What was your favorite class subject?

coffeemom(Broward z10)August 29, 2004

I almost stayed home to miss the orchid class. I don't do orchids, have no desire to do orchids and thought they were a finicky plant. So of course I was totally blown away by the Orchid Lady and loved her class the best. I still don't "do" orchids.....but now I could.

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The_Dollmaker

Trees, just because the instructor was so cool.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2004 at 10:34PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

I am a plant propagation Specialist, so guess what! I love to make more plants! I just cant help myself!

Janie

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 7:35AM
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janet_la(z8b Louisiana)

I found the entire topic of soil structure to be fascinating.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 8:01AM
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luvmyducks(z5 ME)

Pesticides. I learned an unbelievable amount about organic and non-organic pesticides. I also let go of some of my organic dogma when I learned that some organic pesticides are actually more toxic to humans and the environment than some chemical ones are! We learned how to identify pests by the damage they do, and to use the least toxic, most effective remedy.
The instructor reassured me that I would NOT get Parkinson's disease from using rotenone, but I still don't use it!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 9:36AM
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blueheron(z6 PA)

I liked the class on Perennial Gardening, also the one about Native Plants.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 8:11PM
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billie_ann(6b PA)

Entomology and plant pathology.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 9:05PM
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poppymiller(z8FL)

Herbs! I love them. My favorite daily activity is putting my face right into my Basil and breathing it in. They're all great but herbs are fun. I also enjoyed the class on propagation. Believe it or not I took the MG program so I could figure out how to garden in this kitty litter they call soil! A transplant from Ohio, where soil doesn't run thru your fingers and there are no fire ants.

I was very interested in IPM, having always gardened organically, this seems like such a huge step for a university to take. I was very impressed. 8-) Poppy

    Bookmark   August 31, 2004 at 5:24AM
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adaorand(UpstateNY)

I liked the entomology and plant pathology, too.
Least favorite (boring, uninteresting, etc) was Turf Grasses. The instructor must have been a sports nut, because he seemed to fous the lesson toward golf courses. It was interesting to learn how those beautiful "plaid" baseball diamonds are achieved, though.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2004 at 12:41PM
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billie_ann(6b PA)

AdaOrand, That's funny about the Turf Grasses but it was my least favorite class.
I like the bugs and disease classes because that's what people always want to know. "What's that bug?" and "what's killing my plant?" Also enjoyed weed identification! Aren't we nuts, lol! Billie

    Bookmark   August 31, 2004 at 4:04PM
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trudyjean82(z8SWGA)

It's funny you mentioned that about the instructor doing mostly turf grass (Lawn maintenace class). My present boss use to be a gold course manager for 20 yrs and taught my mg class and he mostly talked about golf course grasss to. Bout put me and some others to sleep. My favorite was plant propagation. T

    Bookmark   August 31, 2004 at 4:34PM
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GardenMastaX

palm trees

    Bookmark   September 2, 2004 at 12:05AM
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dee4nebraska

I loved the landscape design portion although it was only touched upon briefly as was the part on perennials. Two of my favorite subjects!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2004 at 12:15PM
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ltcollins1949(9a TX)

Herbs, herbs and more herbs. I love gardening, but herbs are my favorite.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2004 at 6:39PM
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hotroses(z7 Charlotte)

I loved the pathology lecture. Fungi are fascinating.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2004 at 8:22PM
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andie_rathbone(Tyler, TX - 7B)

Perennial & Heirloom Southern plants taught by Bill Welch.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2004 at 12:09AM
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gardenfaerie(z5b Michigan)

Wow, we didn't have a section on herbs, but I would have loved that. As it was, I found the speaker on household pests (the "bug lady") great! Not something I thought I would have been interested in. I also liked the part of class on composting.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2004 at 10:20PM
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dee4nebraska

We took a great tour of a state college campus that is a statewide arboretum. One day in class we played "Jeopardy" using plants, diseases, bugs etc. as categories and also "pretended" working at the extension office answering the phone with the instructor as the caller. The top student playing "Jeopardy" received a plant book. Made the day go a bit faster.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2004 at 10:40PM
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GardenLadee(z5)

Well it is hard to pick a favorite class but I really got a lot out of the Soil and Fertilizer class, the teacher was entertaining and easy to learn from. I really dreaded going to the Lawn and Turf grass class but was pleasantly surprised. Again the instructor was good and sparked my interest. That's saying something because I don't even mow the darn thing! I'd rather plant, weed and harvest!
May I say that I'm happy to read other MG's views.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2004 at 5:33PM
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napapen(ca 15)

insects. I use only IPM now and have no bad bugs.

Field testing is an activity I like alot.

Penny

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 9:11PM
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hdprice(z5 MI)

'Water Quality' was very interesting. But my favorite was 'Woody Ornamentals'. Turf was boring.

Cheryl
Midwest Michigan
http://www.geocities.com/hdprice_46041/

    Bookmark   September 8, 2004 at 10:49PM
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Sowth Efrikan

Well, the class is still running so it may be a little early to pick a favourite, but I can tell you I undeniably enjoyed and learned in the classes run by people who were the educated professionals in their areas.

The first three days were a near waste of time as MG "speakers" gave us their input on their areas of "expertise".

Perhaps if you know absolutely nothing about a subject a MG speaker is fabulous, but I found I knew as much - if not more - than the speaker, and I hardly consider myself an expert. Heck, I've learned far more from hanging around Gardenweb than those first talks. Plus I felt I could just as well have stuck with my local garden club without having to cough up money for the course.

The only hands-on activity we have had was plant propogation and that was really fun.

Has anyone else had similar experiences?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2004 at 6:31PM
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sylviad(CT 5/6)

Hi, Coffeemom
In November we will be spending Winters in Port Saint Lucie. The closest extension office is in Fort Pierce. I sent for a lot of material since our MG classes did not cover tropicals. How did you find the MG classes there? I know the bugs and diseases are bigger and uglier down there.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2004 at 4:45PM
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Vera_EWASH(z5 EasternWA)

I haven't done the M/G classes yet but am a current Ag/Hort student...my program is Greenhouse/Nursery.
My fav classes so far has been the soils, pest management and plant ID classes. The worst/hardest and current is Ag Math...especially now that we're into learning how to calculate fertilizer application, spread, swath, etc.!! I just hate math.

Vera

    Bookmark   November 11, 2004 at 9:25PM
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jazzmom516(Zone 7 LI, NY)

I enjoyed many of the class subjects. The soils class was interesting and I liked the field trips to the various areas on LI to view. It turns out I was a whiz at turf grasses and the orchids and houseplants classes did not hold my interest.I loved the diagnosing part of the classes re: diseases and insect pests.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2005 at 11:55PM
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ljrmiller(z7 NV)

I liked soils, pesticide use, and especially plant pathology. I'm a hopeless science nerd who eventually went on to get degrees in biology and chemistry.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2005 at 4:41PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I found that the instructor was more important than the subject matter. There were a couple of great instructors who were passionate and very knowledgeable about their subjects and made them interesting even if I wasn't interested. There were also some really boring ones that I nearly fell asleep listening to.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2005 at 10:56PM
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