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Gently Used Gardening Books Needed

A gardening book lays open on a bench

This year at our annual Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Spring Gardening Workshop, we'll be having a Gardening Book Sale!

We need our members (and anyone else who would like to help) to donate their "gently used" books on gardening for our sale. We've established drop-offs at the Stone County and Taney County Extension offices during regular business hours.

The money raised from the book sale during the Spring Gardening Workshop is used for our charitable efforts. Thanks in advance for your help!

Stone County Extension Office
108 E 4th Street Courthouse 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 345
Galena, MO 65656
(417) 357-6812

Taney County Extension Center
122 Felkins Ave
P.O. Box 598
Forsyth, MO 65653
(417) 546-4431

Spring Gardening Workshop

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Spring Garden Workshop

March 5th, Faith Lutheran Church in Branson, MO

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks 2016 Spring Garden Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Faith Lutheran Church, 221 Malone St, Branson, MO 65616.

Topics of discussion will be:

  • Wild Edibles
    Tamera Walkingstick, Associate Director-Arkansas Forest Resources Center
  • Creating a Garden Sanctuary
    Tom Lakowske, Master Gardener-Alta Birdsong
  • Tips and Tricks for Vegetable Gardening
    Tim Reinbott, Superintendent-Bradford Research Center, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • What’s New in the Nursery
    Dow Whiting – Owner-Garden Adventures Nursery, Nixa
  • Things that Bite & Sting in the Garden
    Tom Riley, Master Gardener & Entomologist

Registration for this event will be $20, which will include breakfast items opening at 8:00 and a catered lunch at noon.

There will be a Book Sale featuring gently used gardening books and Vendors will be on site with gardening materials and plants. Please plan to come early so you will have time to browse and visit.

You may register online and pay by credit card or you may register by mail and send a check to Stone County Extension Center, PO Box 345, Galena MO 65656. Registration deadline is Monday, February 29. 

Register Now by Mail on On Line

If you have questions or need more information, please call the Stone County Extension Center 417-357-6812.


2016 Gardening Programs at Kimberling Area Library Announced

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks have announced their annual Gardening Program schedule at the Kimberling Area Library for 2016. 

Each year, the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks presents the FREE Programs in cooperation with the Kimberling Area Library Association. This year, each session will be held on the second Wednesday of each month, from March through September. All sessions are in the community room at Kimberling Area Library and are free and open to everyone as part of community education sponsored jointly by the library and Master Gardeners of the Ozarks - volunteers with the University of Missouri Extension.

Each Session is on Wednesday at 10:00 AM - Community Room - Kimberling Area Library

Date Subject Presenter
March 9 Growing Organic Vegetables MG Mike Cooper
April 13 Perennials for Springtime Color MG Kathryn Kufahl
May 11 Shade Gardens MG Alice Troyke
June 8 Growing Roses in the Ozarks MG Bill Greet
July 13 The Ozarks: Perfect Place for Berries MG Marie Ewing
Aug 10 Preserving the Bounty of the Garden MG Cathy Wolven
Sept 14 Allium & Narcissus: Bulbs for Fall Planting MG Kathryn Kufahl


Monarch Migration Program to be Held

Monarch on milkweed plant

Monarch Watch Program
October 10, 2015
10:00 AM
Taney County Extension Center

Demonstration Garden
122 Felkins Ave.
Forsyth, MO

pdfDownload the Monarch Migration Pgm Brochure PDF114.62 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.

Tagging kits will be available to the first 50 attendees/families. 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.


Master Gardener Training - 2015

Master Gardener Classes Now Forming

Master Gardener classes are usually offered in Stone or Taney and Christian Counties in Autumn of each year. Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015 core training class. Please contact our office at 417-357-6812 or print the registration brochure linked below. Also be sure and check the schedule, subjects and speakers offered in the core training. The class size is limited so register early.

The first scheduled class is October 5th with orientation meetings scheduled for September 28th. Orientations are no obligation and are designed to explain the Master Gardener Program and what Master Gardeners do.

  • Orientation Meeting - Simmons Bank, Branson West
    September 28th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Orientation Meeting - OTC - Richwood Valley Campus Rm 118, Ozark
    September 28th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

pdf2015 MG Registration Brochure.pdf819.55 KB

pdf2015 MG Training Class Schedule.pdf74.34 KB

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

Stone County Extension Office - 417-357-6812


Spring Gardening Workshop

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Saturday, MARCH 5TH!

Faith Lutheran Church
Branson, MO

Vendors, Book Sale and Continental Breakfast opens at 8:00 AM
Workshop Sessions 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$20 includes continental breakfast, workshop and catered lunch

Find Out More

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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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