Friday, March 01, 2013

Master Gardeners of Greene County Hotline Re-Opens March 4

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909

Area gardeners and homeowners with lawn, tree, shrub, flower or garden questions can find answers starting March 4 by calling the Master Gardeners of Greene County Hotline.

Trained volunteers answer the Master Gardener Hotline questions from the University of Missouri Extension Center inside the Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65807

Residents can call the Master Gardener hotline at (417) 881-8909 ext. 320 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every business day between March 4 and October.

The gardening hotline in Greene County began in 1982 and annually answers questions about gardening practices for over 2,000 callers.

"It is impossible for one person to handle all the phone calls received in the Greene County office pertaining to horticulture. However, through the Master Gardener Program, trained volunteers assist with many of the calls relating to home horticulture,” said Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Questions that come into the hotline deal with flower and vegetable gardening, turfgrass management, trees and shrubs, fruits, houseplants, landscape design, pest control and plant fertility management, gardening techniques and many more topics.

Master Gardener hotlines are also available through the MU Extension centers in Christian, Taney, Stone and Jasper counties, but hours vary. Call your county extension center for more information.

The Master Gardener Program is a popular and successful statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension.

The organization’s goal is to train gardeners who are willing to share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners become volunteers of University of Missouri Extension and donate hours for community educational projects in horticulture.

In Greene County there are a number of community projects that generate volunteer hours for Master Gardeners of Greene County. A few of the possible projects include: two public demonstration gardens, Young Sprouts in the Garden, Master Gardener Basic & Advanced Training classes, MoGardens Series, Potting Shed University Series, various community garden classes, Lawn & Garden Show with classes, Ozark Empire Fair, community speakers bureau, Hickory Hills School Native Prairie Restoration, Springfield Botanical Gardens, Master Gardener Plant Sale, and Garden Tours.

For more information about the Master Gardeners of Greene County, visit


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