Hill 'n' Hollow Master Gardeners

"Helping others learn to grow"

The Hill 'n' Hollow chapter of the Missouri Master Gardeners has more than 100 members from McDonald and Newton counties. 

Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Crowder College Agriculture Building. Meetings are open to the public, so come and learn more.

Each year the Master Gardeners conduct a plant sale. Proceeds support the groups community-service projects.


Master Gardener Core Training

Who are Master Gardeners?

  • The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is designed for gardeners interested in learning and sharing horticulture knowledge with their friends, neighbors, and communities.

What Master Gardeners Do!

  • Trained volunteers provide the community with current and approved horticulture practices to enhance their home garden, lawn, and landscape.
  • Horticulture Teaching:

-giving presentations to garden clubs and organized groups

-scheduled seminars


  • Service Activities:

-plan and implement community projects

-conduct library programs

-participate in special events

A participant must receive 30 hours of classroom instruction and agree to volunteer 30 hours back to the community.

A participant must complete 20 hours of volunteer service, plus an additional six hours of continuing education yearly. The volunteer service has taken on many forms.

Several have participated in community garden and community beautification projects. Some have given programs to various school groups, gardening clubs and residential care units.

Others have provided assistance with a helpline in the University of Missouri Extension Center during the summer months.

A fee is charged to cover the cost of the course core manual, handouts and other expenses. Other arrangements can be made if a participant does not wish to contribute volunteer hours.

The annual course consists of a minimum of ten, three-hour sessions over an approximate six-week period. Topics usually covered include an orientation to the Master Gardener program,

soils and plant nutrition, annuals and perennials, fruit crops for home production, insects, woody ornamentals, lawns and turf, vegetable production, diagnosing plant problems and trees in the landscape.

Hill and Hollow chapter

Participants who have completed the basic training course and fulfilled the requirements to become Master Gardeners may join the Hill and Hollow Chapter of Master Gardener.

Become a Master Gardener

If you enjoy gardening, want to learn more about horticulture, and are willing to share with others what you know and learn, you’re a prime candidate to become a Master Gardener. Contact the Extension office at 417-223-4775.

Report hours

Report volunteer hours online or by completing the printed form and mailing to the extension office:

Missouri Master Gardener Service Hours website
Master Gardener Service Record (PDF)

MU Master Gardener Program

For more information, see the statewide site for the MU Master Gardener Program.


Volunteers may report their service online or by completing the printed form and sending it to the extension office.

Missouri Master Gardener Service Hours Website
Master Gardener Service Record


Vice president: 
Extension specialist:

To learn how to become a trained volunteer with with the Hill 'n' Hollow Master Gardeners, contact the extension office, 417-223-4775.