Is the EMG Program Right for Me?
To help you decide if you should apply to become a Extension Master Gardenersm
volunteer, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?
- Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
- Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
- Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?
If you answered yes to these questions, the Extension Master Gardenersm
program could be for you!
You know you're an Extension Master Gardener when . . .
- At least once a day you get naked and do gymnastics in front of a mirror looking for ticks.
- You grab other people's banana peels, coffee grinds, apple cores, etc. for your compost pile.
- You have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean.
- All your neighbors come and ask you questions.
- You know the temperature of your compost every day.
- You spend more time volunteering than at home.
- Your spouse never knows where you may be on any given day.
- You buy a bigger truck so that you can haul more mulch.
- You enjoy crushing Japanese beetles because you like the sound that it makes.
- Your boss makes "taking care of the office plants" an official part of your job description.
- Everything you touch turns to "fertilizer".
- Your non-gardening spouse becomes conversant in botanical names.
- You find yourself touching leaves, flowers and trunks wherever you go.
- When considering your budget, plants are more important than groceries.
- You dumpster-dive for discarded bulbs after commercial landscapers remove them to plant annuals.
- You plan vacation trips around the locations of botanical gardens, arboreta, historic gardens, etc.
- You sneak home a 7 foot Japanese Maple and wonder if your spouse will notice.
- Your neighbors recognize you in your pajamas, rubber clogs and a cup of coffee.
- You always carry a shovel and a plastic bag in your trunk as emergency tools.
- After purchasing $300 worth of plants, you enter "groceries" in your check register.
- You appreciate your Master Gardener badge more than your jewelry.
- You spend more time chopping your kitchen greens for the compost pile than for cooking.
- You like the smell of horse manure better than Estee Lauder.