Free gardening workshop set for Sept. 7

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Barry County Master Gardeners will be holding a free gardening workshop for community members on Sept. 7 at the Cassville Branch Library.

The workshop will be held in the lower level meeting room in the library from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Since space is limited, people may preregister through the Barry County Extension Office by calling 417-847-3161 or emailing to reserve a spot.

“With education being the primary goal of the Master Gardener program, we hope to pass on the knowledge by offering this workshop free of change,” said Molly Durossette, county support staff at the Barry County Extension. “The Master Gardener program is lucky to have both Kathryn Kufahl and Oscar Cross, two very knowledgeable and experienced presenters, to speak at this gathering and answer questions for the public.”

Kufahl, Master Gardener Emeritus, will present on the topic of perennials for fall planting, perfect for anyone who is wanting to set in bulbs this fall. She has expertise on perennial plants and shrubs for landscape gardening, which will allow her to answer a wide range of topics. Kufahl is often a guest on Branson radio station KRZK, where she presents information on gardening and takes questions from the public. She not only stays busy by growing a variety of plants in her own garden, but she also puts in many hours volunteering for master gardener projects at many locations where she shares her firsthand knowledge of plants suitable for growing in the Ozark landscape.

“Many of you will remember Kathryn, as our guest speaker for our first workshop three years ago,” Durossette said. “We are trilled to have her join us once more.”

Cross, who many might remember as a fun and knowable speaker from last fall’s workshop, will join the Extension once more to present information on how to create gardens in raised beds.

“Oscar comes from deep roots in the gardening world with a family owned farm by the name of Hilltop Farm in Ash Grove, where many of Missourians spend time wandering and purchasing plants in the spring,” Durossette said. “Hilltop Farms is known for offering a large variety of plants, including many new varieties unseen typically in the nursery business.

“Oscar and his wife, Amy, together are a fountain of knowledge relating to a vast gardening questions to both the beginner gardener to the expert. Oscar and Amy will also join us for four Saturdays in late November and December to help with poinsettias and houseplants for the cold seasons ahead.”