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Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale Scheduled for Sept. 12 in Nixa

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OZARK, Mo. — Fall is good time to plant for spring and summer color next year. It is also a great time for the Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale in Ozark.

Master Gardeners of Christian County plan their fall plant sale during a June meeting at Garrison Spring in Ozark.

Master Gardeners of Christian County plan their fall plant sale during a June meeting at Garrison Spring in Ozark. The sale will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Ozark Area Farmer’s Market in the Assembly of God parking lot at Highway 14 and Main Street in Nixa.

Cash and checks are accepted for the trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and tubers and ornamental bird feeders offered for sale.

Do you need an answer?

The faculty and staff of the Christian County Extension Center are available to assist you with research-based information on a variety of topics. If you can’t find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call at 417-581-3558 or send an email to ChristianCo@missouri.edu.

Master Gardener classes now forming

If you are interested in becoming a Missouri Master Gardener, registration is now open for the 2015 Master Gardener class offered in Christian County. You can download a brochure with more information or contact Master Gardeners at 417-581-3558. Space is limited.

Master Gardener candidates receive at least 30 hours of basic horticulture training on a wide variety of topics taught by University of Missouri Extension Specialists and other qualified professionals.

Ken Bell models the Christian County Master Gardeners T-Shirt. Not everyone can have one of the shirts, but Master Gardener members can.

Ken Bell models the Christian County Master Gardeners T-Shirt. Not everyone can have one of the shirts, but Master Gardener members can.

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is an opportunity for individuals to learn and share knowledge with others.

As representatives of University of Missouri Extension, volunteers may engage in a variety of interesting educational activities that benefit the community as well as individuals and their families.

Examples of activities may include planning community projects, educational programs, giving presentations to groups, conducting youth or senior gardening activities, assisting with a Master Gardener hotline or conducting gardening demonstrations.

Each person entering the program agrees to a time commitment to the Master Gardener Program. This consists of at least 30 hours of approved activities the first year and at least 20 hours each year following to maintain active Master Gardener status. Following training, Master Gardener Interns are encouraged to join an existing Master Gardener group for organized educational efforts.

Afternoon and evening classes will be offered in two locations. Afternoon classes from 1-4 p.m. will be at Simmons Bank in Branson West; or evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Ozarks Technical College, Richwood Valley Campus. Orientation on Sept. 26 is required at one of two sessions, 1- 3 p.m. in Branson West, or 6-8 p.m. at OTC/Richwood Valley. Cost is $150 per person, or $240 for a couple from the same household. For more information, contact Tim Schakenber by e-mail: schnakenbergc@missouri.edu, or at 417-357-6812 in the Stone Co. MU Extension Center, Galena.

Hotline for lawn and gardening questions

Get your questions answered by calling the Christian County Master Gardener Hotline at 417-581-4853, or by email at christianmg@missouri.edu, or by coming into the Christian County Extension Center, 105 N. Second St., Ozark, MO 65721

The Christian County Master Gardener Hotline operates from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, from mid-March through mid-October. Hotline volunteers can help you with a wide range of horticultural issues free of charge. Follow the link to the left for more information about the Christian County Master Gardeners.

For more information, contact the Christian County Extension Center at 417-581-3558 or visit them online at http://extension.missouri.edu/Christian.

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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