Learn to Grow in the Garden Series
Started in August of 2014, Learn to Grow in the Garden classes represent what Master Gardeners do best: share research-based horticulture education in a garden setting. This series of classes was introduced to “put our Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens to work” by fulfilling our mission of education which is top priority. Master Gardeners of Greene County volunteers teach about herbs, vegetables, flowers, cold frames, hot houses, composting and many other gardening topics to area Master Gardeners, Park Partners, and interested gardening enthusiasts in our community and surrounding communities. Classes are held once a month on average and our goal is to instruct and provide hands-on demonstration if possible. All Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes count as Master Gardener Continuing Education. We also invite all Master Gardeners to volunteer to teach a class or help with planning and hosting. Please contact the Chair to get involved. If you’ve never attended a Learn to Grow in the Garden class, you are missing out! Join us! All classes are open to everyone.
TIME / LOCATION:
Mondays | June 15- October 19, 2020 | 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Springfield Botanical Center
2400 S Scenic Ave
Springfield, MO 65807
$5/person per class | Pay at the door | Registration starts at 5:30 PM
2020 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:
Monday June 15, 2020: A BOTANICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF HYDRANGEAS
Oscar Cross, Hilltop Farms
What will work in my yard? Oscar will share his wealth of knowledge of the varieties and care of these lovely bloomers.
Monday July 20, 2020: BEYOND THE THORNS: HOW TO HAVE SUCCESS WITH ROSES
Bill Aldrich, Master Gardener of Greene County
Roses offer a thorny challenge to the gardener. Are they worth the fuss? Learn about the easy-to-care-for “Knockouts” but be prepared to challenge yourself to try the many types of garden roses—from miniatures to robust hybrid teas to the striking climbers. Bill has cared for the roses at the Springfield Botanical Gardens for the last six years, and is a member of the American Rose Society. He will share 25 varieties that have performed admirably in the garden and give a preview of “Rosie’s Garden,” the new rose garden made possible by Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten.
Monday August 17, 2020: TOMATOES 101
Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Specialist, MU Extension
Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable garden crop, but can sometimes be a challenge to grow. Learn about the basics of growing tomatoes and common disease and insect issues.
Monday Sept. 21, 2020: PRESERVING, HARVESTING AND USING YOUR OWN HERBS
Barb Emge, Master Gardener of Greene County, Red Barn Herb Farm
Summer is over, your herbs are still growing but a freeze is coming soon. You’ve tried either drying or growing herbs indoors for use during the winter but haven’t had great success with all varieties. Fortunately, most herbs can be preserved for the rest of the year. We’ll discuss the best ways to preserve the most widely used herbs, make your own herbal blends and even add a few recipes using your herbs. Barb is an active member of the Springfield Area Herb Society.
Monday Oct. 19, 2020: THE SECRET LIFE OF SEEDS
Gina Marie Walden, Springfield-Greene County Library Circulation Manager
Join Gina Marie as she gives tips on saving seeds from your garden, including tomato, lettuce, beans, peas and more.