I had a letter in the mail a couple of days ago letting me know that I had earned the 50 volunteer hours required to become an “official” URI Master Gardener. They sent my “blue pin” as well. Now I don’t have to wear the paper “intern ” badge any more. Guess I better know what I’m talking about now, too!
I attended the Northeast Regional Master Gardeners Conference last week in Newport, RI. This is a picture of the conference, the Hyatt on Goat Island. It's a beautiful location–right on the harbor. Unfortunately the weather was horrible–rainy, gray, chilly, & windy–so I didn't spend much time outside.
Last week I finished up the master gardener training class at URI–here’s my completion certificate. It’s good to be finished with class although I’ll miss a few buddies that I made. Hopefully I’ll see them around in different volunteer events.
Finishing the class doesn’t make me an “official” MG yet, though. I still have to complete 50 hours of volunteer work. By my account, I’m halfway there. Yesterday, I volunteered to work at the East Farm Spring Festival in Kingston, RI.
Mark your calendars for an online chat at May 9 at 1 pm, when you can ask a URI master gardener a burning gardening question that's been stumping you. (Of course you can always ask me on this blog, but hey, online chats are more fun.)
Yesterday I put in my first volunteer hours for the URI Master Gardener program. Until I actually complete the class and get a lot more hands-on experience, I'm trying to limit myself to "actual gardening," versus for example, fund-raising, event coordination, or working on the gardening hotline. But because there's not that many projects in my end of the state, I volunteered to staff the "Ask a Master Gardener" Booth at a flower show that's nearby. Since I have to put in 50 hours, I figured this was a quick way to get in three hours.