Coming Up!

Members’ meeting times change this month!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Social Hour 5:45 pm
Meeting Begins 6:00 pm
5:45 Social Hour
6:00 Meeting Starts
6:00-6:15 Announcements
6:15 Continuing Education/Speaker/Program
7:15 Break /Refreshments
7:30 General Meeting
8:15 Adjourn

Growing Garlic

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 6 pm

GrowingGarlicYou’ve cooked with it, now learn to grow it! Join us at the Springfield Botanical Center on Tuesday September 2, 2014 at 6pm for the Master Gardeners of Greene County “Learn to Grow in the Garden: Growing Garlic” class taught by Missouri Master Naturalist, Bob Kipfer. Bob is a past President of both Friends of the Garden and Missouri Master Naturalist, the Springfield Chapter. Bob says, “Garlic is easy to grow, whether planting a few or creating an edible green border for you flower garden”. He 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.

Bob notes Inchelium Red has been the best strain and is available from several online sources such as Filaree Farms. 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. Bob’s class will be on Tuesday September 2 from 6-7pm out on the lawn near the Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden on the beautiful Botanical Center property at 2400 South Scenic in Springfield. There will be a host inside the Botanical Center to give directions to the class. Bob will have handouts for all attendees. Cool drinks and seating will be provided. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions about the class, call Lorri at (417) 881-8909 x311

Fall Garden Tour

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1-8pm

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This fall, the Master Gardeners of Greene County will team up again with the Springfield Watergarden Society in offering another fine garden tour. The Fall Garden Tour will have only have 8 garden stops, so there will be plenty of time to fit this in between fall festivals.

All gardens can be toured from 1-6 pm. But stick around because one SWS garden will also be open additional hours for a sample of what an SWS Tiki Tour is like!! Come and go between 6-8 pm for samples of chili and sweets while viewing the garden lights at twilight.

Tickets sales will begin September 1, 2014 for only $5 per person in advance. On the day of the tour, tickets will be $7. They can be purchased from Garden Adventures in Nixa, Maschino’s, Wickman Gardens, Schaffitzel’s Greenhouse, and from the Master Gardener Hotline Room and  Gift Shop at the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic.

30th Anniversary 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014, 4-8pm

Please join Master Gardeners of Greene County for our 30th Anniversary Celebration!

30th Anniversary Celebration

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Tickets Prices & Availability (Only 200 available)

  • $12 Advance price (per person)
  • After Aug.15$15 (per person)
  • Tickets available exclusively to all (active,emeritus & intern) Master Gardeners of Greene County now through July 31.
  • August 1 tickets will be available to all other southwest Missouri Master Gardeners as well as MGGC.
  • September 1 any remaining tickets will be available to the general public.



“There is definitely a difference between using treated water for irrigating/watering plants versus having Mother Nature do it via rainfall,” says Todd Lassiegne, President and CEO of the Tulsa Botanic Garden.
Why? Nitrogen.
Although it’s a “very, very small amount,” over time the natural water adds a “fertilization effect,” he says.