Learn. Grow. Do. Teach.
There were plenty of reasons not to do it. I could have easily talked myself out of it. I’m too busy. I haven’t done anything like this in years. It might be too hard. What if I fail?
But ultimately, my love of learning and growing in my profession won out, For the past few months, I’ve been studying to become a certified arborist. I’ll admit, the challenge is a bit daunting, and I’m a little nervous. But I’m also confident. I’ve conquered big challenges before.
I completed my formal education in 1981 and then again in 2001, having earned a degree in environmental horticulture and an international MBA and designation as a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional.
Once I’m credentialed by the International Society of Arboriculture, I’ll have the most up-to-date knowledge, science, expertise and experience possible to perform tree care at the highest professional level for my clients. The certification will be a nice feather to put in my horticultural cap and another qualification for Art of Stone Gardening.
So please wish me luck! The ISO test is in March.
While I’m a big supporter of professional development and lifelong learning, I also love teaching. And I get to do a lot of it in different settings for various types of students.
I recently taught classes in Landscape Design and Water Smart Landscape Design for members of the Hall County Master Gardeners. And in March, I’ll be teaching a class on Woody Plant Identification for the Dawson County Extension Service.
Let me know if your group is interested in having me teach a class or if you’d like to be notified when I have classes or workshops coming up that will be open to the public.