Barry County Master Gardeners to host Let’s Get Growing workshop

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Planting time will soon arrive, and the second annual Barry County Master Gardeners’ workshop can help in preparing for a successful year. 

The event will be at Crowder College - Cassville on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.      

The following speakers will address varied topics providing useful information to home gardeners, both novice and expert:

• Dr. Tom Riley, entomologist and Master Gardener, will discuss local butterflies, their biology, and plant preferences

• Linda Stuart and Zeta VanWye, members of Barry County Master Gardeners, will demonstrate how to grow mushrooms on a log

• A Monsanto representative will provide information concerning GMOs and what the home gardener should know about them

• Shon Bishop, a small farms expert from Lincoln University, will share hints on growing greens and tomatoes.

After each presentation, participants may ask questions. 

The workshop will also include snacks and door prizes.  

To attend, participants must register through the Barry County Extension Office. Early registration fee is $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Call the Extension office at 417-847-3161, or email to obtain registration information. 

Participants can obtain information about the Master Gardener program from the Extension Office. The program is organized through the University of Missouri Extension service and facilitated through local extension agents. Candidates may attend a series of classes on many aspects of gardening to develop a knowledge base, or work through online sessions individually. 

The group's mission is to offer educational opportunities to the public, and to help beautify the local community. Statewide, Master Gardeners provide tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, and have great impact in beautifying parks, schools, libraries and other public buildings in their respsective communities.