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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.

Scholarship Awarded to College of the Ozarks Student

scholorship presentationCollege of the Ozarks Senior receives $1,000 Scholarship from the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks:

Laura Pennington of Wichita,  Kansas is a senior at College of the Ozarks.  She has been given a $1,000 scholarship from the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks.  "I really needed this money.. it'll help out a lot", said Laura.  Ms. Pennington started as a freshman at C of O and her first job was working in the cafeteria.  "My Aunt and Mom and Dad are all graduates of C of O... it became an easy choice for school", says Laura.  She has been very active in school.   Along with her work duties at the green houses;  She was president of the on campus  Horticulture Club and president of the Rotaract ( a college version of the Rotary Club).   We asked how she was able to learn all the various plants that C of O sells in the green houses.  "...the best learning experience I had was working in the sign shop making signs for all of them", she said with a smile.   Laura will graduate with a degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on Horticulture.  She plans to move back to Wichita where she will work at the Botanica Gardens.  Also,  she has plans underway for a March wedding.
We briefly visited with David Ray and Nathan Bell.. Supervisors of the Horticulture Dept of the College.  David said,  " ..if it's green;  we take care of it."  The Green Houses will have 250,000 bedding plants.  "We will sell a thousand Hibiscus plants".   There is close to 1,000 acres of mowing and weed eating to be done.  "We do it all with Staff and 72 horticulture students".   
Master Gardener President Dave Smith and Committee Chairperson Elaine Fischer said "we are delighted to help".  Past President of Master Gardeners Kathyrn Kufahl says "Every person we can help with our scholarship program will go into the field of Horticulture and that benifits us all".

Laura told us that she will use the money to buy a much needed lap top computer and a printer.

The presentation of the Check was made on August 26th, 2009 at the Green Houses of the College of the Ozarks.   Those attending (L to R)  Master Gardeners Alice Troyke, Marsha Beam, Pres Dave Smith, Laura Pennington, Committee Chair Elaine Fischer,Past Pres Kathyrn Kufahl, Julie Jacob, and Louise Mansfield.

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

kal garden program web

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

Find Out More

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