Sunday, September 8, 2013

I Did It!

I started my Master Gardening classes this past week!  After three years of hemming and hawing, contemplating and excuse-making, I finally decided to jump in and do it.  And I'm so glad I did!

I've already met so many wonderful gardeners.  Everyone in my class has a unique background, reason for joining, and interest (everything from from foraging to vegetable gardening to landscaping).

The class lecture was engrossing, and I have homework already.

Homework!  :O  

But it's o.k.  It's homework in a subject I'm anxious to learn about.  And we were promised field trips, and hands-on learning, too!

One busy bee!

Never thought I'd be happy to go back to school, but I've been dancing around for days!

Yippee, Whoopee and Woohoo!

35 comments:

  1. This is exciting news! Congratulations! You will be a most competent master gardener!!

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  2. I'm impressed! You will learn so much, and you will also have a great deal of validation that you know so much already. Now get cracking, no TV and early to bed tonight . . . it's a school night.

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  3. Congratulations. I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience. You'll probably end up with new friends too.

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  4. That's fabulous! I plan to become a Master Gardener one day, when my schedule will permit. There is so much to learn, and I think getting to know other serious gardeners would be the best part of all. Good luck on your studies!

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  5. Ah I can tell just how happy you are through your writing! :) I hope you continue to love your course!

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  6. Good for you! I considered it but decided it was more than I wanted to do. I am taking a class though starting on Wednesday - watercolors!

    By the way the pavonia has shown up but not very big shoots. Does this mean it will be bigger next year?

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    1. They should be. Mine do grow back, not only from seedlings, but from the stalks from the year before. After a few years, they are quite old and large, so I pull them, leaving the smaller ones that have seeded. I hope in your colder weather, they act the same for you.

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  7. Your excitement is catching and I am happy for you.

    Way to go girl ~ FlowerLady

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  8. That's great news, glad you are enjoying it.

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  9. The best part of a gardening class is being with other gardeners. You will love it!

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  10. feedback a little as you go. Master Gardening is not an option in South Africa. I am a little green ...

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  11. I'm very impressed! I've always wanted to take MG classes. Congrats!

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  12. I called our county services a couple of years ago. The classes aren't offered here. As long as I'm working I can't attend any of the classes in other counties. Keep us updated on your classes.

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    1. Sue Ellen, our county agent said he fought having the classes offered for several years. But now he's glad he finally lost! They think it's going to be more work, but in the end, it's actually very helpful to them. Maybe you and some others could keep pressuring them to offer it. Good luck.

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  13. Hooray for the best back to school story ever!

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  14. You go girl!!!!!! That is beyond awesome!!!!!!! That is a dream of mine one day.....you soak it all in!!! I can't wait to hear more about it! You rock!!! Nicole

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  15. Yay! I remember feeling the same way when I started master naturalist classes. It's fantastic to study subjects you want to learn about anyway. Talk about following your passion! Enjoy!

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  16. Hello,
    I'm Rozana from Malaysia,I'm still new in gardening,just started planting roses about a year ago,though my English is not so good,I do enjoy your blog,full of great advice for newcomer like me. By the way,wishing you all the best on your new classes!Greetings from Malaysia...

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  17. Hi Holley, that is amazing! Congratulations for making the leap! I am sure you will learn a lot, wishing you much pleasure as you go. I am curious if becoming a master gardener will change the way you garden.
    Christina

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  18. Holley how exciting this must be. And this time a kind of homework you I would like to do.
    Have a wonderful day Holley

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  19. I'm sure you will enjoy the whole process and some things are worth going back to class for.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  20. Congratulations. I'm impressed and I can only imagine how your garden will benefit (although it looks pretty great already).

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  21. Great you are enjoying the masterclasses in gardening, it is fun to meet other gardeners with the same interest. About 15 years ago I went back to school for 'Garden Architecture', I suppose it is about the same as your MG here in Europe. In the meantime I make designs for other people's gardens and is very satisfying.
    Wish you a lot of success!

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  22. Look forward to following along vicariously and learning from/with you!

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  23. Congratulations, Holley! You are going to be a wonderful addition to the program. I have been a Master Gardener for over six years now and have loved it. I have learned so much (and still have much to learn!). And I have met a wonderful group of like minded gardeners.

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  24. Mr. PV is going to do this...but he has to travel to do so...keep us posted!!!

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  25. Yay! Socialising and learning about something interesting! You have happy times ahead! Enjoy your homework. Does someone have to sign your homework diary? ;-)

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  26. Congratulations, Holley! The classes are fantastic and your teachers and "classmates" are going to love you! Please keep us posted and best of luck with all of that homework! :)

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  27. How fun! Three years ago I took the classes to become a certified Master Naturalist. There is not a day that goes by that I regret the time I spent studying nature and now giving back to the public. You will love becoming a Master Gardener!

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  28. My gardening neighbor wants to take the MG classes together. I can't commit as I still have kiddos at home. I volunteer for school and girl scout activities and don't have time (yet) to volunteer for MG activities.


    Some day ....

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  29. Good for you. I have wanted to do this but the classes are held in an unsafe area at night and I refuse to go...I have requested they find a better spot but they won't...

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  30. Oh, there will be plenty of hands on learning, you have hours and hours to volunteer back... and remember there will be a test at the end to see how much you have learned. Great program.... next bag worm cacoon you find - take it to class - perhaps extra points, LOL.

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  31. It's not the classes that stop me. It's the number of volunteer hours required afterwards, much of it phone work. I hate phone work.

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