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 - "Reducing Outdoor Risks: Dealing With Ticks, West Nile, Snake Bites and Stings."

May 5 - Picnic.

June 25 - "Growing Garlic" by Patrick Byers, Missouri Extension.

July 23 - No meeting.

Aug. 27 - Plant Buddy presentations about gift plants.

Sept. 24 - "How to Make Rain Chains & Markers" by Tina Cackley of CCMG.

Oct. 22 - "Tree Choices for Your Landscape"

Nov. 26 - "Adapting Your Gardening as You Age."

Dec. __ - Holiday potluck.


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.

March 24 - Weather permitting, we'll build a keyhole gardening bed at our OC demonstration garden and will fill and plant it as part of the advanced training workshop April 7. We'll also spread some compost in the existing beds. 


Public Seminars

We offer three free public seminars each year at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa, 1-4 p.m.  Below are details about our first seminar of 2018. Register to attend at 417-581-3558.

Feb. 17 - "Gardening 101"  PDF

Here are photos from this seminar.


July 14 - "Pollinator Gardens" by Mark Bernskoetter and "Beekeeping 101" by David Smith

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


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


Photos from the June 3 workshop of Tom Bakie on bokashi, Ed Cahoj on biochar and Bob Schultheis on composting and mulching.



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