Lake Area Master Gardeners

Missouri Master Gardener class being offered

Have an interest in gardening?  Would you like to learn more about working with plants or become a part of University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners?

Please join this special educational opportunity to become a Master Gardener.  Call the MU Extension in Miller County Center at 573-369-2394 to sign up for the Master Gardener core training program.  This training will be a five week program on Mondays beginning at 9 a.m. to create a shorter window for class commitment.  We would love to see you there.  Training will be held at the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District training room, 1767 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark.

  • June 3 - Master Gardener Orientation and Soil and Plant Nutrition - 9 a.m. to Noon and Composting and Insects - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • June 10 - Plants and Their Environment and Plant Propagation 9 a.m. to Noon and Lake Area Master Gardener Organization, Projects and Resources and Herbaceous Ornamentals and Landscaping Design - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • June 17 - Vegetable Gardening 9 a.m. to Noon and Herbs and Fruit Production 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • June 24 - Lawns and Turf 9 a.m. to Noon and Pruning, Plant Diseases and Safe Pest Control 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • July 1 - Woody Ornamentals, Native Trees, Shrubs and Invasive Plants 9 a.m. to Noon and Residential Landscaping, Low Impact Landscaping Native Plants and Local Landscapes 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $150 for a minimum of 30 hours training and a commitment to give 30 hours of volunteer service in the first year and 20 hours each year after.  Individual classes nor non-volunteers are $20 each.  Fees include written materials for each class.

Please register by phone at the MU Extension in Miller County Center, 573-369-2394 or register via paper application to the MU Extension in Miller County Center, 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia, MO  65082.

Monthly Chapter meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Willmore Lodge in Lake Ozark at 6:30 p.m.  All are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings.

Master Gardener Core Training Intensive Sessions flyer (PDF)
Master Gardener Intensive Core Course Registration form (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

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

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)

Become a Master Pollinator Steward

Pollinators - such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects - play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables.  They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife.

Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides.  Learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program.

MU Extension specialists and stakeholders in the field developed this unbiased, research-based curriculum, which includes hands-on activities and classroom presentations.

MU Extension, Lake Area Master Gardeners, Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners and Lake Ozark Master Naturalists will host a program on Fridays from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Central Bank in Eldon, MO, 611 East North Street, Eldon.  Cost is $90 per person for the series.

The series includes the following:

  • March 22 - Insects
  • March 29 - Plant-pollinator relationship
  • April 5 - Honey Bees
  • April 12 - Field trip to honeybee producer farm
  • April 19 - Native pollinators
  • April 26 - Habitat and conservation

The presenters are:

  • James Quinn, Horticulture Specialist, MU Extension
  • Anastasia Becker, Missouri Department of Agriculture, retired
  • Travis Harper, Agronomy Specialist, MU Extension and beekeeper
  • David Trinklein, Associate Professor of Horticulture, MU Extension

For more information or to register, contact the MU Extension in Miller County Center by phone 573-369-2394 or email  Registration is also available at

Master Pollinator Steward flier and registration form (PDF)