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The Master Gardener Program - Overview

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Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who have previous gardening experience. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens, and the environment.

Master Gardeners plant seeds of knowledgeWhy become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is an opportunity for individuals with or without gardening skills, to learn and to share knowledge with others. Each person entering the program agrees to a time commitment to the Master Gardener Program. This “payback” consists of at least 30 hours of approved activities the first year and 20 hours each year following to maintain the Master Gardener status.

A Horticulture Program For the Active Volunteer

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener program is: “Helping Others Learn to Grow”. As part of the outreach efforts of University of Missouri Extension, Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life, and enhancing the economy and environment through horticulture education, applied research, and the resources of the University of Missouri and Lincoln University.

Grow with us

Like plants need sun to grow, Master Gardeners need enthusiastic volunteers to thrive. Each year the group recruits new members who are committed to volunteering their time. That is why an interest in community service is just as important as any gardening expertise. Master Gardeners receive 30 hours of classroom training and, in return, each new member pledges to contribute 30 hours of community service during the first year of involvement. As a benefit for continued service, Master Gardeners may take advantage of advance horticultural training and attend most educational programs free of charge.

Master Gardeners Contribute to the aesthetics of their communities

Who may become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

Volunteers are very important to the expanding services offered by the University Extension. A successful candidate for the Master Gardener program is anyone with ability and willingness to donate volunteer hours to University of Missouri Extension education programs.

Join the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks

Volunteer Program

The Master Gardeners pay back their education by volunteering in their community. The volunteer aspect of the program is the heart of the community outreach effort. As representatives of University of Missouri Extension, volunteers may engage in a variety of interesting education activities that benefit the community as well as individuals and their families. Master Gardeners develop their gardening and community potential as their efforts help others in the community.

Volunteer Activities

Community projects may include:

  • Horticulture Teaching
    • Giving presentations to garden clubs and organized groups
    • Scheduled seminars
    • Demonstrations
  • Service Activities
    • Plan community projects
    • Conduct library programs
    • participate in special events
  • Master Gardener Hotline/Website Forum
    • Answer individual home horticulture questions
    • Provide individuals with approved Extension resource materials


Master Gardener candidates receive about 30 hours of horticulture training taught by University Extension Specialists. Here are examples of the type of courses that can be offered:

  • Orientation
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Landscaping
  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Diseases / Pesticides
  • Soils
  • Insects
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Flower Gardening
  • Fruits
  • Turfgrass

The course fee covers ten classes periods, a notebook and travel costs for class instructors. Contact your Extension Center for details on when the next class will be offered in your area.

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

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Brown Bag Lunch Series

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Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Presents:

The Brown Bag Lunch Series
Taney County Extension Office
122 Felkins Ave
Forsyth, MO

Third Tuesday of every Month
April - October
12:00 pm

Gardening Education

We're back in 2019 through October!

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Gardening Programs at KAL

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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!