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2017 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 2017.

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.

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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.

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

Dewey Short Center at Table Rock Lake

Helping others learn to grow

By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard
Pacesetter Staff


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.Master Gardeners at Dewey Short Visitor's Center

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.”