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.

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.  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 Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks in Lake Ozark meeting room, 3848 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach.  Class size is limited to 30.  Cost is $150 or $250 per couple.  If you wish to take the course, but do not want to volunteer, the fees is $250 per person.  To become trained as a Master Gardener, an individual must attend a 30 hour classroom Core Course training.  Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to their community in approved UM Extension activities.  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

January 2016 (PDF)
December 2015 (PDF)
November 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 or stop in at the Camden County UM Extension Office and place your order.

Garden Journal and Calendar flyer (PDF)