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Ozark Gateway Master Gardener Plant Sale set for May 4

The annual fundraiser will be held at Powers Museum, 1617 Oak Street, Carthage on Saturday, May 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Plants for sale will include heirloom vegetable and herb transplants, annual and perennial flowers, native plants, shrubs, trees, houseplants and succulents, as well as garden art, mason bee houses and other garden objects.

All funds raised by this event go to support public projects undertaken by the Master Gardeners, and educational events for students, gardeners, and the community at large. In addition to vegetables like cucumbers, eggplants, gourds, peppers (sweet, bell and hot), squash and zucchini, several heirloom tomatoes will be available. Varieties will include Amish Paste, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Big Rainbow, Box Car Willie, Cherokee Purple, German Johnson, Mortgage Lifter, Pink Bumble Bee, and more. Herbs such as basil, dill, parsley, and thyme will be on hand, as will flowering plants like four o’clocks, marigolds, moon flowers, passion flowers, and white and pink zinnias. Examples of trees for sale include lacebark elms, magnolias, redbuds, white oaks and willow oaks. And, if you’re interested in houseplants, air plants, spider plants, and angelwing begonias will be offered.

The Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners utilize the funds raised to benefit the local area. Some of their most recent projects include Crosslines Churches of Joplin Food Pantry Garden, Shoal Creek Conservation Center (formerly Wildcat Glades) Demonstration Garden, Carthage and Joplin Library Gardens, the Webb City Kids Garden and Webb City Farmers Market and Empire District kids activities.

Master Gardener

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri. They then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities learn about gardening and environmental education. The Master Gardener Program in Missouri promotes and raises public awareness of University of Missouri Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based gardening information.

Through activities such as Extension helplines, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, garden show booths and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.

Become a Master Gardener

If you enjoy gardening, want to learn more about horticulture, and are willing to share with others what you know and learn, you’re a prime candidate to become a Master Gardener. Contact us at (417) 358-2158 or

Other useful resources

Missouri Master Gardeners (statewide website)
Missouri Master Gardener Association, Inc.
Green Horizons (MU Center for Agroforestry Newsletter website)
Missouri Botanical Garden
Grow Native (Missouri Prairie Foundation)

Ozark Gateway chapter

In Jasper County, a participant must receive 30 hours of classroom instruction and agree to volunteer 30 hours back to the community. A participant must complete 20 hours of volunteer service, plus an additional six hours of continuing education yearly. The volunteer service has taken on many forms. Several have participated in community garden and community beautification projects. Some have given programs to various school groups, gardening clubs and residential care units. Others have provided assistance with a helpline in the University of Missouri Extension Center during the summer months. A fee is charged to cover the cost of the course core manual, handouts and other expenses. Other arrangements can be made if a participant does not wish to contribute volunteer hours.

The annual course covers a wide variety of topics including trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, lawns, soils and fertility, pest management, control of invasive and noxious weeds and pests, fruits and vegetables, Season extension with cold frames, hoop houses and high tunnels will also be covered. Organic methods and traditional methods will be discussed and you will be introduced to research on new crops for this area. In the final part of the course you will learn the best ways to help others learn to grow.


Plant sale 

The chapter's annual plant sale is usually held in May.  Plants are sold at reasonable prices and include perennials, bedding plants, bulbs, trees, natives and other seasonal plants

Carthage Library garden

C.A.N.D.O. senior center

Community projects

Master Gardeners in Jasper County maintain gardens at the Carthage Public Library, the Joplin Library, the C.A.N.D.O. senior center in Carthage, a community garden at Crosslines in Joplin, and a demonstration garden at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.

Wildcat Glades demonstration garden

Crosslines garden and greenhouse





Report volunteer hours online or by completing the printed form and mailing to the extension office.
Missouri Master Gardener Service Hours Website
Master Gardener Service Record (PDF)
Annual background check form (PDF)

Grow for It

A newsletter for Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners

April 2019 (PDF)
March 2019 (PDF)
February 2019 (PDF)
January 2019 (PDF)

Upcoming Events

  • April 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Webb City Kids Garden at Webb City Farmers Market
  • April 20, 9 a.m.
    - Transplant Day
       Crosslines (Need a lot of helpers for this)
    - Webb City Kids Garden at Webb City Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • April 27, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
    “May The Forest Be With You” 5k and activities day for Arbor Day
  • May 4, 9a.m.-12 p.m.
    Webb City Kids Garden at Webb City Farmers Market
  • May 7, 0 p.m.-2 p.m.
    5th Graders transplanting flowers at KOAM-TV
  • May 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Webb City Kids Garden at Webb City Farmers Market,
  • May 25
    Native Plant Sale
    Master Gardeners will have an opportunity to have a table and provide education and information during the sale.
  • June 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Webb City Kids Garden at Webb City Farmers Market
  • September 1, 6:30 p.m.
    Chapter Meeting will held at the SCCC pavilion 
  • September 21
    Native Plant Sale