Barry County Master Gardeners workshop set

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Planting time will soon be here, and the fourth annual Barry County Master Gardeners “Let’s Get Growing” workshop can help residents in preparing for a successful year.

The event will be at Crowder College in Cassville on March 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can expect great speakers, door prizes and some tasty snacks.

Speakers will address varied topics providing useful information to home gardeners, whether novice or expert. Tom Riley, entomologist with a doctorate and Master Gardener, will present “Those Things that Bite and Sting in the Garden.” Riley gave a wonderful presentation on monarch butterflies and other local species a couple of years ago.

Angela Brattin, a Barry County member, is going to share her experience on growing produce in a hoop house. The pictures she shared on Facebook last year testify to her success. Heather Cross is going to share her expertise on growing perennials, a topic that many people have requested. Cross and her husband, Nick, are the new owners of Bear Creek Nursery on Highway 23 between Holiday Island, Ark., and Eureka Springs, Ark.

Kelly McGowan, field specialist in horticulture with the University of Missouri Extension, will share ideas for choosing trees and shrubs for the landscape. McGowan works in the Greene County Extension offices at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

If you want to attend the workshop, please register through the Barry County Extension Office. Early registration will save you money — the workshop fee is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. People may call the extension office at 417-847-3161 or email Eden Stewart at to obtain registration information. Early registration ends on March 11.

The Extension office, which is located in the courthouse, can also provide information to you about the Missouri Master Gardener program. The program is organized through the University of Missouri Extension and facilitated through county 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 Master Gardener 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 and spaces.

We hope that many of you will attend the workshop. The group promises a very informative and worthwhile experience.