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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.

YouTube Movie about Master Gardeners

"lights .. camera .. action!"

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks are proud to announce that a movie has been made regarding the activities of our chapter. 2009 was a very busy year for the Master Gardeners with a "Spring Conference",  " Annual Garden Tour",  "Fall Garden Workshop" and the many projects that Master Gardeners worked on in Stone and Taney Counties.  From the Crane Farmers Market to the Blue Eye Reunion Master Gardeners were everywhere.   The six minute movie was produced by David Burton of the University of Missouri Extension office.   He is our Civic Communication Specialist.   The six minute video shows Master Gardeners and what we do.   We invite everyone to check it out:

Or you can also see it on YouTube here: Master Gardeners on YouTube

If you would like to know more about the Master Gardener of the Ozarks or have one of us come by your group for a visit .. Call us at 417-357-6812  or email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candy Clark - Wildflower Rescue

CandyClark2009Not your typical rescue story:

After 27 years of owning her own business in Amarillo, Texas;  Candy Clark and her husband moved to the Ozarks in Dec of 2003.   "When we moved here I had never lived in the woods.  It was so exciting."  Says Candy.   The area they moved into had not been heavily developed yet.. "and I had never seen so many wildflowers.  It became an adventure to identify each one and as the season did the variety of flowers".   Here in the Ozarks.. progress happens and homes start filling in great areas of the country side.  Suddenly all "the quiet glens with their secret stands of flowers, rocky outcroppings that provided homes for the woodland creatures were gone, gone forever".  She says thoughtfully, "Like voices extinguished, never to be heard from again.  That was profoundly sad.  I wanted to bring them home and give them a chance to continue".
She decided to get more information;   She enrolled in the Master Gardener program.   During these classes came "the idea for Wildflower Rescue.  It became my project goal.  When I started talking about it with several other Master Gardeners,  they expressed interest in the idea".  After finishing her 30 hours of training,  the Wildflower Rescue Group was officially formed.  
In the Kimberling City area;  Foxwood Shores, a new subdivision on Little Aunts Creek Road was getting ready for development.   Candy asked the construction supervisor about a particular hillside in the subdivision that he was going to bulldoze for a septic system.  After getting permission from the supervisor .. the committee raced into action to dig as many plants as they could.  "Can you imagine,  Here we are a bunch of girls digging in the dirt while the construction boys were standing by their big machines and drinking coffee watching us.  They needed to get to work, but they waited for us." says Dr. Anne Wigg.  "It was such a frantic effort, no one thought of taking a picture" says Candy with a laugh.  The committee has grown with Master Gardener members Marty Kenny, Dr. Anne Wigg, Bill Walley, J.W. Pace, Joe Kleiber, David Smith, Sharon Burgess, Veronica Oots, Roberta Arsenault, Patty Zschoche, Margaret Kaiser, Patty Olsen, Kathryn Kufahl and Chairleader Candy Clark.
The University of Missouri Extension Guide states: "it is unlawful to remove any wildflower endangered or not from public land.  This includes highway right-of-ways.  Anyone interested in growing wildflowers should select those that can be grown from seeds or propagated in other ways for use in the garden.  Avoid digging from native locations unless native locations are being destroyed for some reason"!  Candy says with confidence, "That being said, we as a group, under the umbrella of Master Gardeners, have permission forms that need to be filled out before working on private land."
So far a few hundred  plants have been rescued.   Most went home with the individual rescuer.  "I have two acres of woods that are dedicated to native plants and flowers.  It is a work in progress, but many plants have found a home there".   Candy adds with a grin.. "We speak almost daily!  I am always delighted to hear their voices".
Now with the summer nearing an end and the colors change to fall;  Candy can take time for her other primary interest.  "Painting ..which is very connected to gardening.  I paint in a realistic style and my favorite subject matter is gardens.  Plants, all things green, stone, statuary, and old objects found in a green setting".
Master Gardener Candy Clark has taken a passion for wildflowers and made it personal.  She tells us that her favorite time of day is called "the golden hour before sunset,  when shadows are long and the grass is emerald, and of course flowers,  great and small."  If you would like to visit with Candy and her committee you can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
You can a part of Master Gardeners of the Ozarks and find your passion.  call us at 417-357-6812.   We look forward to talking with you.

Plant an Extra Row

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks challenge all gardeners to "PLANT AN EXTRA ROW"

Rows of vegetablesIn times of national crisis, Americans turn to the garden.  Posters promoting Peace Gardens during WWI declare "every garden a munitions plant!"  A WWII Victory Garden poster declares "Our food is fighting".  The war we face right now is hard to define, but war it is.  The numbers of the unemployed mount rapidly.  Master Gardeners of the Ozarks urges you to help our Food banks.  Take those extra tomatoes, zuchinis and squash to the food pantries so others can enjoy fresh veggies. This grass roots movement is the quickest way to address an immediate need.  Find the food bank nearest you.  Encourage others to do so as well.   Who amongst you hasn't sent friends scattering upon seeing that 'extra zucchini or tomato in your hand?

If we are to overcome this crisis, we cannot simply look to the government. Use our local food banks, listed below.


215 N. Main St.
Crane, MO 65633
Ph: (417) 723-5636
Days/Hrs Opp: Thrift Store/Food Pantry in Crane on Main Street ONLY does the Food Pantry the first 3 Wednesday's of every month from 8-11:30am. You have that it is T-W-F 10-4pm

7 Northwoods Dr.
Kimberling City, MO 65686
Ph: (417) 739-2743
Days/Hrs Opp: summer by appt; Wed 3:30-5:30

20 Kimberling Blvd.
Kimberling City, MO 65686
Ph: (417) 739-4700
Days/Hrs Opp: 1st 3 W; 9am-12pm & 1pm-3pm    Lake Rd 13-50  (Call for days and times.)

(417) 538-2587  Hwy 173 N

(417) 739-3200   Kimberling City, MO  65686


2674 HWY 176
Rockaway Beach, MO 65740
Ph: (417) 251-0088
Days/Hrs Opp: Tu-Fri; 12-3

5700 E. Hwy 76
Kirbyville, MO 65679
Ph: (417) 546-4028
Days/Hrs Opp: As needed; no set time, by appt.

Salvation Army, Branson Corps
1114 Stanley Branson, MO 65616
Mailing Address: PO Box 1715 Branson, MO 65616
Phone: (417) 339-4434  Fax: (417) 335-4094
Office hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm

202-B Vaughn St
Branson, MO 65616
Ph: (417) 334-1157
Days/Hrs Opp: M-TH 9:00-12:00 & 1:30-4:00; Fri 9-12   (Go to the door on the north side of the building).  Food Pantry, Each month more than 400 families come to CAM for assistance, and an average of more than 30,000 food items are distributed to Taney County families.

Peter Longley to Speak

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks are working hard in preparation for the Annual Spring Garden Workshop to be held in Branson on March 20th.  The event is scheduled from 9:00 am - 3:15 pm and will be held at the United Methodist Church of Branson (West Hwy 76). Master Gardeners are proud to announce that one of our five speakers is a fascinating and renown author and gardener from Springfield .. Peter Longley.  Here is a brief bio of Mr. Longley:

"I was born in Scotland, educated and brought up in England and gained my master’s degree in theology from Cambridge University in the 1960’s.

Professionally, I was the Estate Manager of Tullamaine Castle in Ireland from 1966-1977. This included the management of 20 acres of private gardens and grounds and a 260-acre home farm as well as the management of a large domestic staff. The property was American owned and it was for this reason that when the owners chose to sell the property I came to the United States.

From 1978 to 1998, I was a cruise director, culminating in my position as cruise director of the great ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. I traveled the whole world making no less than 17 full world cruises.

When not at sea, I lived at Sea Island and on St. Simons Island off the Georgia coast.

In 1979, I redesigned a 10 acre garden in Ladue, St. Louis, a project that lies behind my published novel Love is Where Your Rosemary Grows that won an Editor’s Choice award. "

"From 2005 until 2008 I was on the board of Friends of the Garden at Close Memorial Park and was involved in the effort to create the new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Close Memorial and Nathaniel Greene Parks in Springfield. I remain an associate and volunteer with Friends of the Garden."

"I will be sharing with you my experiences in creating two English Gardens in the Ozarks. The first is at Alpha Meadows out from Seymour that was created in 2001, and the second is the English Garden at Close Memorial Park in Springfield that I designed in 2004."

Other interest of Peter Longley has been in landscape painting and travel. He has also authored  numerous horticultural, theological, and political articles.  Further information:

Any final thoughts sir??   "I try to weave historical background into my horticultural talks, and will hope that this unusual approach will appeal to those interested in this presentation, English Gardens in the Ozarks. I will also hope that I can inspire Ozarks gardeners into believing that despite our terrible soil conditions, temperature extremes, and the persistence of growing rocks, good design will win out. By adapting, you can create the character of an English garden in the Ozarks."


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

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.

Find Out More

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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