Lake Area Master Gardeners

Master Gardener class

The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education.  The Master Gardener Program throughout Missouri promotes and raises public awareness of the UM Extension as a source of unbiased, research based gardening information.

Master Gardener candidates receive at least 30 hours of horticulture training on a wide variety of topics, taught by MU Extension Specialists and Master Gardeners.  Classes for the summer program will include:  orientation-resources for Master Gardeners; soils, plant nutrition and composting; plant biology and propagation; woody ornamentals and pruning; turf and lawns; insects, plant disease and safe pest control; vegetables and irrigation; fruit production; landscaping and herbaceous ornamentals; and herbs and native plants.

The next Master Gardener training in Miller and Camden Counties will be held on Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting on Thursday, May 19, 2016 and ending on Aug 11, 2016.  The orientation session will be held at the MU Extension Office at 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia.  This is the only session that will be held in Tuscumbia.  All other sessions will be held at the Lake Ozark Fire Protection district training room located at 1767 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark.  Class size is limited to 25.  Cost is $150 or $250 per couple.  An optional reference manual is an additional $55.  Full refund of class fees if notified by Thursday, May 19.  No refund after second class.  

For more information or to register, contact Patricia Barrett, or by calling 573-369-2394. 

Lake Area Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are trained individuals who enjoy learning and sharing their expertise with others. Our gardening backgrounds range 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 courses are offered during the year and provide  instruction in soils, composting, insects, disease prevention, plant growth, flowers, woody ornamentals, turf, vegetables, fruits, native plants, herbs, and landscaping. Classes are taught by University of Missouri state and regional specialists and Master Gardeners themselves.

Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer 30 hours of community gardening or horticultural expertise to assist the University in carrying out the mission of "Improving the Quality of Life of Missourians." In return, the course is offered for a minimal fee. This is a wonderful opportunity for persons interested in horticulture and gardening to learn new skills, share ideas, work together on projects, and help their neighbors. More information about the Missouri Master Gardener Program can be found on the Web at

Lake Area Master Garden information and Missouri Master Gardener state forms

Lake Area Master Gardeners Club By-Laws (PDF)
Lake Area Master Gardeners Advanced Master Gardener Certification Policy and Procedures (PDF)
Missouri Master Gardener Association, Inc. Homepage
Missouri Master Gardener Service Hours online reporting system
Master Gardener State Forms

Lake Area Master Gardener's newsletter

April 2016 (PDF)
March 2016 (PDF)
February 2016 (PDF)

Journal your garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records.  MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond:  Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all expoerience levels.  Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

Order today at or stop in at the Camden County UM Extension Office and place your order.

Garden Journal and Calendar flyer (PDF)