Garden Gate Learning Opportunities

The mission of Master Gardeners is to educate the public about gardening. As such we offer several opportunities to learn: monthly meetings, public seminars, demonstration garden classes and Advanced Training workshops (for Master Gardeners only).


Monthly Meeting Programs

Christian County Master Gardeners meet the fourth Monday of the month at the Central Bank of the Ozarks at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 160 in Nixa. The public is invited to attend our program at 6:30 p.m. Here's what we have planned for 2018 thus far:.

Jan. 22 - "Project Fair" - members learn about our different projects and sign up as volunteers.

Feb. 26 - "What's New for 2018" by Kathryn Kufahl of Master Gardeners of the Ozarks.

March 26 - "Trash to Treasures: Garden Art" by Sherry Dinkall.

April 23 - "Protecting Yourself from Bites, Stings and Diseases in the Garden" by a naturalist from the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

May 5 - Picnic.

June 25 - Dr. Gary Jones on "How I Grow Day Lilies."

July 23 - No meeting.

Aug. 27 - Plant Buddy presentations about gift plants.

Sept. 24 - "Seasonal and Simple" by Angie Langston, nutrition educator for Christian County Extension. She will discuss this popular app and then prepare something delicious from it for us to eat.

Oct. 22 - "Trees for Your Landscape" by Cindy Garner, Missouri Department of Conservation. Also an update on the emerald ash bore in southwest Missouri.

Nov. 26 - "Making Rain Chains and Wind Chimes" by Master Gardener Tina Cackley. She also will discuss window protections to deter birds from flying into windows.

Dec. 3 - Holiday potluck at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Nixa. 6 p.m.


OC Gardening Classes

Christian County Master Gardeners maintains a demonstration vegetable garden at the OC in Ozark, 1530 W. Jackson. Depending on the subject, classes are held in the garden OR inside at the OC, unless otherwise noted. Register for these free demonstrations at 417-581-3558.


Public Seminars

We offer three free public seminars each year at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa, 1-4 p.m.  

Feb. 17 - "Gardening 101"  PDF

Here are photos from this seminar.


July 14 -  1-4 p.m., Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way. Register at 581-3558.  "Planting to Attract Pollinators" by Master Gardener Mark Bernskoetter and "The Honeybee, a Gardener's Friend" by Jasmine Bass, vice president of Bees Alive Club. Mark will discuss what plants will thrive in Missouri gardens that will attract pollinators. Jasmine will cover bee characteristics, beekeeping guidelines and what you can do to nurture and protect bees. Call 417-581-3559 to register.  PDF

Nov. 17 - "Bare Necessities and Living Accessories in Garden Design" by Katie Keith and "What's New for Spring 2019" by Bill Estes.  PDF


Advanced Training for Master Gardeners Only 

Master Gardeners may wish to become Advanced Master Gardeners by accumulating 30 hours of advanced training over five years. Here's a chance to add three hours with this Christian County Master Gardener advanced training workshop:

April 7 - "The Keyhole Garden, How to Build It, Fill It and Grow It" by Marva Ramsey, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks. 1-4 p.m., Ozark Community Center. Note:  on March 24, weather permitting, CCMG plans to build a keyhole garden bed in its demonstration garden at the OC. The public is invited to help with that. Then, during the April 7 workshop, we'll mix and add the growing medium to the new bed. PDF

Here are pictures from the workshop, including Pam Shaver as MC, Marva Ramsey as speaker and Master Gardeners from three chapters.



Photos from Aug. 19, 2018  workshop by Ben Tegeler on permaculture.