Master Gardeners

The Webster County Master Gardeners were formed in January 2004. The group is composed of residents of Webster County and adjacent counties. It is part of the state-wide volunteer training program conducted by the University of Missouri Extension. The Master Gardener program is designed to help county extension centers and communities meet the demands for consumer horticultural information.

Meeting time: Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Webster County Extension Center, unless otherwise noted. Contact the office at 417-859-2044 or websterco@missouri.edu for more information.

Upcoming events

Jan. 19, 2017 — 7-9 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center.

Feb. 16, 2017 — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic: Hidden Waters Nature Park, by Dan Beckner

Feb. 24-26, 2017 — Lawn and Garden Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Mo.

Mar. 16, 2017 — 5:00-7:30 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Work night: Extension Center cleanup and plant sale preparation

Apr. 20, 2017 — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic: Disaster Paredness, by Bob Schultheis

May 9, 2017 — 12 a.m - 11:59 p.m. Give Ozarks Day. Your donations can help build an endowment to continue Extension Center educational programs and services

May 11, 2017 — 5-8 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting and preparation for Plant Sale at the Webster County Extension Center

May 13, 2017 — 8 a.m.  Webster County Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Webster County Extension Center.

Jun. 10, 2017 — Hidden Waters Nature Park Tour, Marshfield, MO

Jun. 15, 2017 — 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic: Tree Pruning, by Clancy Tree Service

Jul. 4-8, 2017 — Rodeo and Webster County Fair, Fairgrounds, Marshfield, MO

Jul. 20, 2017 — 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic: Ice Cream Social

Aug. 17, 2017 — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic Tomato Tasting and Recipe Exchange

Sep. 14, 2017 — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at Nathaniel Greene Gardens, Springfield, MO.

Oct. 19, 2017 — 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic: Fall Cleanup Tips

Nov. 16, 2017 —6:30-8:30 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting and holiday dinner at the Webster County Extension Center

Dec. 15, 2017Volunteer service forms due by 4:30 p.m. to the Webster County Extension Center. Continued funding for this program depends on Master Gardeners and interns submitting their hours and audience contacts!

Dec. 21, 2017 — No monthly meeting

About Webster County Master Gardeners

2017 officers:
President: Janelle Melton
Vice President: Cindy Williamson
Secretary: Lucy Stiles
Treasurer: Donna Conley

Promotional brochure (PDF)

Webster County Master Gardener Association By-Laws (PDF)

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who are willing to share their horticulture knowledge with their friends and neighbors. Master Gardeners is a non-profit organization assisted by University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University. Trained volunteers provide the community with current and approved horticulture practices to enhance their home garden, lawn and landscape. Individuals and group projects include horticulture teaching, service activities and the Master Gardener Hotline.

Who can be a Master Gardener?

  • You can if you: Have knowledge or experience in gardening or landscape management.

  • Are willing to learn and provide research-based horticultural information to the public.

  • Can attend all training sessions.

Service requirements

Master Gardener interns are required to provide at least 30 service hours during their year following graduation in order to become Master Gardeners. As Master Gardeners, they are required to provide at least 20 service hours annually within their community. There are many opportunities for service depending upon the individual's interest and ability. Individuals completing training and service hours are given special recognition. To remain on active status, members of the local Master Gardeners are required to participate in continuous service activities.

Volunteer Service Form (PDF) | DOC

Get involved

Master Gardener classes are generally offered each year, either face-to-face or online. If you are interested in the program, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center in your county.