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Webster County Master Gardeners
The Webster County Master Gardeners were formed in January 2004. The group is composed of residents of Webster County and adjacent counties. It is part of the state-wide volunteer training program conducted by the University of Missouri Extension. The Master Gardener program is designed to help county extension centers and communities meet the demands for consumer horticultural information.
The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Webster County Extension Center, unless otherwise noted. Contact the office for more information.
Who are Master Gardeners?
Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who are willing to share their horticulture knowledge with their friends and neighbors. Master Gardeners is a non-profit organization assisted by University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University. Trained volunteers provide the community with current and approved horticulture practices to enhance their home garden, lawn and landscape. Individuals and group projects include horticulture teaching, service activities and the Master Gardener Hotline.
Who can be a Master Gardener?
You can if you:
- Have knowledge or experience in gardening or landscape management.
- Are willing to learn and provide research-based horticultural information to the public.
- Can attend all training sessions.
What do Master Gardeners do?
The primary responsibility of a Master Gardener is to answer questions about home horticulture and to help find environmentally-sound solutions to gardening and landscape problems. University of Missouri Extension specialists and active Master Gardeners are available to help and advise as needed.
Other opportunities include:
- Conduct educational seminars through the Master Gardener speakers bureau, which gives educational presentations to groups such as garden clubs, community associations, or school classes.
- Work in clinics in the community, helping local residents diagnose plant and insect prolems.
- Write articles for newsletters, newspapers, and other publications.
- Staff exhibits at home and garden shows and fairs.
- Organize community gardening projects.
- Develop youth gardening programs.
- Teach gardening classes.
- Conduct home horticulture research.
- Assist in senior gardening programs.
Master Gardener interns are required to provide at least 30 service hours during their year following graduation in order to become Master Gardeners. As Master Gardeners, they are required to provide at least 20 service hours annually within their community. There are many opportunities for service depending upon the individual's interest and ability. Individuals completing training and service hours are given special recognition. To remain on active status, members of the local Master Gardeners are required to participate in continuous service activities.
Master Gardener classes are generally offered each year, either face-to-face or online. If you are interested in the program, contact the Webster County Extension Center.
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News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Q. My various, leafy and grassy groundcovers are starting to sprout out, but they have all the old, nasty-looking growth left over from last year. What’s the easiest way to tidy these up? Answer by Master Gardener Mark Bernskoetter. Most ...
- Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The 23rd annual Master Gardeners of Greene County plant sale will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 25 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. Members of the ...
- 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
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Publication date: Jan. 1, 2017
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Publication date: July 7, 2008
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