What do you think?
My MG organization is wonderful. It started small and has grown over the years. The original membership created a demonstration garden with very little money and a lot of sweat. The garden is attractive when it is well-maintained, but it was not "professionally" designed. The bones and structure of the garden are not as appeaing as they could be, not to mention drainage issues, design flaws, etc.
Here is the situation: The organization now has the financial resources to re-do the garden with the assistance of a landscape architect. Before voting on hiring the architect, one member raised the concern that she felt that it was inappropriate for "Master Gardeners" to hire a professional since we would be misrepresenting ourselves to the public who look to Master Gardeners as capable designers. She said that we should demonstrate garden skills which the typical untrained gardener should be able to do.
The membership unanimously voted to engage the services of the architect for a Concept Plan and other technical services should they arise. I have no doubt that no one in our organization is capable of dealing with the inherent problems with our garden site, thus making the services of a pro invaluable and necessary; however, I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter.