Monday, August 11, 2014

"Growing Garlic" Program is Sept. 2 at Botanical Center

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The September “Learn to Grow in the Garden” class hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greene County will focus on beautiful and edible garlic.

The class will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2 on the lawn near the Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden north of the beautiful Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo.  There will be a host inside the Botanical Center to give directions to the class.

“You’ve cooked with it, now learn to grow it,” said class instructor and Missouri Master Naturalist Bob Kipfer. “Garlic is easy to grow, whether planting a few or creating an edible green border for you flower garden.”

Kipfer will teach on the difference between hard neck and soft neck garlic as well as heirloom varieties, garlic scapes,  planting,  harvesting,  cleaning and storing garlic.

“Inchelium Red has been the best strain and is available from several online sources like Filaree Farms,” said Kipfer.

A pound of seed garlic bulbs will yield about 40 plants.  Planting occurs in mid-September for a June harvest so it is time to order your garlic stock now.

“You don’t want to miss the opportunity to plant this fall and enjoy cooking with your own garlic harvest next summer,” said Kipfer.

For more information call (417) 881-8909 ext. 311 or go visit the Master Gardeners of Greene County online at

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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