Master Gardener Classes from A Teens Perspective ~ Heather L. Grimes, 4-H’er & recent MG Graduate.
When my dad mentioned the family taking Master Gardener classes together I was excited because I love flowers. However, after the first few classes I was wondering if I had signed up for extra homework. There were classes on soil, pests, and vegetables, but where were the flowers? I did not understand what all of this had to do with planting pretty flowers. I kept trying to be patient because mom kept telling me we have to learn about all of this before we get to the good stuff. Well she was right as I went about creating my own flower garden I realized that I needed to think about my soil, was it acidic enough for my roses? I also had to think about what type of plants I needed to not only make it look great, but also that compliment and help with mom and dad’s vegetable garden.
Over the past month I have been very busy putting all my new found knowledge to work. I have begun noticing more bees and birds and good bugs. I am really excited at seeing all I have learned come full circle. I would strongly encourage others to take advantage of your local Master Gardener Program. To twist an old saying I would say give a person a flower and they will enjoy it for a while, teach a person to garden and they will enjoy it a lifetime.