Boone County

Master Gardeners

Heart of Missouri Master Gardener Newsletters

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Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners Club meetings

The club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Boone County Extension Center, 1012 N Highway UU, Columbia, MO.

Club ByLaws

Contact information for officers and committee chairs

President: Charles Paxton, 573-999-0385

Vice-President: Julie Deering, 573-529-9118

Secretary: Pam Humphreys, 573-441-8888

Treasurer: Susan Shannon, 603-387-4253

Newsletter Editor: Mary Ann Gates, 573-474-5804

Butterfly House: Marie Pasley, 573-474-5245

Demo Gardens: Richard Shannon, 603-387-4006

Event Coordinator: Donna Puleo, 573-808-6079

The Missouri Master Gardener Program is a public service program offered by Missouri University. Master Gardeners are volunteers that work to extend the knowledge of the University in cooperation with the Boone County Extension office. They are a group of highly trained volunteers that teach classes in school gardens, provide advice and education in community gardens, maintain demonstration gardens that illustrate a variety of gardening methods, deliver gardening information to radio stations, and host gardening fairs and seminars for the public. Master Gardeners help others learn about sustainable gardening methods. They provide reliable and research-based horticultural programming Missouri residents. We are members of the local community that have taken an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic individuals that are willing to learn and help others and are able to communicate with diverse groups of people.

Any resident with an interest in gardening, novice or expert, may take the Master Gardener Core Course. All you have to do is follow these steps:

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    1. Apply to attend the training in a location near you.

    Find out about local programming by contacting us.

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    2. Submit and pass the background check

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    3. Complete the Extension Master Gardener core training

    30 hours of plant education offered in the fall: August through November

    Courses are taught by Missouri University faculty, local experts & MU Extension educators

    Topics include: Vegetables, compost and soil, flowers, fruits, turf grass, landscape design, woody landscape plants, plant propagation, integrated pest management, plant diseases and insects.

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    4. Volunteer in your community

    Complete the 30-hour internship by December 31 of the following year. Volunteer on projects and at events to teach plants in the community.

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    5. Stay involved

    Master Gardeners can remain active members in following years by attending six or more hours of continuing education and contributing 20 hours or more of volunteer community service.

    Report your volunteer and continuing education hours online by December 31st of each year.

Master Gardeners moving from other states are evaluated on a case-by-case basis through discussion with the individual, local coordinator, and State Coordinator.

At the heart of the Missouri Master Gardener program is our volunteers. Volunteers assist the University of Missouri Extension Service personnel to extend the educational arm of the university to the public by providing horticultural information based on university research and recommendations.

In other words, the Missouri Master Gardener program is a place for volunteers to have a fun, educational experience while serving the community in which they live while doing what they love.

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