In-depth horticulture training for Missourians who wish to spread their knowledge of gardening.
Master Gardeners are trained individuals who enjoy learning and sharing their expertise with others. Our gardening backgrounds range from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced, from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing.
After training, Master Gardeners serve as a resource with University of Missouri Extension to give county residents research-based answers to their gardening questions. The primary purpose of a Master Gardener is to volunteer, but members rate camaraderie and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating.
Lake Area Master Gardener chapter meetings
Monthly chapter meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Willmore Lodge in Lake Ozark at 6:30 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings.
Journal your garden
The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension's publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.
This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.
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News & articles
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
Publication date: March 1, 2014
The From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar is a garden journal for Missouri gardeners, as well as a how-to guide and information resource. It provides a place to keep all gardening information, plans and notes together.Keeping a ...
Missouri Master Gardeners can report their service hours using this online reporting system.
Learn how to do soil sampling and see the process for having samples tested.