What you need to know about Master Gardener programs

What you need to know about Master Gardener programs
by Bryan Painter Published: July 14, 2013

The only charge for the Master Gardener program is a $100 course work fee. After completing the 12 weeks of training, a participant must take a certification exam, which will qualify he or she for the title of Oklahoma Master Gardener.

In addition to volunteering their time, Master Gardeners also meet once a month to extend their knowledge of gardening subjects. They also travel together to see gardening projects throughout our area and are one of the most dynamic groups meeting in our state.

“First off we consider the Master Gardener program as a community service organization,” Ridlen said. “We have our monthly meetings for our members and bring in speakers from across the state and across the nation. We take four to five bus tours a year, this year we have traveled to Arkansas, Stillwater, and the Dallas Arboretum.

“Later this fall we will have a member garden's tour and a tour of Devon Tower/ Myriad Gardens. Our monthly meetings and trips are events that bring our members together for social interaction between the members.”

For more information about the Master Gardener program, go to http://mastergardener.okstate.edu/

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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