Lake Area Master Gardeners

9th Annual Garden Walk

The Lake Area Master Gardener's 9th Annual Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. (rain or shine).  The garden walk will include six gardens in the TT and MM area of Sunrise Beach.  There will also be a plant and garden art sale.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased beginning on May 1, 2015 at the Bank of Versailles, First National Bank, Central Bank or from any Lake Area Master Gardener's club member.   Proceeds go to the Lake Area Master Gardeners Scholarship Fund; Ozark Brush and Palette Club Scholarship Fund; and S.T.A.F.F Animal Shelter in Laurie, MO.  If you have any questions, please contact Gail at 573-286-5064.

Lake Area Master Gardener's 9th Annual Garden Walk flyer (PDF)

Below are pictures of the gardens that will be featured on the 9th Annual Garden Walk

Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri convention

The 82nd Annual Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri (FGCM) convention will be held on April 13 through 16, 2015 at Tan-Tar-A Resort.  An agenda and registration forms can be found at http://www.fgcmo.org/home/2012-convention.  Registration deadline is March 16.  This convention includes educational programs.  The Lake Area Master Gardeners are hosting tours at Wilmore Lodge Gardens on April 14.

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 http://mg.missouri.edu/

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 2015 (PDF)
Mar 2015 (PDF)
Feb 2015 (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 http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928 or stop in at the Camden County UM Extension Office and place your order.

Garden Journal and Calendar flyer (PDF)