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 7 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

Feb. 18, 2016 — 7-9 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic: Mushrooms

Feb. 26-28, 2016 — Lawn and Garden Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Mo.

Mar. 8, 2016 — 1-2 p.m. Pond Clinic, Orscheln Farm and Home, Marshfield, Mo.

Mar. 17, 2016 — 6-8 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Work night: Papercrete

Apr. 21, 2016 — 5 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Work night: Extension Center cleanup and plant sale preparation

May 5, 2016 — 5-8 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting and preparation for Plant Sale at the Webster County Extension Center

May 14, 2016 — 8 a.m.  Webster County Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Webster County Extension Center.

Jun. 8, 2016 — 6 p.m. Residential Landscape and Design Class, Springfield, Mo.

Jun. 16, 2016 — 7-9 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic: Strawberries by Connie Miller

Jun. 17, 2016 — 8 a.m. "Gardening in the Ozarks, Branson Style" Tour, Branson, Mo. Register by June 12.

Jul. 21, 2016 — 7-9 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center

Aug. 18, 2016 — 7-9 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic Tomato tasting

Sep. 8, 2016 — 7-9 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center

Oct. 20, 2016 — 7-9 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting at the Webster County Extension Center. Topic Blueberries by Charlie Ballard

Nov. 17, 2016 —6:30-8:30 p.m. Webster County Master Gardener Association meeting and holiday dinner at the Webster County Extension Center

Dec. 15, 2016Volunteer 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. 15, 2016 — No monthly meeting

About Webster County Master Gardeners

2016 officers:
President: Dude Melton
Vice President: Janelle Melton
Secretary: Jeannie Moreno
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.