Let’s Get Growing Garden Workshop upcoming

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Barry County Master Gardeners are hosting their third annual spring workshop on March 9 at Crowder College in Cassville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Even though it is cold right now, gardeners are already thinking about the growing season and making to-do lists.

The speakers will be presenting relevant information on four different topics whether attendees are novice or expert. Patrick Byers, Regional Horticulture Specialist who works with University of Missouri Extension, will make two presentations. He will address “Growing Berries in the Ozarks” covering several different varieties of berries, a topic requested by past workshop participants. He will also discuss “Unusual and Specialty Bulbs for the Missouri Garden” featuring familiar and lesser-known varieties of bulbs which add beauty and interest to gardens.

Shon Bishop is a small farms specialist associated with Lincoln University who works with the Missouri Extension in Barry County. Bishop has been a very popular presenter at two of the past workshops. He will speak on designing and planting a successful vegetable garden. Sherrel Carson is an herbalist who will speak on using indigenous plants for food and medical applications. After each presentation, workshop participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, win some great door prizes and enjoy snacks.

Anyone wishing to attend the workshop may preregister through the Barry County Extension Office on or before March 6. Early registration will be $10. After March 6 and at the door, registration will be $12. People may call the Extension office at 417-847-3161 or email durossettem@missouri.edu to register. You can also visit the Extension office in the Court House to register.

Information about the Master Gardener program is available at the Extension office. The program is organized through the University of Missouri Extension and facilitated through local extension agents. Candidates may attend a series of classes or work through the program online to develop a knowledge base about all aspects of gardening. The mission is to offer educational opportunities to the public and to help beautify local communities.

Master gardeners throughout the state of Missouri provide tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year and have great impact in beautifying parks, schools, libraries and other public buildings in local communities. Barry County Master Gardeners work at the Cassville Library and in the Native Plant beds at Roaring River Park.