The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener extension program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in-depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri. They then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities learn about gardening and environmental education. The Master Gardener Program in Missouri promotes and raises public awareness of MU Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based gardening information.
Trained Master Gardeners provide the community with current and approved horticulture practices to enhance their home gardens, lawns and landscapes. Examples of activities include planning community projects, giving presentations to groups, assisting with a Master Gardner hotline or conducting gardening demonstrations.
Barton County chapter
Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who appreciate plants, love to watch them grow and like to share information with others.
Anyone interested in learning and sharing horticulture knowledge with their friends and neighbors can be a Master Gardener. Each person entering the program agrees to a commitment to the Master Gardener program and volunteers at least 30 service hours in the first year to their community.
Master Gardener candidates receive at least 30 hours of basic horticulture training on a wide variety of topics taught by MU Extension specialists and other qualified professionals. Following completion of the training, Master Gardener interns are encouraged to join an existing Master Gardener group to participate in organized educational and volunteer efforts.
Local Master Gardener classes are generally offered once each year.
The chapter's annual plant sale is held in May. Plants are sold at reasonable prices and include perennials, bedding plants, bulbs, trees, natives and other seasonal plants.
Master Gardeners in Barton County maintain the Demonstration Garden at the Lamar City Park, landscape around the Senior Citizen Center and Moore Pavilion in Lamar. They select a Yard of the Month during spring and summer and sponsor a scholarship for a county high school graduate seeking an agriculture degree.
Become a Master Gardener
If you enjoy gardening, want to learn more about horticulture, and are willing to share with others what you know and learn, then you’re a prime candidate to become a Master Gardener. Contact the extension center at 417-682-3579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report volunteer hours online or by completing the printed form and mailing it to the extension center.
Missouri Master Gardener service hours website
Master Gardener Service Record (PDF)