. Starting in January I will be back at school getting my Master Gardeners designation. I'm pretty excited. I received my acceptance into the program yesterday.

I have belonged to a garden club for the past 15 years and have memberships at the two major botanical gardens in the city. Now that the kids are in high school it's my time. Yeah!

gardencat's picture

(post #53401, reply #1 of 33)

Congratulations! That will be a great thing to do and you will learn so much! I look forward to hearing how it goes.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #53401, reply #2 of 33)

That is exciting! What exactly does it entail, a lot of classroom work or hands-on in the dirt? Or both?


I remember you posted photos of your spring garden a while back, you've definitely got the touch. Good luck!

wonka's picture

(post #53401, reply #5 of 33)

It is a 12 week program, every Tuesday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. It is a mix of classroom time, projects, and out in the garden. After that we have to do 70 volunteer hours in an 18 month period.

Once a Master Gardener, you are expected to do a certain amount of volunteerism and take refresher courses.

Theodora's picture

(post #53401, reply #9 of 33)

Our county's Master Gardeners present most of the garden education programs we have at our public library every spring and fall. They are always terrific and popular speakers, and I am so grateful to them for bringing us the programs. And jealous of them, too. You are going to love doing this!

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(post #53401, reply #3 of 33)

Congratulations!  If I ever head back to the US, the Master Gardener program is definitely something I am going to do.  A great program and hard work and lots of time involved but it's worth it, I think, for serious gardeners.  Enjoy yourself!  cheers, Bonnie

tones's picture

(post #53401, reply #4 of 33)

Fantastic!  Congratulations and good luck.

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(post #53401, reply #6 of 33)

Major congrats!!! That sounds exciting.


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(post #53401, reply #7 of 33)

Congratulations!  I've spoken to several master gardeners at events around here, and was always jealous of how much they knew.  I have a brown thumb, except for weeds...I grow them quite well.



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(post #53401, reply #8 of 33)

Great!  Yes, it is your time and how wonderful you're getting to do something you love.

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(post #53401, reply #10 of 33)

Yea! Good for you!

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(post #53401, reply #11 of 33)

Wonderful!  You will be able to solve all of our gardening problems. :)


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(post #53401, reply #12 of 33)

Very cool!! Congratulations! :)


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(post #53401, reply #13 of 33)

Congratulations to you. :)

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(post #53401, reply #14 of 33)

Wow! I'm impressed, envious (of your skill) and happy for you. Also happy to know you - you can expect that I will be calling you for your expertise.




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wonka's picture

(post #53401, reply #17 of 33)

Ask anytime.

I have actually taken many of the same courses, that are part of this certification, already. It will be nice to be able to review them again, rather than have to learn them from scratch.

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(post #53401, reply #33 of 33)

That is terrific! Good for you. Barb

bwf17's picture

(post #53401, reply #15 of 33)

Wow, sounds like a great opportunity..

 

 
roz's picture

(post #53401, reply #16 of 33)

What fun and congratulations! Maybe your MG designation will result in a blog. I would read it. I was sad when NPR discontinued Ketzel Levine's program and she discontinued her blog.

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(post #53401, reply #18 of 33)

I loved the Master Gardener program (well except for learning about lawns) and my favorite teacher was the guy who told us all about things that kill trees (insects, fungii etc).  He REALLY relished conveying the details<G>.


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wonka's picture

(post #53401, reply #19 of 33)

I'm really looking forward to the course. Hanging out all day with others, that are as passionate about gardening as I am, is a win win.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #53401, reply #20 of 33)

Wow, I am so envious. I would love such a program. of course I am SUCH a novice gardener (but very enthusiastic) that it would be quite challenging!


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(post #53401, reply #21 of 33)

DH considered (briefly) the MG program. He DOES love his plants. His design can often use a boost, but our friends who cut flowers all summer and fall don't mind. But instead of MG he became interested in the Backyard Habitat Program. Has some volunteer hous in it, and got our church property "certified". Not so glitzy, but nice.


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roz's picture

(post #53401, reply #22 of 33)

I think each type of garden has it's place. I love the 'wild' look of some gardens. A controlled chaos is easier to deal with for me. By the end of the gardening season I'm fairly tired of the weeding, etc. I like to look at other people's gardens :)

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Gretchen's picture

(post #53401, reply #23 of 33)

That "wild" look is what I love about what I see of many English gardens--and probably Ireland. It IS controlled chaos, but when you step back, the charm is all there!!  I am not much of a formal garden lover.


I belong to a garden club that has some truly gifted gardeners, and some of their yards are SO gorgeous. One has a "farm", and has lots of grasses, that are so interesting.


Another of DH's friends did a project in a garden area at a Middle School where they let the kids do the prep of the ground, then found plants native only to our area to plant and learn about. Beautification with education.  ;o)


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annieqst's picture

(post #53401, reply #24 of 33)

Congrats! I've been in the program (started here!) some 20+ years. It's a great organization. Hope the training you will get will be stellar and exciting.

wonka's picture

(post #53401, reply #26 of 33)

The instructor did tell us that the program was started in your part of the world. I'm so looking forward to expanding my gardening knowledge.

Canuck's picture

(post #53401, reply #25 of 33)

Congratulations to you and your lucky friends and neighbours. My neighbour across the street is an MG and I consider myself very lucky to have her for all my questions. She's known for staking an umbrella over her Japanese peony so it lasts longer, hee.

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(post #53401, reply #27 of 33)

Congratulations, Veronica!  It sounds just wonderful--interesting subject matter and healthful activity.


Is it purely recreational for you or are you thinking about some kind of horticulture-related career?

wonka's picture

(post #53401, reply #29 of 33)

At this point it is recreational. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, lol.

dorcast's picture

(post #53401, reply #28 of 33)

Congrats, and good for you for doing something for yourself.