In-depth horticulture training for Missourians who wish to spread their knowledge of gardening.
Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners chapter meetings
The chapter meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Boone County Extension Center, 1012 N Highway UU, Columbia, MO.
Contact information for officers and committee chairs
President: Brenda McGavock, [email protected]
Vice President: Renee Sullivan
Secretary: Maria Parker
Treasurer: Lori Johnson
Newsletter Editor: Pam Humphreys
Demonstration Gardens: Jan Ivey
Butterfly Committee: Chris Walker
Wildflower Meadow: Donna Puleo and Charles Paxton
Videos: Jennifer Baskett
New Member Welcome: Jan Ivey and Michelle Motley
Information booths: Mary Ellen Degnan
The Missouri Master Gardener Program is a public service program offered by Missouri University. Master Gardeners are volunteers that work to extend the knowledge of the University in cooperation with the Boone County Extension office. They are a group of highly trained volunteers that teach classes in school gardens, provide advice and education in community gardens, maintain demonstration gardens that illustrate a variety of gardening methods, deliver gardening information to radio stations, and host gardening fairs and seminars for the public. Master Gardeners help others learn about sustainable gardening methods. They provide reliable and research-based horticultural programming Missouri residents. We are members of the local community that have taken an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic individuals that are willing to learn and help others and are able to communicate with diverse groups of people.
Any resident with an interest in gardening, novice or expert, may take the Master Gardener Core Course. All you have to do is follow these steps:
1. Apply to attend the training in a location near you.
Find out about local programming by contacting us. Check the grey box below for current open courses. Contact the Boone County Extension office to be notified when the next local class is scheduled.
2. Complete the Extension Master Gardener core training
30 hours of plant education offered in the fall: August through November
Courses are taught by Missouri University faculty, local experts & MU Extension educators
Topics include: Vegetables, compost and soil, flowers, fruits, turf grass, landscape design, woody landscape plants, plant propagation, integrated pest management, plant diseases and insects.
3. Volunteer in your community
Complete the 30-hour internship by December 31 of the following year. Volunteer on projects and at events to teach plants in the community.
4. Stay involved
Master Gardeners can remain active members in following years by attending six or more hours of continuing education and contributing 20 hours or more of volunteer community service.
Report your volunteer and continuing education hours online by December 31st of each year.
Master Gardeners moving from other states are evaluated on a case-by-case basis through discussion with the individual, local coordinator, and State Coordinator.
At the heart of the Missouri Master Gardener program is our volunteers. Volunteers assist the University of Missouri Extension Service personnel to extend the educational arm of the university to the public by providing horticultural information based on university research and recommendations.
In other words, the Missouri Master Gardener program is a place for volunteers to have a fun, educational experience while serving the community in which they live while doing what they love.
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News & articles
- Published: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Submitting soil samples to your local University of Missouri Extension center is easy, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory.Now is the best time of the year to submit samples to the accredited ...
- Published: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The summer they were married, Dan and Earlene Britton received a cutting from a Christmas cactus belonging to Earlene’s grandmother Naomi Ingrum. Thirty-six years later, the Brittons and the cactus continue to do well in spite of ...
- Published: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The term “winterize” is associated more with automobiles than garden plants, but just as motorists want their cars to withstand the rigors of winter, gardeners can take steps to help their fragile plants do the same.Most of our ...
Missouri Master Gardener Online Core Training - Fall 2023
Aug. 13, 2023 - Dec. 30, 2023
The manual for this course, the Missouri Master Gardener Manual can be downloaded for printing. Access the manual. The motto of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” This is accomplished by providing ...
Volunteers are integral to the delivery of many MU Extension programs. All volunteers are required to sign the Volunteer Code of Conduct Policy.
Online version of the Volunteer Code of Conduct, all extension volunteers must read and agree to the policy for MU Extension Volunteer Code of Conduct.
Boone County - Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners, Fillable Project Opportunity Request Form and Instructions (PDF)