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by Phyllis Shaw
The park has acquired another type of work force. They are called the Master Gardeners.
They are enrolled in or have graduated from the Master Gardener program run by the University of California Extension Service. To earn the title of Master Gardener it is necessary to take lessons in gardening for six months and work 50 hours on community service projects. They are classified as volunteers here and garden for the love of it.
When you visit John Muir National Historic Site you will often see them in the orchards pruning trees, harvesting the fruit, planting and watering the vegetation.
Their service projects around the historic site included replanting the rose garden and adding Matilija poppies to the grounds.
They will be conducting short seminars on various aspects of gardening. These seminars will be presented to park visitors on a schedule to be announced.
Thank you Master Gardeners!
Exerpted from The View From John Muir's Window, December 1997,
Newsletter of the John Muir Memorial Association.