Looking to develop a green thumb? Consider joining the Master Gardeners Association
There are a handful of activities that have increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. Count Zooming as one. Another? Gardening.
Gardening is a way to relax, remain socially distant, and beautify your surroundings.
In Rogers County, the Master Gardeners Association (MGARC) inspires volunteers to become expert gardeners through community education initiatives. Volunteers also learn environmental stewardship. Members initially join as an intern until they reach a certain number of hours to become master gardeners. There is a $175 fee for the class, which includes two field trips, resource notebooks, and field books.
Rogers County Extension Horticulturist John Haase leads the program. Topics covered include botany, turfgrass, entomology, fruits and nuts, vegetable gardening, annuals/ perennials, native plants and pollinators, and more.
“The Master Gardeners organization guides and supports numerous projects around Rogers County,” he says.
These include the Safenet Garden Tour, the Claremore Home and Garden Show, outreach at the Rogers County Fair, Master Gardeners in the classroom (through various schools in Rogers County), and partnering with the Claremore Parks Department on the Teaching Gardens at Will Rogers Park, Haase adds.
Due to the pandemic, the organization has not been holding monthly meetings, Haase says. But they did have a plant sale in which they sold several hundred plants by posting pictures online and delivering the items to individuals.
Volunteers have been working – with safety procedures in place – at the Master Gardeners Teaching Garden at Will Rogers Park in Claremore since May, Haase says.
He says the MGARC has approximately 60 members and 16 interns who will become certified Master Gardeners at the end of this volunteer year. The program is looking for more students for future classes, hopefully, to begin in late fall.
For more information, visit http://www.mgaroco.com/.