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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

November 16, 2018

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Master Gardener Training Begins Feb. 12 in Greene County

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Opportunities to gain and share horticultural knowledge are available through University of Missouri Extension's Master Gardener program in Greene County.

The Master Gardener core training sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., starting Feb. 12 and running through April 11. Classes will be held at the Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic, Springfield.

A total of 12 three-hour sessions taught by trained professionals and will cover horticulture principles and practices. Ornamentals, turf, vegetables, fruit crops and landscape design are some of the subjects covered through this course.

The cost to attend the classes is $160 per person or $275 for couples sharing a textbook. If interested in the training or for more information, contact Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator with MU Extension, at 874-2965 or by email at

In addition to the training, Master Gardeners become University of Missouri Extension volunteers and assist with horticulture education and projects in the community. Thirty volunteer hours from participants are required the first year after training. Following that, 20 volunteer service hours and six continuing education hours are required each year to remain an active Master Gardener.

"We depend on the help of our Master Gardeners to do horticulture programming in Greene County," said McGowan. "Members find working and learning in the demonstration gardens fun and helping with the mission of MU Extension makes this valuable to the community."

Individuals interested in becoming a Master Gardener in Greene County must also attend one of MU Extension's mandatory orientation sessions at the Botanical Center.

"Attendance at an orientation session is a mandatory first step to becoming a Master Gardener. You will learn important details about our training classes and volunteer commitments. You will also get a chance to visit with existing Master Gardener members," said McGowan.

Persons interested in participating in the Master Gardener program may also contact the University of Missouri Extension Center in Springfield at (417) 881-8909.

Source: Kelly McGowan, (417) 881-8909

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