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David Burton
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January 4, 2019

Master Gardener's "Potting Shed University"
Program Begins Feb. 4 at Botanical Center

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

These programs are on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 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 field specialist with University of Missouri Extension and coordinator of the Master Gardener chapter, has released the list of upcoming classes and topics in this "Potting Shed University" series.


Feb 4: "Starting Your Own Kitchen Garden"

Taught by Pat DeWitt, Master Gardener of Greene County

Topics covered will include starting seeds, planning and location of the garden, how to amend the soil, and how to use containers, raised beds or in-ground gardening and more. Participants will receive a booklet containing basic information on starting a vegetable garden, a planting calendar, and useful information on challenges and benefits to growing your food.

Feb 11: "Mediterranean Herbs"

Taught by Jana Belk, Master Gardener of Greene County

The health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet is partly due to the herbs used in meal preparation. Learn about herbs and how to grow herbs.

Feb 18: "Introduction to Plant Propagation"

Taught by Brandon Barnhart, Master Gardener of Greene County

Learn how to turn one tomato plant into ten. Brandon will demonstrate the basic principles of cloning plants through cuttings, proper tool use and help identify plants that can be easily cloned.

March 4: "Frugal Gardening"

Taught by Lois Zerrer, Master Gardener of Greene County

Learn practical tips and hints to make your gardening dollars go farther. For flower or vegetable enthusiasts, you will pick up new ideas to find plants, tools, and timesavers for the garden.

March 11: "Blueberries in the Home Garden"

Taught by Patrick Byers, MU Extension horticulture field specialist

Learn how to grow this challenging plant, both in the garden and in containers. Selecting the best cultivar, preparing the soil, planting and caring for your bushes, and enjoying the harvest will be the class topics.

March 18: "Landscaping Your Home With Native Plants"

Taught by David Middleton, Ozarks Soul, Native Plants and Landscaping

Do you want to learn how to incorporate Missouri Native plants into your home landscaping? David will highlight 20 of his favorite species and how to use them.

March: 25: "Great Perennials: Heuchera and Heucherella"

Taught by Kathryn Kufahl, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, Emeritus

Coralbells and foamy bells make great additions to any perennial garden. They come from native backgrounds and offer season-long interest. Let's share experiences with these distinctive plants.

April 1: "The Wonderful World of Daffodils"

Taught by Pat Ware, Master Gardener of Greene County

Daffodils are among the first flowers to wake up and brighten our gardens. They come in sizes from teeny-tiny to huge and come in multiple colors and petals shapes. Some bloom very early and some bloom very late. Weather permitting, see examples of a variety of daffodils and maybe even take some home.


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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