Why don't members give some indication of their gardening qualificatons.

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  1. Mike Allen

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    Just a thought. Most forums, I find there is space for members to give some info, who they are, and what their relevent experience, qualifications are etc. Just a thought.
     
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      Not a good thought! Sorry but I find the suggestion of rating one's level of knowledge or experience is offensive.

      I am a rank private/constable with gardening. But I don't have loads of time to spend in my back yard. As much as I would like I would spend my whole day out there. But I just can't. It is a simple back yard. No landscaping, just a back yard with improvements as budget permits. I am just a perennial newbie and enjoy learning with my hands in the dirt, or from my mistakes, or from the generosity of the people here.

      Lots have included their professional status or made it clear in their posts that they are pros or brain boxes in the horticultural group. So I see no need to give a proficiency rating to individuals.

      The enjoyment of gardening is limited to no one and let members make their own judgement regarding advice freely given here, and with great generosity :)

      P.S. you can add lots to your profile. Signature, etc..... totally voluntary :)
       
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      • Mike Allen

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        Thanks Lori.
         
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          Agree wholeheartedly Lori.:dbgrtmb:

          I'm new to what I call 'serious ' gardening, but have always kept a neat, tidy and well stocked garden. I use to go round a GC and just pick out what I liked the look of, but now I more often than not find that I do a little bit of research into their ideal requirements first.....but not always..:heehee: , I also rarely buy plants now preferring to grow from seed or from cuttings. I have undoubtedly learned a lot from everyone here but I still like to test the boundaries and work by trial and error. I have on many occasions experienced a sense of great joy when 'bits' of plants have beaten all the odds placed on them by 'experts' and survived near death and grown into lovely strong plants.
          My Mum had no gardening qualifications , but was indeed the most knowledgeable person on the subject that ( to date) I have ever met. I just wish I had taken more notice and asked more questions of her when she was alive....hindsight!!!

          Qualifications...!!! I know of people who proudly show off a list of them as long as your arm...but on closer inspection, most are short courses ,online workshops ...or worse that that..a certificate to say that they actually turned up on the day !!!
          Jack of all trades, but a master of none comes to mind.

          Give me someone who is a hands on person and who shows a real love and dedication of gardening...they are the true experts not those who have grown a wall of 'certificates '
           
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            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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            Qualifications regarding gardening absolute zero.
            But that doesn't stop me growing plants. ;):smile:
             
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              Why don't members give some indication of their gardening qualificatons?
              Most of us don't have any, just experience and interest.
               
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                I have, but never felt the need to advertise them here and being 50 years ago mostly irrelevent.
                 
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                  I'm so bad at it i don't want to advertise it :mute:
                   
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                    Over 70 years of gardening, instruction by some experts, called a fool by others, made my own decisions about the 'right' way to go about things and learnt a lot from Mrs Shiney who has conversations with plants and the plants do what she wants them to! :rolleyespink:

                    Pieces of paper saying I know what I'm doing - none. :whistle: :)
                     
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                      Me too!

                      Im not called the PlantAssassin for nothing
                       
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                        IMHO - qualifications etc are the domain of professional forums. I'm here for the banter with an occasional side garnish of gardening advice.:smile:
                         
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                          Qualifications don't mean bugger all unless you're trying to get a job in horticulture, it's all down to personal experience and taste. A lot of my plants agree with me, but some won't grow unless I can show them official bits of paper.
                          Of course, it could be because they're in the wrong soil/too hot/too cold/to wet/to dry etc, etc
                           
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                            Don't you ask them first? :scratch: :nonofinger:
                             
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                              I think, as others have said, this place is mostly about advice given from your own experiences, most of us could ramble on quoting what the book says if we wanted to, I've read a lot in my younger days.
                              I've often proved the books wrong, especially regarding hardiness.

                              If I was to give advice about something I have not personally grown I would point out I'm quoting the official line regarding that plant, and not from experience.

                              We all have our favourite plants and favourite types of gardening, and mostly we stick to only getting really involved in the threads that take our interest.

                              So its not really about qualifications, its more about experience.:)
                               
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                                Well, I guess we all start taking the Gardening Exam when we take our first look at what "garden" the Builders have left:wallbanging:, and think we can make a garden out of it.:dunno:
                                We do have one or two professional Horticulturalists in the Gang and I tip my Hat to them for never really mentioning it.
                                We also have had some declared professionals who tried to impress their knowledge, opinions and thinking onto some of the GC Gang, even going to the extent of demanding from GC Admin that they be given their own sub-forum, but on not find a willing, appreciative audience, they didn't stay long.
                                But, as is shown in the previous posts, what Gardeners respect is the practical experience involving success and failures of members giving them the "Mucky fingers and boots" Medal that is never worn.
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                                So, I guess we Gardeners don't think much of paper qualified gardeners but look to the experienced Gardeners for reliable advice won from their long experience and knowledge...........which is why nobody asks me for advice:dunno::heehee::cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
                                 
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