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River Valley Master Gardeners
The River Valley Master Gardeners serve Lafayette and Ray counties. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in horticulture and a willingness to help others in the community. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Lexington Battlefield. If you're interested, contact the Lafayette County extension center.
President — Sandra Slusher
Vice president — Betty Richardson
Secretary — Shirley Ross
Treasurer — Gwen Trumbo
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.
2. Submit and pass the background check
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 ...
Master Gardener Core Training-Fall 2020
Aug. 23, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020
To receive a FREE Core Manual, a $30 value, register with the bundle. Register with the Bundle Course description: The motto of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” This is accomplished by providing ...
Master Gardener Core Training Course and Manual Bundle
Aug. 8, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020
Your $200 registration fee includes a FREE Core Manual. During checkout, a $37.95 discount will be applied: $30 for the manual and $7.95 for shipping. During checkout, please click the "Next" button under Shipping Methods. The shipping fee is part ...