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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

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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

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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


Master Gardeners Present 2015 Programs at Taney County Extension

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, in cooperation with Taney County Extension are offering two gardening program series in 2015. Also offered is a one-night only, "Evening in the Garden".

Popular Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Brown Bag Lunch Series returns on April 7th and continues through September 1st with programs scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month at the Demonstration Garden at Taney County Extension. All programs are at noon and are hosted outside. Bring a lunch and a lawn chair and prepare to learn!

New! Saturday Classes

The Master Gardeners are offereing a new, Saturday series as well, starting on March 28 with a program about Bluebirds. This first program is at a special time of 1 PM. Other Saturday classes are held on specific dates in April, August and October, the usual time being 10 AM. These programs are also held outside in the Demonstration Garden.

One Night Only

Finally, on Thursday, June 25th, the Master Gardeners will host "An Evening in the Garden." Join us for an evening stroll in the gardens. Sample herbal drinks and appetizers and hear about local history. Interested in taking home some of our herbs? This is our opportunity to share with you.

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For more information, visit the Taney County Extension Project Page in this website. Or call 417-546-4431.

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Emeritus Awards Presented

A special, Master Gardener Emeritus Award Presentation was the cornerstone of today's Master Gardeners of the Ozarks monthly meeting, held at the Table Rock Dam's Dewey Short Visitor's Center. These are ten-year members who graduated in the 2005 Master Gardener class in Reeds Spring and have records of activity since.   Administrative records show that these members include Fran Filip, Julie Jacob, Kathryn Kufahl, June Legleiter, Rosanne McEvoy, Vickie Mitchell, Barbara Schoenholtz and DeVere Olmstead. Of the 8 awards granted for 10 years' continuous volunteer service, 6 recipients were in attendance to receive them.

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MG Ozarks Impact in 2014

Editor's Note: The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks have produced far reaching effects on their environment and the public in 2014. This content is re-published from the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Annual Report for 2014, produced and written by our mentor and advisor, Tim Schnakenberg with Missouri Extension. You can download the PDF version of this report here:

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Gardening has become an important activity of many Southwest Missourians. Gardening is an excellent way to beautify our landscape and provide a healthy activity for the homeowner. It also is a huge industry in our region and impacts water quality. To help address the general horticulture and gardening needs of the public, a thriving Master Gardener program is present in Stone and Taney Counties. Master Gardeners are University of Missouri trained volunteers who assist with organized horticulture education programs for the gardening public. As of December 31, there were 110 Master Gardeners in the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks chapter. Of these there are 63 who reside in Stone County, 40 residing in Taney County, three in Barry County, two in Christian County and two who reside in Boone County, Arkansas.

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Fall Gardening Workshop

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The 12th Annual
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks
Fall Gardening Workshop

October 3, 2015
Kimberling City, MO

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Brown Bag Lunch Series Schedule - 2015

  • FREE and open to the public

    At the Demonstration Garden
    Taney County Extension
    122 Felkins Ave.
    Forsyth, MO

    For our Tuesday classes, pack your lunch and join us in our garden setting for casual, informative programs. It is an outdoor setting, so dress appropriately. Some seating is provided, but you can bring a lawn chair. Programs are an hour-long beginning at 12 noon.

  • April 7 - Growing Sweet Potatoes

    Mike Flinn - Master Gardener

    In the garden, on a trellis or in a container, sweet potatoes are a beautiful plant. Delicious tubers in the fall are an added bonus to a lovely foliage and flowers. Listen to Mike tell us how to start slips and harvest tubers.

  • May 5 - Tomatoes for the Garden

    Marie Ewing - Master Gardener

    All the growing tips you will need from choosing the right variety, to watering and diseases. Finally, what to do with your abundant crop, including recipes.

  • June 2 - Keyhole Garden

    Marva Ramsey - Master Gardener

    A new idea for you to explore in raised bed gardening. Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. visit our demonstration garden and see how they improve growing conditions in just about any climate.

  • July 7 - Drip Irrigation

    Bill Greet - Master Gardener

    It's July and things are getting dry! Hear about water-wise gardening for flowers and vegetables. Learn how to minimize water loss and produce a precise delivery of water to plants.

  • August 4 - Harvest Time

    David Ray - Horticulturist
    College of the Ozarks

    Harvesting your garden, what to do now? David will be available to answer your questions and also to talk about the College of the Ozarks Farmers Market.

  • September 1 - Growing Micro Greens

    Norma Ross - Master Gardener

    Nourish yourself through the winter with fresh greens. Big on nutrition and flavor, micro greens can be expensive to purchase, but can also be grown cost-effectively at home.

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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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Kimberling Area Library Gardening Classes

The Schedule for Gardening Programs at the Kimberling Area Library has been announced.

The programs are co-sponsored by the KAL and MG Ozarks.

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