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P H O T O A L T O S T A N D A R D ( P H B ) Asked about her favorite classes, Smith singled out one on propagation — "Yes, I'm talking plant sex." The professor sliced through a flower to show the elements of its reproductive system. "It's just amazing how life continues — the true story of the birds and the bees," she said. Both Kanter and Smith raved about the pruning class, where they watched their teacher take what appeared to be a perfectly fine rhododendron, clip out decayed and wayward branches, and finish up with a pile of trimmings as big as the bush itself. "At first glance you would never have imagined there was that much to prune out of there," said Kanter. Students spend an entire day learning about weeds and how to handle them. "A weed is a plant that you don't want in a certain location," said Smith. "A wildflower can be viewed as a wildflower or as a weed." Other courses include botany, entomology, plant pathology, and ecology — the last focusing on the plants most suited for the area's soil and climate. They are taught by specialists from uni- versities and the gardening profession. Finishing the program, though, is just one step in the education of a Master Gardener. "We had a graduation ceremony," Kanter said. "It's just a moment when you realize all that you don't know." 62 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Master Gardeners

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