Master Gardener course offered

Do you want to know more about gardening?  Would you like to share that knowledge with others?  Then you should enroll in the spring 2015 University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Course to be held in the Lake of the Ozarks area.  You will receive 30 hours of instruction in soils, composting, insects, disease prevention, plant growth, flowers, woody ornamentals, turf, vegetable, 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.

Orientation for the course will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19 in Tuscumbia at the University of Missouri Extension Center in the Old Courthouse Annex building.  During this class, materials will be handed out.

The various topics will be covered during sessions held from Feb. 26 through May 7.  The sessions are scheduled on Thursday evenings to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately three hours each.  Most classes will be held at Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks across from Stone Crest Mall.

Space is limited, so do not delay.  You are asked to register by Feb. 12, so material can be prepared.  For more information contact Patricia Barrett, barrettpr@missouri.edu or Margie Howser, howserms@missouri.edu at the Miller County University of Missouri Extension Center, by phone 573-369-2394, by mail P O Box 20, Courthouse Annex Building, Tuscumbia, MO  65082.  More information about the Missouri Master Gardener Program can be found at www.mg.missouri.edu.

Master Gardener Core Training brochure (PDF)
Missouri Master Gardener flyer (PDF)
 

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

Jan 2015 (PDF)
Dec 2014 (PDF)
Nov 2014 (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)