I’ve had a hectic week (taxes! financial aid!) and haven’t had a chance to think about posting. Fortunately, yet another colleague just sent me an interesting link that’s worth sharing and discussing.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with how Master Gardener programs work, they are built on volunteers who receive training in garden-related sciences and then contribute a significant number of hours to outreach education. Many MGs work in plant clinics, and others volunteer in public gardens. Regardless of where they spend their volunteer hours, they are always representing their sponsoring university and therefore dispense advice and follow practices based on the best available science.
This will help explain why the Master Gardeners who volunteered at the Racine Zoo felt they had to resign their volunteer positions.
(Note that the zoo is losing out on 1300+ hours/year of donated garden upkeep, but the zoo president and CEO is confident that the zoo staff can pick that up. Wonder if he’ll be out there weeding and watering?)