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How many Master Gardeners?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by cpllawncare, May 10, 2011.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Yes, we know. :laugh:

  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    :confused: how? iv never talked about gardening or advanced landscaping here?
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    The more knowledge one has the more they can instill confidence in their customers as they tell them the why and how work needs to be done.

    The more knowledge one has the more diversified work and higher paying work can be gone after.
  4. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    Been a Master Gardener in Arkansas (Faulkner Co) since 2005. I've know guys from the industry that go through the program and then quit the program. I'm the only one in my county that continued with the program and still work as a LCO. The program has helped me and we need to put in 20 working hours and 20 learning hours each year to maintain our "certification." Doesn't take that much time, but a lot of guys don't have the time if they are are going 40+ hrs per week, and I know many that work a lot more than that.
  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Here it requires 50 hour or longer training period and 75 hours of volunteer hours the first year. Then you are required 10 CEU and 35 working hours each year.

    That is a lot of free hours - but assuming the knowledge you could take away would invaluable I would say it is fair. The only thing that stops me from doing it is lack of time and the fact that it is against the rules to advertise that you are a master gardener once becoming one. Without being able to use it for marketing purposes it really lowers the value of the program to me because honestly - 98% of homeowners here do not know the difference between a viburnum and say a goldmound ...they simply do not know so it is doubtful that you are going to impress them with any mass of knowledge, it is just for your own use.
  6. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Well said! My Mother was once a MG & not very knowledgeable either. (Sorry Mom!) Ask her a question & she'd grab some books and start looking for the answer. She tried to get me to sign up but I said no way. I gained my experience in the field working.

    MG is very popular among the elderly folk, whom have plenty of time to volunteer at the extension office.
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Master Gardeners do recieve a lot of notoriety among the laypeople... The club would be good for raising your profile, but in actual learning there are many more efficient and sensible ways to become a master at your craft, than volunteering to pull weeds at the city park...
    The mention of 'organic' gardening is another point to consider... When a bad idea gets pushed into the club it becomes god-like truth, becuz it is PC(politically correct)...
    Actual soil science, botany and horticulture studies is the way to go... and it all on the internet now... :)
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I just figured out the best reason ever to becoming an MG.

    Today we were working on a commercial property. Either anowner or just a patron comes out to talk to us.

    It's a standard commercial bed, graded, fabric, plants and rive rock.

    The lady states, "why are you doing this. River Rock is no good and isn't very attractive."

    I tried to explain to here that it's a commercial property and this is what the client wanted, though I tried to talk them into mulch beds.

    " Oh, by the way, I'm a MG, and the rock will leach lime into the soil."

    Oh that's great I say, I took the course in 05' and it was a great experience. And, by the way, this is going to be washed river rock, not lime/white rock, there shouldn't be an PH issues from it.

    Needless to say she pretty well went quite on me an didn't say much more.


  9. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    lime from white rocks?
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Limestone, hence Lime.


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