Are YOU Master Gardener Material?

Recently I began a ‘Master Gardener’ class. My goal is to be able to point to my ‘Master Gardeners Certificate’ during all debates about plant management and thereby “win” the, er, discussion. While at my first class I fell into a conversation about our various reasons for attending this class and devised this handy test for persons wondering if they are candidates for next year’s class.
1) You know where the ‘dead plant rack’ is in all your local retail plant outlets.
2) You know what I mean by “dead plant rack”.
3) You find plants in your car after every shopping trip in spring and summer.
4)Your spouse has looked at a new plant and growled, “I hope that plant can walk, because it better have followed you home.”
5) You tell your spouse that the plant is, indeed, a ‘walking iris’.
6) There are ALWAYS a few plants in nursery pots hanging around the water spigot or potting shed waiting to be planted.
7) You save nursery pots.
8) The personnel at your favorite plant outlet not only know your name, they will knock 10% off the price of whatever scrubby looking plant you are waving about, just to get you out of there.
9) You have ever had to tell someone requesting a ride that they will have to “Wait just a bit” while you go home and unload 3 landscape timbers and a small tree from your hatchback car in order to make enough room to pick them up.
10) There is a flat of tomato seeds germinating on top of your refrigerator right now.
If you answered ‘yes to at least 3 of these you are a definite candidate for a Master Gardener’s class. If you answered ‘yes’ to 5 of these you may need counseling, make sure the hours don’t conflict with your Master Gardener’s course. If you answered ‘yes’ to all 10 you are just like me and therefore absolutely normal….for a gardener (and an obvious choice to be a Master Gardener)



  1. January 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hilarious. Great post.

  2. ittymac said,

    January 23, 2014 at 2:24 am

    LOL! I’m happy to say I’m not quite as garden-intense as you!

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