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Pulaski County Master Gardeners
The Missouri Master Gardener Program is a public service program offered by University of Missouri. Master Gardeners are volunteers that work to extend the knowledge of the University in cooperation with the Pulaski 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 for Missouri residents. They 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 on the Pulaski County Master Gardeners website:
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 University of Missouri 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 31st of the following year. Volunteer on projects and at events to teach about 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.
The Pulaski County Master Gardeners meet at:
First Thursday of every month, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
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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 ...
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 ...