Garden Gate Learning Opportunities

The mission of Master Gardeners is to educate the public about gardening. As such we offer several opportunities to learn: monthly meetings, public seminars, demonstration garden classes and Advanced Training workshops (for Master Gardeners only).


Monthly Meeting Programs

Christian County Master Gardeners meet the fourth Monday of the month at the Central Bank of the Ozarks at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 160 in Nixa. The public is invited to attend our program at 6:30 p.m. Here's what we have planned for 2017 thus far:.

Jan. 23 - "Project Fair" - members learn about our different projects and sign up as volunteers.

Feb. 27 - "Fairy Gardens" by Master Gardener Tina Crackley.

March 27 - "First Aid From Your Garden" by Lisa Pluth.

April 24 - "All About Iris."

May 7 - Picnic for members at home of Karen Bell.

June 26 - Meeting at Gardens at Woodfield at our CCMG berm.

July 24 - "How to Grow Succulents" by Paul Robertson.

Aug. 28 - Flower arranging at Moxie Flowers.

Sept. 25 - Topic to be announced.


OC Gardening Classes

Christian County Master Gardeners maintains a demonstration vegetable garden at the OC in Ozark, 1530 W. Jackson. Depending on the subject, classes are held in the garden OR inside at the OC, unless otherwise noted. Register for these free demonstrations at 417-581-3558.

April 1 - Help us clean up and plant the garden. 9 a.m.

May 20 - 10:30  a.m.-12, "Making Salves, Balms and Lotions" by Lisa Pluth. $4 per person, payable at the Extension office on the square in Ozark or at the door. Registration required no later than May 5.

June 24 - 10:30 a.m.-12, "Making Tinctures and Other Simple Preparations" by Lisa Pluth. Free. Register at 581-3558.   Photo below.



Public Seminars

We offer three free public seminars each year at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa, 1-4 p.m.  Below is what we've planned for 2017. Register to attend at 417-581-3558.

Feb. 4 - Winter seminar on pruning and fertilizing basics. PDF of flyer

April 15 - Spring seminar on heirlooms vs. hybrids and water conservation and systems. Paul Armstrong of Smiling Sun Nursery will discuss "Water Conservation for the Gardener," and Ken Chamberlain of Master Gardeners of Greene County will speak on "Heirlooms, Hybrids & GMOs." PDF of flyer

Sept. 30 - Fall seminar on landscaping design, "Language of the Landscape:  A Conversation Between People and Place," by Grant Williams of Sticks and Stones Landscaping, and Nora Cox of Master Gardeners of Greene County on matching the right plant to the right spot, "Let It Go!". PDF of flyer


Advanced Training for Master Gardeners Only 

Master Gardeners may wish to become Advanced Master Gardeners by accumulating 30 hours of advanced training over five years. Here's a chance to add six hours with these Christian County Master Gardener advanced training workshops:

June 3 - Workshop on soil amendments (compost, mulch, bokashi and biochar). 9-12, Ozark Community Center, Ozark. Speakers are Bob Schulteis, Extension; Tom Bakie, CCMG; and Ed Cahoj, rancher.

Aug. 19 - Workshop on "Permaculture for the Gardener" by Ben Tegeler, certified permaculturalist. 9-12, Nixa Community Center.  $10 payable at Extension office on the Ozark Square or at the door. PDF of flyer


Photos from the June 3 workshop of Tom Bakie on bokashi, Ed Cahoj on biochar and Bob Schultheis on composting and mulching.



Photos from Aug. 19 workshop by Ben Tegeler on permaculture.