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Master Gardener Class Schedule for Taney and Christian County – 2019

The training schedule for the Master Gardener classes in 2019 has been released. View the schedule below.

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Master Gardener Class Schedule for Taney and Christian County – 2019
Branson United Methodist Church – 1208 W. 76 Country Blvd, Branson – 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Ozarks Technical College - Richwood Valley Campus (Room 222) – Ozark – 6:00 to 9:00 PM




Tues, Aug. 13

Master Gardener Orientation
1:00-2:30 PM – Branson
6:00-7:30 PM – Ozark

Tim Schnakenberg
Jim Spencer
MU Extension

Thurs, Aug. 15

Plant Growth

Robert Balek
MU Extension - Carthage

Tues, Aug. 20

Plant Propagation  

Patrick Byers
MU Extension – Springfield

Thurs, Aug. 22

Insects/Integrated Pest Management 

Tom Riley
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks – Forsyth

Tues, Aug. 27

Soils/Plant Nutrition/Composting

Tim Schnakenberg
MU Extension – Galena

Thurs, Aug. 29

Home Fruit Production   

Patrick Byers
MU Extension – Springfield

Tues, Sept. 3


Kathryn Kufahl
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks – Reeds Spring

Tues, Sept. 17

Landscape Trees & Shrubs   

Robert Balek
MU Extension - Carthage

Thurs, Sept. 19

Plant Diagnostics/Diseases

Kelly McGowan
MU Extension - Springfield

Tues, Sept. 24

Turf Management  

Tim Schnakenberg
MU Extension – Galena

Thurs, Sept. 26

Home Vegetable Production  

Kelly McGowan
MU Extension - Springfield

State Master Gardener Website -  |  MO Extension Website - | MO Master Gardener Assn. Website - | Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Website -  |  Christian Co. Master Gardeners Website -  |  Master Gardener Coordinators:  Tim Schnakenberg, Agronomy Field Specialist, P.O. Box 345, Courthouse, Galena, MO  65656; 417-357-6812; Cell: 417-838-8405; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Jim Spencer, Agriculture Business Field Specialist, 202 W Elm St., Ozark, MO  65721; 417-581-3558; Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Updated 7/10/2019

10 Tips for Shopping at the Plant Sale

2019 Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Plant Sale


Our Plant Sale on Saturday, April 27 on Main St. in Forsyth, MO is a community event you will want to experience whether you are a seasoned gardener or have a brown thumb you would like to turn green. If you like to plan ahead, these tips can help you get the most out of your Plant Sale experience whether it’s your first time or your 4th time to attend!

  1. Give us time to move all the plants on Saturday morning, but remember Plant Sale begins at 9:00 a.m. The sale ends at 2 PM, so make sure to catch us before the gates close!
  2. Members provide most of the plants for sale but we do accept donated plants for resale. Every year we make sure to have a few annuals, lots of perennials, natives and shrubs, houseplants, vines, specialty plants and more!
  3. BYOW: bring your wheelbarrow or wagon to help carry your haul of new plants since you will probably want to take home more than your arms can hold! We will have a few wagons available for you to borrow and Master Gardeners can assist you in loading your plants into your vehicle. Also helpful would be BYOB: bring your own box for carrying plants. A limited amount will be available but always nice to BYOB.
  4. Please bring cash or check to pay for your items. At this time, we are unable to accept Credit/debit cards. In addition to plants, we will have for sale bluebird houses, bat houses, a few crafts made by MG’s and best of all, our POLLINATOR BOXES! These are a selection of annuals or perennials picked just for you to start an instant pollinator bed!
  5. Do you have a question about the new plant you are buying or an existing issue in your home garden? Visit our info table and talk to a Master Gardener about it! We will also have useful handouts on a variety of common home garden issues. Also available are Informational tables on Composting and Keyhole Gardens.
  6. Now is your chance to learn more about becoming a Master Gardener yourself. All skill levels and gardening interests are welcome. Visit our Welcome table to sign up for more information to be sent to you and receive lots of “freebies” for attendees such as Beautyberry and Tulip Poplar seedlings from Missouri Department of Conservation.
  7. Bring a chair to sit and enjoy our speakers at 10, 11 and noon. Need more info? Find 2019 Plant Sale Master Gardeners of the Ozarks event page on Facebook, or call our Taney County Extension Center at 417-546-4431.
  8. Don’t forget to bring the children to visit the new “Children’s Garden” activity area.
  9. Our Plant Sale will be held rain or shine so bring your umbrella or poncho in case we get some April showers. Safety first, of course.
  10. Have fun, learn something new, and make new plant-loving friends! We hope to see you there! Thrive Bistro will be set up to serve coffee, drinks and muffins for the early arrivals and Tropical Ice will be serving Wraps and Smoothies. It’s not only a plant sale but a day long event.

Visit our event page on Facebook for more info.

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks are volunteers who support the University of Missouri Extension Service by educating the public on the best research-based practices in horticulture and environmental stewardship.

In 2018, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks reported 7998 volunteer service hours working on many service projects such as the Children’s Garden at Kimberling Library, the Demonstration Garden at the Taney County Extension Office, Dewey Short Project Office gardens, Bonniebrook gardens, Spring and Fall Workshops for the public, educational programs are held monthly from April until Oct, preparing for our annual Plant Sale, and “Springtime in the Garden”. A complete list of our projects can be found on our website at

The Plant Sale is a fundraiser to raise money for us to carry out the volunteer service projects we offer and two annual horticulture student scholarships. All of these things would not be possible without the support of our Plant Sale patrons.

Springtime in the Garden

Springtime in the Garden - Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Many Educational Tables including "Ask a Master Gardener"
For information contact MU Extension Center
417-546-4431 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plan on a fun day in our garden setting. If you choose, pack a lunch and spend the day. There will be lots of activities, information and handouts available.

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2018 Stone County Library Garden Series

Garden Programs at the Stone County Library in Crane

Let's Get Growing

The Stone County Library at 201 Main Street in Crane will offer "Let's Get Growing" - a series of informative sessions taught by gardening experts - from March through September. All sessions are in the community room at Stone County Library in Crane and are free and open to everyone as part of community education sponsored jointly by the library and Master Gardeners of the Ozarks - volunteers with the University of Missouri Extension.

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For more information, contact Julie Steele at the Stone County Library in Crane at 417-723-8261.

Read more: 2018 Stone County Library Garden Series

Another Successful Spring Gardening Workshop

An estimated 240 gardening enthusiasts turned out for the 2016 Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Spring Gardening Workshop, hosted in Branson at the Faith Lutheran Church.

Attendees were treated to interesting and informative presentations by entomologist, photographer and Taney County Master Gardener, Tom Riley; Garden Adventures Nursery owner and plant breeder, Dow Whiting; Tim Reinbott, Director of Field Operations for the University of Missouri Ag Experiment Stations in Columbia; Tamara Walkingstick, Associate Professor, Extension Forestry & Associate Director, Arkansas Forest Resources Center, Little Rock; and Tom Lakowske, Master Gardener and creator of Alta Birdsong, a private garden sanctuary in Springfield, MO. See below for PDFs of their presentations and hand-outs. Very soon, videos of the presentations will be available on the MG Ozarks YouTube Channel. (Stay tuned.)

The workshop also featured displays by several of our area's premier, gardening-related businesses including Cedar Creek Gardens, The Flower Farm, Hilltop Farm and Robbies Baskets.

Lunch was catered by T&K Catering of Cedar Creek, Missouri.

Editor's Note:

Below are the hand-outs of the presentations in PDF form. Although we've tried to reduce the file size of these (mostly) PowerPoint presentations, they might still take a while to load into a new page in your browser depending upon your internet connection speed.

pdfThings that bite and sting in the garden.pdf2.68 MB - Tom Riley

pdfWhats New in the Nursery.pdf824 KB - Dow Whiting

pdfTips and Tricks for Vegetable Gardening.pdf1.8 MB - Tim Reinbott

pdfWild Edibles.pdf (includes recipes)287.89 KB  - Tamara Walkingstick

pdfCreating a garden sanctuary.pdf2.35 MB - Tom Lakowske

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

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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