where and when did the program really begin?

desiderata(#8 Puget Sound)September 15, 2005

I read that it officially began in the state of Washington...that's cool but is it true?.....

I begin my first class tomorrow and will ask them, too...

looking forward to this next 10 weeks!


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You read it but doubt it? Yes, that's true it started in Washington state and I would guess it was around 1976 or earlier.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 10:15AM
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The program began officially in 1973 in Washington State and has since spread to all 50 states and a few foreign countries. As a new MG-in-training, it might be valuable for you to peruse the WSU extension website and get a sense of the history of this program. Scroll down to the exerpt on the history and find out how the term "master gardener" originated.

Here is a link that might be useful: History of the MG program

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 11:14AM
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gardenmaker79(zone 4/5)

thanks for sharing that web site. I am a semi new master gardener and enjoy learning as much as I can. I read part of that and its really exciting.
Thanks again gardenmaker79

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 7:37PM
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junkgirl(z7 GA)

Glad I came here tonight. I turned in my application today and await news next week that I'll be in the January class. Maybe it will impress the county agent, if I can spout some history of the program. ALice

    Bookmark   September 22, 2005 at 9:01PM
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andie_rathbone(Tyler, TX - 7B)

We got the history of the program our first day of MG classes.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2005 at 8:08AM
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