Master Gardener Training

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ztrguy, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Messages: 466

    There's a Master Gardener Training course in the area. It's a 10 week course in basic horticulture for plants and gardening. It's a 30 hour course. Topics: plant growth, soils and plant nutrition, lawn establishment and management, landscape design, selection and care of ornamental trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, growing annual and perennial flowers, vegetable and herb gardening, indoor plants, plant proagation and pruning and the identification and management of insects, plant diseases and weeds. Cost is $25 per three hour session.

    Do you think this course would be worth it? Anyone tried one of these? It says it's put on by University specialists, local horticulture pros and master gardener volunteers.
  2. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    I wish that was offered near me I would attend it.
  3. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Haven't tried anything like that, but would jump at the opportunity. Please post the name of the company / course so we can cross reference it for each of our individual areas, or regions.

  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Its better than no training and you can't beat the price. My only argument with Master Gardeners in AZ is they have no continuing education and most info is from community collage level teachers that is decades old. The university trainers would be much better especially if its a university that has ongoing studies.
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    I agree with that. The best turf course I ever took was with Dave Kopec at the Karsten Turfgrass research facility. Its a good starting point.
  6. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    I had taken one in the mid 90's through the extension office the class were
    taught at Va tech by tech professors it was a great learning experience
    it was free but we had to offer or produce 50 hrs. of volunteer work or help
    most of my time was spent on the tech campus doing flower bed cleaning
    and sprucing up not real labor intense things but alot of fun and a lot of valuable info !!!! would do it again in a heart beat if I had the time
  7. gammermann

    gammermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I believe that most of the states have a Master Gardener program. Check with your Extension service. In Texas it is a 50 hour course and you incour a 50 hr volunteer pay back commitment. The fee varies from county to county.
    I took my training in 97 and am very active in the system. Some take it for the information and others are more commited to the requirements to become certified. In Texas we must annually perform 12 hours of volunteer time and attend 6 hours of advanced (continuing training) It is not a hort degree, but the information is very useful.
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Yes take it.I encourage any education in horticulture
    that you can use to help you in your business or to further your options in this industry.

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