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Keep up with CCMG activities as well as some of the activities of other Master Gardener chapters. Calendar

Read Our Latest Newsletter

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

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Read our information sheet about signing up for email activity alerts and ways to stay connected with CCMG. PDF

Call, Email or Visit Our Hotline

We're open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 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 or drop by our new location at 202 W. Elm St. on the southwest corner of the Ozark Square.


Upcoming Dates

June 24 - Monthly meeting and program at Central Bank of the Ozarks, Nixa, 6:30 p.m., featuring speaker on raised beds and container gardening.

July 13 - Free public seminar on "Community-supported Agriculture: a Grower's Perspective" by Wes Hunter and "Greenhouse Gardening: Lessons Learned from Master Gardeners." PDF

Aug. 24 - Master Gardener advanced training workshop on "Creating a Functional Rain Garden" by Keith of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. 


A Tour of Gardens in the Ozarks

A busload of eager gardeners visited three gardens June 1, beginning in Springfield, featuring a lovely ranch-style house surrounded by largely shade gardens, with very little lawn. Owner and gardener Sydney has had tons of mulch laid down to reduce weeds and  create a tidy, manicured look to the beds of hostas, coral bells, ferns, day lilies and interesting garden decor. 

We lunched at Highland Springs Country Club and enjoyed a presentation by Harvest proprietors Tamara and Chef Craig on the story of their restaurant and partnership. After lunch, we traveled to JJ's Berry Patch, where Master Gardener JJ Leek led us on a learning tour of her cultvated blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and more. We ended the tour at Master Gardener Laura Burdette's and the fabulous greenhouse she largely built herself. We ended the day with fancy lavender cupcakes and a plethora of ideas to sort through and apply to our own gardens.




Our Memorial Tree for Donna Singleton

Thanks to a gift from the family of Donna Singleton, a CCMG member who passed away in 2018, we planted a weeping cherry tree in her memory near our berm at the Gardens at Woodfield, Nixa. We've added her name to our memory bench as well. Here's a picture of the tree with our beautiful berm in the background.

Our Beautiful Gardens at Nixa Community Center

Our Master Gardener volunteers are transforming the gardens and landscape at Nixa Community Center into a pollinator paradise using native plants. Here are some photos. 



Tea for Two

Well not exactly, but Millie Hesington and Virginia Roberts were the two CCMG members who represented our chapter at a special tea April 22 at the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City hosted by our First Lady. We'll share more details later, but in the meantime here are some photos of their day.



Plant Sale Highlights

What a sale! Hundreds of gardeners turned out for our 3 1/2 hour sale at Nixa Community Center, and we raised thousands of dollars to support out scholarships and project. Thanks to all the hard-working CCMG members who contributed plants and garden accessories, who helped set up and price, who worked the actual sale and who stayed to clean up afterwards. Here are some photos to document the event:





Highlights of April 22 Meeting

Twelve guests joined us for an excellent presentation on tree care by Jordan Odem, certified arborist with the City of Nixa and Nixa Utilities. We learned about selecting, planting, mulching and pruning trees and a couple of recommendations for tree pruning and removal specialists. Also shownbelow are Master Gardeners Marla Hull showing pictures of the high tunnel she and her husband have built and Laura Burdettle showing the root-ball planter she made for an air plant.



Lion Cub Scout Troop Learns About Gardening

Four 5-year-olds in the Lion Cub Scout Troop in Nixa learned about gardening in April.  Christian County Master Gardener Jennifer Ailor taught the boys what it takes to grow plants, namely healthy soil, sunshine and water. The boys each planted a pot of lettuce seeds and another of radish seeds and also took home more seeds to plant later.  


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.

One class returned in March to help with spring planting.



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)