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Brown Bag Lunch Garden Series - Third Tuesdays

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Pack your lunch and join us in our garden setting for casual, informative programs. Classes will be held the third Tuesday of the month. It is an outdoor setting, so dress appropriately for the weather. Programs are an hour-long beginning at 12 noon.

Classes are FREE and open to the public as part of our community education sponsored by the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks.

Brown Bag Lunch Series Schedule - 2020

  • FREE and open to the publicAt the Demonstration GardenTaney County Extension122 Felkins Ave.Forsyth, MO417-546-4431

    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 21 - You Can't Kill This - Tough Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs and Trees

    Colleen Walpert, Master Gardener

  • May 19 - Soil Microbes

    Marie Ewing, Master Gardener

  • June 16 - Using Herbs

    Barbara Garlich, Master Gardener

  • July 21 - Vermiculture

    Gloria Cowpergen, Master Gardener

  • August 18 -Garden Safety

    Lisa Gibbs, Master Gardener

  • Sept. 15- Succulent Propagation

    Mary O'Brien, Master Gardener

  • October 20 - Dahlias

    Penny Meador, Master Gardener

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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

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!

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..


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

Spring Gardening Workshop

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Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

The Annual Spring Workshop

March 7, 2020
Faith Lutheran Church
Branson, MO

Details and Registration


Gardening Programs at KAL

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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.

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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