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David Burton
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2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-881-8909
417-881-8058
burtond@missouri.edu

April 20, 2018


Master Gardeners Host "Springtime in the Garden" Event
Featuring Speakers and Plant Sale April 28 in Forsyth


The third annual "Springtime in the Garden" event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at the Taney County MU Extension Center, 122 Felkins, Forsyth.

The Plant Sale is a popular feature of the day and will have a wide assortment of plants available at reasonable prices. Last year's sale had over 1,500 plants, and the goal is for the event this year to be larger.

Plan to spend the day and enjoy our featured speakers," said Marva Ramsey, master gardener.

Cindy Garner, Community Forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation will present a program on "Tree Planting and Care" at 10 a.m. followed by the distribution of free trees. This year's selections consist of Tulip Poplar, Chinkapin Oak, and our native shrub Beautyberry.

At 12:30 p.m., Lloyd Gilmore will present an "Introduction to Bee Keeping." Bee Keeping Supplies will also be available for sale during this event.

The plant sale provides the opportunity to discuss your selections with Master Gardeners to find the right plant for your location. There will be a broad variety of Perennials, Rock Garden plants, Natives, Grasses, Herbs, and Specialty plants such as Elephant Ears and Banana. Hollister Ag Students will host a booth with vegetables and annuals grown in their school greenhouse. All plants are very reasonably priced.

Some master gardeners will also have unique products on hand for sale.

Tom Riley a master gardener volunteer and entomologist, will be selling pollinator boxes to help individuals plant a garden providing varied nectar and host plants for pollinators and butterflies. Forsyth has recently become a member of Bee City USA, to encourage gardens and natives for our pollinators.

Master Gardener Bill Greet will have his bluebird and bat houses available along with a handy garden tote basket. Repurposed glass flowers are a beautiful garden addition, and Marie Ewing, Master Gardener, will have a large variety of items.

It will be a fun-filled day, rain or shine. A little rain never deters gardeners from looking and talking plants, but we are hoping for a day filled with sunshine.

CHAPTER INFORMATION

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks maintain a demonstration garden on the grounds of the Taney County MU Extension Center in Forsyth. It is free and open to the public. The purpose of the garden is to help educate the public on various garden concepts. The garden recognized as a Monarch Waystation and certified Wildlife Habitat.

The third Tuesday of the month, April through September, the demonstration garden is the location for a Brown Bag Garden Series of classes at noon. These are free hour-long casual, informative programs on varied garden themes. The next program topic is "Upcycle for Home and Garden," presented by Marie Ewing on Tuesday, May 15.

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks serve Stone and Taney Counties as a volunteer group trained by the University of Missouri to help address the general horticultural and gardening needs of the public. The volunteer aspect of the program is the heart of the community outreach effort as is exemplified by hosting the Springtime in the Garden Event.

Thrivent Financial sponsors this event through their Thrivent Action Teams Program.

For more information, contact the Taney County Extension Office at 417-546-4431 or email taneyco@missouri.edu.


Source: Willa Williams, (417) 546-4431

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