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Old 01-06-2019, 08:23 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I just noticed our local botanical garden is offering a Master Gardener class in a few weeks. I知 unable to do it this year, since I知 having foot surgery next week that will put me out of commission, but it sounds like something I might enjoy doing next year.

Has anyone done this, and if so, what exactly does it entail?
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Old 01-06-2019, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I just noticed our local botanical garden is offering a Master Gardener class in a few weeks. I知 unable to do it this year, since I知 having foot surgery next week that will put me out of commission, but it sounds like something I might enjoy doing next year.

Has anyone done this, and if so, what exactly does it entail?
It involves taking the course, following which you have to contribute 50 volunteer hours the first year and 20 volunteer hours thereafter. You also need to have 8 hours of educational time each year, which consists of attending lectures. demonstrations, etc. There are monthly meetings of whatever group you join; ours are highly enjoyable as we always have snacks, door prizes, etc. Our chapter has a Spring Symposium with fantastic Speakers, and we also can attend the annual Master Gardener College in Blacksburg (this year in Virginia Beach). There is also the International Master Gardener College for gardeners all over the world.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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My wife just finished the first 壮emester or set of courses last month. She has some volunteer work to do. Gentlearts described it well. I can add my wife found it enjoyable and worthwhile.

And she got a Honda tiller for Christmas.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:22 AM
 
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I received my Master Gardener certificate last year.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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I received my Master Gardener certificate last year.
Please detail the requirements to obtain Master Gardener status. I have always shied away because of the volunteer hours requirement...

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Old 01-06-2019, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Please detail the requirements to obtain Master Gardener status. I have always shied away because of the volunteer hours requirement...

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Gemstone1
Well, one of the essential points of becoming a Master Gardener is that you give back to the community by sharing the training you've received through volunteering. I've done community garden plantings; local plant clinics where I answered questions from residents; and manned information booths for Earth Day and special events at the hospital, Agricultural and State Fair, and other venues where I handed out information and also answered questions. I also have done two special projects using PlantsMap: one of them involved tagging and identifying trees at a local reclaimed site (former trash dump) in the county and then creating the park site on PlantsMap; the other one involved creating a PlantsMap organization site for a garden at the local community center. All of these activities earned creditable volunteer hours and were very enjoyable. A lot of the PlantsMap work I've actually done at home on my laptop, which made it very convenient.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:37 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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All those things sound like fun, once I get my joints fixed, so I can do the physical part.
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:50 PM
 
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Please detail the requirements to obtain Master Gardener status. I have always shied away because of the volunteer hours requirement...

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Gemstone1
It varies by state. In Virginia, check Home: Virginia Master Gardener Association
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:00 PM
 
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All those things sound like fun, once I get my joints fixed, so I can do the physical part.
After you do the classroom part, some states have phones lines where you can do your volunteer work.
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Old 01-06-2019, 05:00 PM
 
Location: left of center
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You will learn about soil, fertilizers, insects, rodents, shrubs, trees, plants of all varieties. After you complete the class, you then schedule time to answer questions from your local community about problems they have with their plants. You'll have an entire library to source your information, you won't be expected to remember everything from class....and you should be working with other, more experienced volunteers.
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