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Master Gardener Training Begins Feb. 16 in Greene County

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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 1-4 p.m., starting Feb. 16 and running through April 6. Most of the classes will be held at the Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic, Springfield with a few of the classes being held at the Library Station in Springfield.

Kelly McGowan digs for garlic in the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Garlic will be the center of attention during a festival on Sept. 2.

Kelly McGowan digs for garlic in the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Garlic will be the center of attention during a festival on Sept. 2.

A total of 13 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 $150 per person or $255 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 mcgowank@missouri.edu.
Master Gardeners become University of Missouri Extension volunteers and assist with horticulture education 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,” says 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,” says

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

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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