Christian County

Master Gardeners

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Keep up with Christian County Master Gardener (CCMG) activities at the events tab below. You can also follow our activities as well as some of the activities of other Master Gardener chapters with our Google calendar.

Welcome new members and new officers

Among the graduates of the fall classroom Master Gardener training class, jointly organized by Christian, Taney and Stone county Extension offices are seven trainees, now interns, joining CCMG. Welcome to Patience Loe, Jennifer Chan, Ray Brinson, Yvonne Goodman, Michele Raymond, Deanna Buechter and Ed Kucab, shown among the 10 graduates taking their training at the Richwood Valley campus of Ozarks Technical College.

Our new officers for 2019 are listed below. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the Extension office on the Ozark square. Members are welcome to attend the Executive Board meetings with advance notice (so we have room at the table).

  • Jennifer Ailor, president
  • Karen Bell, vice president
  • Patty Baker, secretary
  • Beth Platt, treasurer
  • Colleen McMahan and Bud Bodey, program co-chairs
  • Debbie Clithero, member advocate

Becoming a Master Gardener

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    New members

    CCMG welcomes new members, whether you're a transfer from another chapter or a new graduate from online or classroom training. We have a lot of fun together as we seek to fulfill the Master Gardener mission of "Helping Others Learn to Grow." We maintain public gardens in Ozark, Nixa and Clever, hold monthly meetings with interesting programs, host free public seminars, tour gardens and take field trips.    

    To learn more about the specifics of becoming a Master Gardener, here are some actions you can take:

    1. Contact Jim Spencer at the Christian County Extension Office, 202 W. Elm St., Ozark, 581-3558 to sign up for a training class in the fall or simply ask some questions. Classes are held over a six-week period, with each class about three hours long. After graduating from the class, the Master Gardener Intern must complete 30 hours of education and volunteering over the next year.
    2. Talk to our Hotline Master Gardener on duty at the above address and phone number. You'll learn by simply asking questions.
    3. Ask the Extension receptionist, Kathy, to put you in touch with CCMG's New Member Chair who can provide a wealth of information.
    4. Attend a monthly meeting of our chapter, and get to know our members. We meet the 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at Central Bank of the Ozarks, Nixa, the corner of Highways 14 and 160.
    5. Go to the Missouri Extension's Master Gardener website to learn more about the program and to sign up for online training. 
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    Advanced Master Gardeners

    Master Gardener is a pretty impressive "title" to have. Even better is Advanced Master Gardener. Now, Master Gardeners can earn "advanced training" credits (beyond what they pick up at monthly meetings and even seminars and workshops).

    Advanced training must be taught by an instructor approved by a designated Extension coordinator for your area of the state. The instructor must be a qualified horticulturist or well-known authority in the field of horticulture. If you accumulate 30 hours of advanced training covering at least three horticulture disciplines within five years, you may earn the title of Advanced Master Gardener. No more than 10 hours per discipline can be applied to the 30-hour total, and hands-on training experiences are preferred. In other words, it's a workshop where part of the presentation is a lecture or formal presentation and another portion has some type of hands-on feature. Note that advanced training can come from sources other than Master Gardener chapters. Other horticultural organizations, a well-known horticulturalist and colleges and universities are other sources for advanced training. Just be sure your regional Extension coordinator for advanced training approves one of these other sources.

    What are the horticulture disciplines referenced above? The Policies and Procedures lists them as:

    • Plants and their environment
    • Plant propagation
    • Soils, plant nutrition and nutrient management
    • Vegetable gardening
    • Fruit production
    • Establishment and care of woody ornamentals
    • Pruning ornamental trees and shrubs
    • Herbaceous ornamentals
    • Managing lawns and turf grass
    • Landscaping your front yard
    • Insects
    • Preventing and managing plant diseases
    • Using pesticides safely around the home and garden

    If you're a CCMG member and would like to earn the Advanced Master Gardener certification, let the executive board know, and we'll see what we can do to help you find approved training.

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