Lake Area Master Gardeners

Fruits and berries lunch and learn

A fruits and berries lunch and learn will be offered on Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015.  The program is sponsored by the Camden and Miller County MU Extension.  The program instructor will be Jim Quinn, University of Missouri regional horticulture specialist.  Apples, Peaches and Grapes - pruning and spot control will be offered from Noon to 1:30 p.m.  Bountiful backyard Berries will be offered from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The fee for each of theses session is $5.  Classes will be held at Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks Meeting Room, 3848 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach.  To register for either of the session, contact Patricia Barrett, 573-369-2394, barrettpr@missouri.edu.

Fruits and Berries Lunch and Learn flyer (PDF)

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

Feb 2015 (PDF)
Jan 2015 (PDF)
Dec 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)