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 and to be put on an email and mailing list.  Click below for.a link to information about the Jan. 20-June 1, 2019, online training.

Call, Email or Visit Our Hotline

We're open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 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.Upcoming Events

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.

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


Upcoming Dates

Jan. 14 - Our dinner meeting at  6 p.m. at Village Inn, Ozark, is for officers, project chairs to brainstorm and set priorities for the year.

Jan. 28 - Date of our next meeting at Central Bank of the Ozarks, Nixa. This is our Project Fair where we recruit existing members to serve on our various projects. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about CCMG.


Thanks to Janelle Melton...

...for sharing her photos from our road trip in May to Moss Farm in Arkansas. Janelle presented the photos at our Christmas party. See below for additional photos of our trip to P. Allen Smith's delightful property.


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 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 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."



Meet Charlotte Llewellyn

  Charlotte Llewellyn is a new member who was born in Crane, left for about 75 years and now is back living near Wilson's Creek Battlefield. Her father took the family to California when looking for work and that's where she grew up. She took her MG training           with  the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks group but opted to join CCMG. "Why? Because of those windy roads. Being new to the area and not knowing my way around, it was just too challenging to attend their meetings. ... I love the Christian County group.   Everyone has been so kind and welcoming," she said.

  Charlotte, we're glad you're part of us. 




Meet Annie Powers

Annie Powers is another new member, now in charge of our yet-to-be-named newsletter. PDF She has completed online training and will have the next year to complete volunteer and education requirements.

And congratulations to our newest emeritus (members for 10 years) members, from left, Virginia Roberts, Jennifer Ailor, Susie Harp, Debbie Clithero and David McCurdy.



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)