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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

New Master Gardeners for 2009

MG new members 2009 Master Gardeners of Stone and Taney counties are glad to welcome 19 new members to our family.   These dedicated men and women have completed 30 hours of training from the University of Missouri Extension.  They have all signed a contract with the Extension to give 30 hours of community service.   So you may seem them out working at Dewey Short Visitor Center at the Table Rock Lake Dam.  You might see them at the Kimberling Area Children's Garden.   Perhaps others will work at the Crane Broiler Festival or the Blue Eye Reunion.  There are so many different projects that the Master Gardener's are involved in.  

Front Row (L to R) – Carol Synhorst, Barbara Sakowicz, Barbara Keys, Susan Sketers, Kathy Marcum, Cheryl Bailey
Back Row (L to R) – Royce Burke, Bill Greet, Eric Peterson, Bill Ahrens, Danny Manis, Sue LeRose, Carol Calton, Sherri Boldt, Deb Witt, Maryan Bagg, Don Witt, Christi Johnson, Herb Gramse

Container Gardening

Master Gardeners show how to make and old pair of boots into a container garden

Master Gardener Kathryn Kufahl recently taught a class on Container gardening sponsored by the Kimberling Area Library.  17 Class attendees were shown how to use decorative pots large and small and even  using  old work boots as a planter. Kathryn said:  "Container Gardening is especially popular for those who don't want to dig in the rocks of Stone and Taney Counties and for condo dwellers and people who want to dress up the deck or patio" .   The classes are free to anyone wanting to attend at the Kimberling Library. 

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks is a non-profit organization with a stated mission to help others learn how to grow.  Master Gardeners will start classes this fall for future trainees.  Master Gardeners donated 4600 hours of community service to Stone and Taney County in 2008.

Crane Farmers Market

Crane Creek Farmer's Market is off and running

The Crane Farmer's Market held a kickoff celebration on July 17th,  2009 on the lawn of the SO/MO real estate office on Highway 413 in Crane.  Master Gardeners of the Ozarks was there to answer questions and discuss with visitors the upcoming Fall Garden Workshop.  There was  a home made pie contest,  a sample of healthy eating.. a tomato gazpacho, and even a demonstration of grilled pizza.  It was a great evening and a good kickoff to promoting eating fresh,  buying fresh, and buying local.  The Crane Farmer's Market will be held on Saturdays 8am to noon.

Crane Farmer's Market - Table of Produce

Master Gardeners Volunteer

MG's  Ken & Rose Schwarte
Stone County Couple finds volunteering rewarding

Ken and Rose Schwarte of Branson West moved to the Ozarks to relax and retire.  In 2006 they attended and graduated from the Master Gardener of the Ozarks training program. After receiving 30 hours of basic horticulture training on a variety of topics;  they put the knowledge to work on their home.  They created a garden oasis in the back yard.   Stone county rock and soil was a challenge.

One May night in 2008 a knock on the door came from neighbor Janice Sallee.   She told the Schwartes of a camp that was putting gardens around cabins and wanted to know if the Master Gardeners would help.   "Sure" said Ken.   They then went out to Kids Across America camp and found and almost impossible task.  Kids would be checking in to the camp in days.  Flats and Flats of plants were ready  to be put in the ground.  "Ground... well.. if you call rock and clay ground" says Rose.  After the first year,  It was heart breaking.   "Flowers had nothing to grow in.. no water.. " says Ken.

Kids Across America (KAA) coordinator Dave Jahnlee asked the Schwarte's to help for 2009.  "I told him he would need to get us some soil, some compost, and water" says Ken.  Flowers were purchased from College of the Ozarks.  The gardens started to take shape.
Kids walking to cabin
The numerous gardens in front of the cabins,  barrels with flowers, the cactus gardens at the entrance, and the near 40 hanging baskets were all in place and ready for the campers to arrive.

Master Gardeners Ken and Rose Schwarte have donated over 250 hours to this project.   "A lot of work and some frustrations; but all in all we are very pleased in the progress this year" says Ken.   The camp is now quiet and done for the summer.   Ken and Rose still are active in other projects around the Ozarks.   Each spring is reserved.. for the KAA camp.

The Schwarte's have earned the winter off and have taken with them a scrap book full of memories and new friends.

Spring Gardening Workshop

spring workshop logo


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

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.

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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