Master Gardeners?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by tyler_mott85, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Has anyone gone through their local Master Gardener program?

    There is one here, in Sedgwick County, that goes through the K-State Research and Extension Office.

    $100 for material, 48 hours of volunteer time and you get 48 hours of training. Every year after that you do 48 hours of volunteer work and get continuing education courses.

    To anyone that is a Master Gardener or has been please tell me about your experience. Both on a personal/knowledge basis and a professional basis.

    Classes are all day on Thursdays from the end of September through the end of December. Not too excited about that schedule but you gotta put the time in to get anything out!

  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I took the course.

    The second best decision I ever made next to marring my wife.

    The course was awesome and the resources are endless.

    Unfortunately, between moving to my current location, family issues, and a new son I wasn't able to keep my Master Gardner's status because I couldn't find the time to do the volunteer work. If you take the course, you'll find out that most of the volunteers are over the age of 45, and have plenty of time on their hands.

    I'm thinking next winter I might jump back in as it can be a great club to network yourself and biz.

    All in all the book course was phenomenal even if you don't keep your status.
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,991

    I love the Master Gardener program. Every year they buy about ten tons of worm castings from me for their fundraiser! :)
  4. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,160

    Some areas have good programs in my area its a joke !!
  5. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    They are mostly interested in your volunteer time (yes, I am one).
  6. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    Unfortunate but same here. Mostly elderly folks and housewives take the course and I learned next to nothing (and I have plenty to learn believe me)

    If the one near you is good I'd certainly recommend it, but I'd check with other pro's who've taken it first.
  7. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    In my opinion the key word in Master Gardener is "Gardener". The class is focused towards your senior citizen "gardener" not your "pro landscaper", if that makes sense
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I hate to break it to you, but that's far from the truth.

    My textbooks I received covers just about anything to do with landscaping design, lawn maintenance, tree fruits, woody ornamentals, vegetable crops, perennials, annuals, integrated pest management, lawn maintenance and renovation, etc....

    The two binders I received are over a 1000 pages total.

    The MG programs are always looking for younger people to join the ranks. Unfortunately, the younger you are, the less time you have to volunteer, so, you generally see older people in the classes and program.
  9. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Yeah, I realize that there will be a big retired crowd in the program. But from the brochures I have read through they go over all kinds of information. Not just about gardening. I could use some gardening info anyway since it's in my name.

    I have heard of a guy here in town that retired from the aircraft industry. Made good money since he was union. When he got out he was really bored so he took the master gardener program and through that program and the people he met he has enough sidejobs to keep him busy to the point that he makes more money now then he ever did making Cessna Jets!

    Thanks for your responses!
  10. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    That could possibly be true, but guess is that the people taking the class are obviously interested in doing it themselves. But when they come upon something that they can not do, they will remember you from the program and give you a call. The main reason im taking it, is to say im a master gardener and post the logo places with my biz logo.

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