Lake Area Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Course in Lake Ozark starts February 25

Do you want to know more about gardening?  Would you like to share that knowledge with others?  Enroll in the spring 2019 University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Course 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, vegetables, fruits, native plants, herbs and landscaping.  Classes are taught by University of Missouri state and regional specialists and Master Gardeners themselves.  More information about the Missouri Master Gardener Program can be found on the web at www.mg.missouri.edu.

Master Gardeners volunteer 30 hours of community gardening or horticultural expertise to assist the University in carrying out the mission of "Helping Others Learn to Grow".  In return, the course has a minimal fee.  This is a wonderful opportunity for people 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 Monday, February 25, 2019.  During this class, materials are handed out and the program will be explained.

The gardening topics are covered during sessions held from Monday, February 25 through Monday, May 20, 2019.  The sessions are scheduled on Monday afternoons or on Monday evenings.  Afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m. and will last approximately three hours each.  Evening sessions begin at 6 p.m., also three hours per session.  Classes are held at the Lake Ozark Fire Department Meeting Room at 1767 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark.

Space is limited, so do not not delay.  Please register by Tuesday, February 19 so materials can be prepared.  Registration materials can be assessed and downloaded at extension.missouri.edu/miller.

For more information and registration materials contact Patricia Barrett or Janet Johnson at the MU Extension in Miller County Center, 134 Second Street, P O Box 20, Tuscumbia, MO  65082.  You may email barrettpr@missouri.edu or millerco@missouri.edu or phone 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 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

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)