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Candy Knows Flowers

Painting of flower on asphaltIt all started with a question:  
What kind of paint works on asphalt?

That was the question posed to Candy Clark a local artist in Kimberling City.  From that question came the beginning of flowers being painted on the asphalt trail from the front of the Kimberling Area Library.. to the gardens in the back.

"I like the creative process ... imagine, design and paint" says Candy.  "The paintings are of common garden flowers, rose, pansy, bee balm, and some are wildflowers, columbine, wild pink and spiderwort.  I picked them for a variety of color, shape and easily recognizable."  Candy is a member of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks and knows flowers.  So the next time you are at the Kimberling Area Library take a moment and stroll on the path to the garden and see what a local artist has done.

Garden in the Harbor

A Garden in the Harbor

The temps were icy and thoughts of gardening were a toasty spot in my frozen brain.  Our January guest speaker was promoting community gardens.  It sounded worth while.  By the time February rolled around, some of us had heard a radio spot about a grass roots movement asking everyone to "Plant a row of for the needy".  No money involved, just you - your garden - and some folks in the Ozarks who need fresh food.  Something so simple, so easy and potentially so productive.  We set out to locate our local food banks and verify the needs of Stone and Taney County residents.  During a conversation with the administrator for the food bank at Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake, she said "Its odd you called right now.  We've been talking about starting a garden here.  Did someone call you?"   I replied no one had called me, I was calling to see what they needed.  We talked and events took a totally different turn.

Harbor House Container GardenChristian Associates does many things for the needy in our community.  Harbor House is a shelter for battered women.  Clients range in age from the very young with small children to seniors.  A meeting was had with the ladies and it was decided we would make a garden.

The terrain is a challenge. Asphalt within a 10 foot high fence.  The women are very security conscious, so we had to stay in the confines of that fence.  We decided to try Square Foot Gardening because of its compact, above ground containers which can produce much food in a small area.   Dieter, my husband, and I set out to facilitate the gardeners.  Untreated wood was culled from construction sites.  An electrician we know offered to donate and bend metal pipes to attach to the boxes for vertical growth.  A good source for the growing medium was found.   We went to the community for donations of money and seeds.  The boxes were built, buckets were found ,the soil was ready and it was time to meet at Harbor House to put in the garden.

I almost cried when the boxes were in place and the lids came off the containers of soil.  One of the women plunged her hands into the bucket, letting the particles trickle through her fingers as she smelled the aroma wafting in the air.  "Oh, my God.  I didn't know if I would ever smell this again!"  She was laughing and so were two more.  The new gardeners didn't get it.  But you and I do.  Talk of gardens past and favorite flowers and the difference between the flavor of a home grown and store bought vegetable went on through the afternoon.  We planted too early in May and lost some things, but as you can see, by June 15th , we were on track!   Actually, there were radishes consumed the first week of June.

The Harbor House Garden has 14 2x4 boxes and various containers.  The women of Harbor House maintain the garden and I continue to make sure they have what they need.  Our hope is to not only supply Harbor House with produce, but to perhaps donate to the food bank as well.  

I believe we all know gardening is cathartic for most of us.  The project has created a symbiotic relationship.  We all learn from each other.  New ways and old ways mesh for better growth in the garden.  For some, their thoughts are more positive and redirected. The thrill of anticipation has sprouted and now grows bright in a gloomy world.  As for me.....sometimes I drive by and know just where to look to see my girls.  They are sitting out on the side walk in front of the door nearest the gardens.  It reminds me of sitting on the porch with my granny watching the garden grow.  I am no fool.  I am getting so much more from doing this than I can ever give back.   

If this sounds corny.....IT IS!!   Happy Gardening and remember to plant a row for the needy.

Kimberling Area Library Children's Garden

It's summertime and it's hot! No need to tell you that.  What do you do with the kids?  The Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City is a great place to take the kids.   Master Gardeners of the Ozarks have been working hard on a Community Enhancement Project  with the Kimberling Area Library Association.     The  concept is an interactive garden with a playground.   Playground equippement was donated and installed by the Rotary Club and the American Legion post both of Kimberling City.

Master Gardener Julie Jacob submitted and got approved a variety of gardens.   A large butterfly in the middle of the garden is made of whimsical flowers.   The gardens are made possible through private funds.   Carol Buzenius is a member of Thrivent and a library volunteer.   Here she greets kids from behind the sign which reads "KALA  Wild, Wacky and Wonderful Garden."   The sign goes on to share with the kids various garden favorites.

These gardens are dependent on volunteers such as sign painter Yvette Ayres - a member of the Board of Directors for the Library.


Master Gardeners Julie Jacob and Kathryn Kufahl say volunteers are greeted with ooohs and aaahs from kids learning in the ABC garden.

KAL Board Member Yvette Ayres

Library hours are Mon-Wed-Friday  10am to 4pm
Tuesday-Thursday  10am to 7pm
Saturday   9am to 12 noon
For more information or for possible interviews, please contact:
Julie Jacob - 417-338-0746 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kathryn Kufahl - 417-272-0996 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stone County Health Departmentt

Master Gardeners help Stone County Health DepartmentStone County Health Department on Highway 13 gets some help from the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks

A call went out from Stone County Health Dept workers regarding the shrubs and flowers around the building on Highway 13.  Master Gardeners J. Case (not pictured),  Kathryn Kufahl, David Smith, Irv Kufahl, and Anne Wigg (kneeling) trimmed the shrubs away from the building and planted flowers.   Angela Ford - Administrator of Stone County Health Dept (not pictured) placed mulch around the new flowers.  Lauri Sutor (left) WIC Clerk and Wanda Cantrell (purple smock), Nutritionist are pleased with the changes.

Master Gardeners do a minimum of 30 hours of public service per person in a year.  Master Gardeners have completed 30 hours of training through the University of Missouri Extension Service.

Master Gardeners Issue Grant Money

Master Gardeners Issue Grant Money

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks continues to move forward in reaching out to the community.   Following the recommendations of the Grant committee;   The membership of the Master Gardeners approved and dispersed funds of $2700 to our community.   These funds were used in scholarships at College of the Ozarks,  Kimberling Area Library,  Lampe Area project, Kimberling Area Senior Center, and educational grants  in the Master Gardener Program.

The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program provides "life-enhancing" skills to 259,960 participants state wide in 2008.  This was done through educational workshops and seminars,  gardening demonstrations and community gardening events.  Master Gardeners go and speak to various groups and organizations and are ready to speak to your group on a variety of gardening subjects.

Four Thousand Six Hundred Hours...   That's how many volunteer hours the Master Gardener's of the Ozarks worked at area projects in Stone and Taney County for 2008.   4,600 Hours ..  That's a lot of work at Dewey Short Visitor Center.. the Children's garden at the Kimberling City Library.  Helping home gardeners and food banks.  Wildflower Rescue programs and Square Foot Gardens at Christian Associates.  Four Thousand Six Hundred Hours ..   IF you can spare 30 hours of your time a year..  You could be a Master Gardener.   For more information Call Tim at the University of Missouri Extension office 417-357-6812.

From left to right:   Grant Committee members:  Marilyn Burkhardt,  Bill Walley,  Roseanne McEvoy,  Alice Troyke (center) Master Gardener and Extension Specialist Tim Schnakenberg, (excepting the funds for various groups) Fran Filip, Julie Jacob, Kathryn Kufahal, and Marsha Beam

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!


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 27th, 2019
Plant Sale, Arbor Day & Educational Activities

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Master Gardeners: We need volunteers for the 2019 Plant Sale! Sign Up Here!