The Agony and Ecstacy of Master Gardening

Michelle Corkadel

Master Gardener Michelle Corkadel was the guest speaker at our opening meeting on September 7, and her topic was The Agony and Ecstacy of Master Gardening.

Michelle explained the educational requirement for becoming a Master Gardener… 40 hours of instruction by the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service about effective and sustainable horticultural practices and landscaping problem-solving.  This is done through demonstration projects and public outreach activities, as well as more traditional classroom time.

Additionally, 40 hours of volunteer service are required to finally earn the coveted title of Master Gardener.

Michelle made it clear that “Master Gardener” is more than a title – it’s a commitment to continuous learning and serving the community. It requires a commitment of time and effort, but the Master Gardeners enjoy this and the relationships that develop among themselves.

Some of the projects of Master Gardeners in Anne Arundel County include composting demonstrations at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, consulting at Crofton Library on Saturdays, and the helping to develop the new Hammonds Connection Park at the Naval Academy Dairy Farm in Gambrills.  (For a complete list, visit the Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners website.)

Our next meeting will feature Maria Price, the owner and proprietor of Willow Oaks Farm and Herb Garden, who will present a program on Herbs.

Jane McClanahan, Program Chair

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