Master Gardeners are trained volunteers with gardening backgrounds ranging from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced, from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing. After training, Master Gardeners serve as a resource with University of Missouri Extension to give county residents research-based answers to their gardening questions. The primary purpose of a Master Gardener is to volunteer, but members rate camaraderie and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating.
Master Gardener training
The first step to becoming a Master Gardener is Master Gardener training. The next training in Mexico is scheduled to begin August 25, 2016, with a registration deadline of August 18. View the 2016 Mexico Master Gardener training brochure for more information and to register. Two online Master Gardener training courses are offered each year. Visit the online Master Gardener Training website to learn more about online Master Gardener training.
Master Gardener meetings
The Audrain County Master Gardener chapter typically meet the first Wednesday of the month. Contact the Audrain County Extension Office at 573-581-3231 about the time and location of the next meeting.
Mexico Community Garden
Audrain County Master Gardener volunteers are working with the Mexico Community Garden project. The Mexico Community Garden has plots in Martin Luther King Park near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Lafayette Street in Mexico, and at the Help Center located at 409 Fairground Street in Mexico. For more information see the 2016 Mexico Community Garden Application and the Mexico Community Garden Guidelines.
Resources and links
University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener website contains information, resources, and online reporting for Missouri Master Gardeners.
Missouri Master Gardener Association website provides information and resources for Missouri Master Gardeners.
Missouri Master Gardener Manual is the complete training manual for Missouri Master Gardeners. Each chapter is available free online in PDF format.