December 2018: IN THIS ISSUE:

Buy native trees and shrubs
Donate to MU Extension
Gardening Questions? - Call Us
Potting Shed University Classespotting
Invest In Gardening Skills for Life

February 4 - April 1, 2019
6:00-7:00 PM
A series of 8 diverse garden topics for you to hone your skills to become a better gardener for years to come.

Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
2400 S Scenic, Springfield, MO  65807


$5 per person per class 

Pay at the door - Registration starts at 5:30 PM

If Springfield schools are canceled due to inclement weather, our classes will  also be canceled and rescheduled for a later date.

Pat DeWitt, Advanced Master Gardener of Greene County 
For new Gardeners or gardeners who are starting over you will learn the basic foundations for a successful garden. Topics covered will include starting your seeds, planning and location of your garden, how to amend the soil, and how to use containers, raised beds or in ground gardening and other gardening tips. 

All participants will receive a handy booklet that contains all the basic information on starting a vegetable garden, a planting calendar, and useful information on challenges and benefits to growing your own food. We will also discuss ways to store and use the bounty of your harvest.  Booklet is provided through the Grow Well Missouri program, Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri.

Jana Belk, Master Gardener of Greene County
The health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet is proving to be in part to the Herbs used in meal  preparation. Information on growing and benefits of Herbs will be presented by Jana Belk and Joanie Bass - members of the Springfield Area Herb Society.

Brandon Barnhart, Master Gardener of Greene County
Would you like to know how to turn one tomato plant into ten? Brandon will show you the basic  principles of cloning plants through cuttings, proper tool use and help ID plants that can be easily cloned. Brandon successfully clones 300 to 500 tomato plants annually for Grow Well Missouri Springfield's seed and plant distributions to local food pantries.

Don't Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!sprouts
While everyone loves feeding the birds and watching them flock to the feeders or suet, they need a good source of water too.

"For birds and other wildlife, water is just as important in the cold months as it is during summer," says NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski. "If there's no snow in your area, there is literally no water, which means birds can be in trouble."

Read more here.
Garden Seed Catalogs by Mail deer
Free Plant Catalogs For Your Garden Compiled by Old Farmer's Almanac: It's never too early to start planning your garden! 

Here's a list of mail-order seed catalogs that you can peruse while you're waiting for the growing season to begin. During the dead of winter, it's fun to thumb through the pages of seed catalogs. 40 Garden seed catalogs with websites listed here.

Buy Native Trees and Shrubstrees
Buy native trees and shrubs from the Missouri Dept of Conservation (MDC) George O. White State Forest Nursery that started taking orders on September 1, 2018 instead of in November. 

Orders are now being accepted through April 15, 2019. Supplies are limited so order early. Orders will be shipped or can be picked up at the nursery near Licking from February through May. Use this link for 2018-2019 online catalog and order form.
"Ask A Missouri Master Gardener" Facebook Pageask
Now Available to the Public. Through a statewide collaboration between Missouri Master Gardeners and University of Missouri Horticulture Specialists, Missouri residents now have improved accessibility to a wider range of horticultural expertise. Newly launched "Ask A Missouri Master Gardener" Facebook pages makes it possible for residents to tap into the diverse knowledge and backgrounds of degreed specialists and potentially thousands of trained volunteers. The group page can be found here or here.
Find more information on this public service here.
Become a Master Gardenermg
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February 12 - April 11

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(2020 will be in the evenings)

Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield MO 65807


2019 Master Gardeners of Greene County Core Training for individuals wanting to become Master Gardeners. 

The course fee is $160 per person or $275 per couple sharing a training manual.  In addition to training, Master Gardeners of Greene County members are required to perform 30 hours of volunteer service their first year and 20 hours plus 6 hours of continuing education annually after that.

For more information about the training or becoming a Master Gardener, contact chapter coordinator Kelly McGowan at or call 417-874-2965.


December Tips and Tasks

MU December Gardening Calendar

What is in a Plant's Name?

Decorating With Air Plants

Winter Annual Weeds Must be Stopped in the Fall

Prep Your Garden for Winter

How to Build a Cold Frame

Make Your Own Suet
Donating to MU Extensiondonate

Without MU Extension, there would be no Master Gardeners.
Gifts from individual donors support MU Extension's educational programs in Greene County. Primarily, we receive cash donations by check or online with a credit card and the non-cash donation of vehicles.

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Tax deductible donation


The Hotline is CLOSED during the winter months 
(November thru February),
however we do answer calls and emails on a weekly basis.
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Read our Ask a Master Gardener in the Sunday News-Leader.

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Thank you!!
Master Gardeners of Greene County, Missouri