Invest In Gardening Skills for Life
February 4 - April 1
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.
Feb 4: STARTING YOUR OWN KITCHEN GARDEN
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.
Feb 11: MEDITERRANEAN HERBS
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.
Feb 18: INTRODUCTION TO PLANT PROPAGATION
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.
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Mar 4: FRUGAL GARDENING
Lois Zerrer, Master Gardener of Greene County
Come 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.
Mar 11: BLUEBERRIES IN THE HOME GARDEN
Patrick Byers, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
Blueberries are delicious and good for you! Learn how to grow this sometimes 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.
Monday 18: LANDSCAPING YOUR HOME WITH NATIVE PLANTS
David Middleton, Ozarks Soul, Native Plants and Landscaping
Do you want to learn how to incorporate Missouri Native plants into you home landscaping? David will highlight 20 of his favorite species and how to use them.
Mar: 25: GREAT PERENNIALS: HEUCHERA AND HEUCHERELLA
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.
For more information and complete 2019 class schedule