A Bit of Dirt – Summer 2008

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – by John Atkinson

ADVANCED MASTER GARDENER TRAINING
There is so much to learn and so little time. Marco Fonseca, State MG Coordinator, and others at the University of Georgia have put together the
Advanced Master Gardener Training Program to provide continuing education for the Georgia Master Gardener. Participants in the program found it a rewarding experience and well worth the effort. UGA recognizes your participation with a certificate that can be placed in a prominent location at your home or office.

What’s an advanced class like? It is more than a refresher of the training you have already experienced as an intern. It has much greater depth
and specificity. The instructors are highly qualified in their field and the presentations are designed to be of timely interest and educational importance to the Master Gardener. There is a pre-class exam to determine your level of knowledge before the class. An exam at the end of the class to determines how much you’ve learned. The exams are fairly straightforward so there is no need to panic.

Sign up as soon as you see the announcement in the Georgia Master Gardener Association’s “The Georgia Scoop” newsletter or receive an email notice from Krissy Slagle, State MG Program Assistant, or Kathy Parent of the Gwinnett Extension Office. All the classes have a limited enrollment and fill up quickly. The topic and program description provide an idea whether or not the training class would of interest to you. The training definitely builds your confidence and increases your horticultural knowledge. The knowledge gained in these classes will make you a
better Gwinnett County Master Gardener.

If you can’t participate in the Advanced Master Gardener Training Program, spend some time reviewing the material in the Master Gardeners
Handbook and the Pest Management Handbook. This will increase your ability to contribute to the knowledge of the citizens of Gwinnett County who rely on the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners for sound, reliable guidance.

Other articles in this issue:
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Alert – from the Lumpkin Coalition
Poisonous Plants And Mushrooms In The Landscape – By Dan Willis
Cogongrass: An Invasive Weed In Georgia – The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia