I’m really excited because tonight is my first class in the Master Gardener certification training that I am taking thru the University of Tennessee for the next four months.
As a former, very avid 4-H kid, and current, very enthusiastic (!!), novice gardener, getting involved with the state’s Master Gardener program was a natural fit for me.
For your amusement, here I am at about age 12 posing with Bonnie, the purebred Jersey heifer I won in the annual Duck River Electric Cooperative Essay Contest. When this photo was snapped, Bonnie and I had just won the Jr. Dairy Showmanship Award at the Bedford County 4-H Livestock Expo.
But back to the Master Gardener training…Any of y’all who have read my blog over the past year or two know how much joy my garden has brought me, and how passionate I’ve become about learning all I can about growing things. So you can imagine how psyched I am about getting to spend three hours every Tuesday night for the next few months being schooled in gardening fundamentals by experts from UT’s College of Agriculture.
And once I have the requisite training hours and pass the test to become a bonafide MG (I wonder if all Booker T’s friends were actually plant geeks…?), I am also excited about getting involved with the various flora-related volunteer activities that Master Gardeners do around these parts.
As soon as I learned of the existence of the Master Gardener program about a year ago, I knew that I wanted to eventually apply and take the certification course. However, I figured my enrollment would need to wait a year or two for logistical reasons. But as it happens, I was offered a slot in this semester’s class thru my employer, and when I mentioned the idea to Jon, he was incredibly enthusiastic about me doing it, so things just came together nicely. The big kids have also offered to help on Tuesday nights for the next few months so that Jon can more easily get their little sisters fed, bathed and to bed on a school night while I’m away in my class. (Thanks Jon! Thanks J and E!)
Have any of y’all taken the Master Gardener training where you live? What did you think? What kind of volunteering have you done since you finished your training? Do tell.