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Master Gardener Training - 2016

Master Gardener Classes Now Forming

Master Gardener classes are being offered in Taney and Christian Counties starting in October of this year. Registrations are now being accepted for this 2016 core training class. Please contact the Branson training office at 417-357-6812 or or the Ozark training office at 417-581-3558 or print the registration brochure linked below. Also be sure and check back here soon for the schedule, subjects and speakers offered in the core training. The class size is limited so register early.

The first scheduled class is October 4th, 2016 with orientation meetings scheduled for September 15th, 2016. Orientations are no obligation and are designed to explain the Master Gardener Program and what Master Gardeners do.

  • BRANSON Orientation Meeting - Hawthorn Bank Community Room, 4675 Gretna, Branson
    September 15th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • OZARK Orientation Meeting - OTC - Richwood Valley Campus Rm 110, Hwy 14 East, Ozark
    September 15th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

pdf2016 MG Registration Brochure.pdf794.14 KB

A complete schedule of topics and presenters will be available soon. Below are the dates of the scheduled classes. Each class is held at the locations listed above. Branson classes are held in the afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Ozark classes are held in the evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Thurs, Sept. 15 - Orientation
Tues, Oct. 4
Tues, Oct. 11
Thurs, Oct. 20
Tues, Nov. 1
Thurs, Nov. 10
Thurs, Nov. 17
Tues, Nov. 22
Tues, Dec. 6
Thurs, Dec. 8
Tues, Dec. 13

If you have an interest in the Master Gardener program, now is your chance to check it out and get involved.

Branson Area Master Gardener 2016 Training Class Information - 417-357-6812

Ozark Area Master Gardener 2016 Training Class Information - 417-581-3558


Monarch Migration Program to be Held

Entomologist and Master Gardener Tom Riley demonstrates capturing a butterfly

Monarch Watch Program
September 24th, 2016
10:00 AM
Taney County Extension Center

Demonstration Garden
122 Felkins Ave.
Forsyth, MO

pdfDownload the Monarch Migration Brochure for Sept 2016101.09 KB

Monarch Watch (Visit Monarch Watch Website) is a program that allows participants to tag and release monarch butterflies as part of a nation-wide, citizen-science initiative to track monarch butterflies on their annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico. Monarch Watch was started and is coordinated by the University of Kansas.

Our program will discuss the annual migration of the monarch butterfly and ways that you can assist them as they travel through Missouri. Participating in the tag and release program developed by "Monarch Watch" will be the focus of the program. We will demonstrate how to capture, tag, and release monarch butterflies using the tags from Monarch Watch.

Monarch tagging kits will be available for those who want to tag Monarchs in their own garden. In addition to the general public, we would like to invite science and biology teachers, and other group leaders young and old to participate and take this information back to their classrooms and organizations to further promote the Monarch Migration Program.

Kits include official Monarch Watch adhesive tags, a data sheet to record when and where tagging took place, a net, and instructions on how to properly catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies without harming or otherwise impeding the butterfly's ability to continue on with its migration.

This program is free and open to the public as a community service. For further information, contact the Taney county University of Missouri Extension center at 417-546-4431.


Another Successful Spring Gardening Workshop

An estimated 240 gardening enthusiasts turned out for the 2016 Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Spring Gardening Workshop, hosted in Branson at the Faith Lutheran Church.

Attendees were treated to interesting and informative presentations by entomologist, photographer and Taney County Master Gardener, Tom Riley; Garden Adventures Nursery owner and plant breeder, Dow Whiting; Tim Reinbott, Director of Field Operations for the University of Missouri Ag Experiment Stations in Columbia; Tamara Walkingstick, Associate Professor, Extension Forestry & Associate Director, Arkansas Forest Resources Center, Little Rock; and Tom Lakowske, Master Gardener and creator of Alta Birdsong, a private garden sanctuary in Springfield, MO. See below for PDFs of their presentations and hand-outs. Very soon, videos of the presentations will be available on the MG Ozarks YouTube Channel. (Stay tuned.)

The workshop also featured displays by several of our area's premier, gardening-related businesses including Cedar Creek Gardens, The Flower Farm, Hilltop Farm and Robbies Baskets.

Lunch was catered by T&K Catering of Cedar Creek, Missouri.

Editor's Note:

Below are the hand-outs of the presentations in PDF form. Although we've tried to reduce the file size of these (mostly) PowerPoint presentations, they might still take a while to load into a new page in your browser depending upon your internet connection speed.

pdfThings that bite and sting in the garden.pdf2.68 MB - Tom Riley

pdfWhats New in the Nursery.pdf824 KB - Dow Whiting

pdfTips and Tricks for Vegetable Gardening.pdf1.8 MB - Tim Reinbott

pdfWild Edibles.pdf (includes recipes)287.89 KB  - Tamara Walkingstick

pdfCreating a garden sanctuary.pdf2.35 MB - Tom Lakowske

2016 College of the Ozarks Scholarship Awarded

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks present 2016 College of the Ozarks Scholarship Award

About 15 members of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks were present for the annual awarding of their Scholarship for a College of the Ozarks horticulture student.  Members were introduced to Josh Franks, the new C of O liaison to the Master Gardener group and Scholarship Committee members presented the $1000.00 scholarship to Chloe Hunter.  She is a junior in horticulture and would like to go into greenhouse management.  In the picture l to r, are Josh Franks (C of O Landscape Director and MG Ozarks Liaison), Danny Manis (MG of the Ozarks President), Chloe Hunter (C of O student and scholarship recipient), Elaine Fisher (MG of the Ozarks Scholarship Chairman), Charlie Bowden (MG of the Ozarks Scholarship Committee Member).

The MG Ozarks Annual Scholarship Award Program has been in existence for several years now and has benifitted a number of College of the Ozarks horticultural students with financial assistance.

Spring Gardening Workshop

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Coming Next:

The Annual Spring Workshop

Usually held in early March in the Branson area.

Stay tuned for details!

2015 Committees

The 2015 list of Committees and Projects is now available for download. This list contains every standing committee and project as well as chairperson name and phone number and committee members.

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