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January 12, 2018

Master Gardener's "Potting Shed University"
Programs Begin Feb. 26 at Botanical Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Master Gardeners of Greene County are hosting eight diverse classes this spring to help individuals improve their gardening skills.

These programs are on Monday nights from 6 p.m. t0 7 p.m. at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S Scenic, Springfield. The cost is $5 per person and registration can be paid at the door starting at 5:30 p.m.

Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator with University of Missouri Extension and coordinator of the Master Gardener chapter, has released the list of upcoming classes and topics in this "Gardening Skills for Life" series.

February 26: "Starting Your Own Kitchen Garden," taught by Pat DeWitt, Master Gardener of Greene County member. This program is for new gardeners or gardeners who are starting over and want to learn the basic foundations for a successful garden. All participants will receive a handy booklet that contains all the basic information on starting a vegetable garden, a planting calendar, and useful information on challenges and benefits to growing your food. We will discuss ways to store and use the bounty of your harvest.

March 5: "English Gardens," taught by Nora Cox, Master Gardener of Greene County trainee. "Have you ever wanted to enjoy an English Garden of your very own? In this class, participants will learn about varieties and placing of plants that will provide you with the relaxing enjoyment of an English Garden," said Cox.

March 12: "Growing Strawberries," taught by Patrick Byers, MU Extension horticulture specialist. "Strawberries are a versatile and easy-to-grow berry for the Ozarks. We will discuss the best strawberry cultivars for southwest Missouri, preparing a garden spot for strawberries, planting and growing these interesting plants, harvesting a bountiful crop, and managing pests, diseases, insects, and weeds," said Byers.

March 19: "Companion Planting," taught by Cathy Wolven, Master Gardener of the Ozarks, emeritus member. Find out who likes who in this companion planting class.

March 26: "Using Foliage for Color in the Garden." Taught by Kathryn Kufahl, Master Gardener of the Ozarks, emeritus member. "Plants with colorful foliage can provide interest through the entire season with fairly low maintenance. This session will offer suggestions for both annuals and perennials that provide colorful foliage for your space," said Kufahl.

April 2: "Tried and True Plants of the Ozarks," taught by Melissa Jenkins, Cedarbrook Garden Center, Branson West. "Planting and maintaining a garden in the Ozarks can be a challenge but you don't have to sacrifice beauty for durability. Learn about some of my favorite plants that add true beauty to your gardens year after year without a lot of maintenance and care," said Jenkins.

April 9: "Plants for a Japanese Garden in the Ozarks," taught by Katie Keith, coordinator of the Springfield Botanical Center. "We will discuss the design concepts of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden; plants for structure in all seasons and extending the bloom season," said Keith.

April 16: "Indoor Gardening: Our Favorite Houseplants and More," taught by Kelly McGowan, MU Extension horticultural educator. "We will learn about houseplant history, common insect pests, durable varieties and all aspects of care and propagation during this class," said McGowan.


The Master Gardener program is a popular statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. The organization's goal is to train gardeners who are willing to share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners become volunteers of University of Missouri Extension and donate hours for community educational projects in horticulture.

Learn more about the Master Gardeners of Greene County online at or contact the MU Extension Center in Greene County at 417-881-8909.

Source: Kelly McGowan, (417) 881-8909, (417) 874-2965

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