I had my last Master Gardener class on Tuesday — I am halfway to becoming an official Master Gardener! What’s left, you say? The next phase is to complete 40 hours of community service. My plan at this point is to volunteer for the MG program, improving communications systems among the Master Gardeners themselves, and to do some work in the community through volunteering, probably at a community garden site such as Caring Community Gardens or a public garden like the Viles Arboretum or Maine’s Governor’s Mansion, the Blaine House, which has an English cottage style garden designed for the site by the Olmstead Brothers in 1920.
In Maine the program is organized by the Cooperative Extension Service’s county offices. I took the class out of my county, so will have to do a bit of travel to complete my hours in the county in which I trained, but that’s OK, it was well worth it. I learned a lot in the MG program, and really enjoyed the opportunity to meet other gardeners, many of whom are almost as obsessed as I am about gardening. It is so nice to find you are not alone!