Welcome to Ste. Genevieve County Extension


Current Newsletters

  • The April issue of The Garden Spade (PDF) newsletter is now online. Articles include: Picture Beds, Control of Nutsedge, Plants for Hummingbirds, Starting Plants from Stem Tip Cuttings, Herb: Sweet Marjoram, Voles in the Landscape, Smooth Patch in Trees, April Gardening Calendar, Upcoming Events, and Twilight Tours.

Upcoming events                                                                                          


19--Twilight Tour--Pinecrest Azalea Gardens, Oak Ridge, 6-8 pm, cost $5

29--Vegetable Grafting, 9am-noon, Hillsboro City Hall, $20, hands-on class with plants to take home, limited seating


3--Twilight Tour--Sandhill's Farm and Garden High Tunnel Tour, Scott City, 6-8 pm, cost $5

15--Over the Counter Products for Plants, 6-8 pm, Library at Fredericktown

20-21--Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk and Plant Sale, call 573-883-3548 for more info.



Missouri Department of Conservation publications are available to purchase in the office! 


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Flood and Severe Weather Resources

MU Extension flood resources page, includes information for flooded basements, flooded cropland, dealing with propane tanks, sandbagging, and more.
MU Extension guide sheets for dealing with severe storms, such as generator safety, controlling snakes, first-aid for storm-damaged trees, and more.
River stage at Chester IL, National Weather Service

Annual events

Garden Walk — May, the weekend after Mother's Day
Ste. Genevieve County Fair — second full weekend in July
4-H Chicken Fry — July, Thursday night of County Fair week, at the VFW Hall
Rural Heritage Day — 4th Saturday in October

Fun Facts

  • On Oct. 1, 2012, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Missouri Territory.  Ste. Genevieve County was one of the original five counties -- though at that time it's western border reached all the way to Kansas!
  • That funny looking chunk out of the SE corner of the county map?  That's 14,000 acres of the State of Illinois, left on this side of the river after the Mississippi changed course.
  • The first farmers market in began in 1814 on the SE corner of the public square.  It moved to Second and Washington in 1851, to Third and Washington in 1989, and to its current location at the Knights of Columbus in 2011 (thank you to Bob Mueller for this info).
  • The Ste. Genevieve County Extension office opened around 1933, part of the University of Missouri's response to the Great Depression.
  • The first brewery in Ste. Genevieve was established in 1780.  
  • Ste. Genevieve County may be known for it's high-quality lime, but did you know we used to produce marble?  Ste. Genevieve marble was used on Lincoln's tomb, the St. Louis Cathedral, the Missouri State Capitol, the Library of Congress, the National Art Gallery, and the National Archives, housing the originals of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
  • The City of Ste. Genevieve is the oldest city west of the Mississippi River.  The founding date is generally listed as 1735, though some sources date it back as far as 1720.
  • The Ste. Genevieve County Extension office is less than 1% of the County budget.  County funds pay for our secretary, local travel, and office supplies.  The University of Missouri supplies the faculty, computers and network, publications, and more.  For every $1 contributed by the County to the Extension office the University contributes over $4 in faculty and resources to benefit the people of Ste. Genevieve County.