Please bring your soil samples to our office at 10650 Gateway Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132. Any questions, please call 314-400-2115.

St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium

Join us Saturday, June 4, 2016 for the 3rd Annual St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium located at Brightside St. Louis’ Demonstration Garden at 4646 Shenandoah Avenue.

The symposium will feature a series of 40-minute workshops led by experts in their respective fields to help gardeners learn how to plan, plant and care for a neighborhood or home garden.  Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and workshops begin at 9:00 a.m.

Cost:  Only $10 per person.  The fee will be waived for St. Louis city residents who qualify as Neighbors Naturescaping participants.

Register:  Register online or call 314-400-2115 to register by phone.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Click here for a PDF flyer about the event.

Gardening Calendars


Chinch bugs in zoysia lawns

It is not uncommon to come across 30+ year-old zoysia lawns in St. Louis. They are resilient and require comparatively little care. That’s why many homeowners are caught off guard by large areas that rapidly turn brown and die out in a matter of weeks. It is unclear why lawns without a history of chinch bug damage suddenly become infested. Read the article from Nathan Brandt by clicking here!

Brown Patch

Brown patch is an increasing problem for lawns with the rain that we are getting in the St. Louis area. Nathan Brandt discusses brown patch in Post-Dispatch article on June 25, 2015.   

Lead in urban soils

Nathan Brandt discusses the importance of testing for lead in urban gardens.

MU Extension St. Louis County: Lead in Urban Soils from MU Extension St. Louis on Vimeo


Watch Nathan Brandt address the issue of fireblight in the metro area.

MU Extension St. Louis County: Fireblight from MU Extension St. Louis on Vimeo.

Soil sample instructional video

Watch Nathan Brandt demonstrate the proper way to collect a soil sample.

Soil testing

Extension will take soil samples for testing. Our soil testing flyer (PDF) will explain how to take the sample and where to take it for processing. MU Extension has many publications on soil sample analysis and improving soil conditions. All MU Extension soil testing publications



St. Louis Master Gardeners

St. Louis Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who enjoying sharing their gardening knowledge with others.
St. Louis Master Gardeners Annual Report 2013 (PDF)

St. Louis Master Gardeners at work

Nathan Brandt and the St. Louis Master Gardeners were hard at work beautifying the grounds at the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter. The volunteers are transforming the space to provide some comfort for the women and children residing within the facility. This is one example of the partnership MU Extension has with St. Louis County. This began with a phone call requesting help with a flower bed. Do you have community horticulture project that you would like help with? Give Nathan a call: 314-400-7338!

2015 Master Gardener class

2014 Master Gardener class

2013 Master Gardener class

Congratulations to the Graduates of the 2013 Master Gardener Training Course!

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