Hi Everyone...I just thought this information would be helpful to any of you folks who are interested in the Master Gardener Program. This website I am posting is a map of Michigan and if you click on your county, it will give you your county extension office information. Its not just for Master Gardeners, but for other information that can be helpful to you. You can call your county extension office for any type of horticultural information you are needing...
Thanks Deann... I checked it out. I'd sure love to attend 5 classes down in Lansing, but it's just too far. Double darn. What do you mean chat chat chat MARTHA (ooops, I mean NOT!) Don't you have anything better to do than CHAT! Winter has been a real downer for me! Just put me in a funky mood. I don't even care about gardens at this point. Does anyone else have this same feeling or should I just set the whole darn thing on fire and run?
I have an envelope with a dinner plate hybiscus in it. I just looked at it and it looks like a brown pod. What do I do with it? Does anyone have a start for an Angel Trumpet. Does anyone want to come and clean up my gardens this spring? If you do, you get something REALLY WONDERFUL! You get the satisfaction of helping out a lazy crabby ol' woman! It'll make you feel really good and earn you roses in Heaven. Have a good day peoples... Jacklynn
Paul...wow I am gone two days and I just heard this...I agree with you, but I think the name of the game now is cutting cost. That is why they keep dragging their heels here In Iosco County to start another MG class. They say they don't have the funds, even thought the last 3 classes were handled by Advanced Master Gardeners in our County...go figure...
Thanks for the info on Michigan MG, I still want to take that class. I don't think my rose mallows made it through the winter or the freeze we had a week or so ago, I will just keep watch. I am finally returning after my total knee replacement surgery February 28th. For a long time I could not set at the computer, painful. Nice to see everyone again. I am now 9 weeks postop and doing very well. Just got a new bicycle and riding it, wow that hurt the first few times but I think I have it mastered now. Now to get to my gardens and get the weeds out. The spring bulbs are sure beautiful, I am so glad I planted several last fall. Did everyone get their new DG mug? Thanks Deann for the well wishes and prayers for my surgery, I am doing great!
Here are some spring flowers, not all though. My peonies are now really tall and full of blooms and the purple aliums that I have in a row behind all of these pansies and tulips and opening. Sure is pretty, isn't spring just the best!! Such a new birth of all things green and colorful.
Francee...I am so surprised your Rose mallow did not make it. It is coming up all over the place in my garden, and I keep digging it up like a weed. If you want some more, let me know and I will send out some for postage...
Unless I don't know what I am looking for I don't think one came up and you sent me plants last year...hmmmmm. Send me a photo of what the new ones coming up look like, would ya? Maybe I am thinking they are weeds since I am not familiar with the plants yet.
Question? My rhododendrons are not blooming yet. They all look as though they have big buds on them everywhere but they are all tight as a drum. Is it not time for them to bloom in zone 5 or is something wrong with my plants? This is their third year and the first they have not bloomed, I am sad because they are so beautiful ususally but I really don't remember what month they bloom in? HELP???
hello I'm new to Daves Garden. I live in Plainwell. I kinda agree with the writer up a few replys. With all of the extra snow and stuff all the colder weather. A lot of the plants were looking pretty bad but now they are really springing back. The yard is looking very pretty now. With the primroses which are the biggest they have ever been they are so colorful. My creeping dead nettle is starting to blossom. the tulips and the daffiodils are in blossom I dont know maybe Im not so down in the dumps. Spring is my favorite time of year. Well I'll "talk" to you all later on I have lots of shade plants. If any one is interested. Have a wonderful summer and growing season. Ronna
Watching in amazement as marigold seeds spilled where the camper sat this late fall bloom like summer, and mint and lemon balm that was cut down in September readies to bloom again, and sweet annie and bee balm seedlings from this year's plant blooms are nearly ready to bloom!
Sometimes the Master Gardener Program will offer partial scholarships, which can bring down the cost considerably. This probably isn't something that is advertised, just call up your local Extension office and inquire. That will only cost you the price of a phone call.
Unfortunately...nothing in life is free. With technology changing everything on an almost weekly basis, money is in deed a factor. Many counties in Michigan have smaller populations and a quickly vanishing economy. The Master Gardener program and it's volunteers are becoming a much needed commodity. Contrary to what paulgrow stated, that MSU looks on the program to be a cash cow, it in fact is not. MSU gets very little money from the student fees to continue to advance the program into what it actually can become. There is no money coming from MSU, the State of MI or the Feds either. It is a self supported program, getting its $$$ from the small amount that each student is charged on a county level in their class fee. Most of the $$$ in the class fees stay in the county to cover everything from the class materials to instructors. Some counties have to spend big bucks just in mileage $$ for an instructor to even go to them. There have been fewer and fewer classes held each year and those classes have had fewer and fewer students in each one. What is really needed is for there to be some sort of funding from other sources for this program to continue. State and Federal funding should be looked into. There has got to be a way to acknowledge the efforts of the program's 'cost saving' to local communities. For every 1 hour of a volunteers time, that actually computes to over $17.00 of 'free' labor in the communities. Goodness knows, it is really needed in this day and age. A little support, instead of a handout would make a great difference. The 'little people' in the local communities really need the Master Gardener program and they are the ones hurt the hardest by the lack of support.
My daughter and I started the Master Gardener class of 2009! Wednesday night was the first class, 5:30 - 9:00 PM. (Right here in Robinson Township, 4 miles from our house in the country, which is 10 miles from nowhere! LOL! How cool is that?)
I realised after the first 5 minutes that I had just been adopted into a new family, and OH OH I LOVED it!
The teacher this week was a Pathologist, and he got quite emotional about plants and their "gifts" to us. I get emotional about plants too, and truly there are days when plants are better than chocolate to lift my mood!
Heh! I spent the afternoon going through my plant books trying to find the new "cutting" that I found, and pronouncing every botanical name.
Pjadams you'll love the info and people associated with the Master Gardener program. I have been an Advanced Master Gardener since 1992 and have tons of gardening friends and lots of opportunities to learn more about plants. Not that I remember it all, but it's fun and keeps me out of trouble LOL. There are plenty of opportunities to share your knowledge with others. Our MG society has a county wide garden tour every year and a plant sale in the spring, which is rooted cuttings and seedlings or divisions from our own gardens. That's our major fundraiser for the year.
Oh PJ i am hearing you and reliving every happy moment when in my MG classes!! It opened my eyes!!
I felt kindred spirits i had never known before!! I made a bunch of new friends and had the best time!
I tell everyone to go if they can. It is a gift to yourself. If you are a plant lover the SCIENCE of things you already know/do is revealed to you. It is a kin to someone explaining the science behind baking and all of a sudden you know why some things work and don't work. OH revelations!!!
Can You tell I LOVED every moment and your telling of it brought me back to 2000 when I got my certs.
Have a good time!! It Is Fabulous!
CONGRATS, Paul! I hope our county does things like that. Even if they don't, this has been one of the top 10 best things that I've ever done! I won't stop. Some of the continuing ed classes here are very inexpensive, as low as $6.00! And I can't wait to do the volunteer work. I'm even getting excited about sending in a soil test! LOL! we've been here since 1996 and I've never tested it. It's just so obvious that it's mostly sand that I sorta gave up on a garden. But this year I'll try again. Only every spot here that's situated well for a garden is surrounded by oak trees. HA. EVERYTHING here is surrounded by oak trees.
Paul is correct about the 'certs'. After you pass the class and final exam you need to complete 40 hours of garden related volunteer work in the community within 1 year. Of those 40 hours, you must complete 20 MSU required/approved hours. This awards you the Basic Master Gardener Volunteer Certificate. To earn the Advanced Certificate, you have a total of 5 years to record an additional 50 hours of volunteering and 25 hours of advanced education ABOVE what you need on a yearly basis to maintain your original certification.
Paul received his 3000 hour pin last Friday. Another of our good friends received his 3500 pin that night as well. There are MG's in our county who have received their 5000 hour pin as well.
You need to check with your County Extension office...Do you know how to find it??? If you need help let me know...it goes by county...and I am sure there is a Extension office in Grand Rapids
Huron and Sanilac Counties are exploring the possibilitiy of having a class in the fall. If there is enough interest it will probably start in September somewhere close to the two counties' line. You can call the Huron County extension office to find out more. 989-269-9949.
dd and I finally "graduated"! We start volunteering next week I think and need 40 hours to actually be "certified". WOO HOO!!!!
DD got 100%, I got 99%. Would like to have gotten that 1 right, especially since I said a leek was fruit. (embarrassed smilie here...) what's up with that? How in the world did I mess that up? Oh well. I passed!
I will have my certification after 40 hours volunteer work and then the education credits start. At least that's what Shane told us. It doesn't matter anyway, I'm just having a blast and I'll take all the education I can get...or afford. :-)
I will be getting most of my volunteer hours planning, planting and "interpreting" the Master Gardener children's garden and directing the tours for home schoolers and day care groups. What a cool thing! LOL! I'm enjoying it immensely.
I've been certified for several months now, and because of an interview I did with the coordinator, I'm now co coordinating the start up of our ciunty's first Junior Master Gardener program, though we will not be "certified" as we want more freedom as to what we teach, how long we teach it and how much it costs. I will be an advanced MGV by summer. (Ed credits will come from two March seminars, both in Grand Rapids. I'm VERY excited about the one on Garden Therapy! They are both daylong seminars, 5 credit hours each.) I'm having a blast but I hadn't expected to be put in a leadership role. I figure, someone bosses ME and I teach the kids! LOL! But I was needed where I am, and I'm suddenly using skills I forgot I had. And I still love it!
How nice for you that you have time and knowledge to give to kids who need to know how to grow.
It is a wonderful program ( the JR. Master Gardener Program).
I think you will love it!
So Congrats!! And have fun while getting your Advanced Certs!!
From a MG and ADV. MG.
We've fine tuned and reworked our objectives and dreams, and decided to do something all new and not be connected with JMG. We're writing our own curriculum, and the program will be run by Master Gardener Volunteers but not connected with Junior Master Gardeners.
It will be a pilot program with just 15 students for the first year. I've gotten so many hours in researching and writing our curriculum, I will very soon be an Advanced MGV.
(I wrote homeschool curriculums for my own kids for over 12 years...not so hard, just time consuming.)
I am just nearly overwhelmed. I ended up basically writing a book, because we're using many different sources for our text. But it's finally done and ready to snap into notebooks for the kids. The teacher's orientation meeting is this Thursday and classes start mid May. They'll be once a week. I won't be teaching, but will be the one who makes sure that everything is done and provided for each lesson. I think I'd rather teach! We will only have 15 students this year and are calling it as pilot program, meaning nothing is written in stone and nothing is perfected. Sigh.
Keep us informed. It sounds as if you have done something amazing and new to support future
Gardeners and "green" minded kids! What a wonderful thing to do.
I never heard of working in horticulture as a child or I would have chosen it as a career.
Good Luck and I know you are making a difference!
Actually what I meant was I am now an Advanced Master Gardener! YAY!!!
And I am about 4 hours from getting my 250 hours pin. By the end of next week I should be there. Not sure when they actually give me the badge and the hours piun.
I had wanted to take the MG class...but it was put aside.
I had to move all my gardens to a new home and thought the best way to get info on the soil was to visit my local county extension office. I am very sorry to say that they disappointed me greatly !!
It took quite some time to get anyones attention, tho there were 3 or 4 milling about...they seen me, yet just continued as tho I didn't belong there. When I was finally able to talk with someone...they said---what grows on the land now. I answered----pines. The lady laughed, said---grow blueberries and walked away from me.
2 years later...my gardens are coming along, I'm learning by myself...the needs and feeds my plants require.
bought my own soil tester
still have wishes to be in the local garden walk
If all works as planned...I'll make it
The sign out front will say "Co-ops Impossible Dream"
FYI ... I'm not knocking the program and do believe I would benifit from it... just wont be returning to that office for intelligence ...if I return I'll have pictures or an invite to the garden walk
I was disillusioned at first when I took the program, and became aware that my training was mainly to learn how to look things up and find the answers to questions. After all, if the info was available, why couldn't they look it up for themselves? LOL!
Then I realized that training was exactly what I need - to know how to find information. Sounds le those in that office hadn't learned well how to help others.
Life changed for me over the last couple years. :-). During my second year with the kids' gardening program my dd and SIL announced a baby was coming. Having a grand daughter totally spun me offline with everything else and focused on my granddaughter. It seems like forever ago that I did those things. Just before my Ruby arrived, our MGV funding was cancelled and I was relieved because I couldn't focus on it anymore. Now they are funded again I've heard but I'm now twice a gramma with little Dempsey, a boy. I've lost all my hours and credits, and don't even care. Oh the joy of one on one in the garden with Ruby!