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Advanced Master Gardener Certification and School Teaching Curriculum

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Master Gardeners are one of the most valuable assets in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).  Master Gardeners volunteer their time and wisdom in all types of settings in our communities, schools, gardens, civic organizations and special projects.  Many Master Gardeners have a special interest, even a passion – whether it’s a method of cultivation or a particular plant of interest and these can be the basis for achieving the Advanced Master Gardener Certification.

Advanced Master Gardeners are subject matter experts who serve as an enhanced resource for ACES and the communities they serve.  With the oversight of Bethany O’Rear and Advanced Master Gardener mentors, you can work through a self-selected curriculum of study through books, seminars, online learning and hands-on training.  The goal is to produce something that can be shared by the Advanced Master Gardener with others in the form of lectures, videos, loaded presentations or articles for enhanced learning.  

If you have ever considered taking your gardening learning to a higher level, this may be the perfect time.  There is a committee of Advanced Master Gardeners standing by to act as mentors and they can work with you online, via phone, or in safe meeting settings, at your option.  The wealth of resource materials available for free and in various formats has also grown exponentially in recent years.  Most importantly, though, is that ACES recognizes that the subject matter expertise which can be shared by Advanced Master Gardeners fills an increasing educational and cultural need to connect with others through gardening.  Gardening could mean sustainable urban growing, antique roses, pollinator promotion, or invasive plant elimination.  In other words, any topic which resonates with a Master Gardener.  

For more information or to begin the process, contact Bethany O’Rear d by email or by calling her at 205-‭‭‭612-9524.  David Doggett, who received two Advanced Master Gardener Certifications will be happy to talk with you about this.  David Doggett, who received two Advanced Master Gardener Certifications will be happy to talk with you about the process. Contact him by email at or by calling him at 205-951-3463.

You can click the link to see the qualifications for becoming an Advanced Master Gardener

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