Saturday, January 12, 2013

Register by Feb. 1 for Extension Master Gardener Classes in McDonald and Newton Counties

University of Missouri Extension will hold Master Gardener classes on Mondays and Thursdays from Feb. 26 (first class is a Tuesday) to April 1 at the University of Missouri Extension office at Crowder College in Neosho.

Individuals completely these trainings become members of the Hill and Hollow Master Gardener chapter which is comprised of gardeners from McDonald and Newton counties.

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” As part of MU Extension, master gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life and enhancing the economy and environment through horticultural education, applied research and the resources of the University of Missouri.

“Master gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening. They are members of the local community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens, and the environment and want to learn more,” said John Hobbs, an agriculture and rural development specialist with MU Extension in McDonald County.

The primary responsibility of the master gardener is to help find sound solutions to gardening and landscape problems and help answer questions about home horticulture.

Other opportunities include:

• Gardening exhibits at home and garden shows and fairs.

• Organizing community gardening projects.

• Assisting in senior gardening projects.

The registration deadline for the Newton County Master Gardeners classes is Feb. 1. For more information on the program, or to register, contact John Hobbs at the McDonald County Extension Center, by calling at 417- 2234775 or by email at


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