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Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners
The Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners chapter was established in 2002. The Master Gardener program is an opportunity for novice and experienced gardeners to learn to share knowledge with others. As representatives of MU Extension, Master Gardeners are involved in a variety of activities that benefit community, families and individuals while developing horticultural interests.
The MU Extension Missouri Master Gardener Program is a statewide education and volunteer program. To become a Master Gardener, participants must complete the 30-hour core training course presented by MU Extension horticulture faculty and complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service in their community in approved MU Extension Master Gardener activities.
The Ozark Prairie Master Gardener Chapter is a proud member of the Missouri Master Gardener Association Inc.
The Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners are trained individuals who enjoy learning and sharing their expertise with others. Our gardening backgrounds range from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced, from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing.
Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners are involved in a diverse collection of community projects and one-on-one consultations such as
- Community vegetable garden
- School fall gardening classes
- Judging Lawn of the month
- Spring Plant Sale
- County Fair floral judging
- Cabbage patch contest
- Children’s garden
- Speaker’s program featuring a wide variety of gardening topics
- Adult education program, From Dirt to the Dinner Table
- Garden problem solving program for the community
- Club informational booth
- One-on-one private gardening advising and demonstrations
- Monthly educational programs
After training, Master Gardeners serve as a resource with University of Missouri Extension to give county residents research-based answers to their gardening questions. The primary purpose of a Master Gardener is to volunteer, but members rate camaraderie and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating.
To become a Master Gardener, call 573-378-5358 for details on upcoming training.
Chapter’s featured project
We have developed a pollinator garden. It is located near the Community Garden in Versailles (behind the United Methodist Church).
The club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Location varies. Contact Andi Woodson for details.
Vice chairperson: Mary Ella Zimmerman, 573-378-4254
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Event date: Sept. 30, 2023
Event time: | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Come join the Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners and University of Missouri Extension as they host a free field day. Visitors can take self-guided tours and attend presentations from a variety of topics such as fall gardening, herbology 201, flower ...
Event date: Oct. 14, 2023 - Oct. 15, 2023
The Missouri Extension Master Gardener Conference is a 2-day conference with breakout sessions and tours. The breakout sessions include:* Fruit, Vegetables & Edible Gardening* Ornamentals & Landscape * Miscellaneous ...
Event date: Aug. 17, 2023 - Nov. 16, 2023
Jefferson City, MO
Want to learn more about gardening? Do you have a passion for sharing gardening information and making your community a more beautiful place? Join us for the Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Training. This program’s train-the-trainer mission is ...
Event date: Sept. 11, 2023 - Oct. 2, 2023
Four sessions for beginning vegetable gardeners on lasagna gardening, soils & cover crops, season extension, and tool maintenance and garden cleanup. Each session is live on Zoom, recordings and other resources will be available to the ...
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 ...
- Published: Friday, July 21, 2017
VERSAILLES, Mo. – Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners know that good things come in small packages.That is why mini-greenhouses are growing throughout the Lake of the Ozarks region.The mini-greenhouses are the brainchild of Dan Britton, president of the ...
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 ...