Master Gardeners learn about hoop house at the Demonstration Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
If you have a lawn or gardening problem, who are you going to call for research-based and unbiased answers?
Volunteers working the Master Gardeners of Greene County Hotline have answers to your home gardening questions. The hotline is staffed with Master Gardener volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until Noon on Saturdays from March through October. Master Gardeners are 417-881-8909, Ext. 320 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors are always to visit the Hotline Room personally if you need to bring along a specimen. The office is located in the west end of the Springfield Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Avenue in Springfield.
The Master Gardener program is a popular statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension, whose goal is train gardeners willing to share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners donate thousands of hours for community educational projects in horticulture.
Training in gardening and landscaping also leads to more spending in those areas. According to a 2005 story in Gardening Magazine, Springfield has the third highest per capita spending on horticulture in the United States. Learn more about the Master Gardeners of Greene County online at http://mggreene.org or contact the MU Extension Center in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.
George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.
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