Dig In: A Gardening Seminar

Master Gardeners are kicking off 2016 with the fourth annual Dig In: A Gardening Seminar. Get your gardening juices flowing and join us for a morning packed with gardening information. Pick the topics that are of interest to you in each of three sessions.


February 27, 2016
8:30 check-in to receive materials
9:00 to 12:30 p.m. concurrent classes

$20 registration deadline February 19
$30 after February 19/at-the-door registration*

Registration fee is non-refundable.
* at-the-door registration until 8:45 a.m., class availability may be limited

Event location
University of Missouri Extension
260 Brown Road
St. Peters MO 63376


Call the extension center, 636-970-3000 to register, which is on a first-come, first-serve basis. All major credit cards are accepted.

Event schedule

Select one class from each session.

Session 1, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Starting hardy summer plants from seed
A hands-on session – Discuss how to start seeds in your home then get your hands in the dirt to start you own tray of seeds. You will take the planted tray of seeds home to grow out. Space is limited to 15. Taught by Evelyn Franks, Master Gardener.

ABCs of organic vegetable gardening
This session will acquaint you with the A to Z of simple organic vegetable gardening. There will be time for Q & A and personal tips from Leslie Limberg, Master Gardener.

Salsa Gardening
How do I design a salsa garden? What plants should I include? Learn it all from our Master Gardener Salsa King, Mark Krebs! Salsa recipes will be provided by Master Gardeners’ own Herb Girls.

Session 2, 10:10 to 11:10 a.m.

Cuttings: An easy way to create multiples of a favorite annual
Spread the color of your annuals like coleus or geranium throughout your garden by taking cuttings from the mother plant. This is a hands-on session and participants will leave with a mother plant to grow out at home and continue taking cuttings for their garden. Space is limited to 15. Taught by Marsha Brown, Master Gardener.

Uncover the mystery lingo on food labels
Organic, healthy, low fat, low salt, low calories, enriched, whole wheat, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and more. How does a consumer wade through the lingo to find real food? Taught by Emily Crowe, new MU Extension of
St. Charles County Nutrition & Health Education Specialist.

Best perennials for sun or shade
Have a beautiful garden that returns year after year when you plant perennials. Make your list from Barb Orr's, Master Gardener, favorites. Planting bed requirements will also be discussed.

Session 3, 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Master Gardeners' favorite gardening tools
Learn the secrets to easier gardening using Master Gardeners' favorite tools. Cleaning and caring for tools will be included. Taught by Joe Walker, Master Gardener.

Monarch madness!
Learn about the Monarch butterfly on its summer travels through Missouri. Learn what to plant for our winged friends to provide food and a home for their young. Taught by the organizers of Missourians for Monarchs, Bob Lee, Master Gardener, and crew.

For the Birds! Using native shrubs and trees in your landscape
The trend to go native in landscaping means hardier specimens that provide food and shelter to our native birds year round — a win-win! Come make your plant list from the information given. Taught by Donna Lindsey, Master Gardener.

Raffle drawing, 12:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be available for purchase before and after each session.