What is my number one hobby? Gardening without a doubt. Because I continue to want to learn more about this passion, I decided in 2007 to enroll in the Master Gardener Program sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension.
I enjoyed the classes covering a variety of topics from soil to landscaping. And, what a wonderful group of down-to-earth (no pun intended), dedicated people I have met.
The Master Gardener Program requires giving back of your time each year in the form of approved projects in your community. These projects can be community gardens, helping children learn to garden, answering gardening questions, starting school gardens, writing gardening articles, giving talks on gardening related topics – just about any type of gardening you can think of that has an educational component and reaches out to the community.
Our state has ten counties resulting in ten separate Master Gardener Associations. This allows you to belong to a local group where you can meet fellow gardeners and donate your time on projects that are vital to the community you live in.
The MG program provides you with an opportunity to continually grow as a gardener through refresher courses and to learn from some exceptional Cooperative Extension college instructors who conduct the classes. For someone who loves gardening, it doesn’t get a lot better than that.
If you want further information on our Master Gardener program, please utilize this link. Fall classes start September 6, 2012. You can find information for your state or county at your local extension website.
We also have an active state group, New Hampshire Master Gardener Association. Their committees plan continuing education courses around the state as well as the annual Spring Symposium that includes well-known speakers from a variety of gardening backgrounds and workshops on a wide range of relevant topics.
I am constantly challenged by the Master Gardener community, enjoy being able to share information with my very experienced gardener friends, and love learning new and updated gardening methods.
Remember, fruits and vegetables feed the body, flowers feed the soul, and the MG program feeds the mind – enjoy them all in your garden.