Master Gardeners                                                                                     

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers with gardening backgrounds ranging from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced, from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing. After training, Master Gardeners serve as a resource with University of Missouri Extension to give county residents research-based answers to their gardening questions. The primary purpose of a Master Gardener is to volunteer, but members rate camaraderie and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating.

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Lincoln County Extension Center.

Master Gardeners complete 30 hours of volunteer service following their initial training, working on approved projects in the community.  Subsequent years require Master Gardeners complete 20 hours of volunteer service.

For more information on how to become a Master Gardener, call 636-462-5782. LIKE us on Facebook: Lincoln County (MO) Master Gardeners.

 

Core Training

The first step to becoming a Master Gardener is the completion of the Core Training.  Taught by Extension personnel and certified Master Gardeners, topics for the fall training include Missouri Master Gardener Program Policies and Procedures; Plants and Their Environment; Plant Propagation; Soils, Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management; Vegetable Gardening; Fruit Production; Establishment and Care of Woody Ornamentals; Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs; Establishment and Care of Herbaceous Ornamentals; Managing Lawns and Turf grass; Residential Landscaping; Insects; Preventing and Managing Plant Diseases; Using Pesticides Safely in the Home and Garden. 

Fall Classes are scheduled to begin August 24, 2017.  Classes will continue most Thursdays through December 14 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Tuition cost is $185.00 and includes textbooks, handouts, and one soil sample. Enrollment for the Fall class is now open.  Click HERE for a brochure and registration form.

                     

Annual Plant Sale    

Thanks to all who came out to make this year's Plant Sale a huge success!  We plan to use the funds to provide a college scholarship and educate the public through our demonstration gardens at the Lincoln County Health Department, the County Courthouse and other local projects. 

 

Lincoln County Master Gardeners Scholarship

Lincoln County Master Gardener member, Kim Robinson, was proud to present the recipient of the 5th annual $500 scholarship to Caleb Hudson at Silex High School’s Senior Awards Night on May 15th.  Caleb’s many academic accomplishments, his active FFA involvement and several impressive local and state awards, his extensive 4-H participation including numerous officer positions held, along with his genuine enthusiasm and passion for agriculture, made him an outstanding candidate for the scholarship.  He plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia and major in Plant Science. Master Gardeners are excited to “plant the seed” for Caleb to “grow” his dreams towards  a successful career in plant science. Congratulations!

 

LCMG Graduate Trainees

Lincoln County Master Gardeners held their annual Core Training Graduation on December 14, 2016, at the Extension Center.  Four students successfully completed 13 sessions on a variety of topics including soils, vegetable and fruit production, insects, and residential landscaping.  In return, the new graduates may join the Lincoln County Master Gardeners and will be responsible for completing 30 hours of volunteer service to the community. 

The mission of the University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener program is to support Extension by providing trained volunteers to educate the public using research-based information on the best practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship.  

Photo:  from left to right, the new graduates of the University of Missouri Extension Master Gardner program in Lincoln County are: Mary Sue Thompson, Linda McGlothlin, Angel Hammock and Matt Hammock.  Congratulations and welcome to LCMG, Graduates!  

 

Speakers Bureau

Master Gardeners are available to give presentations to schools, clubs and organizations in the area.  To schedule a speaker, please call 636-462-5782.  There is a speaker fee of $25.

                                                                                     

Lincoln County Courthouse Landscaping Project

                              

The LCMGs have worked with the Lincoln County Commission and many others to replace the aging and diseased trees and shrubs around the Lincoln County Courthouse.  Read more about the project on the Photos page or click on this link to our website: http://lincolncountymomastergardeners.blogspot.com/2014/10/landscaping-work-continues-at-county.html.