All Things Gardening forum: Did you go to school for botany/horticulture/etc?

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 28, 2018 12:41 PM CST
In the Cacti forum we're having a bit of a side discussion about going to school for plant/garden-related fields.

How many people have done this? What are your degrees in, and in what fields do you work if you don't mind sharing?
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jan 28, 2018 12:46 PM CST
Have a degree in Agriculture, majored in horticulture and landscape design, commercial heavy equipment operator (pilot).Used my degree in my yard and vol with master gardening for 10 years, fortunate enough to have had a summer fellowship at Longwood Gardens many moons ago.
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tx_flower_child
Jan 28, 2018 1:39 PM CST
I had a checkered past as far as what I majored in.
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RpR
Jan 28, 2018 1:44 PM CST
SADLY, biology was always my easiest subject in school but when I went to college, the second time Whistling ( first was about like John Belushi in Animal House) Whistling I looked to see how long a biology related degree would take and thought , that is way too long.
Do I regret not sticking to what was easiest and most interesting for me, YES. Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling
I think the best course I took was on edible wild plants Thank You! , although the English teacher that took us to the Flat Iron Bar, was a close second. I tip my hat to you.
Well 8 years later Rolling on the floor laughing I left with a degree in English because I could not afford to stay any longer. Rolling on the floor laughing
English was the course in high school I hated most. Blinking
Still all the biology courses I took while not getting biology related degree have stuck with me.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 28, 2018 2:52 PM CST
I took my BA in Child Development. In graduate school I earned an MS in social work. I also have a graduate-level license to practice in 2 states.

So basically, my education is just about the farthest thing from plant sciences.

But I am still in my thirties and part of me wonders what it would be like to go back to school for botany or horticulture or something along those lines.

Other than the financial cost, one of the things that prevents me from doing so is the fact that I do not wish to work in any kind of agricultural, conservation, or large scale farming. I am not really a farmer. Most of the jobs I have seen and heard about fall along those lines.
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Frenchy21
Jan 28, 2018 5:33 PM CST
I majored in International Affairs with a minor in languages. Never really used it. D'Oh! The best thing I did was take classes through our local Master Gardener Association for three years. Smiling Learned a lot and became a MG volunteer.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 28, 2018 8:05 PM CST
Edited: I took it all out as I now realize that I have set myself up for ridicule by certain members of this forum.

Sorry Jai!
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 29, 2018 2:51 PM CST
I didn't even see it, no worries! <3
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tx_flower_child
Jan 29, 2018 4:13 PM CST
@DaisyL — just read your comment and thought I might do the same. It has been bothering me. But I just looked and I have some 'thumbs' so now I don't know if I can do as you did.
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katesflowers
Jan 29, 2018 5:13 PM CST
I have degrees, but they involve accounting, finance, shareholder services, taxation, and money. Who in their right mind wouldn't want to go straight to the garden after a day of that.
By the mid-70s I got real interested in certified organic farming and went back to learn all I could and get my land certified.
I really belong out in the field - not in the office. I need to breathe real air. The word 'accountant' takes the oxygen out of a room real quick!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 29, 2018 8:13 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:@DaisyL — just read your comment and thought I might do the same. It has been bothering me. But I just looked and I have some 'thumbs' so now I don't know if I can do as you did.


Thumbs won't affect your ability to edit.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jan 29, 2018 8:42 PM CST
DaisyI said:Edited: I took it all out as I now realize that I have set myself up for ridicule by certain members of this forum.

Sorry Jai!


Daisy, FWIW, I thought it was great!

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 29, 2018 8:45 PM CST
Thanks crawgarden. Smiling
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plantmanager
Jan 29, 2018 8:46 PM CST
I did too. I'm in the dark as to what the problem is. I think this was a great idea for a thread, and have been interested in the posts.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 29, 2018 8:59 PM CST
I did not get to see DaisyI's post but I am okay with folks who edit/delete stuff. As far as wanting to know about the education of the members...why??? I do not see the point. For some folks, gardening is a job, a vocation, but for countless others, it is an avocation. I have always been taught that we need to work somewhere around 40 hours per week at our vocation in order to enjoy the remaining hours of each day and to pay for our avocation.

Hope everyone is happy being who they are, doing what they do, no matter what their level of education. Thumbs up
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Jan 30, 2018 12:06 AM CST
It's always fun to learn more about the folks we chat with most days in these forums. I don't think it was any kind of 'who has more education than who', but realizing that many of us are really into one kind of gardening or other no matter what we studied in school. Thumbs up
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tx_flower_child
Jan 30, 2018 1:11 AM CST
@greene and @Frenchy21 — I agree with what both of you have said. That's why Miss Blabbermouth here would like to just do a major edit on her post. Sometimes I start writing because I'm testing my memory. Later I'll realize that I was thinking out loud and give myself a dope slap.

Oh, and by the way, I did read your original post @DaisyI. It was very nice.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 30, 2018 6:57 AM CST
I have no idea what people are talking about or editing out. From this perspective (which is incomplete due to the editing) it looks like everybody is really sensitive.

I did not mean to step on anybody's toes!
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BigBill
Jan 30, 2018 7:21 AM CST
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RpR
Jan 30, 2018 10:55 AM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:I have no idea what people are talking about or editing out. From this perspective (which is incomplete due to the editing) it looks like everybody is really sensitive.

I agree, I read all and do not remember seeing anything that would raised the dead. Thumbs up

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