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Potting Shed University Classes
Invest In Gardening Skills for Life

February 4 - April 1
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.

For more information and complete 2019 class schedule click here.
Master Gardener Training

February 12 - April 11

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(2020 will be in the evenings)
dirty hands planting a tomato
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.
Pollinators have an amazing story. Without them, we would lose flowers and other important crops. They are perhaps part of a new frontier of scientific discovery. MDC natural history biologist, Steve Buback, guides us through the incredible world of pollinators from Pawnee Prairie. New species to science and our state are being discovered yearly. We are only beginning to know what’s out there and how we depend on them. Steve says that you can be a modern day explorer and discover new species in your own backyard. Learn more about pollinators .
Missouri Blueberry School Conference
Feb. 22-23

The 2019 Missouri Blueberry School will take place Feb. 22-23 at the Darr Center, Springfield, Mo. Dr. Gary Pavlis with Rutgers University will be the keynote speaker and we will also be collaborating with and including two extension agents from Arkansas who specialize in berry production.
More information will follow from the University of Missouri Extension Greene County for the Missouri Blueberry School or contact Kelly McGowan by email: or call: 417-881-8909.  Registration details coming soon . Online registration will be available. 
Donating to MU Extension

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.

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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Thank you!!
Master Gardeners of Greene County, Missouri