How one bad apple can ruin a whole bushel
I read this posting on another website:
"I visited [a very reputable nursery] on a Master Gardener tour and purchased approximately $150 worth of plants. Everything started failing immediately and ultimately everything died. When I called they said it must have been something I did. Since I'm a Master Gardener (and know a little about gardening) I don't think I could have killed ALL the plants. They have a no replacement policy which I didn't know when I made the purchase (my fault). [snip)"
I found it disturbing as an admittedly former Master Gardener (I haven't gotten re-certified in my current home state) that ANY Master Gardener would assume that experience and the Master Gardener certification would guarantee survival of one's plant choices.
I grow lots of different plants, many of them very well. I also kill an awful lot of plants, sometimes all from the same source, sometimes from different sources. Or more correctly, the plants fail to survive for me. Some of that is my experimental temperament. Some of it is the nature of living things, and plants are living things.
I know this person isn't representative of Master Gardeners in general, but for someone encountering an MG for the first time, it wouldn't be very fun to have encountered that particular MG.