Courthouse Gets New Trees and Shrubs

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners helped plant new trees and shrubs on Saturday, October 25 at the Lincoln County Courthouse. Although the majestic old trees were beautiful, many had become hazardous. Not only were many at the end of their life spans, but all were stressed due to improper pruning, disease and drought. In fact, disease had made its way to the trunk of  one the of the trees.    

A plan was developed with the guidance of the Missouri Department of Conservation and approved by the County Commissioners earlier this year. A $10,000 grant was awarded to help fund this project.  

Eleven LCMGs and other volunteers began about 8:00 a.m. with a short tree planting tutorial by MDC Urban Forester, Perry Eckhardt.  Then 22 trees and numerous shrubs were planted, mulched and watered on the courthouse grounds.  Most of the planting was accomplished by 10:30 with watering and clean-up completed by 2:00 that afternoon.

Old shrubs being removed.

Perry Eckhardt giving tree planting instructions.



 The Master Gardeners would like to thank:
- Missouri Department of Conservation Urban Forester Perry Eckhardt for his instruction and assistance, 
- John Eberling of Ameren Missouri for buying trees and hauling them to the courthouse,
- Don St. Clair of Nelson Tree Service for his assistance planting the trees and providing everyone with doughnuts, 
- our good friends from the St. Charles Master Gardeners who donated 11 shrubs to our cause, 
- the Lincoln County Jail Second Chance Gang who made the work go quickly,
- Commissioner Dan Colbert who was in attendance and worked all day,
- and Landscape Architect Tim Frevert who helped us develop a sustainable landscaping plan.

With proper maintenance, the landscaping should add beauty to our county courthouse for many years to come. 
Our next project will be a Teaching Garden. More information on that soon! 


County Courthouse Landscaping Update

 The Lincoln County Master Gardeners have been busy this summer helping to update the landscaping around the Lincoln County Courthouse in Troy. After developing a landscaping plan, with the help from the Missouri Department of Conservation, it was presented to and approved by the Lincoln County Commission. Work began earlier this summer.

Missouri Department of Conservation Urban Forester Perry Eckhardt and Landscape Architect Tim Frevert helped design the plan and aided in presenting it to the County Commission.

    (Perry Eckhardt and Tim Frevert)

   (Tim Frevert presenting to Commissioners Bass, Colbert and Galloway)


After county approval, work began early this summer. Overgrown trees and shrubbery were removed and replaced first. Read more about that here.

Work on the back of the building began several weeks ago.

After removing the existing plants, work began on updating infrastructure.


   (Landscaping bricks were added to frame the new raised beds.)

   (Here are the completed raised beds at the rear of the building. These are ready to be planted with historical plants.)

   (There will be signs labeling and describing each plant as well as informing of its benefits to our environment.)


Be sure to drive by our beautiful county courthouse and and see the work for yourself.



LCMGs Honor Local Veteran

Congratulations to Terry Mayberry who received the Lincoln County Master Gardeners' Adopt-A-Vet Award for 2014. Mr. Mayberry has served his country faithfully as a member of the United States Army and continues to serve as a Marine associate, spearheading the local Toys For Tots campaign.


Mr. Mayberry is active in the Veterans Coffee Talk that meets Thursday mornings at the Lincoln County Senior Center. Here, veterans of every military branch meet for fellowship, keep up to date on veteran's issues and yes, enjoy free donuts!

Terry and his wife, Lynn, are current residents of Troy. Their lovely home needed a new retaining wall. The LIncoln County Master Gardeners had a campaign to elecit applications, and Terry was selected from the applicants. A second project is being planned for later this year and the selected veteran will be announced then.

Here are some photos of the work that was done and those participating. It was a HOT day but the end result and the appreciation of the Mayberrys made it all worthwhile!


Pictured sitting on the new retaining wall are some of the LCMGs with Mr. Mayberry. Lester Koelling, Becky Mueller, Mr. Mayberry, JoAnn Hill and Scott Zykan. Not pictured, Linda Coburn.




Special thanks to LC Master Gardener Scott Zykan who lent his equipment and expertise to the project!


2014 LCMG Garden Tour

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners had their annual garden tour.  Four LCMGs opened their beautiful gardens for their fellow local master gardeners.  Thanks to those who hosted and those who toured.  Here are a few photos of several gardens.








(Photos courtesy of Patti Laffoon)




Our Annual Plant Sale was Saturday, April 26, 2014.  We had a great day and a great turn out!  Thanks to all who helped make this event a great success!

Our own local Master Gardeners grew the plants and made the garden art.












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