Table of Contents for May 2019
Learn to Grow in the Garden Series Classes
More on the Invasion of Callery/Bradford Pear
Gardening for Butterflies
How to Get Rid of Nutsedge
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.

Aug. 19: Backyard Insects
Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Specialist, MU Extension
Did you know that most insects are either harmless or even beneficial? In this class you will learn about common backyard insects, tips to attract beneficial insects, and tips to control harmful insects using Integrated Pest management strategies.

Sept 16: Plant in the Fall, Bloom in the Spring
Pat Ware, Master Gardener of Greene County 
Tired of dafodils, tulips and crocus? Learn about more unusual bulbs like Snake’s Head Iris, Guinea Hen Flower, Schubertii Allium and more

Oct. 21: Winterizing Your Garden 
Brenda Agee, Master Gardener of Greene County
Does your garden need a kick start for next spring? Come join Brenda as she gives tips on mulching, pruning, composting and more to put your garden to bed for the winter.
More on the Callery/Bradford Pear Invasion

Ask a Master Gardener - Q & A: What are the problems with the Bradford pear tree? Answer Mark Bernskoetter, Master Gardener of Greene County (MGGC) Published Springfield News-Leader April 14, 2019:

The Bradford pear tree has been planted in Missouri for decades, having first been introduced as an ornamental in 1964. Unfortunately, this shapely tree does have some serious problems.

They are prone to splitting in strong winds or losing large limbs that seriously deform the canopy and jeopardize the life of the tree. They may have a nice shape, but they tend to have short lives (less than 20 years)
Even worse is when different varieties of Bradford pear trees pollinate one another and produce seed that is scattered by birds into woods or pastures. The seed spreads aggressively and is considered by the Missouri Department of Conservation as an invasive species.

Not only are the aggressive pear offspring proliferating out of control, but they are reverting to the Chinese Callery pear, which form impenetrable thorny thickets that can pop tractor tires. The thorns grow up to 4 inches long on these trees.

It is estimated that a single Bradford pear in a yard may have participated in the production of hundreds of these invasive, thorny trees. In early April, you have probably noted clusters of them growing at the edge of woods or in fields and pastures.

Learn more from the Missouri Department of Conservation in this article, 'MDC urges public to avoid planting problematic pear trees' by Jill Pritchard, Apr 09, 2019 here.

Readers can pose questions or get more information by calling 417-8742963 and talking to one of the trained volunteers staffing the Master Gardener Hotline at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Greene County located inside the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807. After hours, leave a message: 417-874-2963; email us: or fill out an Ask A Master Gardener form online.

Find out about other invasive plants here.
Gardening for Butterflies
This is an amazing set of articles written by Lenora Larson and currently released for publication on the Facebook site 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.
How to Get Rid of Nutsedge Grass
Is it possible to control Nutsedge? Pulling and digging only seem to spread it further. This article explains why, and offers hope for real control. Note the citations from several Extension services and universities.

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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10:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F
and on most Saturdays from 10-1
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Master Gardeners of Greene County, Missouri