plant regulation-Trivial-and OT
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:21:18 PDT
On 29 Jul 2009, at 7:58, Bracey Tiede wrote:
> Our [Master Gardener] program has been tapped by the local ag commissioner
> to help with field surveys for pests and we have contributed research data
> twice over the past three years to the state invasive plant people on which
> nurseries are selling which invasive plants. 

My opinion of the usefulness of the MG program has gone up a notch or two.

I think my main objection to the MG program lies in its name. Simply put, the 
graduates from the program are not master gardeners in the ordinary everyday 
sense of the phrase. Far from it!

Having known a few professional horticulturists who underwent old-school 
training in Britain, the gulf in knowledge, experience, and expertise between 
us amateurs and a well-educated pro gardener has always amazed me. We amateurs 
tend to have very deep knowledge of very narrow fields of interest; the pros 
know about everything, not in such depth, but deep enough they can keep their 
heads above water no matter what task is put to them. Ask me to grow a tomato 
and I'd be hopeless!

Incidentally, what are the worst invasives in your area? Around here, Scotch 
broom (Cytisus scoparius) and ivy (Hedera helix) are pretty bad. Broom has been 
an issue since the 1850s when six of twelve seeds planted at Sooke BC by an 
homesick early settler from Scotland germinated one spring, but ivy has only 
begun to cause serious trouble in the last ten years or so. Sure, it was around 
before then, but you didn't see it taking over the forest floor in parks, 
clambering up trees, and so on.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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