The following is a survey intended for *all our membership* to ascertain what may be trending for our future in horticultural matters and to get their opinions. I am forwarding this to ALL club presidents in every district for them to distribute to their individual club membership roster. I will be compiling the results of the survey for FGCMD starting this month as they come in.
I sincerely hope for great cooperation on this since spring is sproinging and thoughts naturally turn toward things horticultural...
Thank you for your assistance,
FGCMD Horticulture Chair
**I will include this questionnaire both in the text of this e-mail below AND as an attached document–.doc (which will need to be saved after putting in answers before reattaching to e-mail. Some people seem to have trouble with this.)
HORTICULTURE SURVEY FOR MEMBERS OF FGCMD
Send e-mailed responses to: Suemeadowbrook@yahoo.com
For postal mail: Sue Christensen, 50 Arnold Dr., Westminster, MD
A. Is your current gardening situation: (Either put an x or make your choice bold)
1. Large, expansive, takes time and effort- (many beds or plantings to tend)
2. Medium- (a few areas, manageable)
3. Small— 1 or two beds
5. Indoor plants
6 None at this time
B. Do you see your gardening situation as one of future transition or staying the same? (“see above)
1. Keep on with what I have
2. Starting to lessen the areas planted
3. Planning to downsize to smaller living, likely impacting gardening options to patio, container or indoor plants
C. Are physical issues/elder or child care or returning to work beginning to impact your time gardening? (“)
D. Who does most of the gardening chores? (“)
2. Get help from husband, family
3. Friends, volunteers
4. Professionals/paid help
5. Plants are on their own!
E. I obtain most of my plants: (“)
1. Through swaps or friends
2. Local plant sales of other clubs, Master Gardeners
3. Mail order
4. Local nurseries
5. Seed saving and propagation
F. How do you rank your personal horticultural areas of interest (most active participation to least interest in) ex. (7,6,5…etc.)
1.Growing flowers and foliage plants outdoors
2.Growing fruits and vegetables, any edibles
3.Shrubs and trees
5 Birds/bees/butterfly plantings-conservation oriented
7. Indoor plants
G. Which horticultural activities approach do you prefer most often? (x or bold)
1. Activities outdoors, physical gardening
2. Discussion and lectures
3. Small scale table top activities (Workshops, horticulture crafting)
H. I like expressing creativity: (Rank by preference 1,3,4 etc.)
4.Any new and unusual plants I can trial
5.Cooking with my garden produce
Part II Club
A. How long have you been a member of your club? (approx) _________
B. Name of your club_________________
C. Which of the following personally interest and motivate you (Rank from most to least)
1.I like the opportunity to make new and meet up with old friends and engage in an activity together.
2. I attend for the educational aspect of programs.
3. I like the do-good aspect of my club in outreach activities: youth gardening,garden therapy and the activities of civic improvement for historic sites or beautification activities.
4. I like the field trips and tours.
5. I like the opportunity for leadership.
6. I enjoy working on certain committees.
D. The programs that I prefer (x or bold)
1. I prefer low key, not too intense, or taxing programs
2. I like to be challenged by learning; I’m a perpetual student
3. I like hands on workshops for a program.
4. Watching a designer do flower arranging
E. Do you see yourself attending any of the following schools offered by NGC/FGCMD in the next few years? (make xor bold)
1. Garden Studies
2. Flower Show School
3. Landscape Design
F. Do you read any horticulture specific magazines ,ex., Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Gate, Birds and Blooms, etc.? Y/N
G. Do you belong to any horticulture or plant specific groups/ organizations? Ex: American Horticultural Society, American Rose Society, American Rhododendron, etc.) Y/N
H Do you have regular opportunity to influence grandchildren, neighborhood children or adults with some aspect of gardening through conversation or hands-on activities? Y/N
I. Would you be interested in being a gardening “pen-pal” with a gardener from another Maryland district? Y/N
(If so, please indicate preferred contact mode with your postal address or e-mail to match with someone).