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Old 02-21-2008, 10:58 AM
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Anyone here been through the Master Gardener program? I start the program today and I am really excited about it. Just wondering if anyone else had experience with this program and what they think about it.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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OH GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!! I've wanted to do it and have even gotten the info before but the timing was not right. I'd love to hear from others as well that have done it.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Anyone here been through the Master Gardener program? I start the program today and I am really excited about it. Just wondering if anyone else had experience with this program and what they think about it.
A friend of mine who lives in Morro Bay, CA went through it just a few years ago. She loved it, and couldn't speak more highly of it. And...she's an awesome gardener now.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:16 AM
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A friend of mine who lives in Morro Bay, CA went through it just a few years ago. She loved it, and couldn't speak more highly of it. And...she's an awesome gardener now.
Oh good! She lives in my area (I live in Paso Robles, just over the hill from her) so I will be taking the same class that she did. The curriculum looks interesting and covers quite a lot of stuff. Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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Oh good! She lives in my area (I live in Paso Robles, just over the hill from her) so I will be taking the same class that she did. The curriculum looks interesting and covers quite a lot of stuff. Thanks!
Yeah, her property backs up on the state owned forest (or whatever it is) in that area. She's got an awesome lot overlooking the bay. I have envy every time I visit.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:04 PM
 
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The Master Gardener program is a program worthwhile. It will bring you up from average home gardener to a more informed gardener. It teaches you the basics in plants, soils, insecticides, herbicides etc, all in laymans terms enabling you to be a more informed and successful gardener.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:59 PM
 
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I took it in Wyoming. The curriculum came out of the program at Colorado State Univ.
I thought it was great ! Not only do you have the chance to refine your knowledge , you also get to hang out with others who share your passion of gardening. Part of the program requires you to give back to your community by answering gardening questions from the public. We visited the gardens of other people and saw what they were doing. Each year we had a state convention where we were able to attend seminars. And we had booths at county fairs and presented seminars ourselves.
Most of us were organic gardeners and the only thing we struggled with was that a lot of the information dealt with using chemicals.
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:45 PM
 
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Yes, in Alabama. My Master Gardener classes (IIRC 8 weeks) were taught by professors from Auburn and AAMU, Extension Agents, and commercial nursery professionals. We also volunteered (IIRC 40 hours) at the Botanical Garden and local projects. The classes were held once a week for 4 hours, and the class brought dishes to share during breaks, yum!

It's a great program - good luck
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:53 PM
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Well, looks like we have a great group in our Master Gardener class. We started with the basics of botany today and it looks like our classes will be half lecture and half hands-on assignments and exhibits. And we also did have some yummy snacks at the break! What a neat program, I really like the fact that you work with the community to help others with their home gardening questions and issues. And I will learn a whole bunch of stuff to help myself as well. Only the first day, but I have a great feeling about this.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Congrats you are going to love being a Master Gardener.
I took the program almost 3 years ago.
Ours was through the IAFS at U of Florida.

You will learn so much.
There are so many different ways with our program to complete the required volunteer hours .

We have a JR Master gardener program that we teach at local schools, that I have been involved in since I completed the program.
if this is one of the things available I highly recommend signing up .
The kids love what they call " butterfly garden class"

rofl about the snacks, everyone would bring the best goodies I gained 5#s by the time the class was over

What is your volunteer hour requirement ?
When I went through the program we had to do 50 hours, 35 of which had to be on the phones. Which is where you are going to learn even more.
The class that just finished has to do 75 hours.
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