Horticulturist recently hired

Image of Justin Keay, Horticulture SpecialistOur office is excited to introduce Justin Keay as our new Horticulture Specialist. Justin brings a passion for protecting Missouri's environment and natural resources to his new position. His responsibilities include serving St. Louis County. He has worked as an agricultural research associate with Lincoln University, an organic farm inspector, owner/operator of North County Produce Farm, a manager for Hummert Horticultural Supply and a buyer for Whole Foods Market helping local producers comply with insurance, food safety and animal welfare standards. Justin has a M.S. in Integrated Agricultural Systems from Lincoln University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Washington University, as well as additional classes from St. Louis Community College. He looks forward to serving area residents.

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was initially found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests

You are important to Extension's future

If you have received help from  MU Extension of St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is funded by the county council. Your comments will verify the unique benefits from extension. Find your county council member

Support our funding — brick by brick

brick path through demonstration gardensBrick by brick we continue to extend the pathway that meanders through the on-site demonstration gardens. It has become a place for all to enjoy the peacefulness and awe-inspiring beauty of nature. A brick with your name or the name of someone to remember extends the path one brick at a time. Your generosity will support the funding of all programs at MU Extension in St. Charles County. Together we can make a difference. Brick order form (PDF) | Online ordering.

“Friends of mine and I visited this wonderful place today. We had a picnic lunch on the property. Surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants. Will definitely return for a leisure, peaceful visit.” – Facebook post by garden visitor

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