Friday, July 18, 2014

"Loving Lavender" Program is Aug. 7 at Botanical Center

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The August “Learn to Grow in the Garden” class hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greene County will focus on the versatile and beautiful herb lavender.

“Loving Lavender” will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 7 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic. Participants should meet in the lobby of the Botanical Center Lobby and will then walk over to the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden. For more information call (417) 881-8909 x311 or go to

Attendees will see different varieties of lavender growing in the herb garden, see demonstrations of oil, bottle and wand making, and have their questions about lavender answered.

“Lavender is an extremely useful, beneficial and versatile herb that can be used to treat a variety of ailments. In addition, this special herb can be used to create teas, salts, potpourri, sachets, and crafts.  It is also beautiful, so all of that together makes lavender a must for every home garden,” said Cathy Staats, a master gardener who will teach the class.

Staats notes that lavender is a tough plant and is extremely drought resistant, once established. However, when first starting your lavender plants, give them a handful of compost in the planting hole and keep them regularly watered during their first growing season.

“Lavender is typically listed as being English Lavender, French Lavender or Spanish Lavender, so it is a good idea to research which varieties will thrive the best. In southwest Missouri, one of the best varieties of lavender to grow is Munstead, an English Lavender,” said Staats.

The Master Gardener program is a popular 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. Training in gardening and landscaping also leads to more spending in those areas. According to a 2005 story in Gardening Magazine, Springfield has the 3rd highest per capita spending on horticulture in the United States.  


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