The next Master Gardeners class begins Aug. 29 and will run through Nov. 7.
The cost is $250 for an individual and $400 for a couple. Once the volunteer service hours have been completed, $100 for an individual and $150 for a couple will be refunded.
Master Gardeners are trained individuals who enjoy learning and sharing their expertise with others. Our gardening backgrounds range from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced, from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing.
After training, Master Gardeners serve as a resource with University of Missouri Extension to give county residents research-based answers to their gardening questions. The primary purpose of a Master Gardener is to volunteer, but members rate camaraderie and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating. Master Gardener courses are offered during the year and provide instruction in soils, composting, insects, disease prevention, plant growth, flowers, woody ornamentals, turf, vegetables, fruits, native plants, herbs, and landscaping. Classes are taught by University of Missouri state and regional specialists and Master Gardeners themselves.
Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer 30 hours of community gardening or horticultural expertise to assist the University in carrying out the mission of "Improving the Quality of Life of Missourians." In return, the course is offered for a minimal fee. This is a wonderful opportunity for persons interested in horticulture and gardening to learn new skills, share ideas, work together on projects, and help their neighbors. More information about the Missouri Master Gardener Program can be found on the Web at http://mg.missouri.edu.