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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

19th Annual Japanese Fall Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 12-14, 2014 

2014 Japanese Fall Festival

The 19th Annual Japanese Fall Festival will be held at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park on September 12-14, 2014.

The festival is a three-day festival that fills the Japanese Stroll Garden with music, dance, cultural activities, crafts and artisan booths organized by the Sister Cities committee working with local groups, visiting performers, and a visiting delegation from our sister city Isesaki, Japan.

Ticket prices will be $7 for adults, $3 for children. Weekend passes will be available, and SSCA members have free admission.

Friday, September 12, 2014  5:00-10:00pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014  11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, September 14, 2014  11:00am – 6:00pm

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.

23rd Annual Gray/Campbell Lifestyle Exposition

Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21, 2014

Gray Campbell FarmsteadThe 1860′s Lifestyle Exposition will be held at the Gray/Campbell Farmstead in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park on September 20-21, 2014.

Traditionally held on the 3rd weekend of September each year, the Lifestyle Exposition celebrates the spirit of the Ozarks by demonstrating many of the arts, crafts, and skills that form our cultural heritage. Activities this year will include blacksmith demonstrations, apple butter and cider making, open hearth cooking, lye soap making, clogging, leathercrafting, fiber arts, music, and more. There will be lots of shade and fun for everyone!

Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Hours will be from 11am-4:30pm on Saturday and 12pm-4:30pm on Sunday.

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.






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