Check Out Our Google Calendar of Activities

Here's a quick way to keep up with CCMG activities as well as some of the activities of other Master Gardener chapters. Calendar


Save the Date for CCMG's Spring Plant Sale: May 4

Saturday, May 4, is the big day for our annual spring plant sale, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way. Come early for the best selections.  

Our sale is our only fundraiser, and it supports our scholarships, public garden projects, free seminars, field trips and other CCMG activities.


Read Our Latest Newsletter

Thanks to Annie Powers for our "From the Garden Gate" newsletter. PDF


Call 581-3558 to Sign Up for Master Gardener Training

Ask Jim Spencer at 581-3558 for details  about future online training and classroom training for 2019 and beyond. We hope to offer classroom training this fall, so call 581-3558 to sign up for more information about that.

At the same number, you may ask to be referred to CCMG's member advocate who can provide lots of information about our fun-loving, hard-working, creative chapter.


Call, Email or Visit Our Hotline

We're open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, from mid-March to mid-October to answer general gardening questions. Call us at the Extension office on the Ozark Square: 581-3558.. Note: the Extension office is moving in March to the southwest corner of the Square where the juvenile office has been located. The address is 202 W. Elm St., Ozark.

Upcoming Dates

March 25 - "Identifying and Removing Invasive Plants" by Barbara Kipfer, Master Naturalist, at our monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Central Bank of the Ozarks, Nixa. If you are not a member, please register at 581-3558..

May 4 - Spring Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way


Teens Pitch in to Ready Demo Garden for Planting

On Feb. 26, three Ozark High School classes in ag construction, ag science I and greenhouse-related topics and their teachers, Travis Phipps and Jeremy Sisco, helped prepare the demonstration garden maintained by CCMG for the city for planting. The students spread weed barrier, covered it with mulch, removed Bermuda grass-infested compost from beds, topped up all the beds with compost and fertilizer, blew leaves from the beds and generally tied up. They saved WEEKS of work for the CCMG volunteers. We hope they will return for planting in a few weeks.




Feb. 16 Seminar a Success

Approximately 100 people attended our first seminar of the year on "Five Best Gardening Practices from Master Gardeners." Hospitality chair Karen Daake did a superb job of providing refreshments. Dennis Baker on mulching and composting, David McCurdy on tree care and pruning, Debbie Clithero on buying and planting purchased plants, Tom Bakie on watering and Jennifer Ailor on controlling pests naturally provided much useful information.




Welcome New Officers

Our new officers for 2019 are listed below. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the Extension office on the Ozark square. Members are welcome to attend the Executive Board meetings with advance notice (so we have room at the table).

Jennifer Ailor, president

Karen Bell, vice president

Patty Baker, secretary

Beth Platt, treasurer

Colleen McMahan and Bud Bodey, program co-chairs

Debbie Clithero, member advocate


Off and Running!

Here are some photos from our Jan. 28, 2019, meeting where we promoted our projects through the annual Project Fair; honored David McCurdy for his five years as president; and recognized many members, including 16 who earned 100+ Hour - 2018 pins.



Congratulations to New Emeritus Members

Karen Daake, shown with President David McCurdy, received her 10-year emeritus badge at our December Christmas party. Not shown is Tina Cackley, who also earned an emeritus badge.


From the 2018 Missouri Master Gardeners State Conference

 From left, Jennifer Ailor, Carlene McDaniels, Virginia Robertson, Patty and Dennis Baker, Gigi Weltsch, Karen Bell. Not shown David McCurdy. We toured lovely gardens, attended educational sessions, shopped, ate and drank well and raffled off the doll house made by Laird Bell.


Highlights From Our 2018 Road Trip to Arkansas

Forty+ CCMG members, other Master Gardeners and guests enjoyed our overnight road trip to P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm near Little Rock and Garvin Gardens outside of Hot Springs May 15 and 16. In between many of us attended a dinner theater with good food and lots of chuckles. Here are some photos from that trip.






Highlights from July 14 Seminar

Our summer seminar featured Master Gardener Mark Bernskoetter on "Planting to Attract Pollinators" and Jasmine Bass, vice president of Bees Alive Club, on "The Honeybee, a Gardener's Friend."



Become a Master Gardener

Call 581-3558 for information about training either online or in a class to become a Master Gardener. Ask for Jim Spencer.


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Welcome to Christian County Master Gardeners! We hope this website will give you useful information about our chapter and that you will to become a Master Gardener  and/or attend our free Garden Gate presentations, classes and seminars.

As part of the Master Gardener program in Missouri, we promote and raise public awareness of the University of Missouri Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based gardening information. The Master Gardener program provides indepth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time and apply what they have learned to help others learn about gardening and environmental education.

Our active members in Christian County Master Gardeners, as University of Missouri Extension volunteers, do the following:

  • Deliver educational programs to the public through our Garden Gate series of OC garden classes, public seminars, Advanced Training for Master  Gardeners only and monthly programs open to the public
  •  Staff a Hotline mid-March to mid-October at the extension office in Ozark and available  at 417-581-3558
  •  Host plant sales in spring and fall
  •  Develop and maintain demonstration gardens at the Ozark Community Center, Rotary  Garden in Nixa, Gardens  at Woodfield in Nixa, Christian County Judicial Center in  Ozark and the Nixa Community  Center

Our officers may be reached through the Extension office at 417-581-3558: president, David McCurdy; vice president, Karen Bell. treasurer, Debbie Clithero; and secretary, Karen Potter.

Here are some photos from our advanced training workshop April 7, 2018, on keyhole gardening.


Volunteer Information

Master Gardener Online Reporting
Master Gardener Volunteer Record Sheet (PDF)