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 2017 thus far:.

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

Rest of year TBA


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.  Below are details about our first seminar of 2018. Register to attend at 417-581-3558.

Feb. 17 - Gardening 101 free public seminar

Beginning gardeners and “never-gardened-before” adults and teens can learn the basics of gardening at Christian County Master Gardeners’ public seminar, “Gardening 101,” Feb. 17, 1-4 p.m., at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way.

The seminar, part of CCMG’s Garden Gate educational series, is free but requires registration at the University of Missouri Extension office in Ozark, 581-3558. Refreshments will be served.

The seminar will feature CCMG members speaking on:

  • What vegetables and when to plant – Margie Wakefield
  • What flowers and when to plant – Colleen McMahan
  • Where to plant (sun vs. shade, containers vs. raised beds or in ground) – Patty and Dennis Baker
  • Tools and where to get them – David McCurdy
  • Supplies and where to get them – Virginia Roberts
  • Soil testing and enhancements – Karen Bell
  • Watering – Gary Jenks
  • Weeding – Debbie Clithero
  • Pest control – Jennifer Ailor

Attendees will receive University of Missouri Extension guide sheets and other handouts, as well as information about becoming a Master Gardener and about our gardening hotline, which operates mid-March through mid-October at the Extension office on the square in Ozark. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers in the second half of the seminar.


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 six hours with these Christian County Master Gardener advanced training workshops:


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.