Master Gardeners’ workshop enjoyed by many

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Nearly 60 area gardeners attended the spring gardening workshop hosted by Barry County Master Gardeners on March 9 at Crowder College in Cassville.

Patrick Byers, regional horticulturist with University of Missouri Extension, shared information on growing many different kinds of berries in the Ozarks. He also presented a program on specialty bulbs that add interest to Master Gardens and containers. Shon Bishop, a small farms specialist with Lincoln University, presented many tips for success in the vegetable garden including varieties that did best in local University testing.

Sherrel Carlson, a fifth-generation herbalist, described medicinal and food uses for some of the area’s mushrooms and herbs. Workshop participants also enjoyed lots of door prizes and tasty treats along with all of the useful information.

This was the third annual spring gardening workshop that the Barry County Master Gardeners have hosted. The group organized in 2015. Members have attained Master Gardener status by completing instructional requirements through the University of Missouri-Extension. They maintain plantings at the Cassville Library and work with Roaring River State Park’s naturalists to maintain the park’s native plant gardens. The next event will be a plant sale on May 5. Look for the gardeners near the northeast corner of the Courthouse Square.

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener program is “to train volunteers to educate others about safe, effective and sustainable garden practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes and communities”. The Master Gardener program exists in all 50 states and was established as part of the University of Missouri Extension in 1983. Tens of thousands of volunteer hours are recorded each year across the state as they work toward fulfilling the mission.

To learn more about Master Gardeners, stop by the University of Missouri Extension of Barry County office located in the Court House or call for information at 417-847-3161. You can also find the Barry County Master Gardeners on Facebook.