Missouri Master Gardeners, bookmark this link to the online system for reporting your hours.
The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in-depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education.
The Master Gardener program promotes and raises public awareness of the University of Missouri Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based gardening information. Through activities such as MU Extension hotlines or answer services, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, garden show booths, and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.
To become trained as a Master Gardener, an individual must complete a 30 hour core training course. Core training is offered both in person and online. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to the community in approved MU Extension activities.
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Event date: Sept. 29, 2023
Event time: | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kansas City, MO
Extension Master Gardener Trainees, Certified Master Gardeners, and the public are invited to tour the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center grounds with a focus on the nonprofit Deep Roots' demonstration garden and other native plants blooming and ...
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. 3, 2023
Event time: | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Kansas City, MO
Tour gardens at non-profit Kansas City Community Gardens grounds, including Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden, 9:30am to 10:30am. Kansas City Community Gardens is located at 6917 Kensington, KCMO 64130. Learn about vegetable ...
News & articles
- Published: Friday, July 21, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – You may not be able to squeeze blood from a turnip, but you can easily grow this tasty and nutritious vegetable.“Turnip is an underappreciated and underused fall vegetable crop,” said David Trinklein, horticulture state ...
- Published: Thursday, July 13, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Your beautiful tomato plant is setting fruit and soon has nice green tomatoes. Then, to your horror, a dark sunken spot shows up at the bottom of the fruit.You might think an insect or disease has attacked your plant, but such is ...
- Published: Thursday, June 8, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cute critters by day, gardeners’ worst enemies by night.Most gardeners know the frustration of having a beautiful garden decimated by wildlife, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.“Our ...
- Published: Thursday, May 4, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Several species of ornamental magnolias grace the Missouri landscape with colorful flowers from March through mid-June.“In addition to showy, prolific blooms, magnolias’ sweet, citrusy floral fragrance permeates the air and ...
Publication date: July 1, 2017
Patricia Hosack and Lee MillerDivision of Plant SciencesThe first and best defense against plant diseases is a healthy plant, which is the main task of an accomplished gardener. Preventing and managing plant disease begins even before planting, with ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2017
David TrinkleinDivision of Plant SciencesPruning is an important practice for maintaining the health, size, form and vigor of trees and shrubs in the landscape. It can reduce transplanting stress by reducing leaf surface area to compensate for root ...
Publication date: Jan. 10, 2017
Manjula V. NathanSoil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Service LaboratorySoil as a medium for plant growth can be described as a complex natural material derived from weathering of rocks and decomposition of organic materials, which provide nutrients, ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2017
David TrinkleinDivision of Plant SciencesIf all mankind were to disappear tomorrow, the world would regenerate to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the terrestrial ecosystems would collapse into ...
Publication date: July 1, 2016
Missouri is home to almost all temperate zone fruit plants, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, currants, blueberries, grapes, apricots, cherries, plums, nectarines, peaches, apples and pears. They can be harvested from ...
Publication date: July 4, 2016
David TrinkleinDivision of Plant SciencesPet owners washing their dogs with flea and tick shampoo; housekeepers scrubbing bathroom fixtures with mold and mildew removal agents; lawn enthusiasts applying granular crabgrass preventers. What do these ...
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 ...
Articles on gardening and horticulture from the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
The Grow Native! program increases conservation awareness of native plants and provides resources to help people use them in their plantings.
Master Gardeners can report their service hours using this PDF form, a Word version of this form, or the online reporting system at http://report.missourimastergardener.com.
Master Gardeners can report their service hours using this Word form, a PDF version of this form, or the online reporting system at http://report.missourimastergardener.com.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is a center for botanical research and science education. Founded in 1859, it is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.
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