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.
Plant Structure, Class & Their Environment
Plant Structure, Classification and Their Environment will enable students to learn how plants are structured and classified. This can help in determining how best to care for various plants. The course will discuss the structure and functions of plants, identification of the different parts of the plant, as well as understanding how and why water, air, light and temperature are important to plant growth. This course is offered in cooperation with the Missouri University Extension Office.
Learn how plants reproduce. Some plants reproduce through seeds, while others can be vegetatively reproduced through cuttings (stem tip, leaf, leaf bud and layering), air layering, division and grafting (whip, bench, cleft, bark and side), and budding (T, chip and pitch). This course is offered in cooperation with the Missouri University Extension office.
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. Scott Killpack, University of Missouri Specialist will explain how these factors have affected your area and can impact your landscaping plans.
Annuals and Perennials
Learn how to brighten the landscape with abundant and complimentary amounts of annual color to add interest to beds, borders, pots or containers. You’ll learn how to properly select them for site and climactic conditions. Learn which annuals work best as cut flowers or in rock gardens, window boxes, or hanging baskets. PERENNIALS: These flowers live from year to year. The stems and leaves of some remain, but in most the tops die back each winter. Learn how, where, and when to plant as well as how to maintain perennials. This course is offered in cooperation with the Missouri University Extension
Learn about site selection and other considerations such as raised beds and intensive gardening, vegetables described as cool season and warm season. Vegetables are grouped into families. Knowing which vegetables belong to which family can help with the best growing and harvesting practices. Basic growing methods per vegetable family will be covered. This course is offered in cooperation with the Missouri University Extension office.
Site selection and cultural practices of growing fruit in the home garden will be presented. Learn which fruits are self-pollinated or need cross-pollination to produce fruit. Both small berries as well as pome and stone fruit trees will be described. This course is offered in cooperation with the Missouri University Extension office.
Pesticide Safety & Landscape Design
Pesticides can control insects, weeds, and diseases in the home garden; however they can also be harmful to humans if used inappropriately. Learn how to read a label, use safe practices while handling these chemicals, as well as appropriate storage of pesticides. Part-two of this class will cover Landscape Design. Landscape design is a process of developing practical and pleasing outdoor living space. The principles of landscape design include the elements of unity, scale, balance, simplicity, variety, emphasis, and sequence as they apply to line, form, texture, and color. Learn how all of these elements are interconnected.
Trees & Shrubs: Care & Pruning
Trees and shrubs bring shade and beauty to the yard. Learn