In-depth horticulture training for Missourians who wish to spread their knowledge of gardening.
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.
Contact information for officers and committee chairs
President: Charles Paxton, 573-999-0385
Vice-President: Michelle Motley, 573-489-8217
Secretary: Colleen Smith, 573-823-4960
Treasurer: Susan Shannon, 603-387-4253
Newsletter Editor: Mary Ann Gates, 573-474-5804
Butterfly House: Marie Pasley, 573-474-5245
Event Coordinator: Donna Puleo, 573-808-6079
New Member Welcome: Stefanie Gray, 417-496-9894
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:
1. Apply to attend the training in a location near you.
Find out about local programming by contacting us.
2. Submit and pass the background check
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.
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.
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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News & articles
- Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Backyard gardeners and small-farm owners can choose from 20 sessions on topics related to horticulture, landscaping, animal care, natural resources and more on Feb. 29 at the fourth annual Mid-MO Expo at Muriel Battle High School, ...
- Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2020 Mid-MO Expo for small farmers and backyard gardeners offers sessions on topics from snakes to drones. The fourth annual event is Saturday, Feb. 29, at Battle High School in Columbia. The expo will have sessions on grapes, ...
- Published: Thursday, June 28, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri showcases its Jefferson Farm and Garden and nearby South Farm 3-6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, with parking at Jefferson Farm and Garden, 4800 E. New Haven Road, Columbia. The free afternoon tour includes a ...
- Published: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new session of online core training to become a certified Master Gardener begins Jan. 22. “The motto of the Master Gardener program is ‘Helping others learn to grow,’” said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist ...
Boone County - Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners, Fillable Project Opportunity Request Form and Instructions (PDF)
Boone County Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners newsletter for January 2019.
Boone County Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners newsletter for February 2019.
Boone County Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners newsletter for March 2019.
Boone County Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners newsletter for April 2019.