About Master Gardeners
This background information on the history of the Master Gardeners was adapted from the University of Florida IFAS Extension Office.
The Master Gardener Program started in Washington State in 1972. In response to a huge number of requests for gardening information from home gardeners, Dr. David Gibby, an extension agent for horticulture, created the program and trained volunteers in horticulture. These volunteers then provided gardening information to the public, free of charge.
The Master Gardener program has grown to operate in forty five states in the USA as well as in four provinces in Canada. The first national Master Gardener Conference was held in 1987, in Washington, D.C. In 1989, the second national conference was held, this time in Portland Oregon. By 1991, Master Gardeners from Ontario and Michigan were hosting the first international Master Gardener Conference in Detroit. Since then, additional conferences have been held in other cities, including San Antonio in 1993 and Saskatoon in 1995.
|"The Master Gardener Program provides gardeners with intensive education in home horticultural principles. Participants who complete the program are certified as Master Gardeners by the Northampton County Extension Service."
Master Gardeners provide volunteer leadership and service to their community in gardening activities. Among the services provided are: hosting the "Help Line", answering gardening questions, conducting plant clinics, beautifying the community, and other related services and activities that educate the public on horticulture and improve the quality of horticultural projects.
The Master Gardener Program, which is open to all people, regardless of socio-economic level, race, color, sex, religious affiliation or national origin, provides intensive horticultural training. Upon completion, Master Gardeners are required to provide volunteer service hours and must participate in on-going training, which is available at both the state and county levels.
Click here for information on joining the Eastern Shore Virginia Master Gardeners' Program.
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