Master Gardener candidates receive 30 hours of indoor and outdoor instruction and donate 30 hours of volunteer community service.

University of Missouri Extension in Miller County and the Lake Area Master Gardeners offer an intensive Master Gardener certification class for June 2019. They designed the new class with “summer residents” of the Lake of the Ozarks area in mind.

“The expansion of the MU Extension Master Gardener program provides exciting opportunities for gardeners to experience a wide range of horticultural activities in a short period of time,” says MU Extension county engagement specialist Patricia Barrett.

The five-week class includes outdoor activities to give students hands-on experience in the latest gardening techniques.

Master Gardener candidates receive 30 hours of indoor and outdoor instruction and donate 30 hours of volunteer community service. Area Master Gardener projects include the Willmore Lodge gardens and the annual Garden Walk. Volunteer activities include teaching youth and adults about basic gardening, developing educational workshops, aiding civic groups in planning public gardens and conducting tours, says Barrett.

Classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday from June 3 through July 1 at the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District training room, 1767 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark. An awards banquet will be held Nov. 12.

More information and a printable registration form are available at extension.missouri.edu/miller. For questions, contact Barrett or Janet Johnson at 573-369-2394 or MillerCo@missouri.edu.

Learn more about the Missouri Master Gardener program at mg.missouri.edu.

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