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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."


Story Hour at the Children's Garden

Alice Troyke

Story Hour at the Kimberling Area Library is special for those who get to attend

First Photo: Master Gardener Alice Troyke volunteers her Saturday morning at the Kimberling Area Library to read to kids.  The kids got to hear a story about 5 mice and then went outside to play in the Children's Garden.  These Daffodils were planted by kids two years ago.  Cookies, Flowers, playing on the slide, and reading books at the Kimberling Area Library:  A great Saturday for all.

children in the garden Second Photo: Brenda Viveiros, aunt, with Xande Powell, Americus Powell, Barbara Weaver, mom, with Elena Weaver, Sophia Weaver, Bitsy Blanchard, mom, with Ethan & Landon Blanchard

Master Gardener Training for 2010

Tim Schnakenburg teaching a Master Gardener Class Registration for the 2010 Master Gardener Training Classes in Taney and Christian Counties is now open and schedules have been announced. Classes will be held October 14th through November 18 with a special Orientation Class to be held on October 4th, 2010.

There will be two locations: Branson- afternoon sessions and Ozark - evening sessions. Click below for the informational brochure and registration form. You can also download the training schedule.

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Read more: Master Gardener Training for 2010

Second Scholarship Awarded by Master Gardeners

Scholarship is awardedMaster Gardeners of the Ozarks present $1,000 Scholarship:  Scholarship Chairperson Elaine Fischer presents the check to Cassidy Maples, a junior majoring in Horticulture at the College of the Ozarks.  Also pictured at the presentation are (l-r) Stone County Extension Agent Tim Schnakenberg and Master Gardeners Alice Troyke, Kathryn Kufahl, Rose Schwarte, David Smith, Ken Schwarte, Dorothy Brunskill and Dick Brunskill.

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