Extension agents' use of demonstration gardens was studied to determine how gardens are employed in horticultural programming, perceived benefits and challenges of using gardens for Extension programming, and desired competencies. Gardens are primarily used to enhance educational efforts by providing hands-on learning experiences. Greatest perceived benefits of gardens were their effectiveness as an educational delivery method, as well as their ability to provide opportunities for meaningful volunteer service and facilitate the development of partnerships. Greatest perceived challenges were availability of time, money, and volunteer support. Findings support the use of gardens as an appropriate educational strategy for Extension programming.
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Glen, C. D., Moore, G. E., Jayaratne, K., & Bradley, L. K. (2014). Use of Demonstration Gardens in Extension: Challenges and Benefits. The Journal of Extension, 52(4), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.52.04.04