Four Seasons Master Gardeners

The Four Seasons Master Gardener chapter tours a hoophouse at Cottey College that is maintained by master gardener, Margretha Koehn. 

The Four Seasons Master Gardeners chapter serves Vernon, Bates and St. Clair counties. The group typically meets on the first Monday of the month, except during the winter months. Meetings usually include an educational program such as this tour of a native prairie owned by Rosemary and Norman Noel. 

Photo: Master Gardeners learn about prairie habitats


The group project is the historic herb garden at Bushwhacker Jail.

Construction at the jail site has resulted in a renovation of the herb garden in late 2013.


Renovations were completed Spring of 2014


Sandra Strawn transformed a flower bed at a local park.


Master Gardener, Rosemary Noel, teaching a class on drought tolerant plants. 

You may become a Master Gardener if…

  • You want to learn more about plants and gardening.
  • You are eager to participate in practical and intensive training sessions. Classes are a minimum of 30 hours, usually ten three-hour classes.  Cost is about $125 - $150.
  • You can volunteer at least 30 hours the first year and 20 hours each year afterwards to educational horticulture programs through MU Extension.
  • You enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.

What do Master Gardeners do?

The primary responsibility of a Master Gardener is to answer questions about home horticulture and to help find environmentally sound solutions to gardening and landscape problems. Extension specialists and Advanced Master Gardeners are available to help and advise as needed.

Other opportunities include:

  • Conduct education seminars through the Master Gardener speaker’s bureau that gives educational presentations to groups such as garden clubs, community associations or school classes.
  • Work in clinics in the community, helping local residents diagnose plant and insect problems.
  • Write articles for newsletters, newspapers and other publications
  • Staff exhibits at home and garden shows and fairs
  • Organize community gardening projects
  • Develop youth gardening programs
  • Teach gardening classes
  • Conduct home horticulture research
  • Assist in senior gardening programs

If you are interested, contact the Vernon County University of Missouri Extension Center at 417-448-2560. Classes are scheduled when there is enough interest to have the minimum number of participants.