Learn to Grow in the Garden

Learn to Grow in the Garden

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
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

(417) 891-1515

***$5/person per class | Pay at the door | Registration begins at 5:30pm 


2019 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:

June 17: Deer Resistant Perennials for our Southwest Missouri Gardens 

Oscar Cross, Hilltop Farms

Are you tired of your hostas becoming deer candy?  Oscar will  provide a short examination of a variety of selected native and nonnative perennials suited for our conditions.

July 15:  Hydrangeas 

Becky Nicholas, Landscape Designer Wickman’s Garden Village  

Join Becky for an exciting program all about hydrangeas.  Becky will share her wealth of information about the types and care of these lovely bloomers.  Becky’s programs are always informative and a fun addition to the Learn To Grow In the Garden Series.

August 19: Backyard Insects

Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Specialist. MU Extension

Did you know that most insects are either harmless or even beneficial? In this class you will learn about common backyard insects, tips to attract beneficial insects, and tips to control harmful insects using Integrated Pest management strategies.

September 16:  Plant in the Fall, Bloom in the Spring

Pat Ware, Master Gardener of Greene County 

Tired of daffodils, tulips and crocus?  Learn about more unusual bulbs like Snake’s Head Iris, Guinea Hen Flower, Schubertii Allium and more

October 21:  Winterizing Your Garden 

Mark and Renae Bernskoetter, Master Gardeners of Greene County

Does your garden need a kick start for next spring?  Come join the Bernskoetters as they gives tips on mulching, pruning, composting and more to put your garden to bed for the winter.


2018 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:

June 11 – Roses

July 9 – Container Water Gardening

August 13 – Crepe Myrtle

September 10 – Twilight Gardens

October 8 – Creating A Garden Sanctuary

2017 Learn to Grow in the Garden Classes:

Climbers (June 12, 2017) Rebecca Nickols

Lilies (July 10, 2017) Becky Nicholas

Dwarf Conifer Garden (August 14, 2017) Katie Steinhoff

Preserving And Cooking With Herbs (September 11, 2017) Barb Emge

Garden Journaling (October 9, 2017) Dulcy Stewart

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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