I HOPE you will make a comment below this blog to let me know what you think of my new idea.
The other day, I helped with some pruning and advising on gardening in the community where we live. It was surprising to me that the two gentlemen who were working with me, had NO idea how to separate hosta so they could be replanted elsewhere. Neither of them had ever done any transplanting.
Then this morning I had a thought which might just be of interest to those of you who have attended my seminars. What would you think of going to the home of someone who really needed “hands on” help with a specific gardening problem? It could be transplanting, pruning, curing compost issues, mulching, etc. etc. etc.
We could meet at the person’s home. We could look at and hear about the problem. We could talk about it a bit and I could either demonstrate or instruct the participants on how to deal with the issue. We could watch and learn as the work transpired. If there would be those of you that would like to jump right in and learn by doing, so much the better. (I would encourage you to bring appropriate tools and gloves. I could indicate to you before the workshop which tools to bring.)
What do you think? Would this be something that would be more appealing than the seminars? Or maybe we could do a seminar and follow it up with a workshop setting. The only problem is that this would be a bit dependent on weather.
I would need to know ahead of time what the issue to be tackled would be. Even though I am a Master Gardener, that doesn’t mean I’m a horticulturist! I might need to bone up on the topic at hand. I would also like to generate some handouts that you could each take home for further study and clarification.
If you feel a bit intimidated about having someone come to your “less than perfect” garden, leave your fears at the bridge! We’re ALL there. We ALL need to learn. We ALL need help! The best way to do that is to have a problem that we can tackle. This would be a way to get help right where you need it!
If we combined the seminar and the workshop, would we do one on one day, and the other another day? Or both the same day?
What do you think??? Is it a crazy idea? Or one that would fly?