News release: 2018 Master Gardener Classes

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Release Date: March 1, 2018
Headline: 2018 Master Gardener Classes

We’ve seen some pretty cold temperatures this past winter, and I’m ready to see the mercury moderating a bit. About this time of the year, I start having hopeful anticipation of the nice, warm, sunny spring days ahead.  And for many of us, that means gardening activities are already on our horizons.

It also means, for those of us in Extension, that it is time, once again, for our annual Master Gardener classes. I receive inquiries throughout the year about Master Gardener classes. There seems to be a lot of interest in our MG program.

To become a Master Gardener, you don’t have to be an expert.  All that is required is an interest in gardening, and a desire to serve your community using your gardening skills. 

Before someone is certified as a Master Gardener, they must undergo extensive training for 11 classes.  Master Gardeners are taught about all aspects of gardening.  Topics include plant growth, soils, diseases, insects, fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and many others.

After they graduate, Master Gardeners are required to fulfill 30 hours of service to the community.  That’s really not too difficult.  Every month, Master Gardeners meet as a group at several locations, and come up with volunteer projects to work on.

Master Gardeners include adults of all ages and come from a wide variety of backgrounds.  Some have extensive knowledge, and others come ready to learn.  But they all have two traits in common: a love of gardening and a desire to help others.

And Master Gardening is a lot of fun as well.  Our monthly meetings are an enjoyable time to get together with fellow gardeners, and learn from each other.

In late March and early April, University of Missouri Extension will be starting another series of training classes.  We will be meeting on Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9 PM, at several locations around Northwest Missouri. 

Right now, plans call for classes in St. Joseph, and possibly Plattsburg. We are open to holding classes in other locations as well. The selection of final sites will depend on the number of applications received for each site.

Master Gardeners receive a core manual of class topics from University of Missouri Extension.  This will be included with your registration fee in electronic form on a USB flash drive. The cost for the training classes will be $110.  If spouses attend together, the cost for the couple will be $195 if a second core manual is not required. The Grounds for Gardening notebook and the Core MG Manual will cost extra, if paper copies are desired.

For more information about Master Gardening, and a registration form, please call Tim Baker in Gallatin at 660-663-3232, or Tom Fowler in St. Joseph at 816-279-1691.  The deadline for registration is March 26th.  You may also register and find more information on our web site at: http://extension.missouri.edu/nwhort/mgclass.aspx