Do you want to know more about gardening? Would you like to share that knowledge with others?

Do you want to know more about gardening? Would you like to share that knowledge with others?

Then enroll in the spring 2014 University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Course to be held in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

You will receive 30 hours of 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.

Orientation for the course will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Tuscumbia at the Extension Center in the Old Courthouse Annex building. During this class, materials will be handed out

The various topics will be covered during sessions held from March 6 through May 8.

The sessions are scheduled on Thursday evenings to begin at 6:30 pm and will last approximately three hours each. Most classes will be held at Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks across from Stone Crest Mall.

Space is limited, so do not delay. You are asked to register by Feb. 18, so materials can be prepared.

For more information and registration materials contact Margie Howser at the Miller County University of Missouri Extension Center, PO Box 20, Courthouse Annex Building, Tuscumbia, MO 65082.

You may email or phone (573) 369-2394. More information about the Missouri Master Gardener Program can be found on the web at