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2007 Master Gardener Class

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Our fifty-four 2007 Master Gardener Interns are in their fifth week of training. The cold weather has made travel difficult, but it has not daunted their enthusiasm one bit.

Many have already begun their volunteer hours at Garfield Park Conservatory Chocolate Fest, the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association conference and with the Growing Connection Program.

They have studied Botany, Soils, Woody Ornamentals, Vegetables and have argued over theambiguous questions on the weekly quizzes! This week it is herbaceous plants with Greg Stack.

Garfield Park Conservatory is a wonderful, warm place to visit in January. Interns take fulladvantage of its beauty during breaks. Our thanks to the Conservatory for providing this free classroom space to us.

However, this is a difficult space in which to hold classes. The Community Room must be set up from scratch every morning, and completely taken down after 3:00 p.m. That includes moving heavy tables from the far reaches of the Conservatory every time.

We could not provide this class without the help of our Classroom assistants: James Cobb, Linda Khalouf, Kathy Maskall, Charlot Richards and Marie Ware.

They arrive shortly after 7:00 am to do the set up.Theyhave the last chair stacked and the floor swept by 4:00 pm. They also make coffee and tea and set up the buffet. Kathy Maskall often brings homemade baked goods. They have every quiz corrected, recorded and returned to the interns by noon each day. They make this all look effortless, but it is not. We can't thank them enough.

Also, our thanks to Aida Peralta, UIUC Program Coordinator, for handling all the paper work. She makes it look easy too.

Active Master Gardeners are welcome to sit in on classes as a refresher course. Just let us know when you are coming, bring something for the "treat buffet', and take a chair at the side of the room.

Days of special interest to all Master Gardeners:

March 12 - Volunteer Day - Join the interns to hear about new and exciting volunteer opportunities.

March 26 - Organic Gardening Day.

Guest speakers:

Organic Gardening Basics - Kirsten Akre, Kilbourn Organic Greenhouse

Worm Vermiculture - Nancy Kreith, UIUC Extension Program Coordinator

Water Gardening experts - Beata Welsh and Sue Cubberly

Elizabeth Bruhns
Master Gardener Coordinator
Cook County/Chicago

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