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: Friday, July 10, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Even in the era of COVID-19, Master Gardener learning options continue to grow. Registration is open for online core training classes through University of Missouri Extension. Classes begin Aug. 23 and run through Dec. 31, said ...
- Published: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Submitting soil samples to your local University of Missouri Extension center is easy, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory.Now is the best time of the year to submit samples to the accredited ...
- Published: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The summer they were married, Dan and Earlene Britton received a cutting from a Christmas cactus belonging to Earlene’s grandmother Naomi Ingrum. Thirty-six years later, the Brittons and the cactus continue to do well in spite of ...
- Published: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The term “winterize” is associated more with automobiles than garden plants, but just as motorists want their cars to withstand the rigors of winter, gardeners can take steps to help their fragile plants do the same.Most of our ...
Master Gardener Core Training-Fall 2020
Aug. 23, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020
To receive a FREE Core Manual, a $30 value, register with the bundle. Register with the Bundle Course description: The motto of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” This is accomplished by providing ...
June 2020 Master Gardener Newsletter for Boone County, Missouri
Volunteers are integral to the delivery of many MU Extension programs. All volunteers are required to sign the Volunteer Code of Conduct Policy.
Boone County Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners newsletter for January 2019.
Boone County - Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners, Fillable Project Opportunity Request Form and Instructions (PDF)
Boone County Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners newsletter for February 2019.