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Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners
The Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners chapter was established in 2002. The Master Gardener program is an opportunity for novice and experienced gardeners to learn to share knowledge with others. As representatives of MU Extension, Master Gardeners are involved in a variety of activities that benefit community, families and individuals while developing horticultural interests.
The MU Extension Missouri Master Gardener Program is a statewide education and volunteer program. To become a Master Gardener, participants must complete the 30-hour core training course presented by MU Extension horticulture faculty and complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service in their community in approved MU Extension Master Gardener activities.
The Ozark Prairie Master Gardener Chapter is a proud member of the Missouri Master Gardener Association Inc.
The Ozark Prairie 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.
Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners are involved in a diverse collection of community projects and one-on-one consultations such as
- Community vegetable garden
- School fall gardening classes
- Judging Lawn of the month
- Spring Plant Sale
- County Fair floral judging
- Cabbage patch contest
- Children’s garden
- Speaker’s program featuring a wide variety of gardening topics
- Adult education program, From Dirt to the Dinner Table
- Garden problem solving program for the community
- Club informational booth
- One-on-one private gardening advising and demonstrations
- Monthly educational programs
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.
To become a Master Gardener, call 573-378-5358 for details on upcoming training.
Chapter’s featured project
We have developed a pollinator garden. It is located near the Community Garden in Versailles (behind the United Methodist Church).
The club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Location varies. Contact Andi Woodson for details.
Chairperson: Earlene Britton, 573-378-6534, [email protected]
Vice chairperson: Mary Ella Zimmerman, 573-378-4254
Secretary: Clarice Nelson, 573-796-4408, [email protected]
Treasurer: Marilee Poulter, 573-378-3419, [email protected]
Membership chair: Carol Buck, 573-378-4265, [email protected]
State representative: Vickie Stark, 573-377-2869, [email protected]
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Event date: March 3, 2020 - May 12, 2020
Are you interested in becoming a MU Extension Master Gardener? The Master Gardener volunteer program began in the early 1970’s in response to the rapidly increasing interest in home gardening. The idea was to train knowledgeable garden volunteers ...
Event date: March 19, 2020
Event time: | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A hands-on workshop focused on apple grafting. Learn the techniques of the whip/tongue graft, the chip bud, and the cleft graft. Try your hand at chip budding, and take home two budded apple trees. Patrick Byers and Sarah Havens will host a apple ...
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 ...