Barry County Master Gardeners, Extension, to offer gardening workshop

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Barry County Master Gardeners, in conjunction with the University of Missouri Extension, will be offering the 'Let's Get Growing' Gardening workshop on Saturday, March 11 at the Barry County Museum in Cassville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Extension master gardeners and Roaring River State Park naturalists will present four garden topics at the workshop, which will include:

• Choosing flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds

• Installing drip irrigation, an easier way to water

• Successful vegetable gardening

• Native plants and how they enhance our lives

The speakers will be prepared to answer all questions.

“We deliberately scheduled time at the end of each session in hopes that participants will come with questions,” said EJ Adams of the workshop planning committee.

Whether attendees are just beginning to garden, or have years of experience, the workshop will provide information and inspiration for all gardening efforts. Snacks and door prizes will be offered.

The Barry County Master Gardeners chapter will also be accepting orders from the Baler’s Creek catalog for seeds and gardening resources to start the 2017 growing season off right. Order proceeds benefit Barry County Master Gardener efforts locally.

“If you have not seen the Barry County Museum, you will be impressed with the facility," Adams said. "We are very fortunate to be holding the workshop there."

The master gardener program is organized through the University of Missouri Extension. Barry County Extension Program Director, Reagan Bluel, is coordinator. Master gardeners take classes – either online or in group sessions – in which they learn about various aspects of gardening. After completion of the classes, graduates are invited to join a master gardener group. Master gardeners fulfill volunteer requirements by working on educational projects, advising others and helping in the maintenance of public gardens at community centers, libraries, churches, senior centers and parks.

The Extension invites all interested individuals to join them for the workshop. Registration is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. To register, call the Barry County Extension Office at 417-847-3161. Please preregister by March 8. Attendees can also obtain information about master gardener classes from the Extension office. For more information or to print a registration form, visit