HOW EXTENSION STAFF & MASTER GARDENERS BENEFIT FROM GWA
CONNECTIONS WITH EXTENTION STAFF AND MASTER GARDENERS Many GWA members are also volunteer master gardeners or Extension Agents/Specialists. They network with each other during events and communicate with the public.
WRITING SKILLS GWA conference sessions, online learning “power circles,” and networking can help sharpen blog and newsletter writing skills. Writing abilities can be learned and improved, even by those who don’t consider themselves to be writers.
SPEAKING SKILLS Some GWA meetings and power circles focus on speaking skills, and these can assist master gardeners and extension specialists to present better educational programs.
IT’S A VISUAL WORLD Good photography techniques and building a library of photos are key for every garden lover...and in situations where master gardeners and Extension Services have blogs, websites, and post on social networks, they are essential. Improving photography skills, photo handling, software and more are topics regularly covered in GWA meetings and other learning opportunities.
MEASURING THE PULSE OF THE INDUSTRY GWA keeps Extension staff and master gardeners informed about what’s happening in the industry. Learn about new plants, products, problems, and consumer trends from member emails, forums, and meetings.
GROWING PUBLIC CONNECTIONS Since GWA is all about communication, this organization serves those who routinely work with the public about plants and gardening. GWA members learn better ways to convey garden information to beginners, and find different approaches to bring the excitement about plants and gardening to a younger audience.
GET ON THE AIR Some GWA members host radio programs or podcasts. This is another way to position your master gardener group as local experts. Talk with radio hosts at GWA meetings about how you can host a gardening program on the air or create your own master gardener podcast.
RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES Let’s face it…spring is a busy time for gardeners. By August or September, you’re ready for a break! GWA symposiums provide access to colorful gardens in many parts of North America at the time when you can actually get away. Our meetings take place in different locations every year, allowing for interesting travel that fits into your growing season.
MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
AFTER YOU’VE JOINED, HERE ARE THREE WAYS TO GET CONNECTED…
- Reach out in our members only forum (the “Communities” page under “Member’s Resources” on the website) and start a conversation. Introduce yourself and your garden. Ask questions and get feedback from other GWA members.
Form or join a special interest group with other members. These are called GWA Power Circles and they meet remotely via conference calls, webinars or
Skype. There are many special-interest topics and new ones added frequently. Are you interested in brainstorming about programs, newsletters, botanical garden blogs or other pertinent
topics? Or perhaps you’d like to be part of a general Botanical Gardens Power Circle. Learn more at www.gardenwriters.org/powercircles or contact GWA at 212.297.2198
- Attend regional and national meetings when possible. Regional meetings are smaller, and will provide a taste of what GWA is all about
GWA offers many other opportunities and benefits including legal advice, travel discounts and so much more. Whatever you want to grow, and wherever you want to go, GWA is ready to help.