60-plus attend first Master Gardeners workshop of season

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The Barry County Master Gardeners, on behalf of the University of Missouri Extension, held their first meeting of the growing season on March 11 at the Barry County Museum. Over 60 people attended to learn about drip irrigation systems, vegetable gardening in raised beds, plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds and the benefits of incorporating native plants in the landscape. Contributed photo

On March 11 the University of Missouri Extensionís Master Gardeners of Barry County presented the workshop, Letís Get Growing at the Barry County Museum.

In spite of the winter weather, over 60 people attended to learn about plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, installing drip irrigation systems, vegetable gardening in raised beds, and the benefits of including native plants in the landscape.

Presenters included both master gardeners and Roaring River State Park naturalists, all of whom were very successful at sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for their topics. Workshop attendees had many opportunities to get their questions answered, and many left with new plants for their gardens, as well as a variety of door prizes. The Extension would like to thank area merchants who supported the workshop with gift certificates including, Bear Creek Nursery in Eureka Springs, Ark., The Niche in Monett, Michaelís Hardware and Walmart in Cassville.

Master gardeners focus on providing education for their communities. This was the first workshop presented by the Barry County Master Gardeners, and we are grateful to the Barry County Museum for providing an excellent venue, and to the public for responding in such a positive way.

An 11-session University Master Gardener training event with orientation will be held April 7 at the Cassville Courthouse, 700 Main, Cassville, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both Barry County and surrounding residents are invited to attend. Topics included in the 2017 course are: soil nutrition, composting, plant growth, trees, woody ornamentals, lawn care, plant propagation, plant disease, home fruit production, flowers, native plantings for pollinators and vegetable production.

For more information about the master gardener program, contact the University of Missouri Extension of Barry County at 847-3161.