Upcoming Master Gardener Training!

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Core Training

In Newton 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 consists of a minimum of ten, three-hour sessions over an approximate six-week period. Topics usually covered include an orientation to the Master Gardener program, soils and plant nutrition, annuals and perennials, fruit crops for home production, insects, woody ornamentals, lawns and turf, vegetable production, diagnosing plant problems and trees in the landscape.

Core Training opportunities will be announced here when they are available.


Hill and Hollow chapter

Participants who have completed the basic training course and fulfilled the requirements to become Master Gardeners may join the Hill and Hollow Chapter of Master Gardeners.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month (except January) at Crowder College in the Agriculture Building.

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

Visit the Hill and Hollow Chapter website for more information.

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 417-455-9500 or newtonco@missouri.edu.

Report hours

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)

MU Master Gardener Program

For more information, see the statewide site for the MU Master Gardener Program.