When my mom became a Master Gardener several years ago, I had no idea what a Master Gardener was, nor why she wanted to be one. Of course, I wasn't a gardener then either. Now I am and I want to be a Master Gardener, too.
People have various reasons why they want to become a Master Gardener. For me personally, it's because I want to learn more about various aspects of gardening and to help others do so. I love learning! I have a feeling that I'll find even more reasons once I'm involved with the training required.
A Master Gardener is one who has been trained by a cooperative extension service employee affiliated with a university. Students are educated in many areas pertaining to horticulture, including:
- Soil Science
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Annuals and Perennials
- Trees and Shrubs
- Landscape Maintenance
- Plant Pathology
- Pesticide Safety & Use
- Seed & Propagation
The American Horticultural Society (AHS) maintains a list of the Master Gardener programs in The United States and Canada on their web site.
Master Gardener classes in our area begin February 16th and continue through April 8, 2010. I just wrote my check for the fee and will mail it off tomorrow with my application. I'm excited to get started, though I don't expect it to be easy. I remember how much my mom had to study when she was taking the classes.
Anyone in the Van Wert area that would like to take the classes with me can find the application form available for download here. (.pdf file) The deadline for signing up for the classes is January 22, 2010.
Come on! Let's learn together!