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20th Anniversary Yearbook


  • What project(s) are your currently involved with? What types of things do you do? Why did you choose this project? Why do you keep going back? What makes this project special?

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Question 1


How did you feel when you walked into your first MG training class? When was it? Where was it located? How many classmates did you have? Who were your favorite instructors or classes? 

Helen B.

I had been injured in a bike accident just a short time before starting MG classes. So I came in with my foot in some type of special shoe. There were about 15 people in a very small room.

I was anxious to learn, and having been an MG in Illinois, I knew was to expect. The classes did not let me down.  Harder was talking with the other people, because I am a very shy person.

I think the classes Bob Morris taught were my favorites.  ML was new and kept us usually about an hour overtime. He also was very interesting.  Linn Mills was teaching also, but he had a habit of calling on people by name and putting them on the spot, so I would not wear my name tag when he taught.

One of my classmates was Jane G., and she picked me up for every session, which I was so grateful for, due to all the pain I was having in my foot.

Jim S.

How did I feel? Overwhelmed at first.  Being from the East Coast, I did not know what to expect in the desert. I had to throw out all I knew and begin Desert Plants 101. When was it? Fall 2002. Located at the old office off Sahara and Red Rock Street. I think we had about 40 plus classmates.

Bob Morris and Karen Dyka teaching a Master Gardener classI probably enjoyed some of the irrigation basics I learned from Bob Morris during Turfgrass. I think Mel Hengen helped out. I knew nothing about irrigation, being from a wet climate.

I have to say ML had the best dry sense of humor, which brought on the most laughs. Dale Devitt was the most serious. I enjoyed the state entomologist Jeff Knight, because I found it interesting to see how excited someone could get about bugs.

By the way, is that really Bob Morris in that photo??? (Click on photo to enlarge) He looks like a grad student!!

Lorene Z.

I had wanted to take the MG course for some time, so I was excited to finally be enrolled in class. It was the Fall 2007 class at the Maryland Parkway location. We had about 45 people in class, one of whom is my very good friend to this day.

All of the instructors were interesting in their own ways, but one of the most memorable classes for me was the one on water harvesting on September 21. It wasn’t the class alone -- no offense, ML! That very night we had the most spectacular rain and lightning storm in the valley, so I was able to practice some of the concepts covered in class. We received so much rain that I didn’t need to water automatically for over two weeks after the storm, and the water I collected in large containers around my house was available for hand watering over the next 2 to 3 weeks.

It’s practically impossible to plan a hands-on class about water harvesting and usage in the desert, but that experience came pretty close! I certainly made the most of the MG training that day!!

Debra J.

I felt nervous when I walked into my first class. I was worried that I didn't know enough about gardening (I had always been hands-on in the garden) and I didn't know why we did what we did. I was raised by my grandmother who taught me how to garden. Do this or do this, but I never knew what that did or why. After a few classes, I would say to myself, "Oh, that's why we did that." I knew a lot of things to do, just never knew why they worked.

I was in the fall class of 2006. I became close with those who sat around me. Two of the ladies have since dropped out, but I still see them and we talk on a regular basis. We had about 45 - 50 classmates.

One of my favorite teachers was Dr. Angela O'Callaghan, though one thing I didn't like about Dr. O'Callaghan is she said we should just listen to her, not take notes. I'm too old to remember some things. I need to take notes. I learn better when I write it down.  Other than that, she was a terrific teacher. I also liked ML Robinson -- kind of a fun instructor. He had lots of energy and taught us in a way that was easy to remember. He was not as detailed as Dr. O'Callaghan.  He provided more general information.

I was most interested in what Dr. Pat Leary taught, and, therefore, he was one of my favorites. I also went to CSN and took his course, which I loved! And boy, did we learn details. Dr. O'Callaghan was in this class with me, as well as other MGs, and when we did our field trips, it was great to have some MGs there. Maybe that is why I enjoyed the class so much - having other MGs there.

Bob Morris was always informative. Dennis Swartzell -- this nice, calm Georgia boy had a nice mannerism to him. He was always calm and taught with the ease of a wind. Informative and calm. Easy to listen to. Jeff Knight was a favorite, because he had another topic I'm very interested in. I can't put my finger on it, I just like the way he taught us.

The other thing I remember is that Ann just finished her first year and we were "correcting" her every time she said Nevada wrong! It was fun, and she took it real well. I think the whole class felt like Ann was growing with us, as she was new to Nevada and so many other people were too. I was here for 30 years (why I never heard about MG's before I'll never know) but was new to the MG program. At least I felt like we (classmates) and Ann were all growing up together.