Why become a Master Gardener?
The Collier County Master Gardener Program began in 1986. Participants in the program gain a sense of community spirit, intellectual stimulation through continuing education, and a sense of accomplishment through helping each other as well as the community. Master Gardener program participants develop new friendships and a close comradery as they work together to share their knowledge and experience with the public.
A love of gardening, or a desire to learn about gardening, a sincere desire to help others, and a personal commitment to volunteer service are the major selection criteria involved. Gardening experience and knowledge are certainly helpful, but they are not necessary for enrollment in the Master Gardener Training Program.
Selection to become a candidate for the Master Gardener Training Program is not based on prior training, education, knowledge, or experience. Nor does age, race, gender, or physical handicap determine selection.
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