Table of Contents for June 2019
Learn to Grow in the Garden Series Classes
Young Sprouts in the Garden
Gardening for Butterflies
Native Plants Regenerate on Their Own After Invasive Shrubs are Removed
Garden Links
Previous Newsletter Link
Need a Speaker for One of Your Meetings or Groups?
Gardening Questions Phone Number
Learn to Grow in the Garden Series
3rd Monday   of the Month

June 17 thru
October 21
6:00-7:00 PM
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

June 17:  Deer Resistant Perennials for our Southwest Missouri Gardens  
Oscar Cross, Hilltop Farms
Are you tired of your hosta becoming deer candy? Oscar will provide a short examination of a variety of selected native and nonnative perennials suited for our conditions.

July 15: Hydrangeas 
Becky Nicholas, Landscape Designer, Wickman’s Garden Village 
Join Becky for an exciting program all about hydrangeas. Becky will share her wealth of information about the types and care of these lovely bloomers. Becky’s programs are always   informative and a fun addition to the Learn To Grow In the Garden Series.

Young Sprouts in the Garden
Saturday, June 22

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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

Free for all attendees

Join us in learning and having fun with the Master Gardeners of Greene County's Young Sprouts in the Garden! It is held annually in conjunction with Friends of the Garden's Butterfly Festival.

There will be hands-on gardening adventures for children of all ages , such as our Ladybug Station, the Water Wall, Life Cycle of a Butterfly. We’ll be making seedling pots, “Grow Hair” pots, learning about bee pollen, making butterfly feeders and bird feeders from pine cones. 

Visit the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo to get an up-close look at the butterfly and moth life cycles. Hundreds of volunteers raise and care for thousands of caterpillars, moths and butterflies throughout the year to make this unique exhibit possible. 
Children ten and under are invited to walk the stage in the Pollinator Costume Contest at 11 AM. Come dressed as your favorite butterfly, caterpillar or other pollinator and register at the welcome tent by 10:45 AM. The contest is followed by a Pollinator Parade made up of all the contestants.
All ages are needed to help count butterflies at the Kickapoo Edge Prairie with Ric Mayer of the Missouri Prairie Foundation and Dorothy Thurman, Roston Native Butterfly House Docent. The numbers are recorded to monitor butterfly populations each year. Meet at the welcome tent at 1 PM. to participate.

Purchase unique outdoor home and garden items, get lost in a story as read by the Springfield-Greene County Library District and watch in awe as The Instars perform their Butterfly Magic Show.

Enjoy free admission to the widely-acclaimed Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and free tours of the historic Gray/Campbell Farmstead and Liberty School.

Make it an all day adventure. Bring a picnic lunch. Have fun on us!
Gardening for Butterflies
This is an amazing set of articles written by Lenora Larson and currently released for publication on the Facebook page called The Garden Word . They were originally online at another website location and now, with her permission, they are on Facebook to share with you.

This is a continuing series of articles on butterflies and butterfly gardening.
Native Plants Regenerate on Their Own After Invasive Shrubs are Removed
Invasive shrubs have become increasingly prevalent in the deciduous forests of eastern North America -- often creating a dense understory that outcompetes native plants. Many land managers would like to remove the invaders, but worry about whether a costly remediation program will be needed to help the native plant community rebound.

Need a Speaker for a Meeting or Group?
Master Gardeners of Greene County are available to speak to garden clubs, civic organizations, schools and other groups on a wide variety of topics within the world of gardening, horticulture, landscaping and the environment.

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


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Master Gardeners of Greene County, Missouri