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To help you decide if you should apply to become a Extension Master Gardener℠ 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 a Master Gardener volunteer 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.