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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

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.

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

Stay Tuned for Details!


Annual Garden Tour

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Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

Garden Tour at Bonniebrook

Enjoy mulitple gardens at one location.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13th, 2020

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