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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.

Springtime in the Garden

Springtime in the Garden - Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Many Educational Tables including "Ask a Master Gardener"
For information contact MU Extension Center
417-546-4431 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plan on a fun day in our garden setting. If you choose, pack a lunch and spend the day. There will be lots of activities, information and handouts available.

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2019 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 2019.

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 third 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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Bright Beginnings Theme of 2019 Spring Workshop

Spring Workshop Attendance is usually at full capacity

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will be hosting their sixteenth annual Spring Gardening Workshop designed for homeowners looking for tips to improve their landscapes and gardening skills. The theme of this year's event is "Bright Beginnings".

The workshop will be held with registration, vendor booths and a continental breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. and the program ending at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Faith Lutheran Church, located at 221 Malone Street in Branson, Mo.

“This program always features qualified and informative speakers who will discuss topics of interest to gardeners.   This year we are pleased to have KY3 Chief Meteorologist, Ron Hearst, who will present '2019 Gardening Weather Forecast'” said Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

“We chose the theme, 'Bright Beginnings' because the table decorations are very bright! And of course, spring signals new growth, new beginnings. We think our speakers and topics this year will help local gardeners benefit greatly,” according to Marie English, master gardener who chairs the program. “We routinely have well over 200 in attendance very year so it's important to register early. Several vendors will be on site and will be set up to offer plants and horticulture-related merchandise to the public.”

In an effort to keep the price of this event affordable, the committee will be emailing speaker handouts to the registrants the week of the event.  Registrants should check their email and print the handouts, if they choose, to have them available for note taking.

A registration fee will be charged to cover the cost of the workshop and lunch. Contact the Stone County University of Missouri Extension Center at (417) 357-6812 for more information and to pre-register. Seating is limited so pre-register soon.

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Master Gardeners Award Scholarship

$1000 Scholarship Awarded to College of the Ozarks Junior

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks (MGO) awarded a $1000 scholarship to Kyle Kapella, a junior at College of the Ozarks. Kapella is seeking a biology degree at College of the Ozarks and is a 2016 graduate of Hollister High School. Cindy Heider, Chair of the MGO Scholarship Committee, described Kyle as a “perfect candidate for the Master Gardeners’ scholarship. He is an outstanding young man with excellent academic credentials and a commitment to nurturing plant and animal life.” Kyle Kapella is the son of John and Karin Kapella of Hollister who attended the award ceremony.

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The scholarship funds can be used for any educational purpose (tuition, fees, books, housing, etc.) and Kapella noted that with his work at College of the Ozarks, his summer work at the US Army Corps of Engineers (Dewey Short Administrative offices) and the MGO scholarship funding, he will be able to cover the costs of his education for 2018-2019.

Heider explained that the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks started a new scholarship process for 2018 which focuses on high school and/or college students from Stone or Taney counties who are interested in pursuing degrees in horticulture/agriculture related fields such as agriculture, biology, horticulture, environmental science, conservation/wildlife management, entomology or landscape/design management. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000 per semester and can be used at any accredited Missouri institution of higher education such as colleges, universities and community colleges. Applicants can pursue baccalaureate, associate or certificate programs.

The MGO scholarship is designed to support the financial needs of Stone and Taney County students seeking degree or certificate programs in horticulture/agriculture related fields. It is not a need-based scholarship so no verification of financial need is required. Students must simply have a permanent address in Stone or Taney county and seek further education in a horticulture or agriculture related field. The new process is entirely online so potential applicants are encouraged to review the requirements online at

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks raise funds to provide this scholarship through annual spring and fall workshops held in Branson and Kimberling City as well as an annual plant sale held in Forsyth. The Master Gardeners operate under the auspices of the University of Missouri Extension Council with offices in Galena and Forsyth, Missouri.

The Master Gardeners are seeking scholarship applications for the spring 2019 semester. Applicants who are permanent residents of Stone or Taney counties and seeking a spring scholarship award (2019) must submit an application by October 15, 2018. For the MGO scholarship application and instructions, go to For questions or further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fall Gardening Workshop

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The 15th Annual
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks
Fall Gardening Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 28th
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Kimberling City


Gardening Programs at KAL

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Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

Garden Programs at the Kimberling Area Library

March - September
3rd Wednesday of the month
10 AM in the Community Room

New program schedule for 2019 now available!