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Area Master Gardener Class of 2019

2019 Area Master Gardener Class with Tim Schnakenberg

The Master Gardener Class of 2019 for southwest Missouri includes:

Spring Online Class

Glynda Giles - Forsyth

Fall Online Class

Emily Ernest - Crane
Douglas Jones - Branson
Kimberly Shearman - Branson
Lonna Tucker - Aurora

Ozark Class

Rebecca Moody - Branson West
Sarah Potter - Galena
Emily Stephens - Galena
Janet Krause - Reeds Spring

Branson Class

Gregg Erickson - Kimberling City
Lisa Gibbs - Kimberling City
Lagena Jenkins - Forsyth
Barbara Keil - Shell Knob
Ed Kucab - Ozark
Tonya Lewis - Forsyth
Rita Otradovec - Branson West
Joe Purma - Taneyville
Andrew Rybinski - Branson
Janet Sapp - Forsyth
Roger Schnackenberg - Shell Knob
Anne Symington - Hollister
Carolyn Townsend - Forsyth
Jan Trauernicht - Lampe
Donalene Wright - Forsyth

Congratulations to all! Welcome to the Master Gardener Program!

2020 Gardening Programs at Kimberling Area Library Announced

Garden Programs at the Kimberling Area Library

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks have announced their annual Gardening Program schedule at the Kimberling Area Library for 2020.

Each year, the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks presents the FREE Programs in cooperation with the Kimberling Area Library Association.  All sessions are on Wednesdays 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.

Read more: 2020 Gardening Programs at Kimberling Area Library Announced

Master Gardener Courses offered in Branson and Ozark

University of Missouri Extension is offering Master Gardener training courses in Branson and Ozark this summer.

“This is a great opportunity for persons interested in horticulture and gardening to learn new skills, volunteer for community educational projects and become associated with other gardeners in the area with similar interests,” said Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy field specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Stone County.

The intensive multi-week Master Gardener courses consist of ten three-hour classes on specific Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Branson and evenings at Ozark. The classes will all occur from August 15 to September 26.

Participants have their choice in classes: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Branson and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ozark.

According to Schnakenberg the classes are taught by educators from University of Missouri Extension and Master Gardeners organizations.

“There is a course fee which covers the 30 hours of instruction and many resource materials including the ‘Missouri Master Gardener Core Manuel’,” said Schnakenberg.

For more information and to pre-register for the classes, contact Schnakenberg at (417) 357-6812, regarding the Branson class and Jim Spencer, ag business field specialist, (417) 581-3558, regarding the Ozark class. A downloadable registration form and class schedule is available pdfHERE844.54 KB. Preregistration is needed by August 14. Space is limited, so register early.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend a no-obligation orientation to learn more about the master gardener program scheduled for August 13. Orientations will be offered at 1:00 p.m. at the Branson United Methodist Church (1208 W. 76 Country Blvd) in Branson and at 6:00 p.m. at the Ozarks Technical Collect Richwood Valley Campus (Room 222 - One mile west of Hwy 65 on Hwy 14) in Ozark.

“The Master Gardener Program is a popular, successful statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. The organization’s goal is to train gardeners who are willing to share their knowledge with others,” said Schnakenberg.

Master Gardeners become volunteers of the University of Missouri and donate volunteer hours for community educational projects in horticulture. Participants who complete the course can become a part of one of the Master Gardener groups throughout Missouri.

pdfMaster Gardener 2019 Training Registration Form844.54 KB

Master Gardener Class Schedule for Taney and Christian County – 2019

The training schedule for the Master Gardener classes in 2019 has been released. View the schedule below.

pdfDownload and print or view the 2019 Training Schedule211.33 KB

pdfDownload and print the registration form844.54 KB

Master Gardener Class Schedule for Taney and Christian County – 2019
Branson United Methodist Church – 1208 W. 76 Country Blvd, Branson – 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Ozarks Technical College - Richwood Valley Campus (Room 222) – Ozark – 6:00 to 9:00 PM




Tues, Aug. 13

Master Gardener Orientation
1:00-2:30 PM – Branson
6:00-7:30 PM – Ozark

Tim Schnakenberg
Jim Spencer
MU Extension

Thurs, Aug. 15

Plant Growth

Robert Balek
MU Extension - Carthage

Tues, Aug. 20

Plant Propagation  

Patrick Byers
MU Extension – Springfield

Thurs, Aug. 22

Insects/Integrated Pest Management 

Tom Riley
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks – Forsyth

Tues, Aug. 27

Soils/Plant Nutrition/Composting

Tim Schnakenberg
MU Extension – Galena

Thurs, Aug. 29

Home Fruit Production   

Patrick Byers
MU Extension – Springfield

Tues, Sept. 3


Kathryn Kufahl
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks – Reeds Spring

Tues, Sept. 17

Landscape Trees & Shrubs   

Robert Balek
MU Extension - Carthage

Thurs, Sept. 19

Plant Diagnostics/Diseases

Kelly McGowan
MU Extension - Springfield

Tues, Sept. 24

Turf Management  

Tim Schnakenberg
MU Extension – Galena

Thurs, Sept. 26

Home Vegetable Production  

Kelly McGowan
MU Extension - Springfield

State Master Gardener Website -  |  MO Extension Website - | MO Master Gardener Assn. Website - | Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Website -  |  Christian Co. Master Gardeners Website -  |  Master Gardener Coordinators:  Tim Schnakenberg, Agronomy Field Specialist, P.O. Box 345, Courthouse, Galena, MO  65656; 417-357-6812; Cell: 417-838-8405; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Jim Spencer, Agriculture Business Field Specialist, 202 W Elm St., Ozark, MO  65721; 417-581-3558; Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Updated 7/10/2019

10 Tips for Shopping at the Plant Sale

2019 Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Plant Sale


Our Plant Sale on Saturday, April 27 on Main St. in Forsyth, MO is a community event you will want to experience whether you are a seasoned gardener or have a brown thumb you would like to turn green. If you like to plan ahead, these tips can help you get the most out of your Plant Sale experience whether it’s your first time or your 4th time to attend!

  1. Give us time to move all the plants on Saturday morning, but remember Plant Sale begins at 9:00 a.m. The sale ends at 2 PM, so make sure to catch us before the gates close!
  2. Members provide most of the plants for sale but we do accept donated plants for resale. Every year we make sure to have a few annuals, lots of perennials, natives and shrubs, houseplants, vines, specialty plants and more!
  3. BYOW: bring your wheelbarrow or wagon to help carry your haul of new plants since you will probably want to take home more than your arms can hold! We will have a few wagons available for you to borrow and Master Gardeners can assist you in loading your plants into your vehicle. Also helpful would be BYOB: bring your own box for carrying plants. A limited amount will be available but always nice to BYOB.
  4. Please bring cash or check to pay for your items. At this time, we are unable to accept Credit/debit cards. In addition to plants, we will have for sale bluebird houses, bat houses, a few crafts made by MG’s and best of all, our POLLINATOR BOXES! These are a selection of annuals or perennials picked just for you to start an instant pollinator bed!
  5. Do you have a question about the new plant you are buying or an existing issue in your home garden? Visit our info table and talk to a Master Gardener about it! We will also have useful handouts on a variety of common home garden issues. Also available are Informational tables on Composting and Keyhole Gardens.
  6. Now is your chance to learn more about becoming a Master Gardener yourself. All skill levels and gardening interests are welcome. Visit our Welcome table to sign up for more information to be sent to you and receive lots of “freebies” for attendees such as Beautyberry and Tulip Poplar seedlings from Missouri Department of Conservation.
  7. Bring a chair to sit and enjoy our speakers at 10, 11 and noon. Need more info? Find 2019 Plant Sale Master Gardeners of the Ozarks event page on Facebook, or call our Taney County Extension Center at 417-546-4431.
  8. Don’t forget to bring the children to visit the new “Children’s Garden” activity area.
  9. Our Plant Sale will be held rain or shine so bring your umbrella or poncho in case we get some April showers. Safety first, of course.
  10. Have fun, learn something new, and make new plant-loving friends! We hope to see you there! Thrive Bistro will be set up to serve coffee, drinks and muffins for the early arrivals and Tropical Ice will be serving Wraps and Smoothies. It’s not only a plant sale but a day long event.

Visit our event page on Facebook for more info.

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks are volunteers who support the University of Missouri Extension Service by educating the public on the best research-based practices in horticulture and environmental stewardship.

In 2018, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks reported 7998 volunteer service hours working on many service projects such as the Children’s Garden at Kimberling Library, the Demonstration Garden at the Taney County Extension Office, Dewey Short Project Office gardens, Bonniebrook gardens, Spring and Fall Workshops for the public, educational programs are held monthly from April until Oct, preparing for our annual Plant Sale, and “Springtime in the Garden”. A complete list of our projects can be found on our website at

The Plant Sale is a fundraiser to raise money for us to carry out the volunteer service projects we offer and two annual horticulture student scholarships. All of these things would not be possible without the support of our Plant Sale patrons.

Spring Gardening Workshop

spring workshop logo


Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

The Annual Spring Workshop

March 7, 2020
Faith Lutheran Church
Branson, MO

Stay Tuned for Details!


Gardening Programs at KAL

kal garden program web

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

Garden Programs at the Kimberling Area Library

March - September
Select Wednesdays
10 AM in the Community Room

New program schedule for 2020 now available!


Annual Garden Tour

Garden Tour at Bonniebrook

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

Garden Tour at Bonniebrook

"Bohemian Garden Rhapsody Tour" will be held at the Rose O’Neill’s historic homestead on Saturday, June 13th from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Learn from the Master Gardeners at a variety of gardens and horticultural Education Stations highlighting Bonniebrook’s beautiful gardens.   Enjoy refreshments, music and a variety of artisans, then tour the Rose O'Neill historic home and fine art gallery located at 485 Rose O'Neill Road, Walnut Shade, MO 65771.

Garden Tour tickets:   $20 Advanced Registration;  $25 day of event.

Find Out More

Register Now

Springtime in the Garden

Springtime in the Garden

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

Springtime in the Garden

Taney County Extension Office
122 Felkins Ave
Forsyth, MO

Saturday, April 25th, 2020
Plant Sale, Arbor Day & Educational Activities