Learn to Grow in the Garden

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.

The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
2400 S Scenic
Springfield, MO 65807
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

***$5/person per class | Register and pay at the door***

2017 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:

Monday June 12, 2017 – Climbers
Rebecca Nickols, Master Gardeners of Greene County
Colorful climbers and flowerings vines can bring fragrance an beauty to your garden without taking up horizontal space. Rebecca Nickols will present the basics of how to grow, train, prune and support a variety of annual and perennial vines.

Monday July 10, 2017 – Lilies
Becky Nicholas, Garden Center & Landscape Designer from Wickman’s Garden Village
There are so many colors, shapes, and types of lilies! Have you wanted to add some of these gorgeous flowers to your garden? Come tour our fabulous lily garden at the Botanical Center with Becky Nicholas, Garden Center & Landscape Designer from Wickman’s Garden Village. Becky will be presenting on types and care of these exquisite flowers.

Monday August 14, 2017- Dwarf Conifer Garden
Katie Steinhoff, Botanical Center Coordinator
Travel by tram on a garden tour with Katie Steinhoff to a quiet corner of the Springfield Botanical Gardens and be introduced to some of the most dazzling display of colors, snazzy shapes and exceptional textures of the Dwarf Conifer Garden. Home gardeners and landscapers should appreciate this group of plants that provide year-round interest, and generally maintain a manageable size. Dwarf conifers are the anchors and exclamation points of garden design. We will discuss the soils and best growing conditions, disease and insects and name the specific cultivars and companions of interest in our garden.

Monday September 11, 2017 – Preserving And Cooking With Herbs
Barb Emge, Master Gardeners of Greene County and Springfield Area Herb Society
You’ve been growing and using your own herbs during the warmer months, but wonder how to preserve them now that the first freeze is looming. Did you know that some herbs retain their flavor better when frozen or placed in vinegar rather than dried? Others an be brought inside as potted plants for part or all of the color months. Did you know that you can easily make your own spice mixes and teas, or cook with Scented Geraniums? Maybe you grew herbs but were unsure about to cook with them. Join Barb Emge, a Master Gardener, Springfield Area Herb Society member, and owner of Red Barn Herb Farm for a program addressing all of this with some recipes and cooking hints included!

Monday October 9, 2017 – Garden Journaling
Dulcy Stewart, Master Gardeners of Greene County
Have you considered making a garden journal? Garden journaling is an informative, creative, and fun way to keep track of what’s in the garden, when it was planted, how it performed, and all kinds of notes and plans for the following year. Join Master
Gardener Dulcy Stewart and friends to share their own garden journals. Participants are encouraged to bring theirs and join in the show and tell. Encourage your inner artist and gardener as we take time to either begin a first time journal, or work on your own with journaling plans for next spring.

2016 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:

Hydrangeas (June 13, 2016) Beck Nicholas

Kitchen Garden (July 7, 2016) Alice Greenfield

Growing and Using Lavender (August 8, 2016) Barb Emge

The Winter Garden (September 12, 2016) Gail Wright

Plant In The Fall, Bloom In The Spring: Unique “Bulbs” (October 10, 2016) Pat Ware

2015 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:

Soil (May 11, 2015) Kelly McGowan

Milkweed (June 8, 2015) Jean Ackley

Herbs (July 13, 2015) Barb Emge

Garden Above Ground (August 10, 2015) Missy Sanford

Seed Saving (September 14, 2015) Patrick Byers

Urban Bee Keeping (October 5, 2015) Ann Kynion

2014 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:

Loving Lavender

Growing Garlic

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