Missouri Master Gardener Series
|Jefferson College, in partnership with the University of Missouri Extension Office is pleased to offer gardening courses that are part of the Missouri Master Gardener Series.|
These courses may be taken individually, or as part of the Missouri Master Gardener Program. To become a Missouri Master Gardener no prior knowledge is necessary. The cost of the 12 week course is $150 + $50 deposit payable to "Missouri Extension". Please call the Extension Center (636) 797-5391 to make those particular arrangements.
You may take classes individually for $20 per class, but you will not receive a Missouri Master Gardener Certificate. To enroll for individual classes, contact the Continuing Education Office at (636) 481-3144.
Whether you are a novice gardener, someone with a green thumb, or someone interested in becoming a Master Gardener, we have courses that will interest you. For more information, click on the current CE Schedule link, or call the Continuing Education Office at (636) 481-3144.
MASTER GARDENER CLASSES SPRING 2015
Mary Wilson, Advanced Master Gardener will provide extensive information about growing vegetables in Missouri's ever changing weather conditions. Mary will share her personal best vegetable choices as well as the concept of companion planting, use of alternative methods and organic pest controls. Mary will also offer tips on canning and preserving.
Flowering Plants: Annuals & Perennials
Karen Davis will be the guest instructor for this class and she will share ideas in using Annuals to brighten the landscape with abundant and complimentary amounts of color or add interest to beds, borders, pots or containers. After this session, you will be able to properly select annuals for site and climatic conditions. Find out which annuals work best as cut flowers or work best in rock gardens, window boxes, or hanging baskets. Perennials are a large group of garden plants with roots that persist from year to year. Stems and leaves of some may remain, but in most, the tops die back to the soil each winter. How, where, and when to plant as well as how to maintain perennials will be explored.
Container Gardening & Worm Farming
Have you envied your neighbor's beautiful containers, overflowing with perfectly coordinated, healthy, ever-blooming flowers? Learn the basics from Bunnie Gronborg of the Jefferson County Master Gardeners and discover how to achieve striking effects. Truthfully, you CAN have a beautiful container garden in sun or shade. The class will include potting basics, and a demonstration. Also this session, Kara Dunnam of Jefferson County Recycling will discuss vermin-composting. Vermi is the Latin word for worm. Worms are easy to take care of and are excellent way to recycle your kitchen food scraps. Learn how indoor worm bins can turn your garbage into "black gold".
Soil Science & Sustainable Gardening
Soil forms through a complex interaction of many factors. These processes can be grouped into five forming factors: parent material, climate, biota, topography, and time. Teresa Morris of the USDA will explain how these factors have affected your area and can impact your landscaping plans.
Seed Saving/Composting/Tree Pruning
Learn how to save seeds from Master Gardener Tom Christman. Tom will show you how to keep seeds from the plants which do well in your own garden each year. Then, Glen Bristle will speak about the benefits of adding just a little compost to your soil. Adding compost improves soil structure, aeration, and water retention. Finally the course will wrap up with Horticulturist Steve Kotteman of Kotteman Nursery. Steve will address tree pruning. The purpose of pruning is to produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. Learn how, when, and why to prune and achieve desirable results by following a few simple principles.
MASTER GARDENER CLASSES - SUMMER 2015
A study of plant diseases caused by infectious and environmental conditions or other pests that affect plant health. This course provides a fundamental background of terms and concepts dealing with fungus, bacteria, viruses and environmental issues.
Find out the first steps in tree identification by distinguishing characteristics that separate one tree species from another.
Insect Order ID Class: Is that insect a beetle or a bug? Is it a caterpillar or a lookalike? You need to identify it before you can control it. This class helps to identify the ten most commonly encountered insect orders in home gardens. Most insect ID textbooks and reference works arrange insects by insect order, so knowing the order is essential for identification, control, or preservation of beneficial insects.
Landscaping and Proper Use of Chemicals
Do you want to change your outdoor space? Revise or modify what you have? Increase your property value? Barb Marco and Matt Herring will be the featured instructors.
Hummert International Presents:
Greenhouse/Irrigation, Turf & Fertilizers, Nursery & Landscape Design
Aaron Fields will lead the discussion regarding greenhouses, Chris Erwin will speak about turf and proper fertilizers. Jennifer Hedges will explain how to grow your own plants and how to place them for the best results.
Rain Barrels, Water Conservation and Growing Orchids
It is a common belief in our world that water is an infinite resource. It is not. Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Christina Ritter will explain how to collect rain by using rain barrels. This saves money, is environmentally friendly and great for your plants.
Rounding out the evening will be Master Gardener Carol Graves. Carol will present an interesting program on Orchids. Orchids, the largest of all plant families, are the most diverse, fascinating and exotic plants on earth.
Get easy to understand, step by step instructions on how to successfully start your first hive. You'll learn what equipment you need, how to set it up, what common pitfalls to avoid. Learn interesting facts about bees and their habits.
Courses are subject to change, so check the webpage for updates!