Core of Engineers Project Office

The gardens at the Core of Engineers Project Office (the building which housed the old Dewey Short Visitor Center) just south of Table Rock Dam are completely maintained by the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks - Core of Engineers Project Office Garden Beds Committee. Funding is provided by the Army Corps of Engineers, who manage the center, the dam and the lake.

Core of Engineers Project Office Project Details

Description:

Conversion of the former visitor center fountain and moat areas to public gardens. Visitors to the lake as well as local citizens having business with the Corp. of Engineers Project Office, pass thru the gardens daily. Contact with Master Gardener volunteers occurs throughout the growing season, with questions asked about the plant varieties displayed and advice for visitors own gardens.

Where:

Corp. of Engineers office at Tablerock Dam

Contact Information:

Bill Greet, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks

Work Tasks:

Planning plant selections, preparing beds, planting, mulching, deadheading, pruning & weeding

Origin Date:

Before 2005

Audience:

General public, local & out of state visitors & Corp. of Engineers business constituencies.

Master Gardener Carol Gerhart Receives Award from Army Corps of Engineers

carol-gerhardt-award-420 Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Executive Committee Members stand with Carol Gerhart and Army Corps of Engineers Representative, Jim Sandberg.
(Left to Right) Bill Greet, Treasurer; Elaine Fischer, Secretary; Kathryn Kufahl, President; Carol Gerhart, Award Recipient; Jim Sandberg, Operations Project Manager for Table Rock Lake; Sharon Burgess, Vice-President

Master Gardener of the Ozarks Carol Gerhart could not conceal her shock when she was surprised by two awards at the monthly meeting of the Stone and Taney County Master Gardener group on Monday, February 14th.

The first award was presented by Jim Sandberg, operations project manager at the Army Corps of Engineers' Table Rock Lake and recognizes Carol's achievements over an 8 year span as chairperson of the Dewey Short Visitors Center Committee of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks. She and her committee are responsible for the design, planting and maintenance of several flower beds and landscape features at the Visitors Center. "I can't tell you how many times people have mentioned the beauty and aesthetic quality of the landscaping around the Visitors Center," Sandberg noted as he presented the award. "There is no way we could've done this without Carol and the Master Gardeners."

Ms. Gerhart was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, in recognition of her many years and tireless efforts as a volunteer for the University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener program.

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks is based in the Stone and Taney County area with close to 100 active residents who participate. Master Gardeners are trained by the University of Missouri Extension as gardening and horticulture outreach specialist and pay back their education by volunteering their communities. The volunteer aspect of the program is the heart of the community outreach effort.

Dewey Short Visitor Center

DeweyShort2009Master Gardeners survey annuals at the Dewey Short visitors center. (From left) Kathryn Kufahl, Alice Troyke, Julie Jacob, David Smith.

Helping others learn to grow

By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard
Pacesetter Staff
(The Pacesetter is the Army Corp of Engineers internal newspaper)

Table Rock Lake, with its close proximity to Branson, Mo., is Little Rock District’s most visited lake, and the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks regularly volunteer their time to help keep it beautiful by landscaping the grounds at the Dewey Short Visitors Center. They also share their talent with the visitors.

For the past five years Carol Gerhart has lead the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks as the committee chairperson. The group consists of 75 people who have completed 30 hours of classroom training at the University of Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program. Their mission is, “helping others learn to grow,” Table Rock Park Ranger Malcolm Fortson said.Once the students have completed the training, they are required to accomplish 30 hours of volunteer service within their community through approved activities. Keeping Table Rock’s gardens cultivated is an approved activity

.In addition to maintaining all the many flower beds and gardens around the center, Gerhart and her volunteers have completely reworked the garden around the flag pole, removing old vegetation and bushes, and replanting the area. This transformation gave the garden “an inviting and pleasant look,” Fortson said.“She is a dedicated, hard worker,” Fortson added. “She is always in a good mood and always takes time to talk or answer questions many of the visitors to the Dewey Short Visitors Center ask of her. Perhaps we should all work with plants and flowers, if this activity has such a positive affect on a person.”Fortson also talked about the many hours the gardeners spent working at Table Rock and reminded us that, “these are volunteers; their hard work and dedication have saved the taxpayers and the government time and money.  “In 2008, the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks volunteered 4,651 hours valued at $80,000 in volunteer time,” Fortson said. “Of this, a little over 570 hours, valued at over $11,000, were given to improve and maintain the gardens and flower beds at the Dewey Short Visitors Center.”  Fortson went on to explain how the volunteers did more than just gardening at Table Rock.  “In addition to the gardens at the visitor’s center,” Fortson added. “The Master Gardeners were also involved in activities such as one-on-one teaching, the speaker’s bureau, community beautification projects, a children’s garden and they hosted conferences such as the Spring Gardening Conference and Fall Gardening Workshop.”

Dieter and Marsha Beam graduated from the training course in December 2008, and started volunteering at Dewey Short with Gerhart while still in the course.  “Now that we’re retired, we were looking for something to do in a public service way,” Mr. Beam said. “We wanted to do something that showed the beauty that is so amazing here in the Ozarks, and this seemed to fit perfectly.”When asked if the couple had a favorite project, they said they couldn’t pick just one.  “For Marsha and I, the biggest thrill is to watch visitors taking pictures of themselves and the gardens and visiting with us,” Mr. Beam stated. “Many times we have been given a ‘thank you’ by guests for the work that is being done.”   The Beams said their relationship with the Corps of Engineers has been a “really good relationship, that we hope lasts for years to come.   “The Corp of Engineers staff at the Dewey Short Center are wonderful to work with,” Mr. Beam explained. “We are able to visit with them about our gardening needs and areas of concern, whether it’s water concerns or a load of mulch; Malcolm, our contact, has been there to answer questions and give us input. I would urge other Master Gardener groups as well as the Corp of Engineers to work on other sites as a team. If they work half as well as this marriage works, it will be a success.”

Fall Gardening Workshop

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The 14th Annual
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks
Fall Gardening Workshop

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Fall Workshop will be Saturday, Sept. 30th
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Kimberling City
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Brown Bag Lunch Series

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Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

The Brown Bag Lunch Series
Taney County Extension Office
122 Felkins Ave
Forsyth, MO

Third Tuesday of every Month
April - October
12:00 pm

Gardening Education

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Annual Garden Tour

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Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

Hills & Hollers Garden Tour

Tour the Hills & Hollers of Stone County - See how gardeners have tackled the challenges of making things grow on our Ozarks hills and rocky soils!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 24th
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Self-Driving Tour

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Brown Bag Lunch Series

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Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

The Brown Bag Lunch Series
Taney County Extension Office
122 Felkins Ave
Forsyth, MO

Third Tuesday of every Month
April - October
12:00 pm

Gardening Education

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